Snowcaves & Snow Ice Cream
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
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.
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