My quintessential memories of white Winters are of my early childhood in West Germany. Between the ages of one and four or so, from 1968 to 1971, my father was stationed in Heidelberg. I remember castles, forests, military bases (we lived in Patrick Henry Village, naturally), and especially Wintertime, Christmas Markets and skiing holidays in the Bavarian Alps. Germany does Winter well.
This is a photograph of me (I'm the one on the right) taken around 1970 at Mad King Ludwig's Neuschwanstein Castle, a late 19th Century Romantic period icon. It was the model for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland built in 1955 and had most recently been featured in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, released in 1968. That sweetly eccentric film was most certainly on a loop in my head as I stood, mid-Winter, framed by Ludwig's great Castle Gate at the dawn of The Seventies.