2010

10 Best Winter Cities

Best Seasonal Cities

view Object
(
    [db_table] => views_view
    [base_table] => field_collection_item
    [base_field] => item_id
    [name] => best_places
    [vid] => 
    [description] => 
    [tag] => best places
    [human_name] => Best Places
    [core] => 7
    [api_version] => 3.0
    [disabled] => 
    [editing] => 
    [args] => Array
        (
            [0] => best-seasonal-cities
            [1] => 10-best-winter-cities
            [2] => 2010
            [3] => spokane
        )

    [use_ajax] => 
    [result] => Array
        (
            [0] => stdClass Object
                (
                    [item_id] => 9872
                    [field_list_item_field_collection_item_nid] => 58877
                    [field_list_item_field_collection_item_title] => 10 Best Winter Cities
                    [field_data_field_image_single_field_collection_item_entity_t] => field_collection_item
                    [field_data_field_highlights_field_collection_item_entity_typ] => field_collection_item
                    [field_data_field_quote_attribution_field_collection_item_ent] => field_collection_item
                    [field_data_field_pull_quote_field_collection_item_entity_typ] => field_collection_item
                    [field_data_field_professional_title_field_collection_item_en] => field_collection_item
                    [field_data_field_bp_body_field_collection_item_entity_type] => field_collection_item
                    [field_data_field_list_item_node_entity_type] => node
                    [field_data_field_bp_category_node_entity_type] => node
                    [field_data_field_year_node_entity_type] => node
                    [_field_data] => Array
                        (
                            [item_id] => Array
                                (
                                    [entity_type] => field_collection_item
                                    [entity] => FieldCollectionItemEntity Object
                                        (
                                            [fieldInfo:protected] => 
                                            [hostEntity:protected] => stdClass Object
                                                (
                                                    [vid] => 58877
                                                    [uid] => 0
                                                    [title] => 10 Best Winter Cities
                                                    [log] => 
                                                    [status] => 1
                                                    [comment] => 1
                                                    [promote] => 1
                                                    [sticky] => 0
                                                    [ds_switch] => 
                                                    [nid] => 58877
                                                    [type] => best_places
                                                    [language] => und
                                                    [created] => 1323372435
                                                    [changed] => 1403622815
                                                    [tnid] => 0
                                                    [translate] => 0
                                                    [revision_timestamp] => 1403622815
                                                    [revision_uid] => 1
                                                    [body] => Array
                                                        (
                                                            [und] => Array
                                                                (
                                                                    [0] => Array
                                                                        (
                                                                            [value] => 

As Old Man Winter rears his head and people in some cities are preparing to hibernate, our picks for the Livability.com Top 10 Winter Cities are really starting to come alive. With plenty of cold-weather dependent things to do and see, these best places to live are among the coolest of our cool cities. Yes, we mean that both ways.

To help hone our list of America's best winter cities, we enlisted an expert in glacial geography – Patrick Coleman, CEO of the Winter Cities Institute. He shared a few of his top choices for best winter cities, but left the final picks to us. The institute defines a winter city as having an average January temperature that dips below freezing, and that’s where we started looking. Next, we identified cities where people adapt well to wintry weather, embrace the cold and even use it as a way to enhance their quality of life. The cities on our list also ranked well for other livability factors such as having lots to do, affordable housing and unemployment rates below the national average.

“The best winter cities plan for and pay attention to the details of winter livability,” Coleman says. “They find opportunities for innovation and improvement in services, building and product design. Winter cities embrace the winter season and have a winter culture. This extends to transportation, outdoor recreational opportunities, winter tourism and festivals, and appreciation for indoor arts and culture.”

The abundance and range of arctic activities in cities like Anchorage, AK, and Gillette, WY, certainly qualify, as do the history and cultural opportunities in Fargo, ND, and Lebanon, PA. From dogsledding to ice fishing to a bologna drop on New Year's Eve – when temperatures drop you can count on these top 10 winter cities to heat things up.

Photo by Frank Kovalchek.

[summary] => [format] => filtered_html [safe_value] =>

As Old Man Winter rears his head and people in some cities are preparing to hibernate, our picks for the Livability.com Top 10 Winter Cities are really starting to come alive. With plenty of cold-weather dependent things to do and see, these best places to live are among the coolest of our cool cities. Yes, we mean that both ways.

To help hone our list of America's best winter cities, we enlisted an expert in glacial geography – Patrick Coleman, CEO of the Winter Cities Institute. He shared a few of his top choices for best winter cities, but left the final picks to us. The institute defines a winter city as having an average January temperature that dips below freezing, and that’s where we started looking. Next, we identified cities where people adapt well to wintry weather, embrace the cold and even use it as a way to enhance their quality of life. The cities on our list also ranked well for other livability factors such as having lots to do, affordable housing and unemployment rates below the national average.

“The best winter cities plan for and pay attention to the details of winter livability,” Coleman says. “They find opportunities for innovation and improvement in services, building and product design. Winter cities embrace the winter season and have a winter culture. This extends to transportation, outdoor recreational opportunities, winter tourism and festivals, and appreciation for indoor arts and culture.”

The abundance and range of arctic activities in cities like Anchorage, AK, and Gillette, WY, certainly qualify, as do the history and cultural opportunities in Fargo, ND, and Lebanon, PA. From dogsledding to ice fishing to a bologna drop on New Year's Eve – when temperatures drop you can count on these top 10 winter cities to heat things up.

Photo by Frank Kovalchek.

[safe_summary] => ) ) ) [field_bp_category] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [tid] => 111 ) ) ) [field_deck] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Discover America's best winter cities "“ from dogsledding in Anchorage, AK to snowmobiling in Gillette, WY "“ when temperatures drop these winter cities really heat up. [format] => [safe_value] => Discover America's best winter cities "“ from dogsledding in Anchorage, AK to snowmobiling in Gillette, WY "“ when temperatures drop these winter cities really heat up. ) ) ) [field_image] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [fid] => 10121 [uid] => 1 [filename] => 151ANCSUB032_9.jpg [uri] => public://151ANCSUB032_9.jpg [filemime] => image/jpeg [filesize] => 57524 [status] => 1 [timestamp] => 1408566328 [type] => image [field_file_image_alt_text] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline [format] => [safe_value] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline ) ) ) [field_file_image_title_text] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline [format] => [safe_value] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline ) ) ) [field_byline] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Photo courtesy of Frank Kovalchek [format] => [safe_value] => Photo courtesy of Frank Kovalchek ) ) ) [field_description] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => There are many neighborhoods in Anchorage as well as a thriving downtown. [format] => [safe_value] => There are many neighborhoods in Anchorage as well as a thriving downtown. ) ) ) [field_place_ref] => Array ( ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [metadata] => Array ( [height] => 476 [width] => 750 ) [alt] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline [title] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline [width] => 750 [height] => 476 ) ) ) [field_internal_category] => Array ( ) [field_list_item] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 9758 [revision_id] => 9758 ) [1] => Array ( [value] => 9828 [revision_id] => 9828 ) [2] => Array ( [value] => 9872 [revision_id] => 9872 ) [3] => Array ( [value] => 9905 [revision_id] => 9905 ) [4] => Array ( [value] => 9944 [revision_id] => 9944 ) [5] => Array ( [value] => 10031 [revision_id] => 10031 ) [6] => Array ( [value] => 10096 [revision_id] => 10096 ) [7] => Array ( [value] => 10127 [revision_id] => 10127 ) [8] => Array ( [value] => 10155 [revision_id] => 10155 ) [9] => Array ( [value] => 10211 [revision_id] => 10211 ) ) ) [field_meta_description] => Array ( ) [field_page_title] => Array ( ) [field_professional_title] => Array ( ) [field_publish_now] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 0 ) ) ) [field_publish_on] => Array ( ) [field_pull_quote] => Array ( ) [field_quote_attribution] => Array ( ) [field_ranking_criteria] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Average January temperature below freezing [format] => [safe_value] => Average January temperature below freezing ) [1] => Array ( [value] => Embrace winter culture  [format] => [safe_value] => Embrace winter culture  ) [2] => Array ( [value] => Winter tourism and activities [format] => [safe_value] => Winter tourism and activities ) [3] => Array ( [value] => Affordable housing [format] => [safe_value] => Affordable housing ) [4] => Array ( [value] => Low unemployment [format] => [safe_value] => Low unemployment ) ) ) [field_short_description] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Discover America's best winter cities "“ from dogsledding in Anchorage, AK to snowmobiling in Gillette, WY "“ when temperatures drop these winter cities really heat up. [format] => [safe_value] => Discover America's best winter cities "“ from dogsledding in Anchorage, AK to snowmobiling in Gillette, WY "“ when temperatures drop these winter cities really heat up. ) ) ) [field_source_notes] => Array ( ) [field_year] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 2010-01-01 00:00:00 [timezone] => America/New_York [timezone_db] => America/New_York [date_type] => datetime ) ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( [rdftype] => Array ( [0] => sioc:Item [1] => foaf:Document ) [title] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:title ) ) [created] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:date [1] => dc:created ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) [changed] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:modified ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) [body] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => content:encoded ) ) [uid] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:has_creator ) [type] => rel ) [name] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => foaf:name ) ) [comment_count] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:num_replies ) [datatype] => xsd:integer ) [last_activity] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:last_activity_date ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) ) [cid] => 0 [last_comment_timestamp] => 1403291541 [last_comment_name] => [last_comment_uid] => 0 [comment_count] => 0 [name] => [picture] => 0 [data] => ) [hostEntityId:protected] => 58877 [hostEntityRevisionId:protected] => [hostEntityType:protected] => node [langcode:protected] => und [item_id] => 9872 [revision_id] => 9872 [field_name] => field_list_item [default_revision] => 1 [archived] => 0 [entityType:protected] => field_collection_item [entityInfo:protected] => Array ( [label] => Field collection item [label callback] => entity_class_label [uri callback] => entity_class_uri [entity class] => FieldCollectionItemEntity [controller class] => EntityAPIController [base table] => field_collection_item [revision table] => field_collection_item_revision [fieldable] => 1 [redirect] => [entity keys] => Array ( [id] => item_id [revision] => revision_id [bundle] => field_name ) [module] => field_collection [view modes] => Array ( [full] => Array ( [label] => Full content [custom settings] => ) [diff_standard] => Array ( [label] => Revision comparison [custom settings] => ) [token] => Array ( [label] => Tokens [custom settings] => ) ) [access callback] => field_collection_item_access [metadata controller class] => FieldCollectionItemMetadataController [bundles] => Array ( [field_category] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_category [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-category [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [layouts] => Array ( [form] => Array ( [label] => Three column - equal width [path] => sites/all/modules/ds/layouts/ds_3col_equal_width [regions] => Array ( [left] => Left [middle] => Middle [right] => Right ) [css] => 1 [image] => 1 [layout] => ds_3col_equal_width [settings] => Array ( [regions] => Array ( [left] => Array ( [0] => field_category_ref ) [right] => Array ( [1] => field_featured_in_category ) [middle] => Array ( [2] => field_primary_category ) [hidden] => Array ( [3] => _add_existing_field ) ) [fields] => Array ( [field_category_ref] => left [field_featured_in_category] => right [field_primary_category] => middle [_add_existing_field] => hidden ) [classes] => Array ( ) [wrappers] => Array ( [left] => div [middle] => div [right] => div ) [layout_wrapper] => div [layout_attributes] => [layout_attributes_merge] => 1 [layout_link_attribute] => [layout_link_custom] => ) ) ) ) [field_place] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_place [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-place [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [layouts] => Array ( [form] => Array ( [label] => Three column - equal width [path] => sites/all/modules/ds/layouts/ds_3col_equal_width [regions] => Array ( [left] => Left [middle] => Middle [right] => Right ) [css] => 1 [image] => 1 [layout] => ds_3col_equal_width [settings] => Array ( [regions] => Array ( [left] => Array ( [0] => field_place_ref ) [middle] => Array ( [1] => field_primary_host ) [right] => Array ( [2] => field_featured_on_place_homepage ) [hidden] => Array ( [3] => _add_existing_field ) ) [fields] => Array ( [field_place_ref] => left [field_primary_host] => middle [field_featured_on_place_homepage] => right [_add_existing_field] => hidden ) [classes] => Array ( ) [wrappers] => Array ( [left] => div [middle] => div [right] => div ) [layout_wrapper] => div [layout_attributes] => [layout_attributes_merge] => 1 [layout_link_attribute] => [layout_link_custom] => ) ) ) ) [field_list_item] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_list_item [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-list-item [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [layouts] => Array ( [form] => Array ( [label] => One column [path] => sites/all/modules/ds/layouts/ds_1col [regions] => Array ( [ds_content] => Content ) [image] => 1 [layout] => ds_1col [settings] => Array ( [regions] => Array ( [ds_content] => Array ( [0] => field_city [1] => group_details [2] => field_quote_attribution [3] => field_image_single [4] => field_bp_body [5] => field_pull_quote [6] => field_source_notes [7] => field_professional_title [8] => group_pull_quote [9] => field_highlights ) [hidden] => Array ( [10] => _add_existing_field ) ) [fields] => Array ( [field_city] => ds_content [group_details] => ds_content [field_quote_attribution] => ds_content [field_image_single] => ds_content [field_bp_body] => ds_content [field_pull_quote] => ds_content [field_source_notes] => ds_content [field_professional_title] => ds_content [group_pull_quote] => ds_content [field_highlights] => ds_content [_add_existing_field] => hidden ) [classes] => Array ( ) [wrappers] => Array ( [ds_content] => div ) [layout_wrapper] => div [layout_attributes] => [layout_attributes_merge] => 1 [layout_link_attribute] => [layout_link_custom] => ) ) ) ) [field_top_100_advisory_board] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_top_100_advisory_board [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-top-100-advisory-board [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) ) [field_top_100_advisory_board_pag] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_top_100_advisory_board_pag [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-top-100-advisory-board-pag [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) ) [field_top_100_item] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_top_100_item [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-top-100-item [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [layouts] => Array ( [form] => Array ( [label] => One column [path] => sites/all/modules/ds/layouts/ds_1col [regions] => Array ( [ds_content] => Content ) [image] => 1 [layout] => ds_1col [settings] => Array ( [regions] => Array ( [ds_content] => Array ( [0] => field_rank [1] => field_top_100_city [2] => field_livscore [3] => field_economic_score [4] => field_healthcare_score [5] => field_housing_score [6] => field_civic_capital_score [7] => field_education_score [8] => field_amenities_score [9] => field_demographics_score [10] => field_infrastructure_score [11] => group_details [12] => field_image_single [13] => field_image [14] => field_bp_body [15] => _add_existing_field ) ) [fields] => Array ( [field_rank] => ds_content [field_top_100_city] => ds_content [field_livscore] => ds_content [field_economic_score] => ds_content [field_healthcare_score] => ds_content [field_housing_score] => ds_content [field_civic_capital_score] => ds_content [field_education_score] => ds_content [field_amenities_score] => ds_content [field_demographics_score] => ds_content [field_infrastructure_score] => ds_content [group_details] => ds_content [field_image_single] => ds_content [field_image] => ds_content [field_bp_body] => ds_content [_add_existing_field] => ds_content ) [classes] => Array ( ) [wrappers] => Array ( [ds_content] => div ) [layout_wrapper] => div [layout_attributes] => [layout_attributes_merge] => 1 [layout_link_attribute] => [layout_link_custom] => ) ) ) ) [field_top_100_ranking_criteria] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_top_100_ranking_criteria [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-top-100-ranking-criteria [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) ) [field_top_100_ranking_page] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_top_100_ranking_page [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-top-100-ranking-page [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) ) [field_ranking_methodology_page] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_ranking_methodology_page [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-ranking-methodology-page [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) ) [field_liv_partners] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_liv_partners [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-liv-partners [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) ) [field_stats] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_stats [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-stats [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) ) ) [static cache] => 1 [field cache] => 1 [load hook] => field_collection_item_load [translation] => Array ( ) [schema_fields_sql] => Array ( [base table] => Array ( [0] => item_id [1] => revision_id [2] => field_name [3] => archived ) [revision table] => Array ( [0] => revision_id [1] => item_id ) ) [token type] => field_collection_item [configuration] => ) [idKey:protected] => item_id [nameKey:protected] => item_id [statusKey:protected] => status [defaultLabel:protected] => [field_bp_body] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] =>

Spending the winter in Spokane, WA, can be a gamble – but only if you spend it in one of the city’s casinos, such as the new Northern Quest Resort and Casino. In fact, winters in Spokane sizzle with arts, entertainment and nightlife. Nightlife isn’t the only thing heating up in Spokane; the city’s economy is also aglow. Spokane was named one of the top 100 cities to live and launch a business by CNNMoney.com and noted for its growing technical sector.

