Most studies on plant nutrition and plant quality as food for herbivores in arctic ecosystems have focused on the significance of nitrogen alone. However, several other macro- and micro-nutrients are of vital importance, for both plants and herbivores, all of which are thought to be affected by snow cover. We have investigated the effect of experimental snow addition using snow fences, on the concentrations of a number of nutrients (N, P, Ca, Fe, Mg, K, Na) in two dwarf shrub species (Betula nana and Salix glauca), in three different habitats along a natural gradient of snow cover. Our study revealed that although there were large differences in plant nutrition between both species and habitats, snow addition had only a minor, non-significant, effect on the leaf concentrations of most nutrients. Further, although the nutrient limiting plant growth, according to N:P ratio thresholds, appeared to shift from nitrogen to phosphorus along the topographic gradient from snow-poor ridges to more snow-rich heathlands and fens, experimental snow addition had no significant effect on plant N:P ratios. The observed stoichiometric shift must thus be caused by other factors varying between habitats rather than by differences in snow cover. Our results support previous studies showing that herbivores, such as reindeer, can optimize their nutrient uptake by foraging in different habitats. However, our study also demonstrates that climate-induced changes in snow conditions will probably have only minor effects on nutrient limitation of plant growth and leaf concentrations of most nutrients, and consequently the nutritional quality of plants as food for herbivores.