Saturday, November 5, 2011

Fresh Snow In Big Bear - It's Time to Make the Perfect Snowman!

Yesterday we got a nice amount of freshly fallen snow. In honor of its falling, we think its appropriate to talk about our friend that we only see this special time of year! 

The endearing Snowman! The winter season in Big Bear brings many seasonal favorites. It's fun exploring Big Bear and looking at the variety of snowmen, snowwomen, snowkids, etc. You see all kinds.

I think it would be fun to have a contest to see who can make the most creative snow person this season.

You'd be surprised at the amount of snow needed on the ground isn't very much to make a great snowman.

Below we've added instructions on how to make a snowman and a video we found that will make it easy for anyone to build the perfect snowman.

Here's some tips on how to make your own snowman.

1. Test to see if you have 'packing snow,' which clumps together easily and isn't too wet. The snow must pack to make a snowman.

2. Shape a handful of snow into a ball. Continue adding more snow and packing the ball until it's too large to hold.

3. Place the ball on the snow in front of you and slowly roll it away from you. As more snow accumulates on the outside of your ball, pack the snow by pressing on it with your gloved hands.

4. Roll and pack the ball over and over until it is the size you want for the bottom of the snowman's

5. Repeat for the midsection and head. The bottom should be the biggest ball, and the top should be the smallest.

6. Pack some extra snow between the layers to make them stick together. Place sticks down the center where the sections meet if your snowman is having trouble standing erect.

7. Give the snowman a face. Use coal, rocks, buttons or anything dark and round for the eyes. A horizontal stick or twig will make a good mouth, and a carrot is fine for the pointy nose. If you don't have a carrot, a banana or a candy cane will do the job.

8. Cover the top of his head with an old plant for hair, or give him a knit hat to wear. Top hats will blow away unless secured.

9. Add arms, legs and other accessories. Push sticks into the sides of the middle section and hang old mittens on the ends.

Tips & Warnings
·         If you're having a hard time rolling and packing the snow into sections, try using buckets. Find three that are of descending size and pack them with snow, then upend them, dumping the snow from one bucket on top of the other.
·         You can spray your snowman with colored water to add rosy cheeks. Make your snowman multiple colors by using varied colors of water.
·         Your snowman's days are numbered, so take plenty of pictures




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