Spokane’s arts and cultural offerings are topped off by a burgeoning wine trail of more than two dozen vineyards and wineries, and yes, most wineries keep their tasting rooms open throughout the year. Treasure hunting is another favorite cold-weather pastime – whether at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture in Spokane’s historic Browne’s Addition neighborhood or at the city’s many shops, boutiques, malls and shopping centers. Other hot spots include the INB Performing Arts Center, which plays host to a number of musicians and comedians throughout the winter months, and Gonzaga University, which has a strong men's basketball program. The Spokane Symphony kicks off the season with holiday and special performances that continue well until the spring.

Winter Weather

  • Average January low: 21.7 degrees
  • Average annual snowfall: 49 inches
     

Find more fun activities in Spokane.

[format] => filtered_html [safe_value] =>

Spending the winter in Spokane, WA, can be a gamble – but only if you spend it in one of the city’s casinos, such as the new Northern Quest Resort and Casino. In fact, winters in Spokane sizzle with arts, entertainment and nightlife. Nightlife isn’t the only thing heating up in Spokane; the city’s economy is also aglow. Spokane was named one of the top 100 cities to live and launch a business by CNNMoney.com and noted for its growing technical sector.

Spokane’s arts and cultural offerings are topped off by a burgeoning wine trail of more than two dozen vineyards and wineries, and yes, most wineries keep their tasting rooms open throughout the year. Treasure hunting is another favorite cold-weather pastime – whether at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture in Spokane’s historic Browne’s Addition neighborhood or at the city’s many shops, boutiques, malls and shopping centers. Other hot spots include the INB Performing Arts Center, which plays host to a number of musicians and comedians throughout the winter months, and Gonzaga University, which has a strong men's basketball program. The Spokane Symphony kicks off the season with holiday and special performances that continue well until the spring.

Winter Weather

  • Average January low: 21.7 degrees
  • Average annual snowfall: 49 inches
     

Find more fun activities in Spokane.

) ) ) [field_city] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [target_id] => 58156 [entity] => stdClass Object ( [vid] => 58156 [uid] => 0 [title] => Spokane [log] => [status] => 1 [comment] => 2 [promote] => 1 [sticky] => 0 [ds_switch] => [nid] => 58156 [type] => city [language] => und [created] => 1403678032 [changed] => 1407770665 [tnid] => 0 [translate] => 0 [revision_timestamp] => 1407770665 [revision_uid] => 0 [body] => Array ( ) [field_avg_commute] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 19.8 ) ) ) [field_carpooled] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 10141 ) ) ) [field_commute_other] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 2061 ) ) ) [field_county] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [target_id] => 3038 ) ) ) [field_different_state] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 80691 ) ) ) [field_drove_alone] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 69062 ) ) ) [field_employed] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 94697 ) ) ) [field_employed_armed_forces] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 537 ) ) ) [field_english_only] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 176115 ) ) ) [field_foreign_born] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 14323 ) ) ) [field_geo] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [geom] => POINT (-117.433322 47.6669347) [geo_type] => point [lat] => 47.666934700000 [lon] => -117.433322000000 [left] => -117.433322000000 [top] => 47.666934700000 [right] => -117.433322000000 [bottom] => 47.666934700000 [geohash] => c2krptx8j28mp ) ) ) [field_language_other] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 17897 ) ) ) [field_median_home_price] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 164500 ) ) ) [field_median_household_income] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [amount] => 42274.00 [currency] => USD ) ) ) [field_place_id] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 67000 ) ) ) [field_poor_english] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 7843 ) ) ) [field_population] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 208701 ) ) ) [field_public] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 3923 ) ) ) [field_state] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [target_id] => 48 ) ) ) [field_unemployed] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 10981 ) ) ) [field_walked] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 3199 ) ) ) [field_worked_home] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 4335 ) ) ) [field_census_name] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Spokane city, Washington [format] => [safe_value] => Spokane city, Washington ) ) ) [field_promoted_city] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 0 ) ) ) [field_weatherbase_id] => Array ( ) [field_ad_targeting_project_id] => Array ( ) [field_education_college] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 37081 ) ) ) [field_education_high_school] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 34552 ) ) ) [field_education_post_grad] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 15326 ) ) ) [field_ethnicity_asian] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 5692 ) ) ) [field_ethnicity_black] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 5311 ) ) ) [field_ethnicity_hawaiian] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 1060 ) ) ) [field_ethnicity_indian] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 3528 ) ) ) [field_ethnicity_other] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 11334 ) ) ) [field_ethnicity_white] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 181776 ) ) ) [field_greatschools_rating] => Array ( ) [field_city_quote_author] => Array ( ) [field_city_quotes] => Array ( ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( [rdftype] => Array ( [0] => sioc:Item [1] => foaf:Document ) [title] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:title ) ) [created] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:date [1] => dc:created ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) [changed] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:modified ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) [body] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => content:encoded ) ) [uid] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:has_creator ) [type] => rel ) [name] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => foaf:name ) ) [comment_count] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:num_replies ) [datatype] => xsd:integer ) [last_activity] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:last_activity_date ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) ) [cid] => 0 [last_comment_timestamp] => 1403041582 [last_comment_name] => [last_comment_uid] => 0 [comment_count] => 0 [name] => [picture] => 0 [data] => ) [access] => 1 ) ) ) [field_highlights] => Array ( ) [field_professional_title] => Array ( ) [field_pull_quote] => Array ( ) [field_quote_attribution] => Array ( ) [field_source_notes] => Array ( ) [field_image_single] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [fid] => 10112 [uid] => 1 [filename] => 151SPOSUB031_0.jpg [uri] => public://151SPOSUB031_0.jpg [filemime] => image/jpeg [filesize] => 50021 [status] => 1 [timestamp] => 1408566328 [type] => image [field_file_image_alt_text] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Snow creates a magical scene at Riverfront Park in Spokane, WA. [format] => [safe_value] => Snow creates a magical scene at Riverfront Park in Spokane, WA. ) ) ) [field_file_image_title_text] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Snow creates a magical scene at Riverfront Park in Spokane, WA. [format] => [safe_value] => Snow creates a magical scene at Riverfront Park in Spokane, WA. ) ) ) [field_byline] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Photo courtesy of Spokane Regional CVB/Alan Bisson [format] => [safe_value] => Photo courtesy of Spokane Regional CVB/Alan Bisson ) ) ) [field_description] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Caption from source: Built in 1902, the Clock Tower in downtown Riverfront Park is one of Spokane's most recognizable land marks. [format] => [safe_value] => Caption from source: Built in 1902, the Clock Tower in downtown Riverfront Park is one of Spokane's most recognizable land marks. ) ) ) [field_place_ref] => Array ( ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [metadata] => Array ( [height] => 503 [width] => 750 ) [alt] => Snow creates a magical scene at Riverfront Park in Spokane, WA. [title] => Snow creates a magical scene at Riverfront Park in Spokane, WA. [width] => 750 [height] => 503 ) ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [entity_view_prepared] => 1 ) ) [field_list_item_field_collection_item_nid] => Array ( [entity_type] => node [entity] => stdClass Object ( [vid] => 58877 [uid] => 0 [title] => 10 Best Winter Cities [log] => [status] => 1 [comment] => 1 [promote] => 1 [sticky] => 0 [ds_switch] => [nid] => 58877 [type] => best_places [language] => und [created] => 1323372435 [changed] => 1403622815 [tnid] => 0 [translate] => 0 [revision_timestamp] => 1403622815 [revision_uid] => 1 [body] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] =>

As Old Man Winter rears his head and people in some cities are preparing to hibernate, our picks for the Livability.com Top 10 Winter Cities are really starting to come alive. With plenty of cold-weather dependent things to do and see, these best places to live are among the coolest of our cool cities. Yes, we mean that both ways.

To help hone our list of America's best winter cities, we enlisted an expert in glacial geography – Patrick Coleman, CEO of the Winter Cities Institute. He shared a few of his top choices for best winter cities, but left the final picks to us. The institute defines a winter city as having an average January temperature that dips below freezing, and that’s where we started looking. Next, we identified cities where people adapt well to wintry weather, embrace the cold and even use it as a way to enhance their quality of life. The cities on our list also ranked well for other livability factors such as having lots to do, affordable housing and unemployment rates below the national average.

“The best winter cities plan for and pay attention to the details of winter livability,” Coleman says. “They find opportunities for innovation and improvement in services, building and product design. Winter cities embrace the winter season and have a winter culture. This extends to transportation, outdoor recreational opportunities, winter tourism and festivals, and appreciation for indoor arts and culture.”

The abundance and range of arctic activities in cities like Anchorage, AK, and Gillette, WY, certainly qualify, as do the history and cultural opportunities in Fargo, ND, and Lebanon, PA. From dogsledding to ice fishing to a bologna drop on New Year's Eve – when temperatures drop you can count on these top 10 winter cities to heat things up.

Photo by Frank Kovalchek.

[summary] => [format] => filtered_html [safe_value] =>

As Old Man Winter rears his head and people in some cities are preparing to hibernate, our picks for the Livability.com Top 10 Winter Cities are really starting to come alive. With plenty of cold-weather dependent things to do and see, these best places to live are among the coolest of our cool cities. Yes, we mean that both ways.

To help hone our list of America's best winter cities, we enlisted an expert in glacial geography – Patrick Coleman, CEO of the Winter Cities Institute. He shared a few of his top choices for best winter cities, but left the final picks to us. The institute defines a winter city as having an average January temperature that dips below freezing, and that’s where we started looking. Next, we identified cities where people adapt well to wintry weather, embrace the cold and even use it as a way to enhance their quality of life. The cities on our list also ranked well for other livability factors such as having lots to do, affordable housing and unemployment rates below the national average.

“The best winter cities plan for and pay attention to the details of winter livability,” Coleman says. “They find opportunities for innovation and improvement in services, building and product design. Winter cities embrace the winter season and have a winter culture. This extends to transportation, outdoor recreational opportunities, winter tourism and festivals, and appreciation for indoor arts and culture.”

The abundance and range of arctic activities in cities like Anchorage, AK, and Gillette, WY, certainly qualify, as do the history and cultural opportunities in Fargo, ND, and Lebanon, PA. From dogsledding to ice fishing to a bologna drop on New Year's Eve – when temperatures drop you can count on these top 10 winter cities to heat things up.

Photo by Frank Kovalchek.

[safe_summary] => ) ) ) [field_bp_category] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [tid] => 111 ) ) ) [field_deck] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Discover America's best winter cities "“ from dogsledding in Anchorage, AK to snowmobiling in Gillette, WY "“ when temperatures drop these winter cities really heat up. [format] => [safe_value] => Discover America's best winter cities "“ from dogsledding in Anchorage, AK to snowmobiling in Gillette, WY "“ when temperatures drop these winter cities really heat up. ) ) ) [field_image] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [fid] => 10121 [uid] => 1 [filename] => 151ANCSUB032_9.jpg [uri] => public://151ANCSUB032_9.jpg [filemime] => image/jpeg [filesize] => 57524 [status] => 1 [timestamp] => 1408566328 [type] => image [field_file_image_alt_text] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline [format] => [safe_value] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline ) ) ) [field_file_image_title_text] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline [format] => [safe_value] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline ) ) ) [field_byline] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Photo courtesy of Frank Kovalchek [format] => [safe_value] => Photo courtesy of Frank Kovalchek ) ) ) [field_description] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => There are many neighborhoods in Anchorage as well as a thriving downtown. [format] => [safe_value] => There are many neighborhoods in Anchorage as well as a thriving downtown. ) ) ) [field_place_ref] => Array ( ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [metadata] => Array ( [height] => 476 [width] => 750 ) [alt] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline [title] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline [width] => 750 [height] => 476 ) ) ) [field_internal_category] => Array ( ) [field_list_item] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 9758 [revision_id] => 9758 ) [1] => Array ( [value] => 9828 [revision_id] => 9828 ) [2] => Array ( [value] => 9872 [revision_id] => 9872 ) [3] => Array ( [value] => 9905 [revision_id] => 9905 ) [4] => Array ( [value] => 9944 [revision_id] => 9944 ) [5] => Array ( [value] => 10031 [revision_id] => 10031 ) [6] => Array ( [value] => 10096 [revision_id] => 10096 ) [7] => Array ( [value] => 10127 [revision_id] => 10127 ) [8] => Array ( [value] => 10155 [revision_id] => 10155 ) [9] => Array ( [value] => 10211 [revision_id] => 10211 ) ) ) [field_meta_description] => Array ( ) [field_page_title] => Array ( ) [field_professional_title] => Array ( ) [field_publish_now] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 0 ) ) ) [field_publish_on] => Array ( ) [field_pull_quote] => Array ( ) [field_quote_attribution] => Array ( ) [field_ranking_criteria] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Average January temperature below freezing [format] => [safe_value] => Average January temperature below freezing ) [1] => Array ( [value] => Embrace winter culture  [format] => [safe_value] => Embrace winter culture  ) [2] => Array ( [value] => Winter tourism and activities [format] => [safe_value] => Winter tourism and activities ) [3] => Array ( [value] => Affordable housing [format] => [safe_value] => Affordable housing ) [4] => Array ( [value] => Low unemployment [format] => [safe_value] => Low unemployment ) ) ) [field_short_description] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Discover America's best winter cities "“ from dogsledding in Anchorage, AK to snowmobiling in Gillette, WY "“ when temperatures drop these winter cities really heat up. [format] => [safe_value] => Discover America's best winter cities "“ from dogsledding in Anchorage, AK to snowmobiling in Gillette, WY "“ when temperatures drop these winter cities really heat up. ) ) ) [field_source_notes] => Array ( ) [field_year] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 2010-01-01 00:00:00 [timezone] => America/New_York [timezone_db] => America/New_York [date_type] => datetime ) ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( [rdftype] => Array ( [0] => sioc:Item [1] => foaf:Document ) [title] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:title ) ) [created] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:date [1] => dc:created ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) [changed] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:modified ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) [body] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => content:encoded ) ) [uid] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:has_creator ) [type] => rel ) [name] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => foaf:name ) ) [comment_count] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:num_replies ) [datatype] => xsd:integer ) [last_activity] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:last_activity_date ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) ) [cid] => 0 [last_comment_timestamp] => 1403291541 [last_comment_name] => [last_comment_uid] => 0 [comment_count] => 0 [name] => [picture] => 0 [data] => ) ) ) [field_field_image_single] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [rendered] => Snow creates a magical scene at Riverfront Park in Spokane, WA. ) ) [field_field_highlights] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [rendered] => ) ) [field_field_quote_attribution] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [rendered] => ) ) [field_field_pull_quote] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [rendered] => ) ) [field_field_professional_title] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [rendered] => ) ) [field_field_bp_body] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [rendered] =>

Spending the winter in Spokane, WA, can be a gamble – but only if you spend it in one of the city’s casinos, such as the new Northern Quest Resort and Casino. In fact, winters in Spokane sizzle with arts, entertainment and nightlife. Nightlife isn’t the only thing heating up in Spokane; the city’s economy is also aglow. Spokane was named one of the top 100 cities to live and launch a business by CNNMoney.com and noted for its growing technical sector.

