12. See the northern lights.
They're haunting, ethereal, and otherworldly: The aurora borealis, or northern lights, are a true spectacle that mostly appear in the Earth's polar latitude regions (think the upper reaches of Canada, Alaska, and Scandinavia) during fall, winter, and early spring. Fairbanks, Alaska, is a great spot for catching these ribbons of light. Another popular place is Tromsø, Norway, which is perched right at the center of the Northern Lights Oval. The city is a stop on Norway's 12-day classic Hurtigruten cruise, departing from and ending in Bergen.
13. Play in fresh powder.
Norwegians abide by the philosophy of friluftsliv, the art of embracing outdoor living, whatever time of year. Take a note from their playbook and experience winter's incredible natural wonders at your own pace. Arapahoe Basin ski area in Colorado's White River National Forest has the longest season in the state, a boon for downhill skiers and snowboarders, while there's plenty of snowshoeing and sledding to be done in the larger Rocky Mountain National Park. For a unique nighttime experience, there's cosmic tubing at Oregon's Mt. Hood Skibowl, complete with laser light shows, music, and more than 600,000 LED lights; or go full-snow-throttle at Quebec's annual Winter Carnival, where you can wander the halls of an ice palace and participate in a swimsuit snow bath. You don’t have to ski or snowboard to have fun in the frozen West.