There is something incredibly satisfying about throwing snowballs. The way they come together in your hands, the way they explode when they hit their target – magic!
But the conditions for snowball making need to be just right.
What’s happening when you make a snowball is that the ice crystals are melting slightly, whether by the warmth of your hands or by the pressure in a snowball maker, and reshaping as a sphere.
- The best temperature is around freezing. If it’s too cold, the snow won’t come together. You can melt snow in a tent with a heater, but as soon as you take them out of the tent, they turn into ice balls.
- Snow near buildings or in direct sunlight will likely work better. Mid-afternoon also tends to be the warmest part of the day, and so the best time to have your snowball fight.
- Powdery snow has too much air – packed snow is better. Even if it’s warm enough weather, fresh snow won’t have the mass it needs to melt.
Saskatoon was stuck in a deep freeze through the entire month of February but the weather has finally broken and it just happens to be perfect snowball weather!
Join us on Sunday March 17 at 2 p.m. at the park behind the Albert Community Centre for a snowball fight in the park and learn to play yukigassen, the sport of snowball fighting!
Read more about yukigassen here.