Snow Science Training!

Hi there SnowSchool-ers,
Tomorrow is our last training day of a great training session. We just got back from a wonderful day of hiking with Edna as our guide. Conditions were unreal! Huge flakes falling, untouched snow, it was magical. Thanks to each of you who made it out for Ecology Day. Such a blast and so informational, as always.
TomorrowTuesday, January 6th is Snow Science training with FS hydrologist Brian Anderson. It's sure to be a very educational training for us all. As usual, carpoool will meet at 8:45am outside the downtown office. Park on Parkhill Dr. If you'd like to drive yourself, feel free to meet us at the Nordic Lodge around 9:30 or so. Plan to spend the majority of the day in the snow (lots of layers and warm clothing). Bring lunch, water, notepad if you'd like to take notes. We'll plan on heading back to Boise around 3pm at the very latest. 
Our first day of SnowSchool is THIS WEDNESDAY! We're still short one leader on Wednesday and two on Thursday. Please let me know if you can help! Let's make sure we kick off this season well. 
Thanks so much for being part of this program. So excited to get started. And thanks to all of you who have joined us for trainings and made each day such a blast!



Let's build an igloo...and other things

Hi hi all,

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! It's been snowing so much up at Bogus and the snowshoeing is absolutely wonderful. I was up behind the Lodge yesterday stomping out a quarry for igloo blocks and building up a platform for the igloo and was continually amazed at the beauty and peace of the freshly fallen, untouched snow. We were breaking trail and at some points, thigh-deep in new snow. Incredible! 
I just wanted to remind each of you that this Friday, January 2nd will be our Igloo Building Day. We'll meet to carpool at 8:45am on Parkhill Dr. (outside the Bogus office, 2600 N. Bogus Basin Rd.). Bring a lunch, some water, and snow shoes if you have them (we have lots to loan if not). It's sure to be a great time, laid back, and just good ol' fashioned fun in the snow.
The day after, Saturday, January 3rd, will be our second Activities Training Day. Thanks to each of you who made it to our first training of the season earlier this month. It was a great day in the snow and was wonderful to see all the volunteers, new and old, out for a day in the snow. Thanks to all of you for making that December training such a success! For this training, we'll again meet at 8:45am to carpool, same location for Igloo Building (Parkhill Dr.) and finish up by 3pm. This training will serve as a mock-SnowSchool day and will end with volunteer having the chance to model and lead some activities. For new volunteers, we'll start the day taking pass pictures with HR at the Simplot Lodge. We'll then catch up with the others at the Nordic Lodge after. Please bring lunch, water, snowshoes if you have them, pen and paper if you'd like to take notes, and your personal calendars to sign up for leadership days.
Please let me know if you'd like to participate in either or both of these days so we don't leave anyone behind at the carpool. You are also welcome to forego the carpool and just meet us at the Nordic Lodge at 9:30.
Thank you again for being part of SnowSchool! You're all part of what makes this program so special and unique. Hope to see you soon. Have a wonderful celebration ringing in the new year. See you in 2015!
PS. If you can't make the trainings but would still like to volunteer, check out the Volunteer Schedule on the SnowSchool website. You can then email me with dates you'd like to volunteer.
Thanks again!
(208)377 3737

First SnowSchool Training Day!

Hi SnowSchoolers!

Just wanted to send you a friendly reminder that this SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13th is the first training day of the 2015 SnowSchool season!

Our focus for this day will be on SnowSchool activities. Kerry McClay and I will take you through a mock-SnowSchool day to give you an idea of what a day on the snow looks like with the students. We’ll model the Three Essential activities (snow pit analysis, snow water equivalent, and watershed map) as well as a handful of the other experiential activities. Plan to spend most of the day outside.

Bring appropriate clothing to be outside (warm layers, gloves, boots, etc.), snowshoes if you have them (there will be some to borrow at the Nordic Lodge if you don’t have, or want to use, your own pair), a sack lunch (microwave in the Lodge), lots of water, and a pen and paper if you’d like to take notes. Also, you’ll be able to sign up for volunteer leadership days so bring along your personal calendars. The link below is our sign up page on the website so you can take a look at it beforehand:

For those of you interested in carpooling we’ll meet at 8:45am outside of the Bogus Basin sales office (2600 N. Bogus Basin Rd.). Please don’t park in the parking lot, we can park along Parkhill Dr. just north of the sales office doors and right in front of an apartment complex. We’ll plan to arrive around 9:30 at the Lodge and wrap the day up around 3pm.

