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

In these videos, we observe Lucy and witness her attempts to educate Rocket and his steezy posse of bro brahs who like to dance with the big man in the white coat. Some classic quotes in this hillarious set of clips- Enjoy!

Video One

"We dance with the White Death...it's who we are!"...

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 20, 2019

Alaska in 2019 shouldn’t have gone as well as it did- large, remote adventures never unfold according to plan. And although I had no expectations for our trip, somehow the experience exceeded anything I could have conjured up.

After planning for 18+ days on Sanford, we were up, down and out in a quick eleven days. 11. This unexpected blitz of success provided us a new window...