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Snow at christmas?

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Snow at christmas?

We are an Australian family living in London for 12mths, would like to have a white Christmas. Have looked at ski resorts in Europe but seems a lot of money to pay especially for a non skier...

Is Snowdonia an option worth considering? Not really equipped to do hikes, so really just looking for snow and place to stay in or near town.

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1. Re: Snow at christmas?

Snow is by no means a certainty anywhere in the UK. If you definitely want to stay in the UK, have you thought about Scotland instead of Wales to increase your chances of seeing snow.

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Snow sticking for any amount of time these days in Snowdonia is really very unlikely.

In much of Britain, snowfalls rarely turn into snow on the ground. This is especially true in Snowdonia, which is very near the island's west coast, so winds from the SW mostly prevail (making things warm) and there's lots of salt about (so snow melts quickly and at quite low temps). Offhand, I'd say Snowdonia gets a white Christmas (ie: snow on the ground to an extent that allows serious snowball-throwing) once every ten or twenty years. There really aren't any towns in Snowdonia, but in towns nearby (like Bangor or Conway, as it's known in English) less often still.

The name dates from Britain's Little Ice Age: a 500-year period of severe cold that came to an end roughly around 1850 - as Dickens published the Christmas tales that inspired over a century of climatically inaccurate snowy Christmas cards

It's not just Scotland you need for an evens (at best) chance of a snowy Christmas, but NE Scotland, where winds from the NE prevail. Much of central and southern Scotland benefit from the same climatic warp as England, where winters are dramatically warmer than places far further south in North America or Continental Europe. The silly reputation Britain's obtained for chilliness is largely downright wrong and invented by people who've never experienced winter in Washington or Vienna, but is also to do with the effect on people's perceptions of warmish, humid, slightly breezy weather a few degrees above freezing.

Feckless whingers (a breed we expelled to the colonies) pretend such weather's cold, when they really mean they're badly dressed. Even though there's almost never snow around.

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3. Re: Snow at christmas?

I live just outside Snowdonia and I'd say we tend to get far less less snow than many parts of the UK, in fact most winters we watch stories on the news about how the "whole country" has been brought to a standstill by snow when there isn't a flake to be found anywhere around here. There will quite often be patches of snow very high up on the mountains but it's less common around the populated areas.

If you want to try skiing you could always stay in Llandudno were you almost certainly won't see any snow but there is a dry ski slope, although that's probably not what you're after!

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4. Re: Snow at christmas?

You may have been lured into thinking the name Snowdonia implies snow. Not so , and fairly unlikelty for most of the UK at Christmas. Try visiting 'stickapininthemapforsnowdonia'

Or for more accuracy - metoffice.gov.uk/learning/…snow-at-christmas

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5. Re: Snow at christmas?

I live in NE Scotland and can say that Christmas 2011 and Christmas 2012 were snow free. Unlike 2009 and 2010 which were not.

As beckysimms said, snow is by no means a certainty anywhere in the UK for Christmas. It's impossible to predict whether or not NE Scotland will have a white Christmas this year. But you could visit anyway and take a chance. Aviemore is well set up to cope with snow should it fall and a great place for families to visit.

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Hi..

Has many have said,the uk+wales+scotland are very unpredictable when it comes to our winters and especially snow.

My partner is a long distance driver and the only place you can guarantee snow is Switzland

and surrounding areas..Expensive yes.. But a white christmas guarenteed.

Where ever you end up....have a nice christmas in the uk!!

rockhampton
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7. Re: Snow at christmas?

thanks Debbie, currently looking at Norway.

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We used to try for white Christmasses for several years when the kids were younger. We were lucky one year in the French alps but Norway was definitely the snowiest. There was very little in Oslo but we had a magical train journey from Oslo to Geilo which was very festive with deep snow. Not cheap though!

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9. Re: Snow at christmas?

We did Finland (Rukka) a few years ago. No big mountains therefore great for ski learners, cross-country ski learners, snowmobiles, husky sledge rides, etc.

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10. Re: Snow at christmas?

Not sure Scandinavia will be that much cheaper than European ski resorts, particularly when you factor in higher costs of eating out etc.

Just did a quick google and a *** apartment for 4 in Courmayeur (Italian side of Mont Blanc) was about £2k for Christmas week. You could drive there from London in one day if you were a masochist, or stop-over in France for one night if you want a more relaxed holiday.

Cheaper ski resorts will be found in Andorra and Bulgaria. You don't have to remain a non-skier - the resort will be full of beginners having a go - it's not a skill you're born with.

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