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...

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...