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...

January 27, 2020

Snow Bunnies and Shred Hounds,

​​Monday’s storm system in the San Juans favored Telluride and points west and north. A secondary refresh looks to graze the range Wednesday. With less frequent precipitation events lately, we’ll take what we can get with this week’s series of “mini-storms”

Keep the faith snow lovers of the San Juans! Durango Weather Guy, Jeff Givens posits “the...

January 15, 2020

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Greetings Shredders,​​

With a slow down in storm events early in the new year, the wind has proved the primary antagonist in the story of the mountains this Janubreezy. For those who’ve braved the stout wind chills lately, the skiing in more sheltered locations near treeline continues to be fantastic. And with a weather maker set to refresh our pack the end of this week,...

December 31, 2019

Season’s Greetings Snowflakes!

It matters not whether you were naughty or nice in 2019, Santa left us all a big pile of holiday fresh under the tree. Deep snow and fantastic skiing seem an apropos way to end what is sure to be remembered as one of the most epic calendar years for snowfall and avalanches in the San Juan Mountains.

SENSE MAKING

“We are slowly cooking up the perf...

December 11, 2019

Welcome to Winter

And just like that, it’s winter once again in the San Juan mountains.

Backcountry travelers are starting to stretch their legs off-piste and riders report fantastic conditions throughout the range.

BUT, It’s still very early in our season. Problems have developed in our snowpack with skiers and snowshoers experiencing some close calls recently. Colorado logge...

April 11, 2019

I dragged my feet with this week's entry.

I knew the pattern was going to change back to winter. I didn’t want to boast more about springtime goodness while a large storm favoring a northwest flow was forecast to hit the North San Juans hard. The best laid plans rarely survive contact with the enemy.

And sitting here this morning, the weather appears to have delivered in earn...

March 20, 2019

This is the largest slide I've observed in the San Juan Mountains.

Check out this monster from Edith Gulch, Crown Mountain, Eureka, CO. R5D4