So… funny thing about those snowcapped mountains on Yoshi’s Island… Seeing how you can actually make snow blocks in Minecraft, I decided to go ahead and actually build the snowcaps out of snow! And for that matter, I needed pine trees.
There was just one little problem with that plan…
As you can see in this photo of my spawn base, the place where I started was warm and wet. I was surrounded by forest and jungle, and if I walked great distances, I might find desert of savanna. So, pretty early on (before I even began construction) I set sail along my world’s vast waterways in search of a taiga or a tundra.
I sailed for weeks (Minecraft time) tracing a broad circle south of my spawnland, and though I certainly saw some interesting sights, all I could find was jungle and shrublands, with the occasional tiny, isolated patch of snow.
Eventually I came home again and then sailed a day north, and saw some mountains.
And I thought, screw it, I’ve just been checking shorelines. Maybe if I climb over those mountains I’ll actually find some freaking snow! (of course, I put that pillar there)
And… what do you know…
I found a huge, expansive patch of tundra. (and, WTF was that cow doing up there!?)
When I got there I set up some guide towers to find my way back, and made a little cabin the stay the night in. I also dug a branch mine down from the cabin to go look for some diamond because I knew I’d be using up a ton of shovels. This shot is actually some time later, after I’d returned to the place for more snow. First time I’d been back since Notch added weather to the game, so it was fun to watch the snow regrow.
Unfortunately, I won’t be watching it regrow anymore. With the huge changes to the terrain generator in the 1.8 update, this area isn’t actually a snow biome anymore!! (for that matter, going by the color of grass, the warm jungle where I spawned should be seeing snow when it’s implemented again!)
Of course, knowing I’d be coming back and forth to this place (I didn’t realize just how much snow I’d really need. I used up about 7 or 8 diamond shovels here!) I knew I’d need a quicker way to get there.
So when I started actually building the mountains, I returned and made myself a portal. This was the first time I’d actually used the Nether as a shortcut, and… it’s so awesome! You have to be careful, though. The snowplain wasn’t as far away as I thought, and when I build the portal there, it actually connected back to my home portal. So I did the math and walked to where its nether portal should have been and built one myself. (this was all relatively easy since the island I spawned on was chock full of nearly surface level lava lakes. Go figure)
So… yeah. That’s the story of how I found the snow to make my mountains.