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Snow Science & Social

January 14, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Love to play in the snow? Want to learn more about winter in the San Juans? Join SJMA and Mountain Studies Institute for our special winter hike series, Snow Science & Social! Back by popular demand, these snowshoe hikes are a great opportunity to explore the snowy landscape and learn more about winter in the San Juans.

On select weekends this winter, our education team will host snowshoe interpretive hikes from 1-3 pm, then welcome you back to our new mobile basecamp in the Andrews Lake Winter Parking Lot for a bonfire, hot drinks, and good conversation. Topics will include forest ecology, watersheds, climate change, and the future of snowpack in the San Juans. These popular events are FREE to the public, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.


January 14, 2023


12:30 pm: SJMA staff arrive
1:00 – 3:00 pm: Winter interpretive hike
3:00 pm: Social fun with a hot beverage, bonfire, and good company


SJMA’s new mobile basecamp at Andrews Lake Winter Parking Lot


  • If needed, SJMA will provide snowshoes for your use (when registering make sure to include your shoe size, height and weight).
  • Participants must be prepared to hike up to 2 miles in the snow at ~11,000 ft of elevation.
  • Participants encouraged to bring an avy shovel (or any compact shovel) for digging snow pits. SJMA can provide avy shovels, but it’s more fun if everyone can get their hand on a shovel.
  • Wear warm clothes and boots to spend the afternoon in the snow.


Free, $10 donations very appreciated

For more information, check out our Information and Activity Guide: Climate Change, Forest Health and the Future of Snow in the San Juan Mountains.

A huge thank you to our partner, Mountain Studies Institute!


January 14, 2023
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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