Can you believe it’s only two months until Christmas? So, it is time to start thinking about your holidays. What do you need for a perfect Christmas? Most people associate the holidays with family time. And, of course, with the fun you can have with the fluffy white substance named snow, from building a snowman to making snow angels to having snowball fights… While many people are likely dreaming of a White Christmas, Tirol offers a better probability than many other countries for snow on the ground each holiday. Historic weather data suggest that some places around Tirol are very likely to have, year on year, the picture-perfect, blanket-white festive season, although there are no guarantees. For the places in Tirol that are sitting at over 1,000-meter elevation, the phenomenon is just a predictable part of the winter season. Although it’s not all about altitude, as you will see. These are the ten places where you’re most likely to celebrate a White Christmas in Tirol:
Hochfilzen in Pillerseetal Valley, 960m
When it comes to seasonal averages (1983/84 – 2012/2013), Hochfilzen has 671 centimeters of new snow per year. Thus, Hochfilzen takes the number one spot on our list with a good likelihood of having snow on the ground for the Christmas holiday. Average maximum snow depth during the 30-year record was an incredible 134 centimeters. This makes it the snowiest inhabited place around Tirol. On average, Hochfilzen reaches 143 days with snow on the ground each winter.
Galtür in Paznaun Valley, 1,590m
At the end of Paznaun Valley in Tirol’s westernmost corner lies a place where there is a near 100 percent probability of seeing a White Christmas each year: Galtür. Since 1991, Galtür has had snow for Christmas every year (except 2014).
Leutasch near Seefeld, 1,135m
Since 1991, there has been snow on Christmas Day in Leutasch almost 100 percent of the time. On 30-year average (1983/84 – 2012/2013), Leutasch reaches 151 days with snow on the ground each winter. So at Christmas, chances are high that this chocolate-box village looks exactly like something you might find in a snow globe.
An average of 388 centimeters of new snow is par for the course each winter (1983-2013) and the average maximum snow depth during the 30-year record was 93 centimeters. On average, there’s 146 days a year when snow is on the ground. In short, there’s a very high probability of a White Christmas.
At the end of Ötztal Valley, Obergurgl is located high in the Alps. Sitting at over 1,900-meter elevation, it is not all that surprising that this ski resort experiences so much white powder. With the average of snow recorded in history between 1895 and 1992, Obergurgl is among the top five snowiest places in Tirol. Surrounded by mountains, your winter wonderland holiday getaway is almost guaranteed.
St. Anton am Arlberg, 1.300 m
Dubbed “The Birthplace of Alpine Skiing”, St. Anton is located high in the Arlberg Region and this uplifted area causes an increase in precipitation. Actually, this is one of Austria’s prime spots to get a lot of snow. In the town’s recorded history between 1895 and 1992, St. Anton boasted an average of 100 centimeters of snow per year. With this high altitude and location on the eastern side of the Arlberg Range, St. Anton is among Tirol’s best bets if you want to celebrate a White Christmas.
Pertisau am Achensee, 935m
In Pertisau, there’s an average 124 days a year when snow is on the ground. The average maximum snow depth during the 30-year record (1983/84 – 2012/2013) was 89 centimeters. Located on the shores of Achensee Lake, this is a picturesque place in which to celebrate the holidays, and a sparkling coat of snow is a terrific bonus.
Hinterhornbach in Lechtal Valley, 1,100m
Hinterhornbach receives a 30-year average 507 centimeters of new snow per year (1983/84 – 2012/2013). Over the winter, the average maximum snow depth reaches 106 centimeters and there is snow on the ground for 141 days. So yes, there will be snow for Christmas very likely.
During the 30-year record (1983/84 – 2012/2013), Tannheim saw about 82 centimeters of snow each year and had 137 days with snow on the ground on average. There’s a good chance you’ll need your boots on a snowy Christmas Day.
Based on snow statistics from the years 1991 to 2013, Innsbruck is taking the last spot on the list with a 39 percent prospect of seeing a white Christmas. Obviously, Tirol’s capital is located much lower than the rest of the places on this list. Still, Innsbruck claims Austria’s snowiest capital city. The snowiest Christmas Day in the town’s recorded history occurred in 1961 with a total of 96 centimeters.
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