Snow Cave Camping in the Sierra Nevada!

Build Snow Caves and Learn about Winter Survival Skills!

  • 3 Day / 2 Night Trip
  • 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!
  • We teach Men, Women, and Kids – All Ages.

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, medium strenuous 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 (additional lodging may be reserved for those who do not wish to sleep in the snow).

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, 30 minute snow 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, piling snow and digging out a one, two or three person cave for the night’s rest.

Two adults can create a snow cave in about 3 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.

Dates Offered:
March 18 – 20, 2016
Private booking on request –

Minimum Number Needed For Trip: 5 People
Maximum Trip Size: 11 People (Compare to other guides companies – MINIMUM of 10-12 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. Dinner Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday (excess fees will be incurred for those who choose to return to the lodge on Saturday night instead of snow camping).

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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