Your first snow in Welsh mountains (and 5 ways to enjoy it!)


First snow and Welsh mountains! What this combination will bring?

Winter is coming.

Cold, dark and it wants to eat you up.

You get up later, think later, and the world is ruled by …

blankets and tea.

Are you too?

No!

You’re waiting for the first snow.

You sit by the window for hours, cry eyes out when the temperature rises, even buy the white carpet …

It’s still not here. (Yes, these are places on earth without snow yet!)

Time to visit North Wales! Your first snow will certainly be in its mountains.


Welsh mountains and the lake

And here it is! Small, white, soft… Just as you imagined! It’s just waiting for your steps. Snowdonia National Park (as the name suggests) turned out to be a good choice once again. Snow knows, however, it has the advantage and can disappear at any time. So make sure to PROPERLY enjoy it … Here are 6 ways how to do so!


1) DELAY THE FIRST MEETING AS LONG AS YOU CAN

You’ve reached the destination. You see the snow on the tops of mountains. You’ve been waiting so long … But wait a little more. The joy at the first meeting will be even greater! So choose the longest path from parking to the summit, lose the trail (which doesn’t exist anyway) and make sure to add jumping over streams. If that’s not enough, try slackline somewhere around. All in the name of higher good.


Crossing the stream in Snowdonia
Y Garn Approach
Autumn in Ogwen Valley

2) FIND THE BEING THAT SEE SNOW THE FIRST TIME IN LIFE

If you have in your possession a puppy who had never seen snow, take him/her. If not – teddy bears or imaginary friends are good too. Look at their joy/ surprise and share the feeling!


Puppy and snow with welsh mountains in the background
sunset in welsh mountains in winter
Y Garn summit with the dog in snow
jumping dog in welsh mountains

3) TAKE A DEEP LOOK

Because the views are amazing! These duvet-covered mountains, sugar iced slopes, a kaleidoscope of colors … Now you can be a poet.


View at Ogwen Valley and Tryfan
Big welsh mountains and small human
blue sky in winter in mountains

4) REACH THE SUMMIT

Because that’s the way you’ll fully enjoy your first snow in Welsh mountains! Path covered with snow is great fun. And way different to the summer! One advice – try not to fall too many times … (but at least one fall is required).


Y Garn summit with dog in winter
welsh peak with snow
bird in winter – mountains
snow in welsh mountains

5) GO FOR CONTRAST

The first snow tastes better if you experience it in autumn. Fortunately, in Welsh mountains it is quite possible. In the lower parts you enjoy autumn landscape, and a few moments later the winter with the snow!


autumn view on welsh mountains
winter and autumn in welsh mountains
Tryfan and the lake in autumn

You no longer have to sit by the window. The snow is waiting and you know where… Go and truly enjoy it!


hiking in winter
welsh valley between winter and autumn season
good weather in welsh mountains during winter

Has the first snow already fallen in your area?


Comments: 22


Sarah Stierch November 28, 2016 at 3:51 am

How absolutely beautiful. I’ve wanted to go to Wales for years. The park looks amazing – that first panoramic photograph, the blending of colors and the snow is spectacular. Thanks for sharing – stay warm!

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    Emilia Mlak November 28, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Wales is waiting for you Sarah! It is beautiful and amazing and I think I can write 10000 articles and they will never express the awesomeness of this country 🙂

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Juliette @ Snorkels to Snow November 28, 2016 at 4:47 am

Gorgeous photos guys! Looks like an incredible hike. Aaaahhhhhh ha ha ha ha no snow fallen in my area!!! (we wish #tropicalislandproblems)

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    Emilia Mlak November 28, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Thanks Juliette, it was incredible! We’re sending you some snow as we know you Guys love it! #tropicalislandproblemssolved 🙂

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Lala November 28, 2016 at 8:49 am

Beautiful photos capturing it so well. No snow here – thankfully it’s almost summer 🙂

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    Emilia Mlak November 28, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Thank You Lala 🙂 Enjoy the summer then! It must be balance 😀

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Emily November 28, 2016 at 9:40 am

Stunning photos! I love the contrast between the seasons here; autumn on the lower hills but definitely winter higher up. We don’t live that far from Wales really and shamefully I’ve never been (except to Swansea). When my kids are a bit bigger I will have to take them hiking here. And no snow in Gloucestershire yet!

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    Emilia Mlak November 28, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    We loved this contrast, too 🙂 Hope you’re visit Wales soon and all your family will enjoy it! Ha, snow will come to you eventually this year! No exceptions 😛

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Clare November 28, 2016 at 11:55 am

I have never been to Snowdonia National Park, but I would love to go. I hike all over the world but never in the UK. Am hoping to change that next year, maybe I can fit in a weekend down there. It looks so beautiful from your pictures especially with the snow, I am just not great in the cold!! (That’s why I leave the UK in winter!!)

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    Emilia Mlak November 28, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Clare, it is even better in real 🙂 I remember when we first moved to UK I didn’t even take hiking boots… Now I am ordering crampons 😀 We don’t like cold either, but there must be some sacrifice for the sake of snow! 😀 See you around!

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melody pittman November 28, 2016 at 3:01 pm

Wow, your photos are stunning. I loved the one with the sun peaking over and between the mountains. What a great place to be outdoors and hike. I haven’t seen snow in several years and not planning to any time soon but I always appreciate seeing the beautiful pictures.

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Nancy November 28, 2016 at 6:39 pm

I first have to say the your photos are fantastic! Second I had to laugh at your dog looks like he/she had the time of their lives with their first experience with snow. Our dogs first experience was to run and jump through it. My horse on the other hand will jump in the air, land on his back and roll for about 5 minutes! Anyways, this looks like a wonderful place to hike. Thanks for sharing!

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    Emilia Mlak November 28, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Hello Nancy, the animal lover ! 🙂 Haha, yes it is great to watch our pets how they react for the snow! Pure happiness 🙂 And hey, dogs and a horse! You must have crazy life with them all!

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Karla at GlobalETA November 29, 2016 at 2:55 am

As someone who has spent her entire life in a snowy US state (Wisconsin), I don’t love winter or snow or cold! But your photos are incredible and I would love to explore Wales. Thanks for sharing.

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    Emilia Mlak November 29, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Thank you 🙂 Hope you’ll come over in summer – Wales is beautiful then too!

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JP Licudan November 30, 2016 at 2:38 pm

This is incredibly beautiful! Your shots are really amazing. What camera are you using?

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JEM November 30, 2016 at 7:10 pm

Nice photos! I’ve only been to Wales once and I went to see the Showcaves. I’d really love to come here with my husband. I just hope we don’t get rained at. I prefer it to be like the weather when you went.

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    Emilia Mlak December 1, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Yes, that’s the risk about visiting Wales, especially in the winter… But no risk no fun! 🙂 Hope you’ll bring you husband soon and it won’t be raining or.. snowing! 🙂

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Andrew Scott December 16, 2016 at 7:39 pm

Thanks for sharing these photos, Emilia! I’ve never been to Wales (and I wouldn’t have thought to do so in the winter), but I think you’ve just inspired me to do so!

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