Back in December of 2004 after a long say of skiing, former map orienter Simon Beck got the idea to draw a star on the small frozen lake in front of his home. The next day he saw what he made from the perspective of the ski lift and was impressed by the result. After the next snowfall, he created an even more complex drawing, giving birth to what he now calls “Snow Art.”

Beck’s incredible sense for orientation from his map orienter days combined with his love of the outdoors and physical activity is what inspires him to complete a new snow creation. He recently completed a stunning ‘snow dragon’ in Yakutsk, Siberia by wearing snowshoes and spending hours trudging through the snow in meticulous patterns.

He explains that he plods out each design, walking anywhere from five to nine hours in a session and continuing into the evening if he needs to.