Wild weather: Have you ever seen a snow ghost?

Nov 27 2023, 4:00 pm

Keep your eyes peeled the next time you visit the mountains. You may get a chance to see a snow ghost or two.

So, what exactly are snow ghosts?

Well, they are trees completely encased in snow and ice, creating a towering, fluffy effect. It also creates a real-life winter wonderland.

The cover is caused by heavy accumulations of super-cooled water droplets called rime, according to The Weather Network.

Rime happens when you get freezing fog, which happens often in the mountains and can come in three basic types: soft, hard, and clear.

When snow falls on top of the rime-covered trees, you can witness the neat and somewhat spooky look of snow ghosts.

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They can occur at ski resorts across North America, including British Columbia’s Big White Ski Resort.


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So, there you have it.

Next time you are in the mountains or at a ski resort, keep an eye out for a majestic snow ghost or two. They make for perfect photos, too.

Laine MitchellLaine Mitchell

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