Igloo building for all

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starting the igloo but will it keep out the night chill?

starting the igloo but will it keep out the night chill?

As a child, when the snows came, the first things were to build a snowman, have a snowball fight and go sledding. If they were around a bit longer then we tried to build a snow hut but never a proper igloo made from blocks of ice.

Here’s the chance.

In the Swiss resort of Adelboden, you have that opportunity next month (the 14/15th of March) for that is where an igloo village will come to life once again as teams compete to construct their own dwelling. Every year, teams of enthusiastic “builders” from around the world gather to create a masterpiece in the hope of securing one of the top prizes at the igloo festival.


Instructions and equipment are provided, all is a desire to win, patience and good humour. Advice is on tap from the experts at the Alpine School while shovels and snow saws, essential tools of the trade, are supplied.

The competition starts at 9am on Saturday 14 March and work on the igloo must be complete by 5pm, ready to be judged, with prizes of lift passes, dinner, outdoor gear and more being awarded for creativity, architectural aesthetics, safety and functionality. Once the “serious” business is complete, the you can enjoy the celebrations of a job well done and settle down for the night in your newly-made homes, before a hearty cooked breakfast in the morning.  Of course, if It’s not a job well-done… you can guess the rest!

There are two levels of entry. Teams can opt for self-catering and pay CHF89 (approx £58) per person for a lift pass up to Engstligenalp, a welcome pack, instructions, equipment use and a night cap, plus of course the joy of competing, but they must take their own cooking utensils and food with them to make their own meals. Alternatively, teams can select the  soft option and pay CHF149 (approx £97) per person which provides the same features as the cheaper rate plus have lunch, dinner and breakfast provided – inside in a warm mountain hut! That option is just for wimps!

If you are interested in taking part in this year’s event, registration has been extended to 2 March – email info@adelboden.ch, call +41 33 673 8080 or visit www.facebook.com/IgluFestival for more information.

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