Modern Snow Cave Construction & Snow Ice Cream
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.
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.
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