March in the Alps can be magnificent, and last weekend was one of the best, especially at 2,000 meters, above Adelboden in the Berner Oberland. When I was invited to bring my camera to Engstligenalp for Igloo Festival 2015, I happily said yes. It was a creative, colorful weekend in the mountains–and yes, this is an igloo!
Armed with shovels and snow saws, and guided by professional instructors, more than 50 enthusiastic igloo lovers set about creating unique shelters of ice and snow for the region’s third annual igloo event. Equipment, supervision and meals were provided by festival organizers: Adelboden Tourism, Alpine School Adelboden, the Engstligenalp Mountain Transport and Sherpa Outdoor.
After the igloos were completed, everyone gathered for a celebratory dinner. Participants cast their votes for their favorite igloo before turning in for the night in their purpose-built igloos. At breakfast, the winners received their prizes.
Here is a look at the weekend’s ice-and-snow party on Engstligenalp.
The Engstligenalp plateau: an ideal setting on a perfect day for building igloos.