Orange-tinted snow makes ski resort look like Mars

The snow on the mountainous ski resort had an unusual hue.

Meteorologists say the reason behind the orange phenomenon is dust that blew into the atmosphere from the Sahara and Arabian Deserts to the south. It then made its way toward Russia.

That dust in the atmosphere, mixed with the already forming snow, gave it the orange appearance, meteorologists added.

Meanwhile, yesterday at Mount Elbrus, more than 100 miles from Rosa Khutor, an avalanche of orange snow was cleaned up after it buried 15 cars in a nearby parking lot.

Even with the discolored snow, Rosa Khutor’s slopes remained open and made for an unusual skiing experience.