Spokane’s arts and cultural offerings are topped off by a burgeoning wine trail of more than two dozen vineyards and wineries, and yes, most wineries keep their tasting rooms open throughout the year. Treasure hunting is another favorite cold-weather pastime – whether at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture in Spokane’s historic Browne’s Addition neighborhood or at the city’s many shops, boutiques, malls and shopping centers. Other hot spots include the INB Performing Arts Center, which plays host to a number of musicians and comedians throughout the winter months, and Gonzaga University, which has a strong men's basketball program. The Spokane Symphony kicks off the season with holiday and special performances that continue well until the spring.

Winter Weather

  • Average January low: 21.7 degrees
  • Average annual snowfall: 49 inches
     

Find more fun activities in Spokane.

) ) [field_field_list_item] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [rendered] => Array ( [entity] => Array ( [field_collection_item] => Array ( [9758] => Array ( [#view_mode] => full [field_bp_body] => Array ( [#theme] => field [#weight] => 4 [#title] => Body [#access] => 1 [#label_display] => above [#view_mode] => full [#language] => und [#field_name] => field_bp_body [#field_type] => text_long [#field_translatable] => 0 [#entity_type] => field_collection_item [#bundle] => field_list_item [#object] => FieldCollectionItemEntity Object ( [fieldInfo:protected] => [hostEntity:protected] => stdClass Object ( [vid] => 58877 [uid] => 0 [title] => 10 Best Winter Cities [log] => [status] => 1 [comment] => 1 [promote] => 1 [sticky] => 0 [ds_switch] => [nid] => 58877 [type] => best_places [language] => und [created] => 1323372435 [changed] => 1403622815 [tnid] => 0 [translate] => 0 [revision_timestamp] => 1403622815 [revision_uid] => 1 [body] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] =>

As Old Man Winter rears his head and people in some cities are preparing to hibernate, our picks for the Livability.com Top 10 Winter Cities are really starting to come alive. With plenty of cold-weather dependent things to do and see, these best places to live are among the coolest of our cool cities. Yes, we mean that both ways.

To help hone our list of America's best winter cities, we enlisted an expert in glacial geography – Patrick Coleman, CEO of the Winter Cities Institute. He shared a few of his top choices for best winter cities, but left the final picks to us. The institute defines a winter city as having an average January temperature that dips below freezing, and that’s where we started looking. Next, we identified cities where people adapt well to wintry weather, embrace the cold and even use it as a way to enhance their quality of life. The cities on our list also ranked well for other livability factors such as having lots to do, affordable housing and unemployment rates below the national average.

“The best winter cities plan for and pay attention to the details of winter livability,” Coleman says. “They find opportunities for innovation and improvement in services, building and product design. Winter cities embrace the winter season and have a winter culture. This extends to transportation, outdoor recreational opportunities, winter tourism and festivals, and appreciation for indoor arts and culture.”

The abundance and range of arctic activities in cities like Anchorage, AK, and Gillette, WY, certainly qualify, as do the history and cultural opportunities in Fargo, ND, and Lebanon, PA. From dogsledding to ice fishing to a bologna drop on New Year's Eve – when temperatures drop you can count on these top 10 winter cities to heat things up.

Photo by Frank Kovalchek.

[summary] => [format] => filtered_html [safe_value] =>

As Old Man Winter rears his head and people in some cities are preparing to hibernate, our picks for the Livability.com Top 10 Winter Cities are really starting to come alive. With plenty of cold-weather dependent things to do and see, these best places to live are among the coolest of our cool cities. Yes, we mean that both ways.

To help hone our list of America's best winter cities, we enlisted an expert in glacial geography – Patrick Coleman, CEO of the Winter Cities Institute. He shared a few of his top choices for best winter cities, but left the final picks to us. The institute defines a winter city as having an average January temperature that dips below freezing, and that’s where we started looking. Next, we identified cities where people adapt well to wintry weather, embrace the cold and even use it as a way to enhance their quality of life. The cities on our list also ranked well for other livability factors such as having lots to do, affordable housing and unemployment rates below the national average.

“The best winter cities plan for and pay attention to the details of winter livability,” Coleman says. “They find opportunities for innovation and improvement in services, building and product design. Winter cities embrace the winter season and have a winter culture. This extends to transportation, outdoor recreational opportunities, winter tourism and festivals, and appreciation for indoor arts and culture.”

The abundance and range of arctic activities in cities like Anchorage, AK, and Gillette, WY, certainly qualify, as do the history and cultural opportunities in Fargo, ND, and Lebanon, PA. From dogsledding to ice fishing to a bologna drop on New Year's Eve – when temperatures drop you can count on these top 10 winter cities to heat things up.

Photo by Frank Kovalchek.

[safe_summary] => ) ) ) [field_bp_category] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [tid] => 111 ) ) ) [field_deck] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Discover America's best winter cities "“ from dogsledding in Anchorage, AK to snowmobiling in Gillette, WY "“ when temperatures drop these winter cities really heat up. [format] => [safe_value] => Discover America's best winter cities "“ from dogsledding in Anchorage, AK to snowmobiling in Gillette, WY "“ when temperatures drop these winter cities really heat up. ) ) ) [field_image] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [fid] => 10121 [uid] => 1 [filename] => 151ANCSUB032_9.jpg [uri] => public://151ANCSUB032_9.jpg [filemime] => image/jpeg [filesize] => 57524 [status] => 1 [timestamp] => 1408566328 [type] => image [field_file_image_alt_text] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline [format] => [safe_value] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline ) ) ) [field_file_image_title_text] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline [format] => [safe_value] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline ) ) ) [field_byline] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Photo courtesy of Frank Kovalchek [format] => [safe_value] => Photo courtesy of Frank Kovalchek ) ) ) [field_description] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => There are many neighborhoods in Anchorage as well as a thriving downtown. [format] => [safe_value] => There are many neighborhoods in Anchorage as well as a thriving downtown. ) ) ) [field_place_ref] => Array ( ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [metadata] => Array ( [height] => 476 [width] => 750 ) [alt] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline [title] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline [width] => 750 [height] => 476 ) ) ) [field_internal_category] => Array ( ) [field_list_item] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 9758 [revision_id] => 9758 ) [1] => Array ( [value] => 9828 [revision_id] => 9828 ) [2] => Array ( [value] => 9872 [revision_id] => 9872 ) [3] => Array ( [value] => 9905 [revision_id] => 9905 ) [4] => Array ( [value] => 9944 [revision_id] => 9944 ) [5] => Array ( [value] => 10031 [revision_id] => 10031 ) [6] => Array ( [value] => 10096 [revision_id] => 10096 ) [7] => Array ( [value] => 10127 [revision_id] => 10127 ) [8] => Array ( [value] => 10155 [revision_id] => 10155 ) [9] => Array ( [value] => 10211 [revision_id] => 10211 ) ) ) [field_meta_description] => Array ( ) [field_page_title] => Array ( ) [field_professional_title] => Array ( ) [field_publish_now] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 0 ) ) ) [field_publish_on] => Array ( ) [field_pull_quote] => Array ( ) [field_quote_attribution] => Array ( ) [field_ranking_criteria] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Average January temperature below freezing [format] => [safe_value] => Average January temperature below freezing ) [1] => Array ( [value] => Embrace winter culture  [format] => [safe_value] => Embrace winter culture  ) [2] => Array ( [value] => Winter tourism and activities [format] => [safe_value] => Winter tourism and activities ) [3] => Array ( [value] => Affordable housing [format] => [safe_value] => Affordable housing ) [4] => Array ( [value] => Low unemployment [format] => [safe_value] => Low unemployment ) ) ) [field_short_description] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Discover America's best winter cities "“ from dogsledding in Anchorage, AK to snowmobiling in Gillette, WY "“ when temperatures drop these winter cities really heat up. [format] => [safe_value] => Discover America's best winter cities "“ from dogsledding in Anchorage, AK to snowmobiling in Gillette, WY "“ when temperatures drop these winter cities really heat up. ) ) ) [field_source_notes] => Array ( ) [field_year] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 2010-01-01 00:00:00 [timezone] => America/New_York [timezone_db] => America/New_York [date_type] => datetime ) ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( [rdftype] => Array ( [0] => sioc:Item [1] => foaf:Document ) [title] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:title ) ) [created] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:date [1] => dc:created ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) [changed] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:modified ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) [body] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => content:encoded ) ) [uid] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:has_creator ) [type] => rel ) [name] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => foaf:name ) ) [comment_count] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:num_replies ) [datatype] => xsd:integer ) [last_activity] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:last_activity_date ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) ) [cid] => 0 [last_comment_timestamp] => 1403291541 [last_comment_name] => [last_comment_uid] => 0 [comment_count] => 0 [name] => [picture] => 0 [data] => ) [hostEntityId:protected] => 58877 [hostEntityRevisionId:protected] => [hostEntityType:protected] => node [langcode:protected] => und [item_id] => 9758 [revision_id] => 9758 [field_name] => field_list_item [default_revision] => 1 [archived] => 0 [entityType:protected] => field_collection_item [entityInfo:protected] => Array ( [label] => Field collection item [label callback] => entity_class_label [uri callback] => entity_class_uri [entity class] => FieldCollectionItemEntity [controller class] => EntityAPIController [base table] => field_collection_item [revision table] => field_collection_item_revision [fieldable] => 1 [redirect] => [entity keys] => Array ( [id] => item_id [revision] => revision_id [bundle] => field_name ) [module] => field_collection [view modes] => Array ( [full] => Array ( [label] => Full content [custom settings] => ) [diff_standard] => Array ( [label] => Revision comparison [custom settings] => ) [token] => Array ( [label] => Tokens [custom settings] => ) ) [access callback] => field_collection_item_access [metadata controller class] => FieldCollectionItemMetadataController [bundles] => Array ( [field_category] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_category [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-category [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [layouts] => Array ( [form] => Array ( [label] => Three column - equal width [path] => sites/all/modules/ds/layouts/ds_3col_equal_width [regions] => Array ( [left] => Left [middle] => Middle [right] => Right ) [css] => 1 [image] => 1 [layout] => ds_3col_equal_width [settings] => Array ( [regions] => Array ( [left] => Array ( [0] => field_category_ref ) [right] => Array ( [1] => field_featured_in_category ) [middle] => Array ( [2] => field_primary_category ) [hidden] => Array ( [3] => _add_existing_field ) ) [fields] => Array ( [field_category_ref] => left [field_featured_in_category] => right [field_primary_category] => middle [_add_existing_field] => hidden ) [classes] => Array ( ) [wrappers] => Array ( [left] => div [middle] => div [right] => div ) [layout_wrapper] => div [layout_attributes] => [layout_attributes_merge] => 1 [layout_link_attribute] => [layout_link_custom] => ) ) ) ) [field_place] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_place [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-place [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [layouts] => Array ( [form] => Array ( [label] => Three column - equal width [path] => sites/all/modules/ds/layouts/ds_3col_equal_width [regions] => Array ( [left] => Left [middle] => Middle [right] => Right ) [css] => 1 [image] => 1 [layout] => ds_3col_equal_width [settings] => Array ( [regions] => Array ( [left] => Array ( [0] => field_place_ref ) [middle] => Array ( [1] => field_primary_host ) [right] => Array ( [2] => field_featured_on_place_homepage ) [hidden] => Array ( [3] => _add_existing_field ) ) [fields] => Array ( [field_place_ref] => left [field_primary_host] => middle [field_featured_on_place_homepage] => right [_add_existing_field] => hidden ) [classes] => Array ( ) [wrappers] => Array ( [left] => div [middle] => div [right] => div ) [layout_wrapper] => div [layout_attributes] => [layout_attributes_merge] => 1 [layout_link_attribute] => [layout_link_custom] => ) ) ) ) [field_list_item] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_list_item [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-list-item [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [layouts] => Array ( [form] => Array ( [label] => One column [path] => sites/all/modules/ds/layouts/ds_1col [regions] => Array ( [ds_content] => Content ) [image] => 1 [layout] => ds_1col [settings] => Array ( [regions] => Array ( [ds_content] => Array ( [0] => field_city [1] => group_details [2] => field_quote_attribution [3] => field_image_single [4] => field_bp_body [5] => field_pull_quote [6] => field_source_notes [7] => field_professional_title [8] => group_pull_quote [9] => field_highlights ) [hidden] => Array ( [10] => _add_existing_field ) ) [fields] => Array ( [field_city] => ds_content [group_details] => ds_content [field_quote_attribution] => ds_content [field_image_single] => ds_content [field_bp_body] => ds_content [field_pull_quote] => ds_content [field_source_notes] => ds_content [field_professional_title] => ds_content [group_pull_quote] => ds_content [field_highlights] => ds_content [_add_existing_field] => hidden ) [classes] => Array ( ) [wrappers] => Array ( [ds_content] => div ) [layout_wrapper] => div [layout_attributes] => [layout_attributes_merge] => 1 [layout_link_attribute] => [layout_link_custom] => ) ) ) ) [field_top_100_advisory_board] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_top_100_advisory_board [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-top-100-advisory-board [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) ) [field_top_100_advisory_board_pag] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_top_100_advisory_board_pag [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-top-100-advisory-board-pag [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) ) [field_top_100_item] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_top_100_item [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-top-100-item [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [layouts] => Array ( [form] => Array ( [label] => One column [path] => sites/all/modules/ds/layouts/ds_1col [regions] => Array ( [ds_content] => Content ) [image] => 1 [layout] => ds_1col [settings] => Array ( [regions] => Array ( [ds_content] => Array ( [0] => field_rank [1] => field_top_100_city [2] => field_livscore [3] => field_economic_score [4] => field_healthcare_score [5] => field_housing_score [6] => field_civic_capital_score [7] => field_education_score [8] => field_amenities_score [9] => field_demographics_score [10] => field_infrastructure_score [11] => group_details [12] => field_image_single [13] => field_image [14] => field_bp_body [15] => _add_existing_field ) ) [fields] => Array ( [field_rank] => ds_content [field_top_100_city] => ds_content [field_livscore] => ds_content [field_economic_score] => ds_content [field_healthcare_score] => ds_content [field_housing_score] => ds_content [field_civic_capital_score] => ds_content [field_education_score] => ds_content [field_amenities_score] => ds_content [field_demographics_score] => ds_content [field_infrastructure_score] => ds_content [group_details] => ds_content [field_image_single] => ds_content [field_image] => ds_content [field_bp_body] => ds_content [_add_existing_field] => ds_content ) [classes] => Array ( ) [wrappers] => Array ( [ds_content] => div ) [layout_wrapper] => div [layout_attributes] => [layout_attributes_merge] => 1 [layout_link_attribute] => [layout_link_custom] => ) ) ) ) [field_top_100_ranking_criteria] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_top_100_ranking_criteria [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-top-100-ranking-criteria [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) ) [field_top_100_ranking_page] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_top_100_ranking_page [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-top-100-ranking-page [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) ) [field_ranking_methodology_page] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_ranking_methodology_page [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-ranking-methodology-page [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) ) [field_liv_partners] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_liv_partners [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-liv-partners [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) ) [field_stats] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_stats [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-stats [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) ) ) [static cache] => 1 [field cache] => 1 [load hook] => field_collection_item_load [translation] => Array ( ) [schema_fields_sql] => Array ( [base table] => Array ( [0] => item_id [1] => revision_id [2] => field_name [3] => archived ) [revision table] => Array ( [0] => revision_id [1] => item_id ) ) [token type] => field_collection_item [configuration] => ) [idKey:protected] => item_id [nameKey:protected] => item_id [statusKey:protected] => status [defaultLabel:protected] => [field_bp_body] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] =>

Winter brings out the wild in the West – particularly in Gillette, WY, which has some of the largest deer and elk populations in the region. Snowmobilers and cross-country skiers are sure to spot a few during a jaunt through the 1.8 million-acre Thunder Basin National Grassland. If you don't have a snowmobile, that's not a problem. The city does a good job clearing snow and ice from major streets, sidewalks and even bike paths.

