Making a Quinzee at Smokey House

Piling up snow to make the quinzee

Piling up snow to make the quinzee

What do you do when the first substantial snowfall turns your world white?  You go outside!  Never mind that it’s 12 degrees outside with a wind chill factor around zero.

Prep for outdoor activities

Prep for outdoor activities

 

 

Monday, as part of our study of winter ecology and wilderness survival, we built a “quinzee”, a snow shelter carved out of piled up snow. This kind of shelter can provide well-insulated protection from arctic temperatures.  By mounding the snow and waiting for several hours, the snow has a change to sinter, or firm up, as the snow crystals bond.

Digging out the inside of the quinzee

Digging out the inside of the quinzee

We started digging out the interior Monday afternoon and finished it Wednesday, when the weather was a sultry 25 degrees.

Moving snow is hard work!  Sometimes a break is needed (and a chance to work on your tan?)

Moving snow is hard work! Sometimes a break is needed (and a chance to work on your tan?)

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