Tree-Pit Snow Shelter

If you are in a cold, deep, snow-covered area where evergreen trees grow and you have a digging tool, you can make a tree-pit snow shelter.

Three-Pit snow shelter

Follow these steps to build a Tree-Pit Snow Shelter.

  1. Find a tree with bushy branches that provides overhead cover.
  2. Dig out the snow around the tree trunk until you reach the depth and diameter you desire, or until you reach the ground.
  3. Pack the snow around the top and the inside of the hole to provide support.
  4. Find and cut other evergreen boughs. Place them over the top of the pit to give you additional overhead cover. Place evergreen boughs in the bottom of the pit for insulation.
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