Our Winter Adventure Trip Is Now Operational!

One year later, after announcing OMM’s newest trip “Winter Adventure” was coming, we’re thrilled to say, we are operational!

Please read the info below. We’ll accept applications between June 1st – July 15th. If you know of a young man who could benefit from this winter adventure experience, please tell them about this trip!

Location: Angel Fire, NM

Dates: March 21st – March 24th, 2025

Trip Overview: Participants, alongside OMM Board Members, will experience several types of adventures at 9,960 feet above sea level in beautiful snowy Angel Fire, NM developing the skills to not only stay warm and comfortable, but build self-confidence, self-reliance and perseverance in the wilderness. The types of adventures that these young men will experience involve snowmobiling, ice fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sleeping overnight in a snow quinzee (weather permitting), archery and more. Participants will be staying in a heated cabin with beds, bathroom, kitchen, and family room.
*scroll to the bottom of this post to read more in-depth details about some of the activities.

Who’s Eligible/Requirements:

Youth: Young men ages 12-18 at the time of the trip. No winter adventure experience is necessary. Youth without a father figure in their life will have priority; if we have room, however, we’ll take young men who do have a father figure in their life.

Cost/What We Provide: Of Mountains & Men provides nearly everything for this life-shaping experience. All equipment is provided. All main meals and snacks are provided, and we cover the cost of youth fishing licenses. Participants need only bring their clothing and personal gear. A detailed packing list will be sent to all participants and more pertinent information prior to the trip’s launch date.

Transportation: Travel costs to/from Colorado Springs Airport are a participant’s responsibility. COS Airport is the closest airport that’s 3.5 hours away. We will carpool participants to Angel Fire to streamline travel arrangements. If the participant would like to meet in New Mexico, we will be establishing a pickup point in the town of Angel Fire within 30 minutes of base camp.

How To Apply: Applications will be accepted June 1st – July 15th, 2024 through our website. Applicants will be notified by middle of August timeframe if they’ve been selected or are on our standby list.

Safety: Safety is paramount – activities will be modified as weather conditions dictate.

What Youths Will Gain From This Experience: OMM’s Mission is to “Guide Teens Into Christian Manhood.” This trip will help the young men on their journey in 2 ways:

Confidence-Producing Skills: A critical component of manhood is possessing confidence. Confidence is gained through learning valuable skills, particularly wilderness skills. Through this trip, the young men will gain the following skills:

Ice Fishing

Snow Quinzee Building & Safety Techniques

Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing


Archery & Muzzleloader Skills

Campfire Talks: Throughout the trip, everyone participates in our Campfire Talks. These are biblically-based discussions centered on the book ‘Wild At Heart’ by John Eldredge. They’ll help the young men begin to answer four questions:

What does it mean to be a man?

How do I become one?

How do I understand what a girl/woman really is?

How do I become truly alive?

During the final Campfire Talk, each young man will receive a knife engraved with OMM on the handle as a symbol of their developing manhood.

Have Questions? Email us at omm.ministry@gmail.com

Snow Survival Structures: what are they and how do you go about building each one if you found yourself needing to provide safety in the wilderness overnight. Here are just a few options: Snow Trench, Snow Cave, and Igloo. Specifically, we’ll teach the young men how to build a Snow Quinzee, which is a temporary snow shelter made from a large pile of snow that is shaped and then hollowed out that are not as particular in their building requirements as snow caves or igloos. The process to build a quinzee involves: (1) mounding up snow, (2) letting it harden, (3) hollowing out the inside. Finally, lay down a sleeping pad to keep your body away from the ground, dress with the appropriate layers, crawl in your sleeping bag and sleep the night away safe from the outside elements.

Ice Fishing on Eagle Nest Lake at 8,200 feet in elevation located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains (a sub-range of the Rocky Mountains) in New Mexico. The lake is home to several species of fish, including several varieties of trout, kokanee salmon, perch, carp, and northern pike. OMM will cover the cost for the fishing license for each young man.

Other adventures + skills the young men will learn range from snowmobiling to cross country skiing to snow shoeing on the property and adjacent national forest. They will also have the opportunity to shoot bows and arrows as well as shooting with a muzzleloader at targets on the property.

Get ready to follow along with us as OMM plays in the snow!