September 19, 2019

Symposium Overview

We will be holding the Symposium in Silverton. Sept 27-29, 2019

Topics Include:

  • Managing simple to complex rescues in the austere mountain environment

  • Update on transceiver technology

  • Airbag technology

  • Recco

  • Shoveling

  • Probing

  • Altitude medicine

  • Backcountry trauma

  • Cold weather injuries

  • Pathophysiology of avalanc...

September 19, 2019

Four Corners Snow and Avalanche Workshop  October 26, 2019

Silverton Avalanche School invites you to the 2019 Four Corners Snow and Avalanche Workshop (4SAW).  4SAW is a continuing education and networking opportunity for avalanche practitioners and recreationists in the mountains of Southwest Colorado, Northwest New Mexico, Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. The Four Corne...

April 27, 2019

Still Fat and Fab on 4/25

This just might be the busiest (and best?) winter I’ve ever experienced in the San Juan mountains.

I’ve documented many seasonal highlights, both in words and pictures, on this blog since winter began. In addition to the 136 on-snow days noted below, it’s important to mention some additional highlights and milestones:

The first real snow storm of 18-1...

February 12, 2019

Can human judgment handle avalanches?

We’re better than ever at understanding the dangers of avalanches. So why can’t we avoid them?

Kate Siber     July 20, 2015 From the HCN print edition

All morning, I’d heard the roar of sloughs rocketing down cliffs as I skied up a mountain in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Now, standing at the summit with my six friends and...

January 23, 2019

On January 9, 2017, Jeremy Bird and Mark Helmich set out for a backcountry tour on Coal Bank Pass. That adventure ended with Bird getting swept over a cliff and buried by an avalanche on Highway 550. Jeremy survived this ordeal due to the quick actions of his partner, a passing motorist and a fair bit of luck. The team's  story can teach us a tremendous amount about safety...

January 11, 2019

Congratulations on completing your SJMG AIARE Level Two Rec Course.

I hope your experience this past weekend serves as a solid foundation upon which you will build a brilliant life in the alpine.

But remember, this is only the beginning of your journey in the backcountry!

Some Post-Course thoughts to consider:

On multi-day ski tours and avalanche courses, we learn and experien...

January 11, 2019

Congratulations on completing your Level Two Rec Course.

I hope your experience this past weekend serves as a solid foundation upon which you will build a brilliant life in the alpine.

But remember, this is only the beginning of your journey in the backcountry!

Some Post-Course thoughts to consider:

On multi-day ski tours and avalanche courses, we learn and experience a ton.

S...

December 19, 2018

Congratulations on completing your SJMG Level One Rec Course.

I hope your experience this past weekend serves as a solid foundation upon which you will build a brilliant life in the alpine.

But remember, this is only the beginning of your journey in the backcountry!

Some Post-Course thoughts to consider:

On multi-day ski tours and avalanche courses, we learn and experience a...