@ my2007: no, these are not long exposure shots. i simply used the flash of my cam - the big white dots are nothing else but blurry snow flakes in the foreground. it was an exceptional snow fall, though, one that you get only every couple of years, even here in switzerland (mind you, this is not mountains, it's zurich/450m above sea level).
what's more astounding actually is the different quality of light color (whitish, yellowish i got on these different shot, all taken around the same time in the night, same day, and none of them altered: something i don't understand. no. 4 and 7 are locally just approx. 200 meters apart... yet still, they look totally different.