11 Icy Vacation Destinations for People Who Love Winter

If bundling up for a big trip sounds like bliss to you, start with these locales.

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If bundling up for a big trip sounds like bliss to you, start with these locales.

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Bavarian Alps, Germany

Winter sport enthusiasts and snow lovers alike will find plenty to do in . The area's many snowy peaks offer visitors the chance to ski, sled, snowtube, and ice climb. If you do need a break from the cold, just head to the spa region for a little relaxation and pampering.

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Aspen, Colorado

is one of the most quintessential wintery towns in America, so it's no surprise that it plays host to a number of cold weather-friendly activities. Visitors can enjoy the snow and brisk air with sleigh rides, snowmobiles, and outdoor ice skating.

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Big Sky, Montana

Though is not technically its own town, the community that calls itself the gateway to Yellowstone has made a name for itself as a winter haven. Big Sky is home to the most skiable terrain in America, so winter sport enthusiasts abound.

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Chamonix, France

Located in the French Alps, is a vision when it's covered in powdery fresh snow. Hit up the charming town to enjoy unbeatable views of the snow-covered mountains, while staying in your own ski chalet.

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Fairbanks, Alaska

Fairbanks, Alaska is not only home to a portion of the world famous dog sled race and the , but you can also catch sight of the stunning Northern Lights in the town that saw its this year.

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Kiruna, Sweden

A few miles outside of Kiruna sits the , an art exhibition and hotel made from fresh ice and snow from a river just north of the Arctic Circle. The 80-room hotel is only open during the winter months, and must be rebuilt each year after melting in the spring.

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming

transforms into a truly impressive winter wonderland each winter, when the town is covered in snow and visitors descend upon the area to take advantage of the skiing, snowmobiling, and stunning views.

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Park City, Utah

's two resorts — Deer Valley and Park City Mountain — offer visitors a combined 7,300 acres of snowy terrain to explore by ski or snowboard. The town is also home to the Sundance Film Festival, bobsled rides, and the world's only ski-in distillery.

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Patagonia, Argentina

Head to to experience the Andes Mountains in their snow-covered glory, or check out the to experience breath-taking icy glaciers.

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Reykjavik, Iceland

After serving as the backdrop for several integral parts of the Game of Thrones series, is on many travelers's bucket list. Beyond its Hollywood connection, the town offers visitors the chance to hike glaciers and escape the cold with a visit to natural hot springs.

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Whistler Village, British Columbia

The snowy mountains and charming small town vibes make in Canada's British Columbia a must visit for any winter fans, especially for those looking to get in some quality outdoor adventures in the form of snowshoeing, skiing, tubing, or ice climbing.

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