The economy in Gillette and surrounding Campbell County is thriving thanks to employment gains in construction, machinery manufacturing and sales, so job seekers won't be left out in the cold. 

Gillette is a town where a kid can be a kid any time of the year. The Campbell County Parks and Recreation Department indoor Field House hosts youth soccer leagues during the cold months, culminating in the Gillette Edge Winter Blast indoor soccer tournament in February. And Gillette’s CAM-PLEX multi-event facility brings artists, musicians, competitions and performances from around the country to entertain the entire family. Sports fans can follow the Pronghorns of Gillette College as they compete in men's and women's basketball in winter months.

Winter Weather

  • Average January low: 10 degrees
  • Average annual snowfall: 64.7 inches
     

Click to see more great things to do in Gillette, WY.

[format] => filtered_html [safe_value] =>

Winter brings out the wild in the West – particularly in Gillette, WY, which has some of the largest deer and elk populations in the region. Snowmobilers and cross-country skiers are sure to spot a few during a jaunt through the 1.8 million-acre Thunder Basin National Grassland. If you don't have a snowmobile, that's not a problem. The city does a good job clearing snow and ice from major streets, sidewalks and even bike paths.

The economy in Gillette and surrounding Campbell County is thriving thanks to employment gains in construction, machinery manufacturing and sales, so job seekers won't be left out in the cold. 

Gillette is a town where a kid can be a kid any time of the year. The Campbell County Parks and Recreation Department indoor Field House hosts youth soccer leagues during the cold months, culminating in the Gillette Edge Winter Blast indoor soccer tournament in February. And Gillette’s CAM-PLEX multi-event facility brings artists, musicians, competitions and performances from around the country to entertain the entire family. Sports fans can follow the Pronghorns of Gillette College as they compete in men's and women's basketball in winter months.

Winter Weather

  • Average January low: 10 degrees
  • Average annual snowfall: 64.7 inches
     

Click to see more great things to do in Gillette, WY.

) ) ) [field_city] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [target_id] => 58787 [entity] => stdClass Object ( [vid] => 58787 [uid] => 0 [title] => Gillette [log] => [status] => 1 [comment] => 2 [promote] => 1 [sticky] => 0 [ds_switch] => [nid] => 58787 [type] => city [language] => und [created] => 1403678032 [changed] => 1409082981 [tnid] => 0 [translate] => 0 [revision_timestamp] => 1409082981 [revision_uid] => 1 [body] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] =>

Gillette is the Energy Capital of the nation, home to big industries and entrepreneurs. An active city with a recreation center, hunting and fishing, and popular rodeo events, Gillette was named one of Livability.com's Top 10 Manliest Cities. The  CAM-PLEX event center includes an NHL-sized ice rink and motocross facilities. Gillette is also just a short drive away from two national treasures – Mount Rushmore and Devil's Tower.

[summary] => [format] => filtered_html [safe_value] =>

Gillette is the Energy Capital of the nation, home to big industries and entrepreneurs. An active city with a recreation center, hunting and fishing, and popular rodeo events, Gillette was named one of Livability.com's Top 10 Manliest Cities. The  CAM-PLEX event center includes an NHL-sized ice rink and motocross facilities. Gillette is also just a short drive away from two national treasures – Mount Rushmore and Devil's Tower.

[safe_summary] => ) ) ) [field_avg_commute] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 17.3 ) ) ) [field_carpooled] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 1806 ) ) ) [field_commute_other] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 277 ) ) ) [field_county] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [target_id] => 3175 ) ) ) [field_different_state] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 16496 ) ) ) [field_drove_alone] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 13048 ) ) ) [field_employed] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 16269 ) ) ) [field_employed_armed_forces] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 37 ) ) ) [field_english_only] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 24311 ) ) ) [field_foreign_born] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 1481 ) ) ) [field_geo] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [geom] => POINT (-105.5012125 44.2784955) [geo_type] => point [lat] => 44.278495500000 [lon] => -105.501212500000 [left] => -105.501212500000 [top] => 44.278495500000 [right] => -105.501212500000 [bottom] => 44.278495500000 [geohash] => 9xugzk8kgtf4n ) ) ) [field_language_other] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 2278 ) ) ) [field_median_home_price] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 191700 ) ) ) [field_median_household_income] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [amount] => 72525.00 [currency] => USD ) ) ) [field_place_id] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 31855 ) ) ) [field_poor_english] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 356 ) ) ) [field_population] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 29472 ) ) ) [field_public] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 246 ) ) ) [field_state] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [target_id] => 51 ) ) ) [field_unemployed] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 718 ) ) ) [field_walked] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 249 ) ) ) [field_worked_home] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 343 ) ) ) [field_census_name] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Gillette city, Wyoming [format] => [safe_value] => Gillette city, Wyoming ) ) ) [field_promoted_city] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 1 ) ) ) [field_weatherbase_id] => Array ( ) [field_ad_targeting_project_id] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => liv_604 [format] => [safe_value] => liv_604 ) ) ) [field_education_college] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 5268 ) ) ) [field_education_high_school] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 6257 ) ) ) [field_education_post_grad] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 888 ) ) ) [field_ethnicity_asian] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 269 ) ) ) [field_ethnicity_black] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 224 ) ) ) [field_ethnicity_hawaiian] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 16 ) ) ) [field_ethnicity_indian] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 487 ) ) ) [field_ethnicity_other] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 1846 ) ) ) [field_ethnicity_white] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 26630 ) ) ) [field_greatschools_rating] => Array ( ) [field_city_quote_author] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => John Flocchini, Durham Buffalo Ranch [format] => [safe_value] => John Flocchini, Durham Buffalo Ranch ) ) ) [field_city_quotes] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Here, things are low-key and friendly, with people waving to you as you drive down the highway. It's the way life is meant to be. [format] => [safe_value] => Here, things are low-key and friendly, with people waving to you as you drive down the highway. It's the way life is meant to be. ) ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( [rdftype] => Array ( [0] => sioc:Item [1] => foaf:Document ) [title] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:title ) ) [created] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:date [1] => dc:created ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) [changed] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:modified ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) [body] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => content:encoded ) ) [uid] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:has_creator ) [type] => rel ) [name] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => foaf:name ) ) [comment_count] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:num_replies ) [datatype] => xsd:integer ) [last_activity] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:last_activity_date ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) ) [cid] => 0 [last_comment_timestamp] => 1403041582 [last_comment_name] => [last_comment_uid] => 0 [comment_count] => 0 [name] => [picture] => 0 [data] => ) [access] => 1 ) ) ) [field_highlights] => Array ( ) [field_professional_title] => Array ( ) [field_pull_quote] => Array ( ) [field_quote_attribution] => Array ( ) [field_source_notes] => Array ( ) [field_image_single] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [fid] => 10109 [uid] => 1 [filename] => 6040211BM3643_3.jpg [uri] => public://6040211BM3643_3.jpg [filemime] => image/jpeg [filesize] => 59058 [status] => 1 [timestamp] => 1408566328 [type] => image [field_file_image_alt_text] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY [format] => [safe_value] => Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY ) ) ) [field_file_image_title_text] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY [format] => [safe_value] => Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY ) ) ) [field_byline] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Brian McCord [format] => [safe_value] => Brian McCord ) ) ) [field_description] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] =>

Campbell County High School students practice hockey at the Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY. See why the ice arena and more make Gillette a Top Winter City.

[format] => [safe_value] => <p>Campbell County High School students practice hockey at the Campbell County Ice Arena&nbsp;in Gillette, WY. See why the ice arena and more make <a href="//livability.com/top-10/top-10-winter-cities/gillette/wy”">Gillette a Top Winter City</a>.</p> ) ) ) [field_place_ref] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [target_id] => 58787 ) ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [metadata] => Array ( [height] => 493 [width] => 750 ) [alt] => Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY [title] => Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY [width] => 750 [height] => 493 ) ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [entity_view_prepared] => 1 ) [#items] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] =>

Winter brings out the wild in the West – particularly in Gillette, WY, which has some of the largest deer and elk populations in the region. Snowmobilers and cross-country skiers are sure to spot a few during a jaunt through the 1.8 million-acre Thunder Basin National Grassland. If you don't have a snowmobile, that's not a problem. The city does a good job clearing snow and ice from major streets, sidewalks and even bike paths.

The economy in Gillette and surrounding Campbell County is thriving thanks to employment gains in construction, machinery manufacturing and sales, so job seekers won't be left out in the cold. 

Gillette is a town where a kid can be a kid any time of the year. The Campbell County Parks and Recreation Department indoor Field House hosts youth soccer leagues during the cold months, culminating in the Gillette Edge Winter Blast indoor soccer tournament in February. And Gillette’s CAM-PLEX multi-event facility brings artists, musicians, competitions and performances from around the country to entertain the entire family. Sports fans can follow the Pronghorns of Gillette College as they compete in men's and women's basketball in winter months.

Winter Weather

  • Average January low: 10 degrees
  • Average annual snowfall: 64.7 inches
     

Click to see more great things to do in Gillette, WY.

[format] => filtered_html [safe_value] =>

Winter brings out the wild in the West – particularly in Gillette, WY, which has some of the largest deer and elk populations in the region. Snowmobilers and cross-country skiers are sure to spot a few during a jaunt through the 1.8 million-acre Thunder Basin National Grassland. If you don't have a snowmobile, that's not a problem. The city does a good job clearing snow and ice from major streets, sidewalks and even bike paths.

The economy in Gillette and surrounding Campbell County is thriving thanks to employment gains in construction, machinery manufacturing and sales, so job seekers won't be left out in the cold. 

Gillette is a town where a kid can be a kid any time of the year. The Campbell County Parks and Recreation Department indoor Field House hosts youth soccer leagues during the cold months, culminating in the Gillette Edge Winter Blast indoor soccer tournament in February. And Gillette’s CAM-PLEX multi-event facility brings artists, musicians, competitions and performances from around the country to entertain the entire family. Sports fans can follow the Pronghorns of Gillette College as they compete in men's and women's basketball in winter months.

Winter Weather

  • Average January low: 10 degrees
  • Average annual snowfall: 64.7 inches
     

Click to see more great things to do in Gillette, WY.

) ) [#formatter] => text_default [0] => Array ( [#markup] =>

Winter brings out the wild in the West – particularly in Gillette, WY, which has some of the largest deer and elk populations in the region. Snowmobilers and cross-country skiers are sure to spot a few during a jaunt through the 1.8 million-acre Thunder Basin National Grassland. If you don't have a snowmobile, that's not a problem. The city does a good job clearing snow and ice from major streets, sidewalks and even bike paths.

The economy in Gillette and surrounding Campbell County is thriving thanks to employment gains in construction, machinery manufacturing and sales, so job seekers won't be left out in the cold. 

Gillette is a town where a kid can be a kid any time of the year. The Campbell County Parks and Recreation Department indoor Field House hosts youth soccer leagues during the cold months, culminating in the Gillette Edge Winter Blast indoor soccer tournament in February. And Gillette’s CAM-PLEX multi-event facility brings artists, musicians, competitions and performances from around the country to entertain the entire family. Sports fans can follow the Pronghorns of Gillette College as they compete in men's and women's basketball in winter months.

Winter Weather

  • Average January low: 10 degrees
  • Average annual snowfall: 64.7 inches
     

Click to see more great things to do in Gillette, WY.

) ) [field_city] => Array ( [#theme] => field [#weight] => 0 [#title] => City [#access] => 1 [#label_display] => above [#view_mode] => full [#language] => und [#field_name] => field_city [#field_type] => entityreference [#field_translatable] => 0 [#entity_type] => field_collection_item [#bundle] => field_list_item [#object] => FieldCollectionItemEntity Object ( [fieldInfo:protected] => [hostEntity:protected] => stdClass Object ( [vid] => 58877 [uid] => 0 [title] => 10 Best Winter Cities [log] => [status] => 1 [comment] => 1 [promote] => 1 [sticky] => 0 [ds_switch] => [nid] => 58877 [type] => best_places [language] => und [created] => 1323372435 [changed] => 1403622815 [tnid] => 0 [translate] => 0 [revision_timestamp] => 1403622815 [revision_uid] => 1 [body] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] =>

As Old Man Winter rears his head and people in some cities are preparing to hibernate, our picks for the Livability.com Top 10 Winter Cities are really starting to come alive. With plenty of cold-weather dependent things to do and see, these best places to live are among the coolest of our cool cities. Yes, we mean that both ways.

To help hone our list of America's best winter cities, we enlisted an expert in glacial geography – Patrick Coleman, CEO of the Winter Cities Institute. He shared a few of his top choices for best winter cities, but left the final picks to us. The institute defines a winter city as having an average January temperature that dips below freezing, and that’s where we started looking. Next, we identified cities where people adapt well to wintry weather, embrace the cold and even use it as a way to enhance their quality of life. The cities on our list also ranked well for other livability factors such as having lots to do, affordable housing and unemployment rates below the national average.

“The best winter cities plan for and pay attention to the details of winter livability,” Coleman says. “They find opportunities for innovation and improvement in services, building and product design. Winter cities embrace the winter season and have a winter culture. This extends to transportation, outdoor recreational opportunities, winter tourism and festivals, and appreciation for indoor arts and culture.”

The abundance and range of arctic activities in cities like Anchorage, AK, and Gillette, WY, certainly qualify, as do the history and cultural opportunities in Fargo, ND, and Lebanon, PA. From dogsledding to ice fishing to a bologna drop on New Year's Eve – when temperatures drop you can count on these top 10 winter cities to heat things up.

Photo by Frank Kovalchek.

[summary] => [format] => filtered_html [safe_value] =>

As Old Man Winter rears his head and people in some cities are preparing to hibernate, our picks for the Livability.com Top 10 Winter Cities are really starting to come alive. With plenty of cold-weather dependent things to do and see, these best places to live are among the coolest of our cool cities. Yes, we mean that both ways.

To help hone our list of America's best winter cities, we enlisted an expert in glacial geography – Patrick Coleman, CEO of the Winter Cities Institute. He shared a few of his top choices for best winter cities, but left the final picks to us. The institute defines a winter city as having an average January temperature that dips below freezing, and that’s where we started looking. Next, we identified cities where people adapt well to wintry weather, embrace the cold and even use it as a way to enhance their quality of life. The cities on our list also ranked well for other livability factors such as having lots to do, affordable housing and unemployment rates below the national average.

“The best winter cities plan for and pay attention to the details of winter livability,” Coleman says. “They find opportunities for innovation and improvement in services, building and product design. Winter cities embrace the winter season and have a winter culture. This extends to transportation, outdoor recreational opportunities, winter tourism and festivals, and appreciation for indoor arts and culture.”

