50 Stunning Pictures Of Snow

Grab a cup of cocoa and snuggle in with these gorgeous shots of winter wonderlands worldwide.

December 8, 2016
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Even if winter weather brings out the Grinch in you, pictures of snow probably make you smile. When you don’t have to shovel it, and there’s no chance of getting a cold nose or soaked feet, snow is one of the most beautiful natural phenomena.

This roundup also reminds us of one of the benefits of Instagram: you can be stuck at your desk, and still get to be an armchair traveler, traveling to real-world destinations you’d otherwise never get to see. Ever wondered what winter looks like in Turkey, wanted to see snowfall on Yosemite, or hoped to watch a reindeer shrug snow off his nose in an undisclosed location somewhere up north? (Santa’s house. We’re pretty sure he’s at Santa’s house.) You can do all that on Instagram, and never have to risk dropping your phone in a snowbank (though you really should get out there; here are 6 reasons to go play outside this winter). It’s the lazy—or busy—would-be traveler’s best friend.

Here are 50 gorgeous, show-stopping shots of winter wonderlands from around the world. 

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1. So this is what it's like to live in a snow globe!
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2. Travel to the snowy peaks of Montana in your mind.
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3. Even parking lots are prettier when it snows.
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4. Real and fake snowflakes shine in Sweden.
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5. A blanket of snow on wintry boughs.
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6. Snowy sunshine in Alberta, Canada.
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7. Leaves rimed with frost in London.
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8. This pooch is one cask of brandy away from being a cartoon rescue dog.
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9. Enjoy the ski slope view from the warmth of your living room.
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10. This castle in Germany must be where Disney princesses spend the winter.
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11. Try to separate the snow from the clouds.
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12. Pennask Summit in British Columbia, Canada.
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13. A peacock statue weathers a light dusting in Warsaw, Poland.
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14. Look up.
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15. Yosemite National Park in winter.
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16. Picture yourself cozied up inside with a mug of hot chocolate.
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17. Central Park, in winter white.
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A photo posted by Marijka (@marijka8811) on

18. The sun in the palm of her hand.
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19. An enchanting church blanketed with snow.
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20. Here’s that action shot you ordered.
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21. Zermatt, Switzerland, or a real-life Santa’s Village.
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22. Sunset, somewhere in Russia.
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23. Nighttime in the park during a storm.
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24. Hurry up, or this dog is going on an adventure without you.
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25. Steps to nowhere (or just to someplace very, very cold).
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26. The caption identifies this as Narnia. That’s…probably a joke.
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A photo posted by Doriana Matiz (@doriamati) on

27. Hope this Canadian traveler is wearing tall (and waterproof) boots.
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A photo posted by Itzel Aguilar (@ittzzzeel) on

28. Cold feet, warm heart?
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A photo posted by Lena (@y_s_m_i_i) on

29. A family of snowmen gather on the sidewalk at midnight.
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30. December gets off to a roaring start on Copper Mountain in Colorado.
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31. Winter streets in Poland.
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32. Greeting-card views in Minsk.
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33. Wintry mix outside makes indoors feel cozy.
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34. With a skier just hiding out of view, this mountain could be its own snowy planet.
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35. A tiny tree, in the spotlight.
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36. A blizzard, ready for its close-up.
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37. Sheep are always dressed for deepest winter.
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38. It’s anyone’s guess how you get to the front door of this winter hideaway.
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39. This is what you see right before the Snow Queen appears.
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40. The perfect spot to hole up for the winter.
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41. Just a casual reminder that snowflakes are shaped like, well, snowflakes.
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42. Vancouver in the fog.
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43. An icy nighttime drive.
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44. Um, you have something on your nose.
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45. Sun shining through snowy trees.
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46. Snowy mountains in India.
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47. Snow is the best holiday decoration.
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48. A snowy path in Greece.
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49. The Khumbu Icefall on Mount Everest, said to be one of the most dangerous parts of the climb.
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50. Winter moon in Norway.
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