A snow angel is a design, made in fresh snow, by lying on one's back and moving one's arms up and down, and one's legs from side to side, to form the shape of an angel. Making snow angels is a common childhood game.
The creation of the snow angel is a simple process. The first step is to find an undisturbed plane of fresh snow. The next step is to lie with arms and legs outstretched, on the snow. The limbs are then swept back and forth, creating a trough through the snow. When it is finished, the snow angel should have the appearance of a stylized angel, the movement of the arms having formed wings, and that of the legs having formed a gown.
Current world record
On March 28, 2007, Guinness World Records confirmed that North Dakota holds the world record for the most snow angels made simultaneously in one place. The event occurred on February 17, 2007 when 8,962 snow angels were created by people on the state capitol grounds in Bismarck.
Non-human snow angels
Some birds (e.g. pheasant) leave on the snow a figure similar to a snow angel. Also Weddell seals can leave an outline of themselves, similar to a snow angel, melted into the ice; also these seals can thumb their nose at the cold, leaving images called seal shadows.
In popular culture
- Engler i sneen / Angels in the Snow. Norwegian 1989 hit with Jonas Fjeld and Lynni Treekrem. Melody: Jonas Fjeld. Lyrics: Ole Paus, English translation: Eric Anderson.
- In an episode of The Simpsons entitled "Skinner's Sense of Snow", Homer Simpson creates a snow angel, that then turns into a snow devil.
- "North Dakota snow angel record confirmed". USA Today. March 28, 2007.
- "World Records". Michigan Tech. Archived from the original on 2006-08-31.
- Streever, Bill (2009). Cold: Adventures in the World's Frozen Places. New York City: Little, Brown and Company - Hachette Book Group. ISBN 978-0-316-05246-7.
- Øyvind Schou (11 May 2012) Fjelds punktum for «Engler i sneen» Drammens Tidende. Retrieved 18 December 2013
- Media related to Snow angels at Wikimedia Commons