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Low-Cost Family Fun: Do You Want to Build an Igloo?

When trying to plan a family holiday that will not break the bank, parents are learning quickly that you might have to think outside the box for ideas. Although expenses can be curbed by choosing the ...

When trying to plan a family holiday that will not break the bank, parents are learning quickly that you might have to think outside the box for ideas. Although expenses can be curbed by choosing the most affordable ski holiday insurance and by opting for self-catered accommodation, you also have to consider the expense of entertainment once you get there.

One unique and budget-friendly activity is igloo building! It may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but it just might be perfect for the whole family.  

A Few Instructions

Resorts offering this fun activity generally have a seasoned expert igloo builder to help guide you through the process. Here are the general steps involved in creating your wintery domicile:

  1. Find the perfect spot. This important step will probably already be taken care of by your guide.
  2. After plotting your outer wall, start creating snow bricks, working from the inside and going outward.
  3. Once you are fully enclosed in your snow fortress, it is time to carve vents in the wall (to prevent CO2 poisoning), as well as creating an entrance.
  4. Finally, reinforce your exterior wall by patching any thin spots with snow, and voilà! Your icy abode is ready for occupation.


One of the best destinations for an igloo-building experience is Lapland. Organized programs offer expert instruction, the perfect location, and hours of fun for the whole family. Generally this activity package will include guidance services, transfers to your hotel, adventure gear and a light lunch. This five-hour event is a welcome break from the slopes. After creating your snowy masterpiece, you will be re-energized and ready to go back to slopes to ski. Holiday insurance usually covers extra activities, but be sure to double check the details.

Alpspitzbahn Nesselwang

A few resorts take the igloo adventure a step further. The beautiful mountains of Bavaria are a stunning destination for a family learning to ski. Holiday insurance packages are quite affordable for these types of vacations and opting for the extra adventure of igloo building will not break the bank.

For additional excitement, the resort at Nesselwang offers an overnight igloo building excursion in the middle of the Allgäu Alps. The entire event includes a cable car ride to the summit, equipment and a fully trained guide. After spending the night in your hand-built structure, the morning will greet you with a sumptuous breakfast, followed by an exhilarating sled ride down the mountain into the valley. There is no doubt that building an igloo together as a family will be a truly unforgettable experience!

Beyond the Snowman

It is sometimes hard to capture the imagination of an audience made up of different age groups and interests. However, embarking on the unique task of building an igloo together will create lasting memories full of laughter and an amazing sense of accomplishment.

Before jetting off to the slopesFree Articles, it is always important to have ski holiday insurance that covers the whole family. The peace of mind it will provide as the children are zooming down the piste or building their new snow home is truly priceless. Trust me!

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Patrick Chong is the Managing Director of InsureMore, an award-winning team of specialists in global single trip, annual, family, business and ski holiday insurance. Besides offering great deals on travel insurance, Patrick also collects and shares the best free travel competitions to help his clients get the most out of their holidays.

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