January 10-12, 2025

For many of us, the “college years” are characterized by questioning everything and trying to figure out what we believe about God and the world around us. This can be extremely dangerous unless we land on something that has sufficient answers to satisfy our souls. As Christians, we believe this is only found in the person and work of Jesus Christ for us and our salvation. Scripture tells us that we need to set Christ apart as holy, which will give us a guiding principle on how we think and live.

If you’re committed to following Jesus more deeply, abide in his Word, and be a light in the darkness, then our college retreat is designed for you.

Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters exists to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the exposition of Scripture and personal relationships in order to equip the Church to impact this generation.

Most Christian conferences for young adults are packed with light shows, fancy bands, and big-name speakers. There’s nothing wrong with that, but we take a different approach.

Scripture commands us to be aware of the attacks we face and equip ourselves to be a light in a dark world. The Snowbird College Retreat is built around this mission: equip yourself to grow deeper in your faith, renew your mind, and engage the culture around you. Spend your life for the sake of the Gospel.

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Stay Faithful to the Gospel in a Compromised Culture

As believers, we know that this world hates us because it hates Jesus. This is most evident on our college campuses. In reality, it is becoming increasingly harder to be a real, faithful, consistent Christian in this generation. In light of this, our desire is to challenge college students with the fact that the Bible is true. The Bible has been under attack in the academic world to the point that many Christians are ashamed or embarrassed by it. We must remember that the Bible is the source of truth and can be trusted to provide us with a firm foundation now and for the future.

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

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“This trip…reminded me of what my primary focus should be in college.”


“This was very effective for me. Classes just started and having this to start the semester and encourage me was beneficial.”


“I got closer to my friends on my campus that I didn’t know as well, and I walked away feeling confident that I can be used for the kingdom every day as a student.”


2025 College Retreat Schedule

Schedule is tentative. Check the Snowbird app for most current updates.


  • 5:00 pm – Arrival & Check-in
  • 6:00 pm – Dinner
  • 8:00 pm – Worship Service at North Campus
  • 9:45 pm – On-Campus Recreation, Snack Shack, Fire, SWO Underground


  • 8:00 am – Breakfast
  • 9:30 am – Worship Service at North Campus
  • 12:00 pm – Lunch
  • 1:00 pm – On-Campus Recreation
  • 6:00 pm – Dinner
  • 8:00 pm – Worship Service at North Campus
  • 9:45 pm – Snack Shack, Fire, SWO Underground


  • 7:45 am – Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – Worship Service at North Campus
  • 10:30 am – Departure

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Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters exists to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the exposition of Scripture and personal relationships in order to equip the Church to impact this generation.

This Gospel-driven mission is what every one of our retreats is focused on.

Click here to learn more about our history and mission.

Or, jump into our published resources and session recordings to get a sample of the teaching you will be hearing at SWO.

How do I register and prepare for arrival?

Click the button below to set up your Snowbird account and pay a small deposit (per person) to register your spot for the College Retreat. You can easily choose to register as an individual or a group. If you’re registering a group then we’ll help you get the rest of the group set up as well.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out. Call us at 828.321.2210 or email us any time. We’re here to help!

What recreation will be available?

The scheduled recreation at the SWO College Retreat includes any of our on-campus recreation options, like our climbing tower, aerial park, zip line, paintball course and gun range.

What types of housing do you provide for our group?

We have over 14 cabins, divided by bedrooms for each group. They each provide twin-sized bunk beds, air conditioning, and heat. Our cleaning team takes great pride in keeping things clean but the buildings are simply functional. You’ll need to provide your own bedding, pillow and towels. The bathouse is a short walk across the property.

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How do I add or drop additional spots to my group?

You can add additional spots to your group as long as the retreat is not full. The best way to find out is to open your Snowbird Account and see if there are any remainings spots open for the retreat. However, you’ll want to only register spots that you’re certain you’ll need. The deposit is non-refundable.

What other adult conferences does Snowbird offer?

We provide several adult retreats and conferences throughout the year, that are designed for both individuals and church groups. Click the links below to learn more:

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