Avalanche Retreats

Thanks to all of the youth leaders, speakers, musicians and volunteers who helped make Avalanche 2024 run smoothly. Many students found "Freedom in Christ". Hope to see you back here next winter!

2025 Avalanche Retreat information will be available in October.


  • Combo Middle and High School – Grades 6-12 – January 5-7
  • Junior – Grades 3-5 – January 19-21
  • Middle School – Grades 6-8 – January 26-28
  • High School – Grades 9-12 – February 9-11


  • Students – $130
  • Adult leaders – $100

Registration is now open for Avalanche Retreats!


Avalanche Winter Retreat is designed to be an opportunity to unplug and get away for a weekend with other students. It is an opportunity to grow in your relationship with others and with God. With four chapel sessions, breakouts and small group discussions there are many opportunities to learn about God and faith. There are plenty of opportunities for fun and to be with friends!

Some activities that you can expect:

  • Great worship and Bible teaching
  • Good food
  • Gym – basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, gaga ball
  • Indoor climbing wall
  • Broomball and dodgeball tournaments
  • Ice bowling
  • Tubing hill (weather permitting)
  • Campfire donuts
  • CocoHouse
  • and much more!

Registration for our 2024 Avalanche Retreats will open on December 1, 2023.

Registration for our 2023 Avalanche Retreats (see dates below) will open on December 1, 2022. These registrations need to be done by each church group. Please contact Katie – katie@bigsandycamp.org or 218-426-3389 – for the group registration link.

Prices for each weekend.

  • Students = $130
  • Adult Leaders = $100

Dates for our 2023 Avalanche Retreats!

  • Senior High – January 20-22
  • Junior High – January 27-29
  • Combo (Junior and Senior High) – February 3-5
  • Junior – February 10-12

Dates for our 2022 Avalanche Retreats!

  • Junior High – January 14-16
  • Junior – January 21-23
  • Senior High – January 28-31
  • Junior High/Senior High Combo – February 4

Come experience God at one of our annual Winter Avalanche Retreats.

We are looking forward to having you at one of our Avalanche sessions this year! The following are step-by-step instructions on how to register your students, leaders, and how payments will operate.

Capacity Limits

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our capacity limits have changed from previous years. We will need to be extra cautious of the number of students and leaders that will be attending our Avalanche sessions. We ask that the group leader call our office at (218-426-3389) or email us at office@bigsandycamp.com with the number of students and leaders your group plans to bring. This needs to be done as soon as possible.

TroyAnn Nelson, our office manager is available the following days each week. Thanks for your patience with her responding to you as quickly as possible based upon these hours.

  • Monday – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Thursday – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Friday – 8:00 am to 12:00 noon

Click here for the Registration Steps.

Log into UltraCamp (our registration software) and register your students by group. We will send out an email to all group leaders telling you how many (if any) additional spots there are available for each Avalanche session. Spots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

If you have two or less students that you want to register, please call our Office first to register these students.

Payment Information

Cost of 2020 Avalanche sessions is $114 for each student and $85 for leaders.

There is a $25 nonrefundable, nontransferable deposit per student and leader due at time of registration.

We prefer you write a check and send it in the mail.

Scheduled Avalanche Sessions

  • Junior High/Senior High Combo: January 15-17, 2021
  • Senior High: January 22-24, 2021
  • Junior: January 29-31, 2021
  • Junior High: February 5-7, 2021

Here is a list of documents that will be available to you after registration:

  • Adult and Youth Medical forms
  • Packing list
  • Camp Guidelines
  • COVID-19 health screening
  • Background Check Verification

Each leader will be responsible for overseeing that these forms get to their campers. Please have parents fill out the medical and COVID-19 health screening forms. The leaders will turn these in upon arrival for their session(s).

If you have any questions, or need help, please contact TroyAnn at our office.

Phone: 218-426-3389
Email: office@bigsandycamp.com

Volunteers Needed

We are looking for volunteers to help in a variety of ways at our Avalanche Retreats. If interested, please click here to fill out an application.