Does it snow in Russia?
Russia, the biggest country in the whole world, the country that gave us vodka, the country with the Saint Basil’s cathedral, the Kremlin and the Hermitage museum in it, and so many incredible natural places it is impossible to name them all.
And, even when Russia was incredible popular all around the world due to the World cup celebrated there in 2018, this country has another great thing we need to talk about, today, and that’s it’s incredible climate.
❄ Does it snow in Russia? 🇷🇺
⛅ Climate of Russia
Russia is the biggest and largest country in the whole world, which of course makes it possible for many different climates and sub-climates to exist in the same place.
Due to its amazing size, it is quite difficult to pinpoint a single type of climate to whole country, simply because depending on the region, Russia might experience a very different climate from zone to zone.
So yes, talking about Russia’s weather isn’t as easy as you would expect; however, it is possible, and we are going to do it right now. But, before we do, keep in consideration there are over 10 different sub climates. Yes, 10!
The thing about Russia is that a really important part of the country is really close to the North Pole, while the other half of the country is located a bit towards the south, allowing them to have both cold and hot temperatures in the same country.
Now, most of Russia has a warm-summer continental climate, which translates to decent temperatures all year long, with cold winters, of course, along with the hot-summer continental climate. However, the rest of the sub-climates aren’t as nice at all.
As a matter of fact, Russia’s main 5 sub-climates are: subarctic, very cold subarctic, dry winter subarctic, tundra and even very cold winter dry continental climate… All of them being very cold climates coexisting within the same country.
Like you might have noticed, Russia does have some very nice places with somewhat hot weather. However, colder climates reing all over the country considerably more than the hot ones.
🌨 When does it snow in Russia?
Unlike most countries with such a big size, Russia does experience snow in most places, if not all of them, within the country, but before we get into that, let’s talk about when does it snow in Russia.
So, like many European countries, Russia goes through a total of four climatological seasons, which are: summer, winter, autumn/fall and spring time.
Since the climate of Russia is quite unique, these seasons are very different between each other, with summer being really hot, while winter time being extremely cold… Seriously cold.
- Springtime happens from March all the way through May, with temperatures barely raising up to 50°F/10 Cº if you’re lucky enough.
- Then comes summer from June to August, which is when the hottest temperatures actually happen.
- Then comes autumn from September to November.
- And then, finally, winter time, from December to February.
Now, as to winter season we must say it is extremely cold, like really, really cold, specially on the parts of Russia that are closer to the arctic, so you can expect some extreme low temperatures in these specific regions.
So, since winter time in Russia happens from December to February, you might be asking yourself: but, what about snow season? Well, let us tell you that they happen at the same time.
Actually, snow season gets to its peak during January, when severely snowfalls might occur, and if you’re really lucky, you’ll get to experience them yourself! Just remember to wear gloves.
Of course, this means that it does snow during Christmas time as well. As a matter of fact, if you’re looking to experience the real winter-wonderland adventure during Christmas, then you must go to Russia during December!
🌨 Where does it snow in Russia?
We could answer this question simply by saying: everywhere. But we want to be a bit more specific, just so you know exactly where to go if you want to see some snow in Russia.
Of course, the very first place we have to mention is Moscow, then comes Omsk, Novosibirsk, Saint Petersburg, Khabarovsk and, of course, every region surrounding the arctic circle.
Keep in mind, every part of Russia gets snow during the winter time, these are just the places where you can see the most snow during the winter time, and trust us, you’ll want to visit there.
☃ How much does it snow in Russia
Like we mentioned before during this whole article, Russia gets a lot of snow during winter time. Which is why the average snowfall in Russia is about 15 inches/40 centimeters.
However, you should keep in mind there are places in Russia that have experienced over 23 inches/60 centimeters of snowfall during the winter season, and not only that, but Moscow had the heaviest snowfall in centuries back in 2013.
⛷ Skiing in Russia
Since Russia is such a huge country, and since it does snow almost everywhere, the good news is... there are a lot of places to choose from! And here are the top 3 places you definitely should visit:
Rosa Khutor Ski Resort
If you’re ready to visit a castle-like ski resort, then you have to visit this stunning place! Not to mention, there’s plenty of room for you to ski around a bit.
This huge mountain is home to one of the top places to ski in all of Rusia! You can engage in various snow sports while enjoying the incredible view, what else could you ask for?
If you would like to spend your winter days skiing around in one of the best ski resorts in the country, with various snow slopes and lots of activities to do, this is your place!