SnowSchool Sponsors


REI has generously supported the national SnowSchool program with a recent contribution to support the Bogus Basin SnowSchool. We thank REI for their invaluable partnership.



The only thing more demanding than winter weather is the group of snow fanatics that we’re happy to call our customers and partners, like the dedicated folks at the SnowSchool and Winter Wildlands Alliance. Atlas snowshoes are available at sporting goods and outdoor retailers world-wide. For more information about Atlas Snow-Shoe Company, please visit

MSR (Mountain Safety Research ®) is proud to support the Winter Wildlands Alliance SnowSchool and help protect public lands and wilderness areas for recreational use while introducing the wonders of winter outdoor recreation to our youth. MSR snowshoes are available worldwide For more information visit




Ever wonder what a day at SnowSchool looks like?

Well, here you go. 

No, SnowSchool is not a skiing's an educational science-based program that allows Treasure Valley students to explore the Boise National Forest in a winter environment. Students head into the forest on snowshoes and utilize the natural wonders of the outdoors to learn about various topics such as snow science, ecology, natural history, physical education and much, much more. 

Bogus Basin's SnowSchool was featured in the Life section of the Idaho Statesman on Sunday, February 16, 2014! Katherine Jones, Statesman photojournalist, did an amazing job capturing the spirit of the program. Check out the Statesman's photos and video to get an idea of what SnowSchool is really all about. Thanks so much, Katherine!


SnowSchool in the Statesman 

Be sure to check out the Life section of the Idaho Statesman THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16th! Katherine Jones, Statesman photojournalist, did a story on SnowSchool last Tuesday. The story features 5th and 6th grade students from Amity Elementary. Be sure to take a look! 


Need your SnowSchool fix?

Here's the prefect opportunity:


We could still use a bit more help on Wednesday (1/22) and Friday (1/24) of this week. 

Wednesday, January 22nd: Whitney Elementary. This is one of two groups we'll host from Whitney's 5th grade classes. This is a super important day as this is the school we are piloting our follow-up program with. These kids will be collecting and recording data in the field (from the snow pit analysis) and taking it back to their classrooms to analyze. We need 2 more volunteers for this day. It's going to be a big, fun, full day. 

Friday, January 24th: Whitney Elementary. This is the second half of Whitney's 5th grade students. This day will also include recording data for their follow-up program. We need 2 more volunteers for this day. 

Please, if you are interested or able to help out on either or both of these days, let me know. This program is only possible with the community volunteer leadership team. These students need you to ensure they have an incredible learning and adventuring experience. 

 Thank you to all of you for your help and continually stepping up to ensure this program is a success. 




Shadow Week

The time has come...SnowSchool will officially be hosting it's first students THIS WEEK! Our first group, Central Elementary 3rd graders (a brand new class to SnowSchool) from Nampa, will be our very first group of the year! We've got a huge, huge first week ahead of us. Groups of 30, 45 and even 54 students will be the very first of the season to do snowshoe rock paper scissors, climb into the igloo, and be part of an incredible community program.
This upcoming week is shadow week! It's the prefect opportunity to get your snowshoe legs back on and re-familiarize yourself with the program and activities. It's going to be an amazing week! This first week is sure to be buzzing with early season excitement and energy. 
This program would never be possible without the dedication and passion that you all share about the outdoors, winter spaces, and engaging and educating so many youth from our city. However, we still need volunteer leaders to start us off right! 
Here's a look at what our first week looks like:
Tuesday, January 7th- Nampa Central Elementary- 3rd graders- 45 students
Wednesday, January 8th- Owyhee Harbor- 6th graders- 30 students (we have this day covered)
Thursday, January 9th- Whittier- 5/6th combo- 54 students
Friday, January 10th- Horizon- 5th grade- 54 students (could use one or two more volunteers)
We need a great deal of support for Tuesday and Thursday.
Let's kick off the 2014 SnowSchool season with a bang and make sure these students have the inspiring, unforgettable experiences so many past students have had. 
Please email or call me if you are interested in coming up this week to lead or shadow. Thanks again for your dedication and commitment to this program. It wouldn't be possible without you. 



Snow Science Day with SnowSchool

We are just about ready to start the 2014 season of Bogus Basin SnowSchool. We've had incredible training days learning new activities, building an igloo (it did work! even with the low, sugary snow we've got), learning more about the Boise National Forest's flora and fauna, spending a good amount of time staring at and dissecting scat (jury still out on from which animal it came from), and there's still one more to come.
Tomorrow, Monday, January 6th, will be Snow Science Day! We are so very fortunate to have Hank Hetrick, a BSU Geophysics Ph.D. student, join us on the mountain to guide us through a day filled with science about water and snow. It is sure to be an informational, fun-filled day. 
Each training day has been a blast, full of great energy, communal learning, and a tons of awesome information. You won't want to miss out on this one.
Join us! We'll be carpooling from the downtown office. Park on Parkhill Drive, the road between the main doors of the Bogus Basin downtown office and an apartment complex, at 8:45am Monday morning. We will head back into town around 2:30/ 3pm.

Be prepared to spend the day out in the snow. Don't forget your lunch and personal calendars as you'll be able to sign up for volunteer days.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call or text me, 208-377-3737. See you there!