Definition of snow line in US English:

snow line


usually the snow line
  • 1The altitude above which some snow remains on the ground in a particular place throughout the year.

    • ‘Clashes have continued for the past two weeks, seeing the rebels dug into fortified positions in Tanusevci, high above the snowline.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Below the snowline the slopes are generally great stretches of bare red and grey rocks, broken by alpine meadows.’
    • ‘Soon they, too, will prowl these sun-fields just below the snow line, grazing on the delicious lilies.’
    • ‘Shrinkage of glaciers and ascension of the snowline have led to fewer sources of water for over 40 rivers originating from Mount Qilian.’
    • ‘Once we reached the snowline, the difficulty of the hike increased.’
    • ‘In simple terms, the snow line is going to rise up the mountain.’
    • ‘I used to dream of cold, sunny days, against the sky of mountains, as we climbed to snowlines through the sharper light of forests.’
    • ‘They were below the snow line, but it was still going to drop to near freezing at night.’
    • ‘We walked on to a saddle of lichen-covered rock just short of 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.’
    • ‘His interest was in linking existing walking tracks together and using them to traverse the South Island below the snowline.’
    • ‘Some are so resistant to frost that they can grow on, or very near, the snowline.’
    • ‘They were the only plants that could eke out life above the snow line.’
    • ‘They are often seen east of the Cascades in winter at forest edges up to the snow line.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The melting in such tongues below the snowline is balanced by the downward flow of ice from above the snowline.’
    • ‘Mountain Quail regularly migrate short distances on foot, usually descending to lower elevations for the winter, staying below the snow line.’
    1. 1.1 The altitude above which there is snow on the ground in a particular place at a given time.
      • ‘The snowline is creeping down the mountainsides.’
      • ‘She said visitors could reach the snow with a 4x4 vehicle or could make use of the tourism bureau's truck to reach the snowline.’
      • ‘After two days of rain and sleet, with a snow line down to 2,500 feet, Sunday dawned cold but bright and clear, and the field trip proceeded as planned.’
      • ‘Do so by using ski lifts such as those at Arapaho Basin, roads such as Loveland Pass, Cameron Pass and bountiful Red Mountain Pass, or simply hike to snowline from as high a trailhead as you can find.’
      • ‘You step out into drizzle: the snow line has dropped to eighty feet above the docks.’


snow line

/ˈsnō ˌlīn/