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In the winter, those same clouds that make the Great Smoky Mountains “smoky” can become supercooled, causing droplets to freeze into crystalline layers of ice encasing the trees and vegetation—a phenomenon called “rime ice.” One of the best places to see the spectacular result, along with wind-sculpted snow formations, is on Roan Mountain. You’ll be hiking along a ridge across several patchy summits with endless views.