Making the most of winter snow usually means skiing and snowboarding, making a few snow people and maybe an igloo with the kids if you're feeling ambitious. For British artist Simon Beck, snowy fields and frozen lakes are his canvas, and snow shoes, an orienteering compass, and measuring tape are his tools for creating astounding works of art in the French Alps.
Inspired by the raked sand gardens of Kyoto temples, Beck began making snow art in 2004 as a way of getting exercise, and his first design was a five-point star. Beck starts by making a sketch and then counting his paces through the snow. Most of his pieces take 10 hours to complete. See more of his work on .