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Your first winter: skiing, sledding and snow!

Moving to a new country is an exciting challenge – particularly when the weather is very different than you're used to. For Indians living and working in Canada, the UK and other parts of the northern hemisphere, winter is approaching rapidly. We guide you through the joys and struggles this season brings.

Will there be snow?

Although many countries are in the far north, the amount of snow they get can be very different. Canada, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland are all famous for their snow, while in the UK, France and Germany snow is rarer. In London, for example, you might only see a few flakes of snow per year while Toronto typically gets around 50 inches yet the two cities are at a similar latitude. This means that a British visa will usually result in a wet, largely snow-free winter, while immigration to Canada means definitely dealing with snow.

                     sledding and snow

Skiing, sledding and other winter sports

There are many ways to enjoy the snow, from learning to ski to making a snowman in the backyard. Winter sports are very popular in north America and Europe, to the extent that Britons and other people without snow will often fly to a snowy country in order to spend a week skiing. Switzerland, France and Austria are the most popular European destinations for snow sports. Children and adults of all ages love sledding, so if you're expecting snow, invest in a sled or slider and look for a good hill.

Preparing for snow

A Canada visa or a USA green card doesn't come with a booklet on preparing for snow, and yet it really should. If you're in Canada or the northern states in the USA, expect to have to prepare yourself, your children, your car and your home for winter. When temperatures regularly drop below freezing, this can damage pipes and buildings. This means that you should keep the heat on at a low temperature even if you go away for a few days, to avoid pipes bursting. In addition, summer tires don't work well on snow so you should expect to change them in autumn and spring. Many garages will do a winter check up and can discuss sensible safety precautions with you. You may also want to do a winter driving course, to learn to drive on snow or ice, which can be very slippery and dangerous.

Warm clothing

When temperatures drop, warm clothing becomes essential. The climate in India is so different that it's rarely worth shopping ahead. Instead, talk to colleagues and neighbours about what they recommend and use. This is particularly important if you have small children, as they get cold quicker. Wrapping up warm may involve a few extra layers but it doesn't mean sacrificing your sense of style. We recommend investing in a good coat, whether you've got a UK student visa or are living and working in Denmark as you'll be wearing it all winter long – splash out and get a warm, stylish one you love!

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