Follow these steps to make the most out of a back (or front) yard’s worth of packing snow.
CHOOSE YOUR SPOT
Opt for a flat, shady area to prevent premature melting.
USE THE RIGHT SNOW
It shouldn’t be too powdery or too slushy. For fresh powder, lightly mist it with water for extra packing adhesion.
PACK AND ROLL
Form a snowball as large as possible on the ground. Roll the ball evenly on all sides to achieve desired size. Brace the bottom ball by packing additional snow around its base.
FOLLOW A 3-2-1 RATIO
If the largest bottom ball is three feet in diameter, the middle should be two and the top one.
STACK ‘EM UP
Flatten the tops of your bottom and middle balls for easier stacking.
Sculpt and attach Yoda ears, bird beaks or antlers for fun twists.
Think beyond top hats, branches and carrots. Try an ugly Christmas sweater, Hawaiian shirt, fancy cape or dangly earrings.