A great winter activity to have as a family or with friends is to build two snow forts and defend them during snowball fights.
A snow fort or snow castle consists of walls of piled and compacted snow and — typically — do not include a roof. They may be “closed” or “opened” — that is, a person in the snow fort may be completely surrounded by the walls on all sides, or the person may be completely exposed except in one direction. The opened variation is used for snowball fights where opponents have forts facing each other and attack exclusively from their own fort.
There are several ways to build walls for your snow fort. For each method, fresh and wet snow will give the best results.
As you can see from the pictures below there are many ways to design a snow fort!
Flicker photo by Tracy the Astonishing
Flicker photo by Rich Bowen
Flicker photo by Jamie Jamison
Flicker photo by cplbasilisk
Flicker photo by Craig Dugas
Flicker photo by Jeff Sandquist
Wikimedia Commons photo by Andrew Wiseman
Wikimedia Commons photo by Nkn1101
Wikipedia with editing and additions by ActivityQuest.com