Montreal, Canada — Former international skier Eric Villiard has created a polyurethane structure designed to help children build safer igloos in the garden.
“Kids love to make these structures, but as parents we worry as they can collapse and suffocate them,” Villiard said. “So I made a prototype plastic grid in the form of an igloo that you pack snow onto.”
He’s hoping to commercialise it for next winter, with the moulds being fabricated in China, and the product assembled in Montreal.
“The designs need to be finalised and we still have a lot of work to do,” he said.
The dimension of the igloo is 4.5ft (1.34m) in diameter by 4ft (1.2m) in height and can withstand over 300 lbs (136 kg) of snow.
A frame for a snow fort is also in development, according to Snow Play.