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By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 8:10 AM on 23rd February 2012
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No, aliens haven't chosen a more wintry medium in which to leave their mark.
These snowy 'crop circles' are in fact the work of a lone artist who has spent hours, and a whole lot of effort, trudging around a French ski resort.
The patterns, some of which span the size of six football pitches, come in a range of designs from intricate snowflakes and spirals to cubes and rather more abstract creations.
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Snow going: One of Simon Beck's wintry 'crop circles' which he created at the French ski resort of Arc2000 with a lot of dedication, patience and energy.
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Cubist design: Mr Beck used a type of orienteering methodology to plot the intricate shapes before walking the lines in snowshoes.
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N-ice work: Some of the designs stretch to the size of a football pitch and can take Mr Beck several hours to complete .

'The main reason for making them was because I can no longer run properly due to problems with my feet, so plodding about on level snow is the least painful way of getting exercise.
'Gradually, the reason has become photographing them, and I am considering buying a better camera.'
More of Mr Beck's handiwork can be seen on his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/snowart8848

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Mountainous effort: The energy needed to create the designs could get you half way up Mount Blanc.

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Good exercise: Mr Beck says setting out the design serves as the warm-up before the real effort begins to walk around it.

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Snowing off online: Mr Beck has put pictures of his art on his Facebook and Yahoo Group! pages

Mr Beck, who studied Engineering Science at Oxford University, said the designs were created at the Arc2000 ski resort in Savoie, France.
Many take as long as five hours to construct and can equal the effort needed to climb halfway up Mount Blanc, he said.
He added: 'I usually keep at it until I get too tired, using a headlamp if it gets dark first. It takes typically five hours until I can't go on, but that can depend.
'The setting-out serves as the warm-up then the real training is completing the design. Once this second stage is started, I put on my personal stereo.'
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Therapy: Mr Beck said the main reason for making the patterns was because he can no longer run properly due to problems with his feet, so he took to the snow instead.

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Otherworldly: At first glance, some of these designs may send paranormal enthusiasts into a spin as they look remarkably like those of their crop-circle cousins.
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Eye for style: Mr Beck said he initially set out on his artistic pursuits for fitness, but he says its now as much about taking the pictures afterwards.
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Spiralling hobby: Another of Mr Beck's creations
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Does this look familiar - remember crop circles from 2010 ?
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And here's the man himself...
Orienteer extraordinaire: Mr Beck proudly poses in front of one of his masterpieces
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2104755/Crop-circles-Alpine-style-Artist-creates-incredible-impression-giant-patterns-snow.html#ixzz1oOnOLXsc