The abundance and range of arctic activities in cities like Anchorage, AK, and Gillette, WY, certainly qualify, as do the history and cultural opportunities in Fargo, ND, and Lebanon, PA. From dogsledding to ice fishing to a bologna drop on New Year's Eve – when temperatures drop you can count on these top 10 winter cities to heat things up.

Photo by Frank Kovalchek.

[safe_summary] => ) ) ) [field_bp_category] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [tid] => 111 ) ) ) [field_deck] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Discover America's best winter cities "“ from dogsledding in Anchorage, AK to snowmobiling in Gillette, WY "“ when temperatures drop these winter cities really heat up. [format] => [safe_value] => Discover America's best winter cities "“ from dogsledding in Anchorage, AK to snowmobiling in Gillette, WY "“ when temperatures drop these winter cities really heat up. ) ) ) [field_image] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [fid] => 10121 [uid] => 1 [filename] => 151ANCSUB032_9.jpg [uri] => public://151ANCSUB032_9.jpg [filemime] => image/jpeg [filesize] => 57524 [status] => 1 [timestamp] => 1408566328 [type] => image [field_file_image_alt_text] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline [format] => [safe_value] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline ) ) ) [field_file_image_title_text] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline [format] => [safe_value] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline ) ) ) [field_byline] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Photo courtesy of Frank Kovalchek [format] => [safe_value] => Photo courtesy of Frank Kovalchek ) ) ) [field_description] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => There are many neighborhoods in Anchorage as well as a thriving downtown. [format] => [safe_value] => There are many neighborhoods in Anchorage as well as a thriving downtown. ) ) ) [field_place_ref] => Array ( ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [metadata] => Array ( [height] => 476 [width] => 750 ) [alt] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline [title] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline [width] => 750 [height] => 476 ) ) ) [field_internal_category] => Array ( ) [field_list_item] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 9758 [revision_id] => 9758 ) [1] => Array ( [value] => 9828 [revision_id] => 9828 ) [2] => Array ( [value] => 9872 [revision_id] => 9872 ) [3] => Array ( [value] => 9905 [revision_id] => 9905 ) [4] => Array ( [value] => 9944 [revision_id] => 9944 ) [5] => Array ( [value] => 10031 [revision_id] => 10031 ) [6] => Array ( [value] => 10096 [revision_id] => 10096 ) [7] => Array ( [value] => 10127 [revision_id] => 10127 ) [8] => Array ( [value] => 10155 [revision_id] => 10155 ) [9] => Array ( [value] => 10211 [revision_id] => 10211 ) ) ) [field_meta_description] => Array ( ) [field_page_title] => Array ( ) [field_professional_title] => Array ( ) [field_publish_now] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 0 ) ) ) [field_publish_on] => Array ( ) [field_pull_quote] => Array ( ) [field_quote_attribution] => Array ( ) [field_ranking_criteria] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Average January temperature below freezing [format] => [safe_value] => Average January temperature below freezing ) [1] => Array ( [value] => Embrace winter culture  [format] => [safe_value] => Embrace winter culture&nbsp; ) [2] => Array ( [value] => Winter tourism and activities [format] => [safe_value] => Winter tourism and activities ) [3] => Array ( [value] => Affordable housing [format] => [safe_value] => Affordable housing ) [4] => Array ( [value] => Low unemployment [format] => [safe_value] => Low unemployment ) ) ) [field_short_description] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Discover America's best winter cities "“ from dogsledding in Anchorage, AK to snowmobiling in Gillette, WY "“ when temperatures drop these winter cities really heat up. [format] => [safe_value] => Discover America's best winter cities "“ from dogsledding in Anchorage, AK to snowmobiling in Gillette, WY "“ when temperatures drop these winter cities really heat up. ) ) ) [field_source_notes] => Array ( ) [field_year] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 2010-01-01 00:00:00 [timezone] => America/New_York [timezone_db] => America/New_York [date_type] => datetime ) ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( [rdftype] => Array ( [0] => sioc:Item [1] => foaf:Document ) [title] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:title ) ) [created] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:date [1] => dc:created ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) [changed] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:modified ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) [body] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => content:encoded ) ) [uid] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:has_creator ) [type] => rel ) [name] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => foaf:name ) ) [comment_count] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:num_replies ) [datatype] => xsd:integer ) [last_activity] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:last_activity_date ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) ) [cid] => 0 [last_comment_timestamp] => 1403291541 [last_comment_name] => [last_comment_uid] => 0 [comment_count] => 0 [name] => [picture] => 0 [data] => ) [hostEntityId:protected] => 58877 [hostEntityRevisionId:protected] => [hostEntityType:protected] => node [langcode:protected] => und [item_id] => 9758 [revision_id] => 9758 [field_name] => field_list_item [default_revision] => 1 [archived] => 0 [entityType:protected] => field_collection_item [entityInfo:protected] => Array ( [label] => Field collection item [label callback] => entity_class_label [uri callback] => entity_class_uri [entity class] => FieldCollectionItemEntity [controller class] => EntityAPIController [base table] => field_collection_item [revision table] => field_collection_item_revision [fieldable] => 1 [redirect] => [entity keys] => Array ( [id] => item_id [revision] => revision_id [bundle] => field_name ) [module] => field_collection [view modes] => Array ( [full] => Array ( [label] => Full content [custom settings] => ) [diff_standard] => Array ( [label] => Revision comparison [custom settings] => ) [token] => Array ( [label] => Tokens [custom settings] => ) ) [access callback] => field_collection_item_access [metadata controller class] => FieldCollectionItemMetadataController [bundles] => Array ( [field_category] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_category [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-category [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [layouts] => Array ( [form] => Array ( [label] => Three column - equal width [path] => sites/all/modules/ds/layouts/ds_3col_equal_width [regions] => Array ( [left] => Left [middle] => Middle [right] => Right ) [css] => 1 [image] => 1 [layout] => ds_3col_equal_width [settings] => Array ( [regions] => Array ( [left] => Array ( [0] => field_category_ref ) [right] => Array ( [1] => field_featured_in_category ) [middle] => Array ( [2] => field_primary_category ) [hidden] => Array ( [3] => _add_existing_field ) ) [fields] => Array ( [field_category_ref] => left [field_featured_in_category] => right [field_primary_category] => middle [_add_existing_field] => hidden ) [classes] => Array ( ) [wrappers] => Array ( [left] => div [middle] => div [right] => div ) [layout_wrapper] => div [layout_attributes] => [layout_attributes_merge] => 1 [layout_link_attribute] => [layout_link_custom] => ) ) ) ) [field_place] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_place [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-place [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [layouts] => Array ( [form] => Array ( [label] => Three column - equal width [path] => sites/all/modules/ds/layouts/ds_3col_equal_width [regions] => Array ( [left] => Left [middle] => Middle [right] => Right ) [css] => 1 [image] => 1 [layout] => ds_3col_equal_width [settings] => Array ( [regions] => Array ( [left] => Array ( [0] => field_place_ref ) [middle] => Array ( [1] => field_primary_host ) [right] => Array ( [2] => field_featured_on_place_homepage ) [hidden] => Array ( [3] => _add_existing_field ) ) [fields] => Array ( [field_place_ref] => left [field_primary_host] => middle [field_featured_on_place_homepage] => right [_add_existing_field] => hidden ) [classes] => Array ( ) [wrappers] => Array ( [left] => div [middle] => div [right] => div ) [layout_wrapper] => div [layout_attributes] => [layout_attributes_merge] => 1 [layout_link_attribute] => [layout_link_custom] => ) ) ) ) [field_list_item] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_list_item [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-list-item [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [layouts] => Array ( [form] => Array ( [label] => One column [path] => sites/all/modules/ds/layouts/ds_1col [regions] => Array ( [ds_content] => Content ) [image] => 1 [layout] => ds_1col [settings] => Array ( [regions] => Array ( [ds_content] => Array ( [0] => field_city [1] => group_details [2] => field_quote_attribution [3] => field_image_single [4] => field_bp_body [5] => field_pull_quote [6] => field_source_notes [7] => field_professional_title [8] => group_pull_quote [9] => field_highlights ) [hidden] => Array ( [10] => _add_existing_field ) ) [fields] => Array ( [field_city] => ds_content [group_details] => ds_content [field_quote_attribution] => ds_content [field_image_single] => ds_content [field_bp_body] => ds_content [field_pull_quote] => ds_content [field_source_notes] => ds_content [field_professional_title] => ds_content [group_pull_quote] => ds_content [field_highlights] => ds_content [_add_existing_field] => hidden ) [classes] => Array ( ) [wrappers] => Array ( [ds_content] => div ) [layout_wrapper] => div [layout_attributes] => [layout_attributes_merge] => 1 [layout_link_attribute] => [layout_link_custom] => ) ) ) ) [field_top_100_advisory_board] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_top_100_advisory_board [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-top-100-advisory-board [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) ) [field_top_100_advisory_board_pag] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_top_100_advisory_board_pag [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-top-100-advisory-board-pag [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) ) [field_top_100_item] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_top_100_item [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-top-100-item [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [layouts] => Array ( [form] => Array ( [label] => One column [path] => sites/all/modules/ds/layouts/ds_1col [regions] => Array ( [ds_content] => Content ) [image] => 1 [layout] => ds_1col [settings] => Array ( [regions] => Array ( [ds_content] => Array ( [0] => field_rank [1] => field_top_100_city [2] => field_livscore [3] => field_economic_score [4] => field_healthcare_score [5] => field_housing_score [6] => field_civic_capital_score [7] => field_education_score [8] => field_amenities_score [9] => field_demographics_score [10] => field_infrastructure_score [11] => group_details [12] => field_image_single [13] => field_image [14] => field_bp_body [15] => _add_existing_field ) ) [fields] => Array ( [field_rank] => ds_content [field_top_100_city] => ds_content [field_livscore] => ds_content [field_economic_score] => ds_content [field_healthcare_score] => ds_content [field_housing_score] => ds_content [field_civic_capital_score] => ds_content [field_education_score] => ds_content [field_amenities_score] => ds_content [field_demographics_score] => ds_content [field_infrastructure_score] => ds_content [group_details] => ds_content [field_image_single] => ds_content [field_image] => ds_content [field_bp_body] => ds_content [_add_existing_field] => ds_content ) [classes] => Array ( ) [wrappers] => Array ( [ds_content] => div ) [layout_wrapper] => div [layout_attributes] => [layout_attributes_merge] => 1 [layout_link_attribute] => [layout_link_custom] => ) ) ) ) [field_top_100_ranking_criteria] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_top_100_ranking_criteria [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-top-100-ranking-criteria [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) ) [field_top_100_ranking_page] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_top_100_ranking_page [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-top-100-ranking-page [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) ) [field_ranking_methodology_page] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_ranking_methodology_page [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-ranking-methodology-page [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) ) [field_liv_partners] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_liv_partners [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-liv-partners [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) ) [field_stats] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_stats [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-stats [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) ) ) [static cache] => 1 [field cache] => 1 [load hook] => field_collection_item_load [translation] => Array ( ) [schema_fields_sql] => Array ( [base table] => Array ( [0] => item_id [1] => revision_id [2] => field_name [3] => archived ) [revision table] => Array ( [0] => revision_id [1] => item_id ) ) [token type] => field_collection_item [configuration] => ) [idKey:protected] => item_id [nameKey:protected] => item_id [statusKey:protected] => status [defaultLabel:protected] => [field_bp_body] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] =>

Winter brings out the wild in the West – particularly in Gillette, WY, which has some of the largest deer and elk populations in the region. Snowmobilers and cross-country skiers are sure to spot a few during a jaunt through the 1.8 million-acre Thunder Basin National Grassland. If you don't have a snowmobile, that's not a problem. The city does a good job clearing snow and ice from major streets, sidewalks and even bike paths.

The economy in Gillette and surrounding Campbell County is thriving thanks to employment gains in construction, machinery manufacturing and sales, so job seekers won't be left out in the cold. 

Gillette is a town where a kid can be a kid any time of the year. The Campbell County Parks and Recreation Department indoor Field House hosts youth soccer leagues during the cold months, culminating in the Gillette Edge Winter Blast indoor soccer tournament in February. And Gillette’s CAM-PLEX multi-event facility brings artists, musicians, competitions and performances from around the country to entertain the entire family. Sports fans can follow the Pronghorns of Gillette College as they compete in men's and women's basketball in winter months.

Winter Weather

  • Average January low: 10 degrees
  • Average annual snowfall: 64.7 inches
     

Click to see more great things to do in Gillette, WY.

[format] => filtered_html [safe_value] =>

Winter brings out the wild in the West – particularly in Gillette, WY, which has some of the largest deer and elk populations in the region. Snowmobilers and cross-country skiers are sure to spot a few during a jaunt through the 1.8 million-acre Thunder Basin National Grassland. If you don't have a snowmobile, that's not a problem. The city does a good job clearing snow and ice from major streets, sidewalks and even bike paths.

The economy in Gillette and surrounding Campbell County is thriving thanks to employment gains in construction, machinery manufacturing and sales, so job seekers won't be left out in the cold. 

Gillette is a town where a kid can be a kid any time of the year. The Campbell County Parks and Recreation Department indoor Field House hosts youth soccer leagues during the cold months, culminating in the Gillette Edge Winter Blast indoor soccer tournament in February. And Gillette’s CAM-PLEX multi-event facility brings artists, musicians, competitions and performances from around the country to entertain the entire family. Sports fans can follow the Pronghorns of Gillette College as they compete in men's and women's basketball in winter months.

Winter Weather

  • Average January low: 10 degrees
  • Average annual snowfall: 64.7 inches
     

Click to see more great things to do in Gillette, WY.

) ) ) [field_city] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [target_id] => 58787 [entity] => stdClass Object ( [vid] => 58787 [uid] => 0 [title] => Gillette [log] => [status] => 1 [comment] => 2 [promote] => 1 [sticky] => 0 [ds_switch] => [nid] => 58787 [type] => city [language] => und [created] => 1403678032 [changed] => 1409082981 [tnid] => 0 [translate] => 0 [revision_timestamp] => 1409082981 [revision_uid] => 1 [body] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] =>

Gillette is the Energy Capital of the nation, home to big industries and entrepreneurs. An active city with a recreation center, hunting and fishing, and popular rodeo events, Gillette was named one of Livability.com's Top 10 Manliest Cities. The  CAM-PLEX event center includes an NHL-sized ice rink and motocross facilities. Gillette is also just a short drive away from two national treasures – Mount Rushmore and Devil's Tower.

[summary] => [format] => filtered_html [safe_value] =>

Gillette is the Energy Capital of the nation, home to big industries and entrepreneurs. An active city with a recreation center, hunting and fishing, and popular rodeo events, Gillette was named one of Livability.com's Top 10 Manliest Cities. The  CAM-PLEX event center includes an NHL-sized ice rink and motocross facilities. Gillette is also just a short drive away from two national treasures – Mount Rushmore and Devil's Tower.

