Orange-tinted snow makes ski resort look like Mars

PHOTO: margarita_alshina posted this photo to Instagram, March 23, 2018 showing orange snow in Sochi, Russia.Playmargarita_alshina/Instagram
WATCH Orange-tinted snow makes ski resort look like Mars

The snow that fell on a mountainous ski resort in Russia last week had an unusual hue -- and made the getaway destination look like a scene from Mars.

PHOTO: margarita_alshina posted this photo to Instagram, March 23, 2018 showing orange snow in Sochi, Russia. margarita_alshina/Instagram
margarita_alshina posted this photo to Instagram, March 23, 2018 showing orange snow in Sochi, Russia.

The Rosa Khutor Resort in Sochi -- home to the 2014 Winter Olympics -- was covered in orange-tinted snow. The slopes, which looked more like desert dunes, made for some apocalyptic-looking photos, prompting people on social media to claim the photos had a sepia filter on them.

PHOTO: margarita_alshina posted this photo to Instagram, March 23, 2018 showing orange snow in Sochi, Russia. margarita_alshina/Instagram
margarita_alshina posted this photo to Instagram, March 23, 2018 showing orange snow in Sochi, Russia.

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.

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