December 31, 2017

Every morning, I repeat the same daily ritual. Rise sans alarm in the dark, stumble to the bathroom, make coffee, check the weather. And each day I grow excited for what the forecast could (should?) bring.

I log into NOAA, check out Wunderground, bounce over to Intellicast and finally commit to the CAIC rabbithole. These early am times fuel my passion, fill my notebook with...

December 26, 2017

The 4 inches we got up on Red Mountain Pass Wednesday night/Thursday was blown into a P hard 43 cm wind slab on Sat. night.

I was living up high with Level One students, bivying at the Captain Yurt and we rode out three distinct pulses of 70+ mph winds within the greater storm. Winds at Putney remained steadily above 50 that night.

​Coming into this weekend's course, I had n...

December 15, 2017

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December 9, 2017

I've mentioned my affinity for Durango Snow Lovers before.

Jeff's update on Thursday is giving me reason to hope.

12/7/17 Thursday 4 am

Everyone is asking when it will snow. If you look back through history big storms in November are nearly non-existent. Big storms in December have happened and are usually memorable, but they are not as common as you think, in fact going back...

December 8, 2017

The professionals at the Colorado Avalanche Information Center are always releasing neat stuff to think about. Although the news regarding future precipitation remains quite grim until we bust up Heartbreak Ridge.

"Unfortunately, only our dreams see significant snowfall in the near future and without snow in the forecast, we can expect little change in avalanche danger. Hear...

December 8, 2017

Working with beginners in the backcountry takes a special touch.

One of the activities I do in the classroom on the first morning of my L1 avy courses is the route finding slide activity.

I give a student volunteer a laser pointer and ask them to trace a route through complex mountain terrain that I've projected on a screen. Students struggle with this exercise. They are over...

December 6, 2017

​As we've seen in these Early Season Snow Observations the 2017/18 winter has struggled to kick in here in the San Juans. Temps have remained above normal and precipitation events have been a bust so far. This story has repeated itself across the American West with a few notable exceptions like Tahoe and Jackson Hole. If your in one of those locations, you're psyched.

For th...

December 1, 2017

With a glut of VRBOs, slope side condos and exclusive tourist resorts in this neck of the woods, where's a traveler on a budget to spend the night?

​​You shouldn't have to  survive on saltines and ketchup packets from Telluride to afford your vacation in the San Juans. Too many of us have chosen to weather negative temps and deep snows up on the pass in our vehicles to save...

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