5239 ratings
Better Dynamic Snow
File Size:
22.456 MB
Feb 24, 2012 @ 10:36am
Feb 13, 2013 @ 1:32pm
7 change notes ( view )
In 1 collection by Vortikai
Graphical Essentials
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A mod that changes the ugly, pure-white dynamic snow effect to actually use the default snow texture (landscape\snow01.dds). This minor change greatly improves the visual appearance of dynamic snow.

There are about 1070 total objects that Skyrim applies "Dynamic Snow" to (not actually dynamic but a static shader effect). This applies a pure-white color on the object. The result is sometimes nice but more often the result is a very ugly "white-washed" appearance as if someone took white paint and plastered it on the objects. Smaller, more complex objects with curves and angles tend to look decent with the vertex-based snow, but large, flat surfaces like floors tend to look absolutely terrible since they appear nearly pure-white, totally obscuring the underlying texture.

The better method is to apply an actual snow texture to the object surfaces. The problem is there is a serious engine limitation that doesn't allow a texture to be applied on top of part of a mesh that already uses an alpha transparency. This is most likely why Bethesda didn't use the actual snow texture method.

Better Dynamic Snow (BDS) version 1.0 to 1.6 basically changed all 1070 objects to use the snow texture, which looked great but resulted in many objects missing the dynamic snow entirely because of the alpha transparency issue.

Therefore, version 2.0 of Better Dynamic Snow only applies the snow texture to almost exactly 60% of the 1070 meshes and leaves the other 40% with the pure-white-vertex snow. We went through all 1070 objects one by one and changed only those that wouldn't result in missing snow. The good news is almost all of the worst-looking-vertex-snow objects now use the snow texture.

Key Features:
• Makes snow in Skyrim look like actual snow
• No performance loss
• Compatible with other snow mods
• No known incompatibilities with other mods

Current Version (2.20) Changes:
- Enabled BDS on farmhouses, settlement stores and bars. Not sure why this wasn't enabled before because it looks okay.
- Gave the snow shader some properties it was missing (reverted some old changes).
- Removed now defunct entries for static objects in .esp.
- Updated .esp and made it also Update.esm reliable.

Troubleshooting & Help:
I cannot offer help on the Steam Workshop. You'll have to get support from the Skyrim Nexus which is linked below.

Skyrim Nexus Link:

SparrowPrince - Founding Developer
Brumbek - Lead Mesh Developer
Dead Man Playing - Steam Workshop Maintainer

Uploaded to Steam Workshop with SparrowPrince's permission. Better Dynamic Snow may be removed at any point SparrowPrince or Valve wishes. Better Dynamic Snow is installed, ran and/or updated at one's own risk. Better Dynamic Snow is not accountable for any contaminated save game files, so remember to make back-up saves when testing out any new modification(s). Please see the Skyrim Nexus page linked above to view additional licensing and permission information.
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NaughtiusMaximus Nov 26 @ 12:02am 
Does anyone know how to undo a bug that sounds like i just casted a healing spell on myself or just got hit with an ice spell that never goes away? If anyone has any idea that would be awesome because in all honestly it just ruins the audio experience of the game. (not a bug related to this mod i'm pretty sure)
jforsaken1 Nov 15 @ 4:22pm 
Doesn't work for me either and I think it made my game crash. Does it matter if my preferences ini is set to read only? I tried it either way and it didnt work but am curious.
Famalamadingdong Nov 9 @ 2:19pm 
doesnt work for me either
Darikzen[SALT_EATERS] Nov 8 @ 8:52pm 
It does`nt work.
Shut Up and Take My Apple Nov 1 @ 2:30am 
Impressive : ]
Wampirzycaaaa Oct 27 @ 4:34pm 
It doesn't work with HQ snow texture :/
end Oct 20 @ 11:50am 
I wish I had the rig to run this mod
Tristen the shadow dragon Oct 19 @ 11:36am 
this well go well with my wet and cold mod i am going to run through the snow LIKE A BOSS!
Kagome Oct 14 @ 11:35am 
I love it! :D
Spazegamer Oct 13 @ 7:33pm 
Oh nevermind, some retard removed the "bigger and boulder" addon.