Best Cities to Host the 2026 Winter Olympics

Which City should win the title of hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics? Any city is okay.

The Top Ten

1 Reykjavik, Iceland

Good way to boost Icelandic Tourism and Iceland's all-round reputation in the world. - tailsthebest1

2 Lake Placid, United States

A NY based Olympics with a focused host site in Lake Placid would be amazing. Bringing this world event back to a historic location will not only add an incredible amount of nostalgia, but also make use of preexisting facilities that would require renovation rather than a full fledged build of a new facility that may never be used again - decreasing any environmental damage and making better use of the funds invested in the event planning.

I like the idea of Lake Placid and NYC co-exhibiting, that makes a lot of sense! Combined it would be the perfect and Ideal location for the Winter Olympics! One day you can check out some events in the city that never sleeps NYC and another day enjoy some events in the beautiful scenic and tranquil city of Lake Placid! Sounds awesome and would bring a lot of people!

Great small city with ability to host big Olympic events. Just needs some infrastructure improvement, and New York City could host the big spectator events (Ice events and opening ceremony). If IOC is serious about promoting more financially viable events, then Lake Placid is the perfect place to start and show it is possible!

The State of New York is about to invest in Whiteface Mtn., It's a great venue with a lot of history, and just needs a refresher from the 1980 Olympics. It would greatly help the economy in the area. The Adirondack Park is beautiful and easily accessible to a population >55M in the North East U.S.

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3 Middlesbrough, UK

Great way to spring life in to the town. Would also bring lots of business. - tailsthebest1

I support Middlesbrough FC and I live in the area so I would love the 2026 winter Olympics here. Although it doesn't snow too much here. I though a place in Scotland would be better. Let's hope The Winter Olympics can finally come to my area!

I want Great Britain to host Winter Olympics please

I go for Middlebrough, UK

4 Longyearbyen, Norway

Practically all year snow, Near great mountains for skiing, Will put Longyearbyen and Svalbard on the map and boost the economy and tourism of the area. - tailsthebest1

We could add polar bear hunting events (please don't sue me PETA).

There will most definitely be snow - severalsomeones

5 Rovaniemi, Finland

Rather large Finnish City in Lapland near the Arctic Circle, Pretty good for a Winter's Olympics. - tailsthebest1

6 Salt Lake City, United States

They already have all the facilities they need to host. It has been used since 2002 and is in good condition, so this would be a smart financial move.

Would love to see the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City again

Perfect resorts and already has all the stuff needed to host the olympics - Bradenlovell

Time for the "dinner roll" at Deer Valley!

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7 Jurbarkas, Lithuania

Would help the economy and Lithuania's image among the world. And two words: Andrius Pojavis. - tailsthebest1

8 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden

Nicely Sized Northern Swedish City. (Also Niklas Edin is from there. He's so awesome! ) - tailsthebest1

9 Calgary, Alberta Calgary, Alberta

Best city with best volunteers!

Have to favourites for the 2026 Olympics.

Calgary hosted the best winter Olympics ever according to the former IOC president. They left an incredible legacy. The games made money.
They were well organized and fun
Calgary has the history of te best spirit of volunterism on earth.

10 Nuuk, Greenland

Near LOTS of Snow! Help Greenland as it starts its Olympic journey (Planning to enter
The 2016 or 2020 Summer Olympics) - tailsthebest1

The Contenders

11 Almaty, Kazakhstan

Perfect, near Russia so it will be like Sochi which was amazing. Would also help Kazakhstan develop. - ReganTheBeast

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12 Ushuaia, Argentina

People think Argentina is hot! IT IS so COLD laugh out loud! Argentina it snows a lot and also very beautiful

Large Argentine city, Near a lot of mountains, Help boost Argentine Economy. - tailsthebest1

13 Innsbruck Tirol, Austria

Great choice

Simply the best city in the whole world.
Best ski resorts, best medieval district...

14 Trento, Italy

Great scenery, beautiful landscape!

15 Denver, Colorado

Easy to reach. Large airport. The majority of the facilities are already in place. Sports crazy town.

Made for Olympics host xgames for over ten years now has all the Venus pretty much in place

Most venues in place already 300 days of sunshine Olympics ready aspen host the x games

16 Erzurum, Turkey

It's the safest city of Turkey. 25th winter universiade games were hosted here and it still has the attendance record for winter universiade games. I think Erzurum will host that succesfully.

17 Anchorage, United States
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19 Methven (Māori: Piwakawaka), New Zealand V 1 Comment
20 Edina, United States

Only because the twin cities has a special place in my heart.

Decided I'd scroll down till I saw the first US city, then I saw Edina, a city in my home state. Things are so cold here up in Minnesota that we wouldn't have to worry about the halfpipe melting like it did in Sochi.

I only chose this because I am Minnesotan. There would be challenges with the alpine skiing events (i don't think Lutsen or Giants Ridge could host olympic downhill), but indoor ice events could be at the Xcel Energy Center and/or Target Center and there are a lot of cross country trails around here (including one five minutes from my home). Beside, we will likely have four million residents in the MSP area by 2026, so I think we will have enough peeps and venues for the events).

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