Chamonix, France
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This snowy French hamlet played host to the first Winter Olympics in 1924, and is hailed as the snowiest place in Europe, with drifts reaching more than 30 feet in some places. The city has gotten busier since the '20s, with skiers and snowboarders coming to enjoy not only the fresh snow but spectacular views of Mt. Blanc, the tallest mountain in the Alps. The deep snow is good for more than just recreation, with special units from the RAF conducting alpine rescue training missions in the area.