|Universe||The Elder Scrolls|
|Species Type||Nirn Elf|
|Lifespan||Over 4,000 years|
|Average Height||Average human height|
|Average Weight||Average human weight|
|Family||Alfidae (Somarinoa, 2015)|
|Genus||Merus (Somarinoa, 2015)|
|Species||nix (Somarinoa, 2015)|
"In the time before man, they were known as the Snow Elves. They lived in the sunlight and had a very prosperous society."
The Snow Elves, occasionally referred to as Ice Elves, are an endangered race of Mer that were once the main inhabitants of Skyrim during the Merethic Era. It is commonly believed that centuries of underground living and Dwemer slavery twisted the race into the blind, merciless Falmer.
Amongst the few known remaining Snow Elf survivors, they prefer the name Snow Elf over their original name of Falmer, as that name tends to refer to their now degenerated brethren, which after the Dwemer betrayed the Snow Elves and enslaved them, they call "The Betrayed".
Uncorrupted Snow Elves appear very similar to High Elves, but have white skin and hair. It is unknown how long Snow Elves live; the only recorded evidence is that Gelebor stated the Chantry was in disrepair long before he arrived during the 4th Era, which does not indicate much at all as the Chantry did not enter disrepair until after the fall of the Snow Elves, his age cannot be fully determined.
However, it would suffice to say that they have a rather extensive lifespan. An example of the reasoning behind this would be that Arch-Curate Vyrthur is alluded to having created the prophecy that Harkon has obsessed over. If this is true, that would mean that Gelebor and Vyrthur have been alive since before the rise of the Alessian Empire (as Serana has been imprisoned since before Cyrodiil became the seat of an empire).
From what is known is that Gelebor and Vyrthur are at least over 4,000 years old. Since Vyrthur became a vampire, his life was to be extended anyway. How Gelebor lived this long is unknown. Since the Snow Elves worshipped the god Phynaster and share the most with the Altmer then most races, they may have also learnt the life extension technique from the god and had it as a natural ability. It is also possible that Gelebor had his life extended directly from Auri-El.
The long lifespans of the elves may also be related to the con Falmer Blood Elixir.