Definition of snow line in English:

snow line


  • The altitude in a particular place above which some snow remains on the ground throughout the year.

    • ‘They were below the snow line, but it was still going to drop to near freezing at night.’
    • ‘Leaving Alex to study for his biology degree, we walked out into the swirling mists and up the steep slopes of volcanic scree towards the snowline.’
    • ‘In simple terms, the snow line is going to rise up the mountain.’
    • ‘Weather at the study site was typical of that found below snowline in subalpine forests of southeastern Australia, where autumn and winter are characterized by frosty nights followed by cool to mild, sunny days.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Barrera was above the snowline in Big Bear Mountain.’
    • ‘His interest was in linking existing walking tracks together and using them to traverse the South Island below the snowline.’
    • ‘I used to dream of cold, sunny days, against the sky of mountains, as we climbed to snowlines through the sharper light of forests.’
    • ‘Some are so resistant to frost that they can grow on, or very near, the snowline.’
    • ‘Below the snowline the slopes are generally great stretches of bare red and grey rocks, broken by alpine meadows.’
    • ‘They were the only plants that could eke out life above the snow line.’
    • ‘Mountain Quail regularly migrate short distances on foot, usually descending to lower elevations for the winter, staying below the snow line.’
    • ‘Shrinkage of glaciers and ascension of the snowline have led to fewer sources of water for over 40 rivers originating from Mount Qilian.’
    • ‘They are often seen east of the Cascades in winter at forest edges up to the snow line.’
    • ‘The farmhouse was 1600 feet above sea level, so was above the snow line which was at about 1200 feet, and we would have two to three weeks snowed in each winter.’
    • ‘The melting in such tongues below the snowline is balanced by the downward flow of ice from above the snowline.’
    • ‘For the past nine or 10 years figures showed that and it was quite evident because things like snow lines were receding up mountains and skiing in some places was no longer possible.’
    • ‘Clashes have continued for the past two weeks, seeing the rebels dug into fortified positions in Tanusevci, high above the snowline.’
    • ‘Soon they, too, will prowl these sun-fields just below the snow line, grazing on the delicious lilies.’
    • ‘Once we reached the snowline, the difficulty of the hike increased.’
    • ‘We walked on to a saddle of lichen-covered rock just short of the snowline.’


snow line

/ˈsnəʊ ˌlʌɪn/