Snow Cave Camping & Winter Survival Skills in the Sierra Nevada

Snow Cave Camping in the Sierra Nevada!

Build Snow Caves and Learn about Winter Survival Skills!

  • 3 Day / 2 Night Trip
  • Price Includes 1st night in lodge and all meals!
  • Build Your Very Own Snow Cave
  • Learn Winter Survival Skills -Expert Instructors – minimum 15 years of experience
  • Fully Insured and Permitted School – Don’t Settle For Less!

You Don’t Have to Freeze!

“Just so you can tell your friends that you did it!” Come to the snow country and sleep in your own, self built snow cave. This is an extremely safe but wildly adventurous activity.

Learn to build a snow cave in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains of California! This is a completely safe, fun, and active way to learn more about winter camping and enjoy the outdoors. We will start the trip with one night at a cozy mountain lodge, with the 2nd day and night being spent in a nearby meadow in your very own snow cave (guests may choose to spend the 2nd night in the lodge as well at no additional fee if they change their mind about the snow cave).

We will arrive on Friday evening at the Claire Tappaan Lodge High Sierra hostel where we stay for the night. Friday night’s activities will include introduction, some instruction in snow cave building, and a gear check. If we have time we may take a short, nighttime winter jaunt along a local cross country track. In the morning a short snowshoe walk from the back door of the Lodge takes us to the meadow where we will spend the night. The day is spent selecting a site and digging out a one, two or three person cave for the night’s rest.

Two adults can create a snow cave in a few hours, children about twice that. Spare time will be spent on an afternoon or evening snow hike as well as some additional winter survival skills instruction. Bedtime is early, as night fall is early as well. Sleep in the cave as warm as toast. Sunday is spent collapsing the caves and taking a leisurely hike out amongst the beautiful Sierras. Enjoy a warm home-cooked breakfast in the lodge before ending your weekend.

Dates Offered:
March 24 – 26, 2017 – FULL
March 31 – Apr 2, 2017
Private booking on request –

Minimum Number Needed For Trip: 5 People
Maximum Trip Size: 10 People (Compare to other guides companies – MINIMUM of 15-20 needed for similar trip!)

Your trip includes:
Professional and experienced guides, permits and camping fees. Dinner and Lodging on Friday night at the Claire Tappaan Lodge. Breakfast, lunch, dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday.

Your packing list:
You will need to bring all the necessary clothes and camping equipment – some equipment is available for rent, please contact Adventure Out for details. Exact packing list will be provided upon registration.

Directions? Details? How do I sign up?

The trip meets at the Claire Tappan Lodge. Clair Tappaan is located at 7000 feet in California’s Sierra Nevada. It’s 45 minutes west of Reno and one and a half hours drive east of Sacramento just off of Interstate 80. The address is 19940 Donner Pass Road in Norden. Enter your party size below and click “Show Availability” to select trip dates. Directions, maps, recommended packing lists, and other details will all be provided during the registration process.

If you have any questions, please email anytime –

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