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A snow fort is a usually open topped temporary structure made of snow walls that is used for recreational purposes. They are generally built by children as a playground game or winter pastime, and are used as defensive structures in snowball fights, but also built and used for make-pretend games such as "house" or "store". A fresh snowfall in Colorados (USA) high forests. ... A playground game is a game or pastime carried out in a playground. ... A hobby is a spare-time recreational pursuit. ... A snowball fight is a physical game played mostly by young people in which snowballs are thrown with the intention of hitting somebody else. ... Childrens games that involve role play generally have no rules except to stay in character, and require no specific props. ...

Along with the snowman, it is one of two structures commonly built by children out of snow. Slightly balding 6 2 snowman A snowman is a man-like figure constructed from compacted snow. ...



Snow forts consist of walls of piled and compacted snow. They may be "open" or "closed", that is, a person in the snow fort may be completely surrounded by the walls on all sides, there may be a "door", or the person may be completely exposed except in one direction. The last variation is used for snowball fights where opponents have forts facing each other and attack exculsively from their own fort. Existing structures such as the walls or concave corners of a building can be used as part of the snow fort, allowing for faster and easier construction of a snow fort.

Snow forts are usually at least knee-height and one-roomed with ones built for snow fights higher, but ones built for "house" may have even lower walls and multiple rooms. When used for snowball fights, snow forts often have sections where the wall is lower through which its occupants throw snowballs.


Snow forts may be contructed by piling and compacting snow to form walls. A common way to pile the snow is by moving one's legs together with snow between them. Another common way is to put snowballs together as if they were bricks; however, many other ways are practised. Water may be poured on the snow such that when it freezes the fort becomes stronger.

The ideal type of snow to use is snow that has recently fallen, about an hour before building the fort, on a day when the temperature is between 0 and -5 degrees Celsius, or 32 to 23 degrees Fahrenheit. If it is colder, there is not enough moisture to bond the snow together. If it is above freezing, the fort will gradually melt. The degree Celsius (°C or ℃ (Unicode 0x2103)) is a unit of temperature named after the Swedish astronomer Anders Celsius (1701–1744), who first proposed a similar system in 1742. ... Fahrenheit is a temperature scale named after the German physicist Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686–1736), who proposed it in 1724. ...


The Backyardigans episode "The Snow Fort" has Mounties and members of ski patrol defending one such fort. The Backyardigans is a Childrens TV series, created by Janice Burgess and animated using computer-generated imagery, showed on Nick Jr. ... The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP or Mounties; French, Gendarmerie royale du Canada, GRC) is both the federal police force and the national police of Canada. ... Ski patroller with toboggan in tow A ski patrol is an organization that provides first aid and rescue services to skiers and participants of other snow sports, either at a ski area or in a backcountry setting. ...

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Snow fort - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (322 words)
A snow fort is a usually open topped temporary structure made of snow walls that is used for recreational purposes.
Snow structures made for sleeping are called igloos when made from snow blocks or quinzhees when made by hollowing out a pile of snow.
Snow forts consist of walls of piled and compacted snow.
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