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Think of the possibilities - you can build an igloo for fun in your back yard with your family (or your Scout troop), or you can build a hidden igloo for a warming hut in the backcountry where you like to ski or snowshoe. If you're feeling more ambitious, you can winter camp using an igloo as a backcountry base camp, or you could even build your own hut system.

In Part 1 of this article, we cover the technique of igloo building using the Grand Shelters Icebox Igloo Building Tool, and focus on doing it just for fun - recreational igloo building.

In Part 2 we explore the options for using an igloo as a backcountry shelter, and provide some data on living conditions in an "ice palace."


  • Introduction
  • Some Igloo Trivia
  • The Icebox Igloo Building Tool
    • How it Works
    • Snow Conditions
    • Location
  • How Strong is an Igloo?
  • How Many People are Needed?
  • How Long Does it Take to Build an Igloo?
  • How Much Snow is Needed?
  • What Size to Build?
    • Igloo Sizes and Capacities
  • Igloo Building for Fun
  • Conclusion: Recreational Igloo Building
  • Preview of Part 2

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