[safe_summary] => ) ) ) [field_avg_commute] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 17.3 ) ) ) [field_carpooled] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 1806 ) ) ) [field_commute_other] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 277 ) ) ) [field_county] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [target_id] => 3175 ) ) ) [field_different_state] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 16496 ) ) ) [field_drove_alone] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 13048 ) ) ) [field_employed] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 16269 ) ) ) [field_employed_armed_forces] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 37 ) ) ) [field_english_only] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 24311 ) ) ) [field_foreign_born] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 1481 ) ) ) [field_geo] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [geom] => POINT (-105.5012125 44.2784955) [geo_type] => point [lat] => 44.278495500000 [lon] => -105.501212500000 [left] => -105.501212500000 [top] => 44.278495500000 [right] => -105.501212500000 [bottom] => 44.278495500000 [geohash] => 9xugzk8kgtf4n ) ) ) [field_language_other] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 2278 ) ) ) [field_median_home_price] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 191700 ) ) ) [field_median_household_income] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [amount] => 72525.00 [currency] => USD ) ) ) [field_place_id] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 31855 ) ) ) [field_poor_english] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 356 ) ) ) [field_population] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 29472 ) ) ) [field_public] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 246 ) ) ) [field_state] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [target_id] => 51 ) ) ) [field_unemployed] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 718 ) ) ) [field_walked] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 249 ) ) ) [field_worked_home] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 343 ) ) ) [field_census_name] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Gillette city, Wyoming [format] => [safe_value] => Gillette city, Wyoming ) ) ) [field_promoted_city] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 1 ) ) ) [field_weatherbase_id] => Array ( ) [field_ad_targeting_project_id] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => liv_604 [format] => [safe_value] => liv_604 ) ) ) [field_education_college] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 5268 ) ) ) [field_education_high_school] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 6257 ) ) ) [field_education_post_grad] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 888 ) ) ) [field_ethnicity_asian] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 269 ) ) ) [field_ethnicity_black] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 224 ) ) ) [field_ethnicity_hawaiian] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 16 ) ) ) [field_ethnicity_indian] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 487 ) ) ) [field_ethnicity_other] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 1846 ) ) ) [field_ethnicity_white] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 26630 ) ) ) [field_greatschools_rating] => Array ( ) [field_city_quote_author] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => John Flocchini, Durham Buffalo Ranch [format] => [safe_value] => John Flocchini, Durham Buffalo Ranch ) ) ) [field_city_quotes] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Here, things are low-key and friendly, with people waving to you as you drive down the highway. It's the way life is meant to be. [format] => [safe_value] => Here, things are low-key and friendly, with people waving to you as you drive down the highway. It's the way life is meant to be. ) ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( [rdftype] => Array ( [0] => sioc:Item [1] => foaf:Document ) [title] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:title ) ) [created] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:date [1] => dc:created ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) [changed] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:modified ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) [body] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => content:encoded ) ) [uid] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:has_creator ) [type] => rel ) [name] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => foaf:name ) ) [comment_count] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:num_replies ) [datatype] => xsd:integer ) [last_activity] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:last_activity_date ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) ) [cid] => 0 [last_comment_timestamp] => 1403041582 [last_comment_name] => [last_comment_uid] => 0 [comment_count] => 0 [name] => [picture] => 0 [data] => ) [access] => 1 ) ) ) [field_highlights] => Array ( ) [field_professional_title] => Array ( ) [field_pull_quote] => Array ( ) [field_quote_attribution] => Array ( ) [field_source_notes] => Array ( ) [field_image_single] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [fid] => 10109 [uid] => 1 [filename] => 6040211BM3643_3.jpg [uri] => public://6040211BM3643_3.jpg [filemime] => image/jpeg [filesize] => 59058 [status] => 1 [timestamp] => 1408566328 [type] => image [field_file_image_alt_text] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY [format] => [safe_value] => Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY ) ) ) [field_file_image_title_text] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY [format] => [safe_value] => Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY ) ) ) [field_byline] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Brian McCord [format] => [safe_value] => Brian McCord ) ) ) [field_description] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] =>

Campbell County High School students practice hockey at the Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY. See why the ice arena and more make Gillette a Top Winter City.

[format] => [safe_value] => <p>Campbell County High School students practice hockey at the Campbell County Ice Arena&nbsp;in Gillette, WY. See why the ice arena and more make <a href="//livability.com/top-10/top-10-winter-cities/gillette/wy”">Gillette a Top Winter City</a>.</p> ) ) ) [field_place_ref] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [target_id] => 58787 ) ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [metadata] => Array ( [height] => 493 [width] => 750 ) [alt] => Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY [title] => Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY [width] => 750 [height] => 493 ) ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [entity_view_prepared] => 1 ) [#items] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [target_id] => 58787 [entity] => stdClass Object ( [vid] => 58787 [uid] => 0 [title] => Gillette [log] => [status] => 1 [comment] => 2 [promote] => 1 [sticky] => 0 [ds_switch] => [nid] => 58787 [type] => city [language] => und [created] => 1403678032 [changed] => 1409082981 [tnid] => 0 [translate] => 0 [revision_timestamp] => 1409082981 [revision_uid] => 1 [body] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] =>

Gillette is the Energy Capital of the nation, home to big industries and entrepreneurs. An active city with a recreation center, hunting and fishing, and popular rodeo events, Gillette was named one of Livability.com's Top 10 Manliest Cities. The  CAM-PLEX event center includes an NHL-sized ice rink and motocross facilities. Gillette is also just a short drive away from two national treasures – Mount Rushmore and Devil's Tower.

[summary] => [format] => filtered_html [safe_value] =>

Gillette is the Energy Capital of the nation, home to big industries and entrepreneurs. An active city with a recreation center, hunting and fishing, and popular rodeo events, Gillette was named one of Livability.com's Top 10 Manliest Cities. The  CAM-PLEX event center includes an NHL-sized ice rink and motocross facilities. Gillette is also just a short drive away from two national treasures – Mount Rushmore and Devil's Tower.

[safe_summary] => ) ) ) [field_avg_commute] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 17.3 ) ) ) [field_carpooled] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 1806 ) ) ) [field_commute_other] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 277 ) ) ) [field_county] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [target_id] => 3175 ) ) ) [field_different_state] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 16496 ) ) ) [field_drove_alone] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 13048 ) ) ) [field_employed] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 16269 ) ) ) [field_employed_armed_forces] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 37 ) ) ) [field_english_only] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 24311 ) ) ) [field_foreign_born] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 1481 ) ) ) [field_geo] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [geom] => POINT (-105.5012125 44.2784955) [geo_type] => point [lat] => 44.278495500000 [lon] => -105.501212500000 [left] => -105.501212500000 [top] => 44.278495500000 [right] => -105.501212500000 [bottom] => 44.278495500000 [geohash] => 9xugzk8kgtf4n ) ) ) [field_language_other] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 2278 ) ) ) [field_median_home_price] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 191700 ) ) ) [field_median_household_income] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [amount] => 72525.00 [currency] => USD ) ) ) [field_place_id] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 31855 ) ) ) [field_poor_english] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 356 ) ) ) [field_population] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 29472 ) ) ) [field_public] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 246 ) ) ) [field_state] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [target_id] => 51 ) ) ) [field_unemployed] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 718 ) ) ) [field_walked] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 249 ) ) ) [field_worked_home] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 343 ) ) ) [field_census_name] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Gillette city, Wyoming [format] => [safe_value] => Gillette city, Wyoming ) ) ) [field_promoted_city] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 1 ) ) ) [field_weatherbase_id] => Array ( ) [field_ad_targeting_project_id] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => liv_604 [format] => [safe_value] => liv_604 ) ) ) [field_education_college] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 5268 ) ) ) [field_education_high_school] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 6257 ) ) ) [field_education_post_grad] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 888 ) ) ) [field_ethnicity_asian] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 269 ) ) ) [field_ethnicity_black] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 224 ) ) ) [field_ethnicity_hawaiian] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 16 ) ) ) [field_ethnicity_indian] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 487 ) ) ) [field_ethnicity_other] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 1846 ) ) ) [field_ethnicity_white] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 26630 ) ) ) [field_greatschools_rating] => Array ( ) [field_city_quote_author] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => John Flocchini, Durham Buffalo Ranch [format] => [safe_value] => John Flocchini, Durham Buffalo Ranch ) ) ) [field_city_quotes] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Here, things are low-key and friendly, with people waving to you as you drive down the highway. It's the way life is meant to be. [format] => [safe_value] => Here, things are low-key and friendly, with people waving to you as you drive down the highway. It's the way life is meant to be. ) ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( [rdftype] => Array ( [0] => sioc:Item [1] => foaf:Document ) [title] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:title ) ) [created] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:date [1] => dc:created ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) [changed] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:modified ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) [body] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => content:encoded ) ) [uid] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:has_creator ) [type] => rel ) [name] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => foaf:name ) ) [comment_count] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:num_replies ) [datatype] => xsd:integer ) [last_activity] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:last_activity_date ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) ) [cid] => 0 [last_comment_timestamp] => 1403041582 [last_comment_name] => [last_comment_uid] => 0 [comment_count] => 0 [name] => [picture] => 0 [data] => ) [access] => 1 ) ) [#formatter] => entityreference_label [0] => Array ( [#markup] => Gillette ) ) [field_image_single] => Array ( [#theme] => field [#weight] => 12 [#title] => Image (single) [#access] => 1 [#label_display] => above [#view_mode] => full [#language] => und [#field_name] => field_image_single [#field_type] => image [#field_translatable] => 0 [#entity_type] => field_collection_item [#bundle] => field_list_item [#object] => FieldCollectionItemEntity Object ( [fieldInfo:protected] => [hostEntity:protected] => stdClass Object ( [vid] => 58877 [uid] => 0 [title] => 10 Best Winter Cities [log] => [status] => 1 [comment] => 1 [promote] => 1 [sticky] => 0 [ds_switch] => [nid] => 58877 [type] => best_places [language] => und [created] => 1323372435 [changed] => 1403622815 [tnid] => 0 [translate] => 0 [revision_timestamp] => 1403622815 [revision_uid] => 1 [body] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] =>

As Old Man Winter rears his head and people in some cities are preparing to hibernate, our picks for the Livability.com Top 10 Winter Cities are really starting to come alive. With plenty of cold-weather dependent things to do and see, these best places to live are among the coolest of our cool cities. Yes, we mean that both ways.

To help hone our list of America's best winter cities, we enlisted an expert in glacial geography – Patrick Coleman, CEO of the Winter Cities Institute. He shared a few of his top choices for best winter cities, but left the final picks to us. The institute defines a winter city as having an average January temperature that dips below freezing, and that’s where we started looking. Next, we identified cities where people adapt well to wintry weather, embrace the cold and even use it as a way to enhance their quality of life. The cities on our list also ranked well for other livability factors such as having lots to do, affordable housing and unemployment rates below the national average.

“The best winter cities plan for and pay attention to the details of winter livability,” Coleman says. “They find opportunities for innovation and improvement in services, building and product design. Winter cities embrace the winter season and have a winter culture. This extends to transportation, outdoor recreational opportunities, winter tourism and festivals, and appreciation for indoor arts and culture.”

The abundance and range of arctic activities in cities like Anchorage, AK, and Gillette, WY, certainly qualify, as do the history and cultural opportunities in Fargo, ND, and Lebanon, PA. From dogsledding to ice fishing to a bologna drop on New Year's Eve – when temperatures drop you can count on these top 10 winter cities to heat things up.

Photo by Frank Kovalchek.

[summary] => [format] => filtered_html [safe_value] =>

As Old Man Winter rears his head and people in some cities are preparing to hibernate, our picks for the Livability.com Top 10 Winter Cities are really starting to come alive. With plenty of cold-weather dependent things to do and see, these best places to live are among the coolest of our cool cities. Yes, we mean that both ways.

To help hone our list of America's best winter cities, we enlisted an expert in glacial geography – Patrick Coleman, CEO of the Winter Cities Institute. He shared a few of his top choices for best winter cities, but left the final picks to us. The institute defines a winter city as having an average January temperature that dips below freezing, and that’s where we started looking. Next, we identified cities where people adapt well to wintry weather, embrace the cold and even use it as a way to enhance their quality of life. The cities on our list also ranked well for other livability factors such as having lots to do, affordable housing and unemployment rates below the national average.

“The best winter cities plan for and pay attention to the details of winter livability,” Coleman says. “They find opportunities for innovation and improvement in services, building and product design. Winter cities embrace the winter season and have a winter culture. This extends to transportation, outdoor recreational opportunities, winter tourism and festivals, and appreciation for indoor arts and culture.”

The abundance and range of arctic activities in cities like Anchorage, AK, and Gillette, WY, certainly qualify, as do the history and cultural opportunities in Fargo, ND, and Lebanon, PA. From dogsledding to ice fishing to a bologna drop on New Year's Eve – when temperatures drop you can count on these top 10 winter cities to heat things up.

Photo by Frank Kovalchek.

