A freak autumn blizzard left the Latvian capital blanketed in 20cm of the white stuff for nearly a week, but just as locals began strapping on their ski boots, the weather turned once again and everything melted leaving puddles and broken hearts in its watery wake. Thankfully, a blast of arctic air has descended on Riga in early 2017, so skiers, snowboarders, ice skaters, bobsledders and even curlers now have an opportunity to do their thing.

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