snowiest city in the united states

Your input needed – I’m curious if the same conversations go on about snow in your cities that go on here in the Syracuse area.  Mainly Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester.  The argument every year is that is it good to brag about all of the snow we all get or to just keep quiet about it and hope that people don’t see the 4 – 5 foot snowbanks at times when they visit the area.  Is this the same conversation in your city about the snowfall you get?  Don’t brag about our snow.

Feel free to chime in here or at Sean Kirst’s place on the web. Sean, who is a great journalist for the Post Standard and had a good article in the paper the other day.  It’s about a gentleman from the Syracuse area, Russ Andrews who has been saying that he doen’t think it’s smart bragging or promoting our cities as being one of the snowiest bigger cities in the country on average and even in all of North America.  Russ feels it hurts the city having that kind of reputation.  Keep in mind that Russ Andrews is just making a fun spirited argument and shouldn’t be seen as a bad guy 😉  You can read the article at

Sean and I have seen eye to eye on this since we first met and we both believe we should be promoting the Hell out of the snow our cities get.  Let me also add that Sean is the main reason that the Golden Snowball contest was revived to what it is today with his articles, conversations about the snow and so on.

Sean, like myself vision drawing people to the area because of the amount of snow we normally receive each winter season.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, It snows here in Syracuse, Buffalo and Rochester and no matter how hard some of the people in Syracuse want to hide it by shoveling it under the curbs it’s not going to work.

What needs to be done in my opinion is to bring the snow lovers from out of town into town because of the high amounts of snow we receive.  Open up some of our state owned land in the area for snowmobilers, find a place where skiers can ski in the area besides the nearby ski slopes that we already have.  Open up the state fair grounds for the snowmobilers and try to bring in the top sledders around the country for either races or the extreme sports shows.  Make Syracuse, Buffalo and Rochester a stop on their tour every year.  Open the roadways (some of them)  for a weekend and let the sledders use them.  I miss the days when all you heard during a good storm were sleds cruising up and down the streets.

There is so much country side land around all of the Golden Snowball cities that it wouldn’t be hard to promote cross country skiing.  Look at all of the lakes around central and upstate New York that would be perfect to draw in people to take advantage of the frozen lakes for ice fishing.  Have a couple fishing tournaments to draw out of towners to visit our areas.  Fill the hotels with fun filled winter sporting events.  Come up with something fun and different each weekend for the snow lovers to draw them to the area.  Open up some of the bigger hills for the kids to go sledding on.

I was reading a few years back about how well Quebec City does with their annual winter carnival they have.  I think the last I looked they were drawing almost a million people to their area each year including a lot of out of towners including snow enthusiast’s from the United States.  No doubt it’s a big investment, I think it was over a million dollars spent on the event but they are bringing in millions of dollars to their local businesses on that investment.  Sure it would take a few years to get it going as good as Quebec city does with their winter carnival but in the long run if done right it would be well worth it.

Do people from other states really like snow though.  I just looked at my visitor stats from the National Snow contest to see how many visitors were coming to the site.  In the last 30 days had over 40,000 visitors from pretty much every state in the country.  So I would have to say that yes, people from all over like snow.  Build and they will come 😉

Have an awesome weekend all and make sure you check out Sean’s latest article at and don’t be too hard on Russ 😉

It looks like Rochester doesn’t want any part of third place this season. Every time Buffalo moves up the snow hill The Rock just pushes them back down it. I think it’s time for the cities to start doing a snow dance. I’ll be doing one more before the snow season winds down for the fact that the golden snowball contest and the National snow contest are just a little too close for comfort. GO CUSE!!!!

The snow stats for the snowiest US city pop 100,000 was just updated a little while ago. Check it out at .

Have a Super Week All!

The Golden Snowball contest goes national. Well kind of but not really 😉 The golden snowball contest will remain and a new one begins. After several years of prodding from our visitors to the GSB and snow fans from actually across the country a new contest has been born. It’s called the Golden Snow Globe contest and can be found at .

Many people have asked in the past why not have a contest for the snowiest big city (population 100,000+) in the whole United States? I’ve always loved the idea of it and it was just a matter of making sure I would have the time to put into it. So far about 50 hours into just trying to find stats and throw the website up and there still isn’t a whole lot to show for it.

With that said I’ll be adding stuff to the site in the next couple of days and hopefully, a big HOPEFULLY at that I will have most of the city stats that I need. Whatever stats you may see at the new national snow contest site will e changed and brought up to date. In other words I wouldn’t pay much attention to them right now.

Most likely one of the cities in Colorado are winning the contest right now but I still have a lot of city stats to put together. I know Colorado has had a couple of storms so far and at last check Denver had at least 17.2 inches. Probably more by now. Chances are none of the New York cities are even in the top ten right now.

Personally I think this will be a super fun contest with people from many other states chiming in about how they feel about getting a lot of snow. The competitiveness from snow lovers and haters for that matter should by itself make it a fun contest.

The plan right now will be to have a rolling top ten list on the main page at the Golden Snow Globe contest site. That meaning that as long as your city is one of top 10 snowiest cities in the US you’ll be on the main page. If you drop out of the top 10 your history until you can grab some more of the white gold to make it back to the to ten list. We will try to have an updated page of all the cities though that have a chance at winning. Obviously I’m not going to waste too much time on states like Florida and the likes. No offense to those states of course but unless some really, Really freaky weather occurs ya just don’t stand a chance.

A prize to the winning city is still in the process of being decided. Maybe a plague, trophy or a snow globe will be awarded to the winner each year. I’m also hoping to have some guests posting from different people from some of the snowier cities. Perhaps a TV Meteorologist or local news reporter. A regular visitor at GSB has a fun idea so look for some forecasts at the new site. Some other ideas are being tossed around and we definitely want to here some of your ideas.

Check out the site at goldensnowglobe but remember as I mentioned it’s no wheres close to being ready. I figured that the first people to get a preview should be the regular visitors here at golden snowball.

Have a Super Day All!