[safe_summary] => ) ) ) [field_bp_category] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [tid] => 111 ) ) ) [field_deck] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Discover America's best winter cities "“ from dogsledding in Anchorage, AK to snowmobiling in Gillette, WY "“ when temperatures drop these winter cities really heat up. [format] => [safe_value] => Discover America's best winter cities "“ from dogsledding in Anchorage, AK to snowmobiling in Gillette, WY "“ when temperatures drop these winter cities really heat up. ) ) ) [field_image] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [fid] => 10121 [uid] => 1 [filename] => 151ANCSUB032_9.jpg [uri] => public://151ANCSUB032_9.jpg [filemime] => image/jpeg [filesize] => 57524 [status] => 1 [timestamp] => 1408566328 [type] => image [field_file_image_alt_text] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline [format] => [safe_value] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline ) ) ) [field_file_image_title_text] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline [format] => [safe_value] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline ) ) ) [field_byline] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Photo courtesy of Frank Kovalchek [format] => [safe_value] => Photo courtesy of Frank Kovalchek ) ) ) [field_description] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => There are many neighborhoods in Anchorage as well as a thriving downtown. [format] => [safe_value] => There are many neighborhoods in Anchorage as well as a thriving downtown. ) ) ) [field_place_ref] => Array ( ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [metadata] => Array ( [height] => 476 [width] => 750 ) [alt] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline [title] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline [width] => 750 [height] => 476 ) ) ) [field_internal_category] => Array ( ) [field_list_item] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 9758 [revision_id] => 9758 ) [1] => Array ( [value] => 9828 [revision_id] => 9828 ) [2] => Array ( [value] => 9872 [revision_id] => 9872 ) [3] => Array ( [value] => 9905 [revision_id] => 9905 ) [4] => Array ( [value] => 9944 [revision_id] => 9944 ) [5] => Array ( [value] => 10031 [revision_id] => 10031 ) [6] => Array ( [value] => 10096 [revision_id] => 10096 ) [7] => Array ( [value] => 10127 [revision_id] => 10127 ) [8] => Array ( [value] => 10155 [revision_id] => 10155 ) [9] => Array ( [value] => 10211 [revision_id] => 10211 ) ) ) [field_meta_description] => Array ( ) [field_page_title] => Array ( ) [field_professional_title] => Array ( ) [field_publish_now] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 0 ) ) ) [field_publish_on] => Array ( ) [field_pull_quote] => Array ( ) [field_quote_attribution] => Array ( ) [field_ranking_criteria] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Average January temperature below freezing [format] => [safe_value] => Average January temperature below freezing ) [1] => Array ( [value] => Embrace winter culture  [format] => [safe_value] => Embrace winter culture&nbsp; ) [2] => Array ( [value] => Winter tourism and activities [format] => [safe_value] => Winter tourism and activities ) [3] => Array ( [value] => Affordable housing [format] => [safe_value] => Affordable housing ) [4] => Array ( [value] => Low unemployment [format] => [safe_value] => Low unemployment ) ) ) [field_short_description] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Discover America's best winter cities "“ from dogsledding in Anchorage, AK to snowmobiling in Gillette, WY "“ when temperatures drop these winter cities really heat up. [format] => [safe_value] => Discover America's best winter cities "“ from dogsledding in Anchorage, AK to snowmobiling in Gillette, WY "“ when temperatures drop these winter cities really heat up. ) ) ) [field_source_notes] => Array ( ) [field_year] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 2010-01-01 00:00:00 [timezone] => America/New_York [timezone_db] => America/New_York [date_type] => datetime ) ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( [rdftype] => Array ( [0] => sioc:Item [1] => foaf:Document ) [title] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:title ) ) [created] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:date [1] => dc:created ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) [changed] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:modified ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) [body] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => content:encoded ) ) [uid] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:has_creator ) [type] => rel ) [name] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => foaf:name ) ) [comment_count] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:num_replies ) [datatype] => xsd:integer ) [last_activity] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:last_activity_date ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) ) [cid] => 0 [last_comment_timestamp] => 1403291541 [last_comment_name] => [last_comment_uid] => 0 [comment_count] => 0 [name] => [picture] => 0 [data] => ) [hostEntityId:protected] => 58877 [hostEntityRevisionId:protected] => [hostEntityType:protected] => node [langcode:protected] => und [item_id] => 9758 [revision_id] => 9758 [field_name] => field_list_item [default_revision] => 1 [archived] => 0 [entityType:protected] => field_collection_item [entityInfo:protected] => Array ( [label] => Field collection item [label callback] => entity_class_label [uri callback] => entity_class_uri [entity class] => FieldCollectionItemEntity [controller class] => EntityAPIController [base table] => field_collection_item [revision table] => field_collection_item_revision [fieldable] => 1 [redirect] => [entity keys] => Array ( [id] => item_id [revision] => revision_id [bundle] => field_name ) [module] => field_collection [view modes] => Array ( [full] => Array ( [label] => Full content [custom settings] => ) [diff_standard] => Array ( [label] => Revision comparison [custom settings] => ) [token] => Array ( [label] => Tokens [custom settings] => ) ) [access callback] => field_collection_item_access [metadata controller class] => FieldCollectionItemMetadataController [bundles] => Array ( [field_category] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_category [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-category [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [layouts] => Array ( [form] => Array ( [label] => Three column - equal width [path] => sites/all/modules/ds/layouts/ds_3col_equal_width [regions] => Array ( [left] => Left [middle] => Middle [right] => Right ) [css] => 1 [image] => 1 [layout] => ds_3col_equal_width [settings] => Array ( [regions] => Array ( [left] => Array ( [0] => field_category_ref ) [right] => Array ( [1] => field_featured_in_category ) [middle] => Array ( [2] => field_primary_category ) [hidden] => Array ( [3] => _add_existing_field ) ) [fields] => Array ( [field_category_ref] => left [field_featured_in_category] => right [field_primary_category] => middle [_add_existing_field] => hidden ) [classes] => Array ( ) [wrappers] => Array ( [left] => div [middle] => div [right] => div ) [layout_wrapper] => div [layout_attributes] => [layout_attributes_merge] => 1 [layout_link_attribute] => [layout_link_custom] => ) ) ) ) [field_place] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_place [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-place [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [layouts] => Array ( [form] => Array ( [label] => Three column - equal width [path] => sites/all/modules/ds/layouts/ds_3col_equal_width [regions] => Array ( [left] => Left [middle] => Middle [right] => Right ) [css] => 1 [image] => 1 [layout] => ds_3col_equal_width [settings] => Array ( [regions] => Array ( [left] => Array ( [0] => field_place_ref ) [middle] => Array ( [1] => field_primary_host ) [right] => Array ( [2] => field_featured_on_place_homepage ) [hidden] => Array ( [3] => _add_existing_field ) ) [fields] => Array ( [field_place_ref] => left [field_primary_host] => middle [field_featured_on_place_homepage] => right [_add_existing_field] => hidden ) [classes] => Array ( ) [wrappers] => Array ( [left] => div [middle] => div [right] => div ) [layout_wrapper] => div [layout_attributes] => [layout_attributes_merge] => 1 [layout_link_attribute] => [layout_link_custom] => ) ) ) ) [field_list_item] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_list_item [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-list-item [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [layouts] => Array ( [form] => Array ( [label] => One column [path] => sites/all/modules/ds/layouts/ds_1col [regions] => Array ( [ds_content] => Content ) [image] => 1 [layout] => ds_1col [settings] => Array ( [regions] => Array ( [ds_content] => Array ( [0] => field_city [1] => group_details [2] => field_quote_attribution [3] => field_image_single [4] => field_bp_body [5] => field_pull_quote [6] => field_source_notes [7] => field_professional_title [8] => group_pull_quote [9] => field_highlights ) [hidden] => Array ( [10] => _add_existing_field ) ) [fields] => Array ( [field_city] => ds_content [group_details] => ds_content [field_quote_attribution] => ds_content [field_image_single] => ds_content [field_bp_body] => ds_content [field_pull_quote] => ds_content [field_source_notes] => ds_content [field_professional_title] => ds_content [group_pull_quote] => ds_content [field_highlights] => ds_content [_add_existing_field] => hidden ) [classes] => Array ( ) [wrappers] => Array ( [ds_content] => div ) [layout_wrapper] => div [layout_attributes] => [layout_attributes_merge] => 1 [layout_link_attribute] => [layout_link_custom] => ) ) ) ) [field_top_100_advisory_board] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_top_100_advisory_board [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-top-100-advisory-board [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) ) [field_top_100_advisory_board_pag] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_top_100_advisory_board_pag [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-top-100-advisory-board-pag [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) ) [field_top_100_item] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_top_100_item [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-top-100-item [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [layouts] => Array ( [form] => Array ( [label] => One column [path] => sites/all/modules/ds/layouts/ds_1col [regions] => Array ( [ds_content] => Content ) [image] => 1 [layout] => ds_1col [settings] => Array ( [regions] => Array ( [ds_content] => Array ( [0] => field_rank [1] => field_top_100_city [2] => field_livscore [3] => field_economic_score [4] => field_healthcare_score [5] => field_housing_score [6] => field_civic_capital_score [7] => field_education_score [8] => field_amenities_score [9] => field_demographics_score [10] => field_infrastructure_score [11] => group_details [12] => field_image_single [13] => field_image [14] => field_bp_body [15] => _add_existing_field ) ) [fields] => Array ( [field_rank] => ds_content [field_top_100_city] => ds_content [field_livscore] => ds_content [field_economic_score] => ds_content [field_healthcare_score] => ds_content [field_housing_score] => ds_content [field_civic_capital_score] => ds_content [field_education_score] => ds_content [field_amenities_score] => ds_content [field_demographics_score] => ds_content [field_infrastructure_score] => ds_content [group_details] => ds_content [field_image_single] => ds_content [field_image] => ds_content [field_bp_body] => ds_content [_add_existing_field] => ds_content ) [classes] => Array ( ) [wrappers] => Array ( [ds_content] => div ) [layout_wrapper] => div [layout_attributes] => [layout_attributes_merge] => 1 [layout_link_attribute] => [layout_link_custom] => ) ) ) ) [field_top_100_ranking_criteria] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_top_100_ranking_criteria [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-top-100-ranking-criteria [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) ) [field_top_100_ranking_page] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_top_100_ranking_page [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-top-100-ranking-page [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) ) [field_ranking_methodology_page] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_ranking_methodology_page [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-ranking-methodology-page [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) ) [field_liv_partners] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_liv_partners [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-liv-partners [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) ) [field_stats] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_stats [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-stats [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) ) ) [static cache] => 1 [field cache] => 1 [load hook] => field_collection_item_load [translation] => Array ( ) [schema_fields_sql] => Array ( [base table] => Array ( [0] => item_id [1] => revision_id [2] => field_name [3] => archived ) [revision table] => Array ( [0] => revision_id [1] => item_id ) ) [token type] => field_collection_item [configuration] => ) [idKey:protected] => item_id [nameKey:protected] => item_id [statusKey:protected] => status [defaultLabel:protected] => [field_bp_body] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] =>

Winter brings out the wild in the West – particularly in Gillette, WY, which has some of the largest deer and elk populations in the region. Snowmobilers and cross-country skiers are sure to spot a few during a jaunt through the 1.8 million-acre Thunder Basin National Grassland. If you don't have a snowmobile, that's not a problem. The city does a good job clearing snow and ice from major streets, sidewalks and even bike paths.

The economy in Gillette and surrounding Campbell County is thriving thanks to employment gains in construction, machinery manufacturing and sales, so job seekers won't be left out in the cold. 

Gillette is a town where a kid can be a kid any time of the year. The Campbell County Parks and Recreation Department indoor Field House hosts youth soccer leagues during the cold months, culminating in the Gillette Edge Winter Blast indoor soccer tournament in February. And Gillette’s CAM-PLEX multi-event facility brings artists, musicians, competitions and performances from around the country to entertain the entire family. Sports fans can follow the Pronghorns of Gillette College as they compete in men's and women's basketball in winter months.

Winter Weather

  • Average January low: 10 degrees
  • Average annual snowfall: 64.7 inches
     

Click to see more great things to do in Gillette, WY.

[format] => filtered_html [safe_value] =>

Winter brings out the wild in the West – particularly in Gillette, WY, which has some of the largest deer and elk populations in the region. Snowmobilers and cross-country skiers are sure to spot a few during a jaunt through the 1.8 million-acre Thunder Basin National Grassland. If you don't have a snowmobile, that's not a problem. The city does a good job clearing snow and ice from major streets, sidewalks and even bike paths.

The economy in Gillette and surrounding Campbell County is thriving thanks to employment gains in construction, machinery manufacturing and sales, so job seekers won't be left out in the cold. 

Gillette is a town where a kid can be a kid any time of the year. The Campbell County Parks and Recreation Department indoor Field House hosts youth soccer leagues during the cold months, culminating in the Gillette Edge Winter Blast indoor soccer tournament in February. And Gillette’s CAM-PLEX multi-event facility brings artists, musicians, competitions and performances from around the country to entertain the entire family. Sports fans can follow the Pronghorns of Gillette College as they compete in men's and women's basketball in winter months.

Winter Weather

  • Average January low: 10 degrees
  • Average annual snowfall: 64.7 inches
     

Click to see more great things to do in Gillette, WY.

) ) ) [field_city] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [target_id] => 58787 [entity] => stdClass Object ( [vid] => 58787 [uid] => 0 [title] => Gillette [log] => [status] => 1 [comment] => 2 [promote] => 1 [sticky] => 0 [ds_switch] => [nid] => 58787 [type] => city [language] => und [created] => 1403678032 [changed] => 1409082981 [tnid] => 0 [translate] => 0 [revision_timestamp] => 1409082981 [revision_uid] => 1 [body] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] =>

Gillette is the Energy Capital of the nation, home to big industries and entrepreneurs. An active city with a recreation center, hunting and fishing, and popular rodeo events, Gillette was named one of Livability.com's Top 10 Manliest Cities. The  CAM-PLEX event center includes an NHL-sized ice rink and motocross facilities. Gillette is also just a short drive away from two national treasures – Mount Rushmore and Devil's Tower.

[summary] => [format] => filtered_html [safe_value] =>

Gillette is the Energy Capital of the nation, home to big industries and entrepreneurs. An active city with a recreation center, hunting and fishing, and popular rodeo events, Gillette was named one of Livability.com's Top 10 Manliest Cities. The  CAM-PLEX event center includes an NHL-sized ice rink and motocross facilities. Gillette is also just a short drive away from two national treasures – Mount Rushmore and Devil's Tower.

[safe_summary] => ) ) ) [field_avg_commute] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 17.3 ) ) ) [field_carpooled] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 1806 ) ) ) [field_commute_other] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 277 ) ) ) [field_county] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [target_id] => 3175 ) ) ) [field_different_state] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 16496 ) ) ) [field_drove_alone] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 13048 ) ) ) [field_employed] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 16269 ) ) ) [field_employed_armed_forces] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 37 ) ) ) [field_english_only] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 24311 ) ) ) [field_foreign_born] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 1481 ) ) ) [field_geo] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [geom] => POINT (-105.5012125 44.2784955) [geo_type] => point [lat] => 44.278495500000 [lon] => -105.501212500000 [left] => -105.501212500000 [top] => 44.278495500000 [right] => -105.501212500000 [bottom] => 44.278495500000 [geohash] => 9xugzk8kgtf4n ) ) ) [field_language_other] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 2278 ) ) ) [field_median_home_price] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 191700 ) ) ) [field_median_household_income] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [amount] => 72525.00 [currency] => USD ) ) ) [field_place_id] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 31855 ) ) ) [field_poor_english] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 356 ) ) ) [field_population] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 29472 ) ) ) [field_public] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 246 ) ) ) [field_state] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [target_id] => 51 ) ) ) [field_unemployed] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 718 ) ) ) [field_walked] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 249 ) ) ) [field_worked_home] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 343 ) ) ) [field_census_name] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Gillette city, Wyoming [format] => [safe_value] => Gillette city, Wyoming ) ) ) [field_promoted_city] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 1 ) ) ) [field_weatherbase_id] => Array ( ) [field_ad_targeting_project_id] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => liv_604 [format] => [safe_value] => liv_604 ) ) ) [field_education_college] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 5268 ) ) ) [field_education_high_school] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 6257 ) ) ) [field_education_post_grad] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 888 ) ) ) [field_ethnicity_asian] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 269 ) ) ) [field_ethnicity_black] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 224 ) ) ) [field_ethnicity_hawaiian] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 16 ) ) ) [field_ethnicity_indian] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 487 ) ) ) [field_ethnicity_other] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 1846 ) ) ) [field_ethnicity_white] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 26630 ) ) ) [field_greatschools_rating] => Array ( ) [field_city_quote_author] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => John Flocchini, Durham Buffalo Ranch [format] => [safe_value] => John Flocchini, Durham Buffalo Ranch ) ) ) [field_city_quotes] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Here, things are low-key and friendly, with people waving to you as you drive down the highway. It's the way life is meant to be. [format] => [safe_value] => Here, things are low-key and friendly, with people waving to you as you drive down the highway. It's the way life is meant to be. ) ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( [rdftype] => Array ( [0] => sioc:Item [1] => foaf:Document ) [title] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:title ) ) [created] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:date [1] => dc:created ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) [changed] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:modified ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) [body] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => content:encoded ) ) [uid] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:has_creator ) [type] => rel ) [name] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => foaf:name ) ) [comment_count] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:num_replies ) [datatype] => xsd:integer ) [last_activity] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:last_activity_date ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) ) [cid] => 0 [last_comment_timestamp] => 1403041582 [last_comment_name] => [last_comment_uid] => 0 [comment_count] => 0 [name] => [picture] => 0 [data] => ) [access] => 1 ) ) ) [field_highlights] => Array ( ) [field_professional_title] => Array ( ) [field_pull_quote] => Array ( ) [field_quote_attribution] => Array ( ) [field_source_notes] => Array ( ) [field_image_single] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [fid] => 10109 [uid] => 1 [filename] => 6040211BM3643_3.jpg [uri] => public://6040211BM3643_3.jpg [filemime] => image/jpeg [filesize] => 59058 [status] => 1 [timestamp] => 1408566328 [type] => image [field_file_image_alt_text] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY [format] => [safe_value] => Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY ) ) ) [field_file_image_title_text] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY [format] => [safe_value] => Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY ) ) ) [field_byline] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Brian McCord [format] => [safe_value] => Brian McCord ) ) ) [field_description] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] =>

Campbell County High School students practice hockey at the Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY. See why the ice arena and more make Gillette a Top Winter City.

