Distribution of Snow

(numbers refer to page references for Ryd and Rassa's book)

mountain showing uneven distribution of snow in patches "bievlla"

Terms for distribution:

bulltje snow adhering to objects

bulltje on branches of deciduous tree

Image by Team Reindeer

bulltje snow face on wall

Image by Snow bunnies


fáska (a North Sámi term; see Jernsletten 103) snow blown together by the wind, snowdrift

faska, swirl of snow

Image by Don Cheadle's Understudy

field with faska, blown snow

Image by Wypaw

maddabievla (230) snowless area around the trunk of a tree

birch tree with snow gone from around base

Image by Food Science Girl

bare patch at base of tree

Image by Team Helga

bare area at base of tree

Image by Tom

snowless area at base of tree, viewed vertically

Image by Snowmageddon

muorabievla (230) snowless area under the branches of a tree

area of little snow beneath tree

Image by Tom

snowless area underneath tree

Image by Smilla

small pine tree without snow beneath it

Image by Reinbeer

garvatjimbievlla (295) alternating patches of snow and ground, making skiing harder (but see below)

garvatjimbievlla, spotty snow

Image by Ttwedt

vádtsembievlla (242) alternating patches of ground and snow, in which it almost becomes pointless to try to ski rather than walk (more extensive than garvatjimbievlla)

field with alternating patches of snow and ground

Image by Jay Ansary

stuor bievla (243) large patches of open ground, alternating with snow. Forms in the spring as snow is melting, particularly in mountains. It is no longer possible to ski in such an area (more extensive than vádstembievlla) (see illustration above)

báhtset (164) tracks of animals, skis, or vehicles that remain after the surrounding snow has melted away and disappeared, often marking established paths or trails.

ski tracks on green grass

Image by Minnesnowta

muohtarievta (247) remaining patches of snow that have not disappeared while all the surrounding snow has melted away

remaining bits of snow on lawn

Image by Buckys Pals

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birch tree with snow adhering