Which regions of the earth receive the heaviest snowfalls?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
No, the Taiga regions - though extremely cold, are generally dry and do not receive much snow.
Certain areas in the Coastal and Cascade mountains in B.C. (Canada) and Alaska and Washington States (U.S.) receive heavy amounts of snow every year because of the moist ocean air cooling as it reaches the mountains which precipitates as rain along the warmer lowland areas (ie. Prince Rupert, Vancouver, Seattle) and snow in the higher mountain areas - Mount Baker in Washington actually has the record for most snow in a year. But other places in the area like the Whistler snow resorts receive over 10 metres of snow yearly. Insane amounts of snow.
Other snowy areas are the Japanese 'Alps' (Niseko area), Utah, the actual Alps in Europe, and some parts of the Andes (S. America).
Basically mountain areas usually (but not always) close to the ocean with cold enough climates to generate snow.
- 1 decade ago
Definitely around the taiga belt forest, 1000 miles down from the North pole. It circles the Globe.