An igloo (Inuit language: iglu, Inuktitut syllabics: ᐃᒡᓗ, "house", plural: iglooit or igluit, but in English commonly igloos), or snowhouse, is a type of shelter built out of snow, originally built by the Inuit. Iglu is the Inuit word for a house or home built out of any material, and is not restricted exclusively to snowhouses but includes traditional tents, sod houses, homes constructed of driftwood and modern buildings.When referring to a snowhouse, igloos are shelters constructed from blocks of snow, generally in the form of a dome. Although igloos are usually associated with all Inuit, they were predominantly constructed by people of Canada's Central Arctic and Greenland's Thule area.(Information courtesy of Wikipedia)
The Gale family made a successful igloo with the 12" of snow that fell in NC yesterday. We spent about 6 hours total shoveling snow, patting and forming the shape. As it got bigger and more like a dome, we had to drop out and leave fewer workers on the inside. Here are some pictures of our effort. The last picture was taken on the inside. Enjoy!