Tour: Winter Wildlands Alliance Snow School
Thursday, February 7th, 2019, 8:45am-2:30pm
Bogus Basin Nordic Center, 2600 N Bogus Basin Road Boise, Idaho 83702


Winter Wildlands Alliance, a national, non-profit organization founded and based in Boise, Idaho is a broad-based nationwide alliance of like-minded groups (outfitters and guides, photographers, scientists, mountaineers, etc.), committed to working together with forward-thinking companies and partners to protect and promote human-powered "play" in winter landscapes throughout the US.


A flagship educational program of Winter Wildlands, Snowschool, was formed in Boise to introduce kids to the joys of exploring our nation's winter wildlands. This growing national program annually engages over 34,000 K - 12 students across 65 sites. Each winter, for the past 10 years, Snowschool classes venture out on snowshoes as part of a fun and educational science-based field trip, stressing the science of snow in an age-appropriate manner. Specifically in the Treasure Valley, what snow and water mean for our high desert climate is emphasized! Most important, over 50% of the young participants are underserved and a majority are first-time snowshoers, even with the close proximity to Bogus Basin, which makes the outreach of the program that much more rewarding.


Please join City Club Board Member Liz Fitzgerald on Thursday, February 7th, for a field trip up to the Bogus Basin Nordic Center to witness first hand how valuable this outdoor program is to schools throughout the Treasure Valley. Amity 4th graders will join us for a day of fun and discovery. Depending on the number of City Club members, we can carpool up, meeting at Bogus's downtown office on the corner of Bogus Basin Road and Parkhill Drive. A typical day starts at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. including drive time both ways. The morning and afternoon sessions last approximately 1 1/2 hrs each, with a lunch break in between. Please pack your own snacks/lunch/beverages. Water is highly recommended and you are welcome to carry a small pack if you choose. You may leave your packs upstairs during our time outdoors, they are totally safe up there! There are microwaves in the seating/table area where we meet upstairs.


Adult snow shoes will be supplied, courtesy of Bogus Basin. If you have ski poles and would like to use them, please do. The Nordic Center does not provide poles or boots for snow shoes. Sorrel( or similar) winter boots are recommended. Please know that, because of the age of the kids (generally 4th - 5th graders), the level of the activity is not as strenuous as you might think!


Come dressed in layers, appropriate boots for snow shoes and maybe even sunscreen depending on the weather! The following clothing layers a recommended, depending on the temperatures and your own personal "stay warm" method:
  • any kind of snow pants are the best with a thermal layer
  • a heavy coat with a thermal layer
  • thick gloves
  • hat
  • appropriate, warm boots (such as Sorrels or any boot that fits high above your ankles) for snow shoes
  • Sunglasses and maybe even sunscreen depending on the weather!

    Tour Details:


    When: Thursday, February 7th 8:45 am – 2:30 pm

    Where: Bogus Basin

    Cost: $15 for CCOB members and $20 for non-members


    Carpool option parking: Parkhill Drive, which is off of Bogus Basin Road and 15th Street,on the right, directly after the church, River House Church. (Lulu's Pizza is next the church.) Park along Parkhill Drive by the apartments or in the parking lot in spaces closest to the northeast corner of that lot.


    Pre-registration is requested, by 9 AM on Tuesday, February 5th. This event is limited to 10 attendees. As a City Club of Boise Member-Only Tour, Members are allowed to bring one guest, space permitting.


    We hope you can join us for this fantastic program that is gaining national recognition and being conducted across 65 sites in 16 states."


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    City Club thanks our Premier Sponsor, Northwest Nazarene University and the NNU School of Business and our Annual sponsor, Idaho Humanities Council.