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I've been meaning to catch a Castform for a while now, and I also need a Vanillish. Both of them can only be encountered through SOS calls, and both of them require Hail (well, just weather for Castform, but you know...). I managed to hold out long enough in the desert to find a Gabite, but that was at a lower overall level so my Pokemon could hold out longer because they were taking less damage from the wild Pokemon.

I'm basically going to have to put together an Ice type dedicated to surviving long term in battle, equipped with False Swipe, ideally with some defensive bulk and/or health restoring ability. Ideally it would also be able to learn something Super Effective against Ice types, to keep the other slot clear and ensure the surviving Pokemon is calling for help as much as possible.

At this point, it looks like I'm stuck with Sneasel/Weavile. They appear to be the only Ice type Pokemon that can learn False Swipe at all. While they do have access to Metal Claw through level up, as well as both Brick Break and Low Sweep through TM... Aren't they more "glass cannon" Pokemon? They aren't exactly meant to go the distance in the endurance match that is SOS Battles.

Anyone have a recommendation?

You could chain for an HA Alolan Vulpix, which has Snow Warning. Then just keep rotating your False Swiper out every 5 turns to reset the hail.

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Like you said, there isn't any bulky ice-type with false swipe. But I have the next best thing:

Use your event Munchlax. It will know hold back when you get it (exactly like false swipe) and has very good bulk when it's Snorlax. Evolve it into Snorlax, and all via TM, teach it rain dance, since any weather makes Castform appear, thunderbolt to deal with rain Castform, and brick break for damaging Vanillish. You will just have to switch out to a Pokemon that knows hail for making Vanillish appear. You could chain for a HA Vulpix, or just catch a regular one, or any other ice type and teach them Hail via TM.