Snowcaves & Snow Ice Cream

We returned from our trip, Snowcaves & Snow Ice Cream, on Sunday, January 20 2019.

We had a small group for our first outing of the new year, but they turned out to be ready to have fun in the snow.

The wind was howling as usual when we arrived at Moffat Tunnel, but calmed down considerably once we got into the trees and a bit higher up in the S Boulder Creek Valley. The sun was out and the snow was deep and fresh, making for excellent snowshoeing conditions. We reached our spot at the first meadows in decent time. The crew set to work right away at digging a cave in the deep drifts while we melted snow for hot chocolate. Drew forgot to bring a can opener to make snow ice cream, but we had plenty of food: cheese cubes, Bobo's bars and chocolate chip cookies.

Max used a snow claw to groom a butt-sledding course down the gully and the kids took breaks from digging and snacking to hurl themselves down the chute. All in all it was an excellent snow outing, one of several that we'll be running this winter. Don't miss out on the fun next time!

Atzin was a champion snow digger

Rowan and Max waist-deep in the drifts

Rowan blasts down the chute

Tupak checks out the cave

The view from the cave

Trip departure and return dates and time: 
Sunday, January 20 2019 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Trip Description: 

Come make snowcaves and eat snow ice cream as we snowshoe into the Indian Peaks Wilderness. We'll also do the backward snowshoe race and belly sledding.

Difficulty Rating: 
Max Number of Youth Participants: 
12
Min Number of Youth Participants: 
2
Age/ grade level(s): 
Middle (6-8)
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