Snow Caves & Snow Ice Cream

We returned from our trip, Snow Caves & Snow Ice Cream, on Saturday, January 21 2017.

We enjoyed a perfect day for snowshoeing - lots of snow, warm sun, and best of all, no wind. The one-mile trail to Beaver Bog took us over a low ridge with some views of the Divide and a few snowshoe hare tracks. Once at the bog, our trekkers set to work building a quinzhee, first piling snow up in a 5-foot pile, then digging entrances in from the side. We took a break for hot chocolate and snacks and then completed the excavation. The diggers found that creating three entrances sped the work up considerably. And then they found that a snow cave with more hole than wall isn't very stable, when it collapsed just before we left.

Trip departure and return dates and time: 
Saturday, January 21 2017 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Trip Description: 

We'll snowshoe to Beaver Bog where we'll build snow caves, have snow ice cream, and have a backwards snowshoe race. 

Main Activities: 
Difficulty Rating: 
Max Number of Youth Participants: 
18
Min Number of Youth Participants: 
2
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: 
1-888-688-4647
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): 
911