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How to Make the Best Snowballs

Updated on December 8, 2012

Snowball Fights are Fun

There is something about a snowball fight that brings people together. Sure there are those people who have no sense of humor or sense of fun. They are the ones you can get away with hitting with a snowball once. Most other people are more than willing to throw snowballs at you.

Being quick and knowing what you are doing when it comes to a snowball fight is key to not getting cold and wet from a bombardment of snowballs. Picking the right gear and the right snow is important. Then you will be able to have an advantage over your friends.

Step One: Find a Good Pair of Gloves - Or Your Hands Will Freeze

Without gloves you will not be able to keep up with your Snowball enemies. Unless your hands are lacking nerve endings, the cold will proove to bee too much. If you need proof, go to your refrigerator and pull a hand full of ice cubes from the ice tray in the freezer. Try holding them in your hands for twenty seconds. Now imagince that sensation for minutes as you try to fight off wouldbe attackers. I's just not going to work. You need gloves.

Make sure you find some that are waterproof. The coton cloves won't work because the snow melts and soaks into the fabric making your hands cold again. Get something that has a weatherproof material on the outside.

Step Two: Find Protection

To Protect Yourself From Incoming Snowballs

Find a good place to protect you from incoming snowballs. Build a snowbank or hide behind a group of trees. Do you have a tree house. make a stockpile of snowballs and hide up there. Whatever you do, make sure you are at an advantage over your opponent. I know, find some kind of SWAT shields. Garbage can lids make great shields.

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There are a lot of people who live in places where they have snow all the time. This means they have more time to practice their snowball making skills. I personally only get snow once or twice per year, so I don't get the chance to practice very often. The nice thing about living in the middle of the country, the snow I do get is usually a wet snow, so making snowballs is a bit easier.

Step Three: Find the Right Snow

Not just any snow will make good snowballs. You need to find snow that is slightly wet. The dry powder that has just fallen will not stick together and will fall appart before it hits your enemies. Find a patch of show that has been in the sun for a little while, but has not completely turned to slush.

Step Four: Form Your Balls

Scoop the snow with both hands and press it together between your palms. Press together hard compacting the snow tightly together. You can make your snowballs bigger by scooping more snow and pressing it on the outside of what you have already compacted together.

If you have the time, make sure you make many snowballs all at once. If you can have a stockpile of snowballs, you will be able to attack your enemies without stopping to make more.

Step Five: Have Fun

Snowball fights are supposed to be fun. If your opponent is not happy about being hit with piles of cold snow, you should probably stop. Find a neutral ground, give him/her the chance to get you back, then all bets are off. Let the snowball fun commence.

What are Your Snowball Experiences?

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I'll have to check my notes next time I get ready to fire away at someone. :-) Thing is, now I need instruction on how to actually HIT them with my snowball.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have built snowmen in Scotland and Canada.