Standing with his arms outreached Dallas Snider of Red Deer just reaches the ceiling of his quinzee. Snider got the idea to build the giant snow fort on his Christmas break from studies at Red Deer College.

Red Deer man builds giant quinzee

Standing with his arms outstretched, Dallas Snider of Red Deer just reaches the ceiling of his quinzee.

Standing with his arms outstretched, Dallas Snider of Red Deer just reaches the ceiling of his quinzee.

Snider got the idea to build the giant snow fort on his Christmas break from studies at Red Deer College.

Using a snowblower, Snider piled snow in the yard outside his home to the height of about two and a half metres.

Then he began the process of digging out a living space inside. Snider, 22, used shovels and a chainsaw to cut out blocks from the interior of the pile.

The room that he and family members created has had as many as 26 people in it at one time.

Complete with a couch, which he buried under the pile of snow, and decorative lighting, the quinzee was a labour well worth the effort, he says.

In contrast to an igloo, which is made by cutting and stacking blocks of snow, a quinzee is made by hollowing out a pile of settled snow.

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