In the winter time, it’s a waste of energy to dig through a layer of snow trying to get to the debris and build a leaf hut. A more practical solution in the colder months would be a snow shelter, or a snow pit.
Here’s how to make one:
- Choose a good location near your materials and start digging a pit. The shape doesn’t matter, but some prefer rectangular pits because they are easier to cover.
- Rather than trying to carry armloads of snow, try to kick it out because it is very important to stay as dry as possible.
- If possible, dig all the way to the ground, leaving enough space for bedding and enough room to prop up on an elbow. The best depth for a snow pit is approximately four feet, or deeper if you plan on building a small fire for warmth.
- On the bottom, spread out at least six inches of leaves everywhere except the fire area.
- Create a roof over your snow pit using a thick layer of branches, and cover this with snow. Plan for an air vent through the brush and snow.
- Create a tunnel on one side of the shelter, and fill it with as much insulating material as you can collect.
- Plug the door with a block of snow and rest for the night, away from the wind and cold winter air.