[format] => [safe_value] => <p>Campbell County High School students practice hockey at the Campbell County Ice Arena&nbsp;in Gillette, WY. See why the ice arena and more make <a href="//livability.com/top-10/top-10-winter-cities/gillette/wy”">Gillette a Top Winter City</a>.</p> ) ) ) [field_place_ref] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [target_id] => 58787 ) ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [metadata] => Array ( [height] => 493 [width] => 750 ) [alt] => Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY [title] => Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY [width] => 750 [height] => 493 ) ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [entity_view_prepared] => 1 ) [#items] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [fid] => 10109 [uid] => 1 [filename] => 6040211BM3643_3.jpg [uri] => public://6040211BM3643_3.jpg [filemime] => image/jpeg [filesize] => 59058 [status] => 1 [timestamp] => 1408566328 [type] => image [field_file_image_alt_text] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY [format] => [safe_value] => Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY ) ) ) [field_file_image_title_text] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY [format] => [safe_value] => Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY ) ) ) [field_byline] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Brian McCord [format] => [safe_value] => Brian McCord ) ) ) [field_description] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] =>

Campbell County High School students practice hockey at the Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY. See why the ice arena and more make Gillette a Top Winter City.

[format] => [safe_value] => <p>Campbell County High School students practice hockey at the Campbell County Ice Arena&nbsp;in Gillette, WY. See why the ice arena and more make <a href="//livability.com/top-10/top-10-winter-cities/gillette/wy”">Gillette a Top Winter City</a>.</p> ) ) ) [field_place_ref] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [target_id] => 58787 ) ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [metadata] => Array ( [height] => 493 [width] => 750 ) [alt] => Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY [title] => Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY [width] => 750 [height] => 493 ) ) [#formatter] => image [0] => Array ( [#theme] => image_formatter [#item] => Array ( [fid] => 10109 [uid] => 1 [filename] => 6040211BM3643_3.jpg [uri] => public://6040211BM3643_3.jpg [filemime] => image/jpeg [filesize] => 59058 [status] => 1 [timestamp] => 1408566328 [type] => image [field_file_image_alt_text] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY [format] => [safe_value] => Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY ) ) ) [field_file_image_title_text] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY [format] => [safe_value] => Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY ) ) ) [field_byline] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Brian McCord [format] => [safe_value] => Brian McCord ) ) ) [field_description] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] =>

Campbell County High School students practice hockey at the Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY. See why the ice arena and more make Gillette a Top Winter City.

[format] => [safe_value] => <p>Campbell County High School students practice hockey at the Campbell County Ice Arena&nbsp;in Gillette, WY. See why the ice arena and more make <a href="//livability.com/top-10/top-10-winter-cities/gillette/wy”">Gillette a Top Winter City</a>.</p> ) ) ) [field_place_ref] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [target_id] => 58787 ) ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [metadata] => Array ( [height] => 493 [width] => 750 ) [alt] => Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY [title] => Campbell County Ice Arena in Gillette, WY [width] => 750 [height] => 493 ) [#image_style] => [#path] => ) ) [#pre_render] => Array ( [0] => _field_extra_fields_pre_render ) [#entity_type] => field_collection_item [#bundle] => field_list_item [#groups] => Array ( ) [#fieldgroups] => Array ( ) [#group_children] => Array ( ) [#theme] => entity [#entity] => FieldCollectionItemEntity Object ( [fieldInfo:protected] => [hostEntity:protected] => stdClass Object ( [vid] => 58877 [uid] => 0 [title] => 10 Best Winter Cities [log] => [status] => 1 [comment] => 1 [promote] => 1 [sticky] => 0 [ds_switch] => [nid] => 58877 [type] => best_places [language] => und [created] => 1323372435 [changed] => 1403622815 [tnid] => 0 [translate] => 0 [revision_timestamp] => 1403622815 [revision_uid] => 1 [body] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] =>

As Old Man Winter rears his head and people in some cities are preparing to hibernate, our picks for the Livability.com Top 10 Winter Cities are really starting to come alive. With plenty of cold-weather dependent things to do and see, these best places to live are among the coolest of our cool cities. Yes, we mean that both ways.

To help hone our list of America's best winter cities, we enlisted an expert in glacial geography – Patrick Coleman, CEO of the Winter Cities Institute. He shared a few of his top choices for best winter cities, but left the final picks to us. The institute defines a winter city as having an average January temperature that dips below freezing, and that’s where we started looking. Next, we identified cities where people adapt well to wintry weather, embrace the cold and even use it as a way to enhance their quality of life. The cities on our list also ranked well for other livability factors such as having lots to do, affordable housing and unemployment rates below the national average.

“The best winter cities plan for and pay attention to the details of winter livability,” Coleman says. “They find opportunities for innovation and improvement in services, building and product design. Winter cities embrace the winter season and have a winter culture. This extends to transportation, outdoor recreational opportunities, winter tourism and festivals, and appreciation for indoor arts and culture.”

The abundance and range of arctic activities in cities like Anchorage, AK, and Gillette, WY, certainly qualify, as do the history and cultural opportunities in Fargo, ND, and Lebanon, PA. From dogsledding to ice fishing to a bologna drop on New Year's Eve – when temperatures drop you can count on these top 10 winter cities to heat things up.

Photo by Frank Kovalchek.

[summary] => [format] => filtered_html [safe_value] =>

As Old Man Winter rears his head and people in some cities are preparing to hibernate, our picks for the Livability.com Top 10 Winter Cities are really starting to come alive. With plenty of cold-weather dependent things to do and see, these best places to live are among the coolest of our cool cities. Yes, we mean that both ways.

To help hone our list of America's best winter cities, we enlisted an expert in glacial geography – Patrick Coleman, CEO of the Winter Cities Institute. He shared a few of his top choices for best winter cities, but left the final picks to us. The institute defines a winter city as having an average January temperature that dips below freezing, and that’s where we started looking. Next, we identified cities where people adapt well to wintry weather, embrace the cold and even use it as a way to enhance their quality of life. The cities on our list also ranked well for other livability factors such as having lots to do, affordable housing and unemployment rates below the national average.

“The best winter cities plan for and pay attention to the details of winter livability,” Coleman says. “They find opportunities for innovation and improvement in services, building and product design. Winter cities embrace the winter season and have a winter culture. This extends to transportation, outdoor recreational opportunities, winter tourism and festivals, and appreciation for indoor arts and culture.”

The abundance and range of arctic activities in cities like Anchorage, AK, and Gillette, WY, certainly qualify, as do the history and cultural opportunities in Fargo, ND, and Lebanon, PA. From dogsledding to ice fishing to a bologna drop on New Year's Eve – when temperatures drop you can count on these top 10 winter cities to heat things up.

Photo by Frank Kovalchek.

[safe_summary] => ) ) ) [field_bp_category] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [tid] => 111 ) ) ) [field_deck] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Discover America's best winter cities "“ from dogsledding in Anchorage, AK to snowmobiling in Gillette, WY "“ when temperatures drop these winter cities really heat up. [format] => [safe_value] => Discover America's best winter cities "“ from dogsledding in Anchorage, AK to snowmobiling in Gillette, WY "“ when temperatures drop these winter cities really heat up. ) ) ) [field_image] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [fid] => 10121 [uid] => 1 [filename] => 151ANCSUB032_9.jpg [uri] => public://151ANCSUB032_9.jpg [filemime] => image/jpeg [filesize] => 57524 [status] => 1 [timestamp] => 1408566328 [type] => image [field_file_image_alt_text] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline [format] => [safe_value] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline ) ) ) [field_file_image_title_text] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline [format] => [safe_value] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline ) ) ) [field_byline] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Photo courtesy of Frank Kovalchek [format] => [safe_value] => Photo courtesy of Frank Kovalchek ) ) ) [field_description] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => There are many neighborhoods in Anchorage as well as a thriving downtown. [format] => [safe_value] => There are many neighborhoods in Anchorage as well as a thriving downtown. ) ) ) [field_place_ref] => Array ( ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [metadata] => Array ( [height] => 476 [width] => 750 ) [alt] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline [title] => Anchorage, Alaska Skyline [width] => 750 [height] => 476 ) ) ) [field_internal_category] => Array ( ) [field_list_item] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 9758 [revision_id] => 9758 ) [1] => Array ( [value] => 9828 [revision_id] => 9828 ) [2] => Array ( [value] => 9872 [revision_id] => 9872 ) [3] => Array ( [value] => 9905 [revision_id] => 9905 ) [4] => Array ( [value] => 9944 [revision_id] => 9944 ) [5] => Array ( [value] => 10031 [revision_id] => 10031 ) [6] => Array ( [value] => 10096 [revision_id] => 10096 ) [7] => Array ( [value] => 10127 [revision_id] => 10127 ) [8] => Array ( [value] => 10155 [revision_id] => 10155 ) [9] => Array ( [value] => 10211 [revision_id] => 10211 ) ) ) [field_meta_description] => Array ( ) [field_page_title] => Array ( ) [field_professional_title] => Array ( ) [field_publish_now] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 0 ) ) ) [field_publish_on] => Array ( ) [field_pull_quote] => Array ( ) [field_quote_attribution] => Array ( ) [field_ranking_criteria] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Average January temperature below freezing [format] => [safe_value] => Average January temperature below freezing ) [1] => Array ( [value] => Embrace winter culture  [format] => [safe_value] => Embrace winter culture&nbsp; ) [2] => Array ( [value] => Winter tourism and activities [format] => [safe_value] => Winter tourism and activities ) [3] => Array ( [value] => Affordable housing [format] => [safe_value] => Affordable housing ) [4] => Array ( [value] => Low unemployment [format] => [safe_value] => Low unemployment ) ) ) [field_short_description] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => Discover America's best winter cities "“ from dogsledding in Anchorage, AK to snowmobiling in Gillette, WY "“ when temperatures drop these winter cities really heat up. [format] => [safe_value] => Discover America's best winter cities "“ from dogsledding in Anchorage, AK to snowmobiling in Gillette, WY "“ when temperatures drop these winter cities really heat up. ) ) ) [field_source_notes] => Array ( ) [field_year] => Array ( [und] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [value] => 2010-01-01 00:00:00 [timezone] => America/New_York [timezone_db] => America/New_York [date_type] => datetime ) ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( [rdftype] => Array ( [0] => sioc:Item [1] => foaf:Document ) [title] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:title ) ) [created] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:date [1] => dc:created ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) [changed] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => dc:modified ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) [body] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => content:encoded ) ) [uid] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:has_creator ) [type] => rel ) [name] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => foaf:name ) ) [comment_count] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:num_replies ) [datatype] => xsd:integer ) [last_activity] => Array ( [predicates] => Array ( [0] => sioc:last_activity_date ) [datatype] => xsd:dateTime [callback] => date_iso8601 ) ) [cid] => 0 [last_comment_timestamp] => 1403291541 [last_comment_name] => [last_comment_uid] => 0 [comment_count] => 0 [name] => [picture] => 0 [data] => ) [hostEntityId:protected] => 58877 [hostEntityRevisionId:protected] => [hostEntityType:protected] => node [langcode:protected] => und [item_id] => 9758 [revision_id] => 9758 [field_name] => field_list_item [default_revision] => 1 [archived] => 0 [entityType:protected] => field_collection_item [entityInfo:protected] => Array ( [label] => Field collection item [label callback] => entity_class_label [uri callback] => entity_class_uri [entity class] => FieldCollectionItemEntity [controller class] => EntityAPIController [base table] => field_collection_item [revision table] => field_collection_item_revision [fieldable] => 1 [redirect] => [entity keys] => Array ( [id] => item_id [revision] => revision_id [bundle] => field_name ) [module] => field_collection [view modes] => Array ( [full] => Array ( [label] => Full content [custom settings] => ) [diff_standard] => Array ( [label] => Revision comparison [custom settings] => ) [token] => Array ( [label] => Tokens [custom settings] => ) ) [access callback] => field_collection_item_access [metadata controller class] => FieldCollectionItemMetadataController [bundles] => Array ( [field_category] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_category [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-category [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [layouts] => Array ( [form] => Array ( [label] => Three column - equal width [path] => sites/all/modules/ds/layouts/ds_3col_equal_width [regions] => Array ( [left] => Left [middle] => Middle [right] => Right ) [css] => 1 [image] => 1 [layout] => ds_3col_equal_width [settings] => Array ( [regions] => Array ( [left] => Array ( [0] => field_category_ref ) [right] => Array ( [1] => field_featured_in_category ) [middle] => Array ( [2] => field_primary_category ) [hidden] => Array ( [3] => _add_existing_field ) ) [fields] => Array ( [field_category_ref] => left [field_featured_in_category] => right [field_primary_category] => middle [_add_existing_field] => hidden ) [classes] => Array ( ) [wrappers] => Array ( [left] => div [middle] => div [right] => div ) [layout_wrapper] => div [layout_attributes] => [layout_attributes_merge] => 1 [layout_link_attribute] => [layout_link_custom] => ) ) ) ) [field_place] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_place [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-place [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [layouts] => Array ( [form] => Array ( [label] => Three column - equal width [path] => sites/all/modules/ds/layouts/ds_3col_equal_width [regions] => Array ( [left] => Left [middle] => Middle [right] => Right ) [css] => 1 [image] => 1 [layout] => ds_3col_equal_width [settings] => Array ( [regions] => Array ( [left] => Array ( [0] => field_place_ref ) [middle] => Array ( [1] => field_primary_host ) [right] => Array ( [2] => field_featured_on_place_homepage ) [hidden] => Array ( [3] => _add_existing_field ) ) [fields] => Array ( [field_place_ref] => left [field_primary_host] => middle [field_featured_on_place_homepage] => right [_add_existing_field] => hidden ) [classes] => Array ( ) [wrappers] => Array ( [left] => div [middle] => div [right] => div ) [layout_wrapper] => div [layout_attributes] => [layout_attributes_merge] => 1 [layout_link_attribute] => [layout_link_custom] => ) ) ) ) [field_list_item] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_list_item [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-list-item [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [layouts] => Array ( [form] => Array ( [label] => One column [path] => sites/all/modules/ds/layouts/ds_1col [regions] => Array ( [ds_content] => Content ) [image] => 1 [layout] => ds_1col [settings] => Array ( [regions] => Array ( [ds_content] => Array ( [0] => field_city [1] => group_details [2] => field_quote_attribution [3] => field_image_single [4] => field_bp_body [5] => field_pull_quote [6] => field_source_notes [7] => field_professional_title [8] => group_pull_quote [9] => field_highlights ) [hidden] => Array ( [10] => _add_existing_field ) ) [fields] => Array ( [field_city] => ds_content [group_details] => ds_content [field_quote_attribution] => ds_content [field_image_single] => ds_content [field_bp_body] => ds_content [field_pull_quote] => ds_content [field_source_notes] => ds_content [field_professional_title] => ds_content [group_pull_quote] => ds_content [field_highlights] => ds_content [_add_existing_field] => hidden ) [classes] => Array ( ) [wrappers] => Array ( [ds_content] => div ) [layout_wrapper] => div [layout_attributes] => [layout_attributes_merge] => 1 [layout_link_attribute] => [layout_link_custom] => ) ) ) ) [field_top_100_advisory_board] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_top_100_advisory_board [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-top-100-advisory-board [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) ) [field_top_100_advisory_board_pag] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_top_100_advisory_board_pag [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-top-100-advisory-board-pag [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) ) [field_top_100_item] => Array ( [label] => Field collection field_top_100_item [admin] => Array ( [path] => admin/structure/field-collections/%field_collection_field_name [real path] => admin/structure/field-collections/field-top-100-item [bundle argument] => 3 [access arguments] => Array ( [0] => administer field collections ) ) [rdf_mapping] => Array ( ) [layouts] => Array ( [form] => Array ( [label] => One column [path] => sites/all/modules/ds/layouts/ds_1col [regions] => Array ( [ds_content] => Content ) [image] => 1 [layout] => ds_1col [settings] => Array ( [regions] => Array ( [ds_content] => Array ( [0] => field_rank [1] => field_top_100_city