What type of snow shelter to build for the night or for an emergency depends on the conditions and how much time you have.
How to make a snow trench shelter
Instructions on how to make a quick snow shelter in case you get stuck in the snow overnight.
Snow Camping Tents
Choosing a good snow camping tent is very important. You don't want to go snowcamping with the wrong snow camping tent.
How to make an igloo
Instructions on how to make an igloo in case you get stuck in the snow overnight.
How to make a snow mound shelter - Quinzhee
This type of snow shelter requires a lot of hard work but when it's done it's just as warm as an igloo.
Getting started with snow camping
Apart from basic backpacking gear there are a few additional basic things you need to get before you head out on your first snow adventure.
Snow shoeing daypack list
Even if you're just going for the day you need to bring all the items below with you. You never know what could happen to delay your return. You might have to spend the night out in the woods. If you are unprepared for this you are very likely to die or get frostbite and have your arms and legs amputated. Don't let this happen to you, bring all the items on this list with you every time you go out into the backcountry in the winter time.
How to make emergency snow shoes
A fast method of making makeshift snowshoes with things easily found in the woods.
Overnight snow camping pack list
These are the items you need to bring with you when you plan to spend one or more nights in the snow. This list contains all the items from the day pack list plus a few more since you have a bigger backpack. Make sure you at least have all the items from the daypack list otherwise you are very likely to die from cold or suffer very serious medical consequences.
How to make a snow cave
A snow cave is a great type of snow shelter if the conditions are right for one.
Snow camping in the backcountry
On this page we will provide you with the basic knowledge you need to go snow camping. If you are new to snow camping you should definitely read this section and afterwards go to our links section for more info. Even if you are an experienced snow camper we hope you will still learn a thing or two from this page.
Camp stoves for snow camping
Choosing the right camp stove for your needs is very important. You don't want to go snowcamping with the wrong camp stove. There are so many sites covering gas camp stoves and there are hundreds of those camp stoves on the market so on this site we have focused on non-gas camp stoves.
How to make emergency snowshoes
Making a pair of emergency snowshoes to get to safety is extremely simple. It's surprising how many people try to get to safety in knee deep snow and drop from exhaustion.
How to get noticed by rescuers in winter
If you're injured or the conditions are too bad to travel you may want to stay put and wait until you get rescued. This assumes that somebody knows you're missing, so make sure you tell someone where you're going and when you plan to be back.
Backcountry camping in the winter
Special edition for gottagoitsnows.com .
Mountain Adventure Magazine
Online magazine covering the great outdoors. Features stories and latest news.
Bill's Snowcamping Site
This is a site about camping in the backcountry in the wintertime. You can get there on snowshoes, cross country skis, or by snowmobile. This website will tell you all you need to know about spending the night in the snow, whether you intended to do so or you just got stuck and are forced to stay the night.
A new invention for mountaineers
A back packing stove that never runs out of fuel, weighs less than any other backpacking stove, works anytime anywhere, costs less than most backpacking stoves.
Dale's Wilderness Survival
This is a site about how to survive life threatening situations in the wilderness. Everything here is based on many years of experience in the outdoors. Dale has been in some real bad situations over the years and has survived every time so far. Hopefully the information on this website will help you survive too. To guarantee your survival under the harshest possible conditions you need to have a few necessary items with you and possess a few basic skills, but mostly you need to keep your mind clear.
Ed's outdoor gift ideas for outdoors people who already have everything
Every year Ed picks out one new product to be the unusual outdoors gift of the year so if you keep checking back once a year you will never be without a chrismas or birthday gift for that special outdoors person in your life.
Outdoors gear selector
Take a quick quiz to see what outdoors gear is perfect for your needs.
Martin the Outdoor Fanatic's Website about the Outdoors
Outdoors fanatic Martin rambles on about camp stoves and related topics
Illustrated documentations of mountain expeditions to test new mountaineering equipment.
Choosing the right camp stove for your needs is very important. You don't want to go backpacking with the wrong camp stove.