A ski resort in Russia received a dusting of fresh powder last week, except it gave the mountain a very peculiar hue – and made it look like people were vacationing on Mars.  

According to ABC News, experts say the snowstorm that hit the Rosa Khutor Resort in Sochi, Russia met a cloud of dust from the Sahara and Arabian Deserts up in the atmosphere, and then made its way to Russia.

Photos of the orange-tinted slopes began appearing on social media, prompting skeptics to claim a sepia-type filter was used on them.

Here are some of the photos:

You’ve heard about yellow snow. . . this is no yellow snow!

Meanwhile, over 100 miles away from Rosa Khutor, an avalanche of orange snow barreled down Mount Elbrus burring 15 cars parked nearby:

Image courtesy Instagram

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