Snow day activity: Build a snow cave!

Every time we get more than two feet of snow, my household has a ritual: We build a snow cave in our back yard. After all, if you're already snowed in, you might as well make use of that pile of white to entertain yourself -- and admit it, you totally want to play in the snow. Snow caves are easy to build, but you'll need at least one more person and enough snow to do it. (Three feet or more -- which is what the Foothills got over the last two days -- is ideal, but you can work with two.) The process itself is deceptively simple: Create the biggest, most compact pile of snow you possibly can in the middle of your work area. (The pile above is six feet tall._ And make sure you pack it down as much as you can, so your cave will be sturdy. Then dig out an entryway, tunneling toward the middle of your pile. Finally, hollow out an area where you can sit. Or lounge. Whatever.
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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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