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How to make an Igloo or tunnel through snow

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This is not going to look like an igloo in movies or other things. It will look like a pile of snow with a whole in it, unless you smooth it. It will still work though, and tunnels are very good for moving through an expansive snow fort.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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- Snow (of course)
- Shovel
- Beach shovels work great (The short , pointed ones)

Step 2: Start of Igloo

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First pile snow. (shovel sidewalk or driveway, piles snow and makes your parents happy, everybody wins!) Then, start hollowing it out. (first, pat it down) Lie on your back with the beach shovel and use the side to slice off layers of snow on the cieling and sides till it is rounded but the walls are not too thin.

Step 3: Finish Igloo

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Get out and smooth the sides until round. Igloos finished!

Step 4: Start Tunnel

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First, start digging on either side. Then push long pole through to the other side. This will guide you.

Step 5: Finish Tunnel

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Keep digging with both shovels until you reach other side. Then widen it. Tunnel done!
Snow fort tip: If your yard is on a hill, you can make an outside trench and wall like the plan below.
It's actually a quinsee, an igloo is made form arranged snow blocks, where as that is a hollowed out snow pile. For best results, clear out an area down to the ground, then make the pile to prevent layers in the snow from not bonding. Also, make the walls around one foot thick, and NOT by adding on as you go. Make the hill much, much larger than you anticipate, and let it settle, overnight if possible, two hours is best for emergency situations (for which this can be used), and one hour is almost pushing it. DO NOT try to speed up the Process manually compacting it, this will not let the snow bond to itself. Not trying to say your doing it wrong, but I just know how to do it for sleeping outside in them, and that's the way I make them.
TicTac1013 years ago
awesome