This evening marks the beginning of the 22nd Winter Olympic Games, being held in Sochi, Russia and running until February 23rd. In celebration of this global event, we're taking a look back at some of the most incredible winter Olympic cities of the past, as well as a peek at 2018's destination to be, with the help of the leaders in experiential travel, AFAR Media! Take a look at their full roundup and reviews here.
1. 1948: St Moritz, Switzerland
"It’s hard to think of a more romantic view of the Swiss mountains than gazing up at their snow-capped peaks while snuggled up in a horse-drawn sleigh."
2. 2010: Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Canada
"The permanent Olympic torch is the crowning snapshot to a picture-perfect day!"
3. 1972: Sapporo, Japan
"Mt. Okura was one of the venues for the 1972 Olympics and home to ski jumping events."
4. 2006: Torino, Italia
"Much of the historic center of Torino is pedestrianized and easily explored in a couple of days. "
5. 1952: Oslo, Norway
"One of Oslo’s most recognizable landmarks is a former sanatorium designed in the “dragon style,” an ornate Norwegian variant on Swiss chalet architecture. "
6. 1924: Chamonix, France
"Here's my favorite half day hike from Chamonix, commonly known as the 'Traverse Plan de l'Aiguille - Montenvers Train Mer de Glace'."
7. 1932 and 1980: Lake Placid, New York
"The Olympic Jumping Complex located in Lake Placid New York is the only operating Ski Jump on the east coast of the U.S."
8. 2002: Salt Lake City, Utah
"Cross country skiing is at once physically demanding, emotionally enlivening and spiritually invigorating, and one of the best ways to explore the Salt Lake City snow country."
9. 2018: Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea
"Wonderful family fun at Alpensia, an integrated ski resort about 3.5 hours from Seoul."