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Postby aanerutha » Thu Nov 19, 2009 6:56 am

Where's a good place to go for a white Xmas for a poor backpacker? My friend and I are from NZ and currently working in England. We would love to have our first white xmas this year but everywhere is sooo expensive! Any suggestions?
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Re: backpacker

Postby rabble » Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:12 am

I like Governor Dodge State Park in the winter time. There are lots of lovely little nooks and crannies. Nice snowshoeing.
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Re: backpacker

Postby Right Bower » Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:47 am

The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is very reasonable. And plenty of snow.
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Re: backpacker

Postby TheBookPolice » Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:12 am

My mom swears by the southern tip of Lake Superior, in the Ashland/Bayfield area. Her land up there is prime snowshoeing territory.

(For the foreign nationals, you'd probably want to look into flying into Duluth, although I think there's an eensy-weensy airport closer-by.)
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Re: backpacker

Postby boston_jeff » Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:32 am

It never snows in England or New Zealand.
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Re: backpacker

Postby Peacetrain » Thu Nov 19, 2009 12:47 pm

TheBookPolice wrote:My mom swears by the southern tip of Lake Superior, in the Ashland/Bayfield area. Her land up there is prime snowshoeing territory.

(For the foreign nationals, you'd probably want to look into flying into Duluth, although I think there's an eensy-weensy airport closer-by.)


My dad's been to a lot of great hiking/snowshoeing areas of the US and he loves the coasts of Lake Superior.
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Re: backpacker

Postby roadkill bill » Thu Nov 19, 2009 5:21 pm

To the OP: Do you actually want to get out and hike in a white Xmas, or just visit somewhere that will be snowy? By asking about where a "backpacker" can go, did you mean you want to backpack, or just that backpacking is your travel mode and price range?

If you are looking for a community to hang out in with guaranteed snow, you can always go to Minneapolis/St Paul. There is a hostel there, so that should be reasonably priced accommodations. It's a pleasant place, and likely to be snowy.

Madison has a hostel as well, but we are not guaranteed to have snow. As a matter of fact, they are predicting a very mild winter.

If you actually want to be outdoor/camping/hiking, I would second the recommendations for Bayfield area or the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The UP can be pretty remote, so a car is a necessity, and that's expensive.

In the Bayfield area, I suggest staying in Washburn, which is waaaaay cheaper than Bayfield - the main tourist center. There is bus service to Bayfield, which is 12 miles away, and the prices are more backpacker-friendly.
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