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Snow: love it or hate it, this winter there's been an awful lot of it. The United States has gotten blasted with blizzards this winter at one point in January, every state had snow on the ground . (Except for Florida. Figures.)
Although it's the extremes that generally make the news, digging out is a yearly fact of life in some spots around the globe. Here's a look at some of the places around the world that, according to some data, have the highest average annual snowfall (noted in italics in each entry).
We've winnowed down the top contenders to better reflect different regions around the globe. So don't be upset if we've skipped over just a few!
So sharpen your shovels, get out the skis, or just snuggle up with some hot cocoa. Here's a look at the places in the world that get more snow than anywhere else.
Mt. Washington, New HampshireSlide 2 of 19
Mt. Washington, New Hampshire
21.75 feet (6.6 meters)
Mt. Washington may be best known for its powerful winds, but it makes the snow list as well. In fact, it's one of the snowiest spots in the eastern United States.
Although the summit gets hit with a lot of snow, the snow doesn't stick around for long, according to meteorologists at the Mt. Washington Observatory, a non-profit science center on the peak. The snow gets blown off the mountain into the surrounding ravines. In some years, up to 80 feet (24 meters) piles up in nearby Tuckerman Ravine. It's likely the folks in the popular ski area don't mind the extra white stuff.Slide 3 of 19
Chamonix, FranceSlide 4 of 19
31.4 feet (9.6 meters)
In Europe, this French alpine town wins the snow contest. And although it's a popular ski destination it served as the host of the world's first winter Olympics in 1924 serious business goes on in the mountains, too.
In this photo, pararescuemen, members of a special operations unit from the 56th Rescue Squadron, an arm of the U.S. Air Force stationed in Lakenheath, England, practice rescue techniques near Mont Blanc above Chamonix.Slide 5 of 19
Nagano, JapanSlide 6 of 19
36 feet (11 meters)
This mountainous area, just tens of miles from central Japan's northern Pacific coastline is also a popular ski resort. (Are you sensing a theme?)
In addition to getting loads of snow, the area is also home to some pretty tough monkeys. After spending time in the snow, these Japanese macaques warm up by taking a dip in hot springs that dot the area.Slide 7 of 19
Kirkwood Mountain, CaliforniaSlide 8 of 19