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Top Skiing Destinations for January
Deep layers of snow covering the mountains and fresh powder on the trail. January and February are the best months to visit Northern ski resorts. Whether you're looking at Japan, Switzerland, China, or Canada, here are our top picks to hit the slopes.
Sapporo, Japan
Sapporo is the capital of Hokkaido and a must-visit for many tourists to Hokkaido. It is also a veritable center for dining and shopping. Sapporo has many iconic buildings, such as Sapporo Clock Tower, the red-brick Former Hokkaido Government Office, the Sapporo TV Tower and Hokkaido University. Most structures are elegant and beautiful in design, adding a lot of color to the cityscape. Sapporo’s Odori Park has ice and snow festivals in the winter and hosts the Sapporo Beer Festival in the Summer. Shiroi Koibito Park is a beautiful confectionery and a great place to see how chocolate treats are made, while Sapporo Ramen Republic is perfect for sampling Hokkaido’s delicious specialty ramen.
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Innsbruck, Austria
Innsbruck is the capital of Tyrol in western Austria and the country’s fifth-largest city by population. Innsbruck is known as a world-renowned winter sports destination, having hosted the Winter Olympics in 1964 and 1976. The city sits in a broad valley between high mountains, resulting in a picturesque setting that’s great for photography. Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture mingle effortlessly with modern designs in the city center. Truly Innsbruck is a magical destination.
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Zermatt, Switzerland
Located in a German-speaking portion of southern Switzerland, Zermatt is famous for its Alpine ski resorts and mountaineering. The town is surrounded by imposing mountain peaks, of which the Matterhorn is undoubtedly the most famous. Zermatt’s population, though small, is rather densely clustered given the limited usable land. Being heavily reliant on tourism, Zermatt is a friendly and welcoming destination whether you come for the skiing or just a chance to visit a true Alpine town.
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Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne means “City of Lights” and, according to legend, was established by an angel’s request. On the shores of Lake Lucerne with heartbreaking views of the Alps, Lucerne has been attracting tourists for centuries, prompting Mark Twain to observe that “the shops are packed with Alpine crystals. Photographs of scenery, and wooden and ivory carvings...Millions of them.” Stroll across the historic wooden Chapel Bridge, one of Lucerne’s landmarks, and if possible visit during the city’s carnival season, which features extravagant parades in which you march “where you like.”
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Dayi, China
Dayi is a county under the jurisdiction of Chengdu, about an hour's drive from downtown Chengdu. The magnificent Xiling Snow Mountain is within the county, and there is also Anren Ancient Town, which is full of the Republican Era spirit. Visitors can come enjoy the natural charm of the snow-capped mountains, or go to the ancient town to feel the area’s nostalgia. For history buffs, visitors can go to the Jianchuan Museum to learn about the tragedies and the resistance of people during the Anti-Japanese War.
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Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver is located on Canada's west coast. Nestled between the mountains and sea, it has a pleasant climate the whole year round, leading it to be known as one of the world’s best cities to live in. Vancouver is a multi-ethnic, multi-faceted city with a high proportion of Asian residents. Whether in Chinatown or a community with many Chinese, you can find familiar Chinese restaurants and Chinese supermarkets, and feel the kindness of your hometown in a foreign country. Vancouver is exceptionally suitable for relaxing holiday vacations. City parks are a good place to go for a stroll. You can also walk through the malls and shopping streets to buy local specialties. Taste the flavors of the world or enjoy the stunning natural scenery of the nearby countryside.
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Shangzhi, China
Shangzhi City is located to the southeast of Harbin in south-central Heilongjiang Province. The Yabuli Ski Resort in Shangzhi has hosted both the third Asian Winter Games in 1996 and the annual Heilongjiang International Ski Festival (now part of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival). Mao’er (“Hat”) Mountain is 82 kilometers southwest of Shangzhi City. Here, you will find the Mao’ershan (“Hat Mountain”) Scenic Area. Mao’er Mountain has a primeval appearance because of its composition of medium-acid volcanic rock from the Jurassic period. There is a clear spring on the peak, the highest-elevation natural spring in Heilongjiang.
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