March 18, 2020

9th Annual Silverton Splitfest

APRIL 16 - 19, 2020

"The San Juan Mountain landscape around Silverton is defined by avalanche terrain. The 550 corridor between Ouray and Coal Bank Pass is arguably the most avalanche prone highway in North America. Silverton is the town that first comes to mind when considering avalanche risk potential to motorists, maintenance workers, (some)...

March 15, 2020

Front Range Splitfest brings together riders of all abilities to learn, share ideas and shred together. Following our weekday clinics focused on Terrain, Weather and Snowpack, 

Saturday evening's marquee presentation affords event participants the opportunity to check in with the Human Factor.

The backcountry is always telling us a story. The outside of the classic avalanche...

March 15, 2020

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center publishes a daily hazard bulletin that utilizes the North American danger rating, standardized problem icons and codified language related to avalanche size and likelihood. Diving deeper into the daily report, recreationalists find the Forecast Discussion page, where staffs’ personality, wit and writing talent really shines.

What sha...

March 14, 2020

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The Stellar is a collaboration between Silverton Avalanche School and the Friends of the San Juans. These periodic communications are designed to be an educational resource for FOSJ members and are not intended to supplant avalanche bulletins, danger ratings and one’s own personal responsibility for backcountry travel choices and decision making. Si...

March 14, 2020

As we enter the final days of February, the Stellar contemplates the turn towards Spring.

Will March enter like a ravenous lion or peacefully purr on like a housecat?

Is the LOW danger rating we’ve become so accustomed to, lulled us into a false sense of complacency?

Clearly, most backcountry travelers have adopted a Stepping Out mindset lately. Will you be able to reel it in...

February 20, 2020


We’re feeling the love here in Silverton and Cupid has been shredding his wings off this week! It’s an exciting time of year as days grow longer, temperatures rise, the snowpack stabilizes, and backcountry travelers become smitten with the arrival of Spring.

SENSE MAKING

As of Saturday, February 15th the Avalanche Danger in both the North and South San Juans is Low, Level On...

February 5, 2020

Snow Bunnies and Shred Hounds,

As the first month of 2020 closes, the Stellar reflects upon our season to date and we’ll consider some sobering stats.

Avalanche Danger dropped this past weekend and it’s evident from the ample tracks, appearing on some of the range’s biggest lines, that folks were ready to step it out.

However, this atypical, open season approach to our mountai...

February 1, 2020

Recently, a good friend reminded me of the following videos from the Avalanche Geeks