Modern Snow Cave Construction & Snow Ice Cream

We returned from our trip, Modern Snow Cave Construction & Snow Ice Cream, on Saturday, January 27 2018.

Our first trip of the year was a success. We arrived at the Sourdough Trailhead near Beaver Reservoir in cloudy conditions with a bone-chilling wind coming off the Divide. It's been a low-snow year, so we quickly decided to leave the snowshoes behind and get ourselves into the forest and out of the wind. Despite a few drifts, the trail to Beaver Bog was mostly hardpacked and easy to walk. There were big snowdrifts in the bog, which was somewhat out of the wind, and the kids set to work piling up snow for a quinzhee while we melted snow for hot chocolate. The chocolate and the hard work of digging out the snow cave kept everyone warm. But the snow was dry and cold and did not consolidate quickly, and the quinzhee collapsed just as it was nearing completion. We refashioned it into a high-backed snow bench that blocked the wind while we had snacks and chocolate, but everyone was getting cold and we decided to cut the trip short and head back to the warmth of the cars. A short trip to the winter mountains, but a good one. Many thanks to our recruiters, and to volunteers Kate and Libby.

Trip departure and return dates and time: 
Saturday, January 27 2018 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Trip Description: 

Come play in the snow as we make snowcaves and snow ice cream, and snowshoe about in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. No snowshoeing experience necessary. 

Difficulty Rating: 
Max Number of Youth Participants: 
Min Number of Youth Participants: 
Age/ grade level(s): 
Elementary (4-5)
Middle (6-8)
High School (9-12)
Youth Permission Slip (to be filled out by parent/guardians and returned to the agency representative): 
Destination & Safety Info: 

Nederland & Indian Peaks Wilderness

Hospital Name, Address and Phone: 
Boulder Community Foothills Hospital, 4747 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80303; 720-854-7854
[West side] Middle Park Medical Center 1000 Granby Park Drive South, Granby, CO 80446 *Urgent Care Facility* 970-887-5800
County Name and Sherrif's Phone Number: 
Boulder County, 303-441-4444
Sierra Club Outings Phone: 
Land Use Agency Name, Address and Phone: 

Rooselvelt National Forest, Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301; 303-541-2500

Boulder County Open Space & Recreation; 303-678-6222

Sulphur Ranger District (national forest lands in Grand County), 9 Ten Mile Drive P.O. Box 10 Granby, Colorado 80446. 970-887-4100

State Patrol District and Phone : 
Colorado State Patrol District 1; 303-688-3115
Colorado State Patrol District 3; 970-506-4999
Emergency Services Number(s):