Saturday, December 19, 2009

Igloo Building Day

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,[1] and is not restricted exclusively to snowhouses but includes traditional tents, sod houses, homes constructed of driftwood and modern buildings.[2][3]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!


  1. Luckily with living in Manitoba, we get quite a bit of snow each winter. The local Elementary school builds igloo's with the Grade 3 classes every year. Hubby went to volunteer the years our boys were in Grade 3. It's a great experience for the kids - and way more fun than Math :)
    Have a Very Merry Christmas!

  2. Thanks, Audrey!! This was my and my husband's first time building an igloo at 53 and 58 respectively. My son is 18.
    Merry Christmas to you also!

  3. That looks so cool! My kids would love to do something like that.

  4. wow! that's amazing. i'd love to try my hand at making an igloo the next time it snows here. also. i live in florida. so. i'm guessing never.

    gotta take my kids up north one winter so they can see snow.

    merry christmas!

  5. How fun! I wish we had snow here to build an igloo... only rain so far.

  6. What fun! We got the snow too but didn't make any igloos!

  7. Merry Christmas, W. One year my mom and dad had saved money for us to go to Florida for a warm Christmas. It was the coldest day(s) Florida had ever seen in years!! My poor mom was so disappointed.


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