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Snow Cave Camping & Winter Survival

Camper building snow cave*3 Day / 2 Night Trip
*Price Includes 1st night in a cozy lodge and all meals!
*Build Your Own Snow Cave
*Learn Winter Survival Skills -Expert Instructors – minimum 10 years of experience
*Fully Insured and Permitted School – Don’t Settle For Less!

“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).

*2-Night Trip: $995
*Discount with Express Pass: $975


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:
This program is booked on a private/semi-private basis only – we do not have public class dates available. Form your own group and contact us to set up a date.

Minimum Number Needed For Trip: 5 People
Maximum Trip Size: 12 People

Directions? Details?
The trip meets at the Claire Tappaan 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. Directions, maps, recommended packing lists, and other details will all be provided upon registration.

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.

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