If you need to leave early that is no problem at all. You are welcome to meet us up at the lodge around 9:30am or just at the carpool and caravan up. Feel free to bring a friend along if you have someone in mind who is interested in SnowSchool.

Thanks so much and looking forward to Saturday. Come on, snow.....

Feel free to email me anytime if anything comes up or you have specific questions. 

See you soon,

Ilyse Sakamoto


Welcome to the 2014-2015 SnowSchool Season!

It's here....SnowSchool season 2014-2015 has officially kicked off! 


Welcome back to all you dedicated and passionate SnowSchool volunteers! I hope each of you had outstanding summers and are still enjoying the warm weather. The leaves have started to fall but the temperatures outside hint more at bike riding and hiking than they do snowshoeing and belly sliding. But we're not fooled by that, there's much to be done to prepare for another exciting season of SnowSchool.


Teachers have been booking their SnowSchool trips since last spring; the calendar is almost completely full; and we've got over 2,000 students scheduled for an amazing day of learning through hands-on experiences up on the mountain. And as always, these 2,000+ students would never have this opportunity if it weren't for exceptional community members such as yourselves! It is you who are the heart and spirit of this program. The students come up to the mountain, some greatly challenged by the environment, and leave more knowledgeable, inspired, excited, in awe, and connected. Connected to their classmates, lessons they've learned in the classroom, the snow, the local ecosystem, the winter environment, and their SnowSchool leader. It is your leadership that creates an experience for these students that some describe as, "the best day ever" and "the best day of [their lives]".



It's time to get back into the swing of things, SnowSchool style. We'll kick off this season with our Veteran Volunteer Orientation. There are a few new additions to this season I'm excited to share with you all. This orientation will be held on Wednesday, November 19th, 7pm, at the downtown office (2600 N. Bogus Basin Rd.). Bring your calendars and planners so you can sign up for volunteer days. You can also check out the SnowSchoolwebsite and calendar in advance to get an idea of when you'd like to volunteer (you can also send me an email with dates you'd like to volunteer for if you can't make the orientation). Follow this link (or copy and paste) to the calendar:


In an effort to continually grow our volunteer base, I'm asking each of you to "Bring a Buddy" to the orientation on November 19th. Ask a partner, friend, sibling, family member whom you think would enjoy sharing their passion for nature and learning with students to join you at our orientation. She/ he will have the opportunity to learn more aboutSnowSchool and how to get involved.


If you are unable to attend orientation, here's a list of our training days:


1) Activities day (1 of 2): Saturday, December 13th. 9:30am-3pm. Nordic Lodge. Carpool will be at 8:45am. 


2) Build the Igloo: Friday, January 2nd. 8:45am (carpool)- 3. Nordic Lodge.


3) Activities day (2 of 2): Saturday, January 3rd. 9:30-3. Nordic Lodge. Carpool will be at 8:45am.


4) Winter Ecology with Edna: Monday, January 5th. 8:45 (carpool)- 3pm. Nordic Lodge. This day will start with Carolyn Volk giving the "Critters and Crags" pre-trip lesson that our students receive. Now you'll know exactly how they've been prepped and what they've been introduced to.


5) Snow Science day with Brian Anderson: Tuesday, January 6th. 8:45 (carpool)- 3pm. Nordic Lodge. This day will start with Cindy Busche giving the Snow and Water Cycle pre-trip lesson that our students receive. Now you'll know exactly how they've been prepped and what they've been introduced to. We'll also end this day with a fun trail orientation scavenger hunt. Just in case you need a refresher. 


Please send me a quick note on which training days you will be attending so we don't leave anyone behind at the carpool.


***Also, please know that I am always happy to present about SnowSchool to any interested parties you may be connected with. Just give me a call or shoot me a message. I always love sharing SnowSchool with others.***


Hope to see each of you at orientation or training. Thank you again for the commitment, continual support and passion your bring to SnowSchool. 

Ilyse Sakamoto


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!

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