SKYRIM SPECIAL EDITION
Nordic Snow (aka HQ Snow Texture) by Erik1988
Skyrim Special Edition » Models and Textures
Added: 28/10/2016 - 03:13PM
Updated: 05/06/2017 - 03:09PM

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Description

Last updated at 15:09, 5 Jun 2017 Uploaded at 15:13, 28 Oct 2016


Description

I decided to rename my mod "HQ SNOW TEXTURE" to "Nordic Snow". In my opinion this snow look more realistic than the vanilla Skyrim snow, I'm coming from a country with allot of snow (norway), so I guess you can say I know what I'm talking about. 

The vanilla texture has minor tiling issues and looks to dark and more like foam than snow - it just doesn't look realistic to me. They also had issues converting everything to the newest textures, which is why their snow with the footprint has a different shade. 


I was trying to go for a more crystallized look with my texture and at the same time overcome the shortcoming with vanilla. These textures have been worked on for a very long time and I now decided to port them over to Special Edition. With my textures you will still have the benefits of the new snow shader they added in special edition.


The "HQ snow texture" mod was a big hit on Steam workshop and did relatively well on Nexus, so rest assured that these textures are well made. 
I hope you like my textures and if you do make sure you leave an endorsement so that you can help other people to discover this texture pack. 

Reviews
QUOTE
Vanilla looks like 'wet' snow, like -5 or -10 C. Mod looks like dry powder snow like -20 or -30 C. Thank for making this Canadian happy. Snow looks as cold as Skyrim now.
Pthalo

As fellow snow brother (i live in Switzerland) i approve this snow textures, well done 
remlnx

you sure do know your snows.
kudos and hats off, by far best looking snow i ever seen in skyrim.
ty very much.
wim1234  

My friend, I have to say that this is the best snow mod out there, no offense to the other snow mods but they lack realism big time, even smim's version, good job my friend..
aundrejones 
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Performance?
These textures are 2048x2048 which is also the same as the original snow textures in SSE. Hence, these textures won't cause you any harm as long as you can pull of the original (with some exceptions). Don't be afraid, it will be fun - I promise.

Installation
You can ether use the nexus mod manager or you can install it manually. To install it manually you need to unzip the files to the skyrim main folder:
To find the skyrim folder you just go to steam -> second mouse button on skyrim special edition -> properties -> local files -> browse local files.

Dynamic Snow
Have you seen the white color covering all the rocks etc? Ugly right? Well to get that to look like the snow texture you can use something called "Better Dynamic Snow", this will replace the white shader with the snow texture. You can get this mod by downloading it HERE.


Note that Dynamic snow is not without flaws. You will probably notice some areas that does not look good with this mod. Textures that get stretched etc. So try it out and see what you prefer. 

New or old snow shader?
This is down to personal preference, they will both work well with my textures. 
In my opinion the new shader tend to make the snow differ more in different situations (light levels, weather etc), it seems to have slightly more depth, with torches and other light sources like it, the new shader may make the snow look like it has a thin layer of ice on top of it. The "snow mist" (not related to my textures) also tend to be brighter with the new shader. The new shader also reflects other light sources more, and may give the snow a more sparkling feel. On the other hand the old shader looks softer. All of my screenshots were taken with the new shader. 

You can see a comparison gif HERE.

Btw the white dots that you see covering snow in the new shader can be turned off in the SkyrimPrefs.ini without deactivating the new shader:
bToggleSparkles=0
Note that these are not that invasive in my textures as they are in the vanilla.  

ENB?
Use one that does not "burn out" the snow or just don't use one at all. My textures are made with mostly the same brightness as the vanilla so if there is a enb that work well with vanilla then it's likely to work well with my mod. Unfortunately too many enbs overexpose and as a result leads to snow that burns out (completely white). Nordic snow should not look like this. If you think your snow is too bright, then try to turn off your enb and see if it helps. Some weather mods might also add more brightness so those could also potentially add to the problem. 

If your snow looks worse then my pictures that is taken with vanilla rendering, then your enb is doing a poor job with snow.

Bethesda Mod Database
If you like to download it from Bethesda MD then you can find it here:


Compatibility
It works with everything except other snow textures. My textures also have very similar color and brightness as the vanilla so rest assured that it will also work well with any enb etc that works on vanilla. Also remember that this mod only have textures, hence it will never cause any harm to you or your savegames. 

If you are planning to use texture packs that already contains snow textures, then make sure you install my mod last and overwrite everything. My textures only replaces snow related stuff so you can rest assured that it will work well with any major texture pack of your choice. I personally only use the vanilla textures and Nordic Snow.