snow·​field ˈsnō-ˌfēld How to pronounce snowfield (audio)
: a broad level expanse of snow
especially : a mass of perennial snow at the head of a glacier

Examples of snowfield in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Take on the hills during the day or after-hours during Ullr Night festivities (mentioned above), when the snowfields are lit up for your nighttime tubing pleasure. Jen Murphy, Travel + Leisure, 17 Dec. 2023 The main difference between a glacier and a snowfield is that a glacier is made of solid ice and has internal movement, while a snowfield is made of porous snow and stays in place, said Sturm with the Geophysical Institute. Alena Naiden, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Dec. 2022 The agency explains that Read became stuck in the mountain after reaching the first saddle and encountering a snowfield covering the trail. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 10 May 2023 Frozen branch on snowfield? Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 21 May 2011 The route’s steep and icy snowfields linger into early summer and have led to a fatal slide every few years. Doug Mayer, Outside Online, 15 Feb. 2023 The longest continually operating station on the ice sheet, Summit’s unique geography provides a virtually unlimited pristine snowfield and very little climate variability. Discover Magazine, 24 July 2017 After the day of fieldwork in Glacier, the men packed up their gear and started slipping and sliding their way back down the snowfield. Kylie Mohr, WIRED, 10 Dec. 2022 Above the Swiss village of Saas Fee, a path leading to a mountain hut once passed through a summer snowfield on top of the Chessjen Glacier. Reuters, NBC News, 26 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of snowfield was in 1830

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“Snowfield.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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