An Interesting Word – Quinzee

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sick of snow. Where I live, it’s been an incredibly snowy month and very, very cold. However, as winter doesn’t appear to be leaving any time soon, it’s time to think of new things to do with all this snow. Well, one thing you can do with snow is build a quinzee. The first step in building one is to figure out what it is! 🙂

According to, a quinzee is “a hut built out of snow, a combination of an igloo and a snow cave.” It can be spelled either “quinzee” or “quinzhee,” and it’s pronounced “kwin-zee.” It’s basically a shelter made from hollowing out a snow pile. The word itself came from the Athabaskan Native Americans.

A quinzee (courtesy: Wikipedia)

A quinzee (courtesy: Wikipedia)

These quinzees can actually be warmer than a tent if built right! I found a video of a few guys building one of these on YouTube. It’s really cool how big you can make these shelters!

Thanks for reading!

~ Kayla


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