April 20, 2020

Great online session this past Friday night( 4/17/20)>listening to Pat talk about his recent West Butt trip and providing folks lots of tasty, AK advice- feel free to follow up with me at michaelackerman.org/contact before your next trip to the range.


April 4, 2020

After an intense ski season, the Journey Lines crew winds down in the San Miguels.

Check out this rad little piece on one of our adventures last spring:

(Link to Article PDF)

(Link to Ack's LONELY TOUR write-up)


Link to AdPro Spring 2020 E addition

March 14, 2020



The Stellar is a collaboration between Silverton Avalanche School and the Friends of the San Juans. These periodic communications are designed to be an educational resource for FOSJ members and are not intended to supplant avalanche bulletins, danger ratings and one’s own personal responsibility for backcountry travel choices and decision making. Si...

March 14, 2020

As we enter the final days of February, the Stellar contemplates the turn towards Spring.

Will March enter like a ravenous lion or peacefully purr on like a housecat?

Is the LOW danger rating we’ve become so accustomed to, lulled us into a false sense of complacency?

Clearly, most backcountry travelers have adopted a Stepping Out mindset lately. Will you be able to reel it in...

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.


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...

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