Backcountry Magazine’s Reconnoitering with Joe

February 10th, 2014

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Sneffels Traverse 2014 Results

February 9th, 2014

What a great group of people, thanks for coming out everyone! Hope to see you all next year!

Place Gender Name Time  Bib #
1 M Scott Simmons 4:37:20 63
1 M Brian Smith 4:37:20 74
2 M Jesse Rickert 4:40:50 55
3 M Pat O’Neill 4:41:50 50
4 M Billy Laird 4:49:43 73
5 M Jeff Deucsh 5:37:45 75
6 M Brendan Trimboli 5:38:15 44
7 M Rick Willis 5:43:12 70
8 M Frank Mapel 5:44:21 61
9 M Don Moden 5:44:40 56
10 M Rich Smith 6:00:10 46
11 M Dave Ahrens 6:28:50 54
12 M David Chew 6:33:35 57
13 M Chris Stewart 6:34:14 71
14 F Jennifer Shelton 6:41:01 43
15 M Scott Winslow 6:42:07 66
16 M Jim Toman 6:49:16 62
17 F Ximena Rebolledo 6:50:49 65
18 M Keith Bauer 6:53:10 49
19 M Brian Miller 6:55:03 69
20 M Josh Williams 7:01:47 59
21 F Miriam Schaffer 7:04:00 58
22 M Otto Krichman 7:06:39 45
23 M Martin Catmur 7:18:30 48
24 M Jaime Palmer 7:21:57 80
25 M Baker Bent 7:23:23 64
26 M John Miller 7:31:45 80
27 M Ben Clark 7:35:20 78
28 M Tom Karpechik 7:42:29 53
29 F Kirsten Kindt 7:42:29 52
30 M Bert Perry 8:08:44 72
31 M Jeffrey Myer 8:09:59 76
32 M Dominic Schiavone 8:12:12 68
33 M Jim Nichols 8:12:20 67
34 M Pete May 9:12:47 47
35 M Matthew Anderson 9:48:54 51
36 M Al Bouchier 9:48:54 60

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Sneffels Traverse

December 3rd, 2013

February 8th, 2014

Pat O'Neil, Scott Simmons, Brian Smith, Billy Laird, Janelle Smiley

Another great day of skiing is coming to the Dallas Trail. Remember the Sneffels Half Loop Event? As most of you know, that is no more.  Come join us for the Sneffels Traverse. This WILL BE A RACE! The start will be on County Rd 9/West Dallas Creek . Racers will ski south up to the Dallas Trail at Box Factory Park. Once on the Dallas Trail at Box Factory Park, skiers will head east on the trail (familiar terrain for Sneffels Half Loopers).  Aid stations will be at Blue Lakes Hut, Ridgway Hut, and the Burn Hut. New terrain for the race will commence three and a half miles below Ridgway Hut. Instead of continuing down CR 5 and finishing on Miller Mesa where three previous Sneffels Half Loop Events have finished, skiers will continue east on the Dallas Trail. The very exciting descent from the Burn Hut down to the eastern terminus  of the Dallas Trail will be one to remember. We recommend that you go out and ski this finishing section of trail somewhere in mid to late January  as it is a demanding Nordic Trail. “Don’t quit yet, you’re not done.”  From the Dallas Trail Head, racers will ski 1.9 miles to the Ouray Hot Springs Pool/Park.  This final valley floor finish will utilize a snow berm on the mountain side of County Rd 17 for approximately half a mile and then cross the footbridge over the Uncompagre River and finish on the River Corridor Trail with a victory lap around the Pool/Park field.   Please call for more details and to register. Only 50 spots are available, so call soon!

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Giving Thanks For Early Storms

November 25th, 2013


It is not even Thanksgiving and we have a 40 inch, relatively dense, base in the mountains! These past few storms have come in with a lot of moisture and relatively warm temps. To be sure, we still have weak layers of old snow at the base of the pack and we have seen multiple slides, but these warm early season storms are definitely something to be grateful for here in the San Juans. Joe Ryan says, “Who knows, we might see a snowpack reminiscent of ’96/’97. That year with the warm consistent snowfall, a lot of lines where skied with low ‘pucker factor’. These relatively warm, high density snow falls bode very well for a good ski season and already a lot of people are in the hills skiing.” Stay tuned here and look for information for the “Northern San Juans” at the  Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

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FREE Raffle for 2 coveted Solo entries for the 25 Hours in Frog Hollow Race

October 10th, 2013

As a proud new sponsor of 25 Hours in Frog Hollow Race, San Juan Hut Systems just got two Free Solo Entries to raffle off! These are no longer available for sale as they sold out within minutes!

The venue rests in the shadow of Gooseberry Mesa and Zion National Park just outside the town of Hurricane, Utah. The staging area is known as Frog Town, and it is the hub where all the excitement takes place. The race is on November 2-3rd and is the “Longest 1 Day Race.”

25 Hours in Frog Hollow Race Course Stats

Total Length: 12.8 miles Single Track: 5.7 miles Double Track: 7.1
Elevation low : 3570 ft Elevation high: 4300 ft
Estimated Average Course Speed: 1 hour 25 minutes
Number of Hours in a Day: 25 Hours of daylight: 12 .5 Hours of dark: 12.5
Ave High Temp: 77 degree Ave Low Temp: 44 degree

How to Register to win:
1. Email San Juan Hut Systems and include the following:  your name and phone number, preferred email contact information,  .
2. Like San Juan Hut Systems’ Facebook Page.
3. Sign up for San Juan Hut Systems’ News Letter (don’t worry we won’t spam you).

Raffle will be held on October 17!

Winners will be contacted by phone or email.


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Backpacker Names Blue Lakes a Favorite, And We Agree

May 14th, 2012

As part of its Summer Weekend Planner and latest issue, Backpacker Magazine rated America’s 12 best campsites and our neck of the woods made the cut. Blue Lakes located on the northern flanks of the Mount Sneffels Range was named one the country’s best place to lay your head outdoors. We agree and have our Blue Lakes Hut perfectly placed. So if camping in a tent doesn’t appeal, try a summer hut trip to Blue Lakes.

Blue Lakes Hut

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Yoga-based Stretching for the Pain in Your Neck

May 7th, 2012

It’s true that your glutes, quads, hamstrings and calves take a toll after big rides, especially those first big rides. But it comes down to the core when it comes down to post-riding pain and particullary back and neck. Here are a few exercises that  align the spine, encourage upper body flexibility and relieve pain in the back, neck and shoulder–and a few can be done right at your desk. Check out Bicycling Magazine easy upper body training in yoga fashion.

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The Art of Shifting

April 30th, 2012

How much do you know about shifting? To make riding more fun and bike repair less frequent, check out these tips from seven-time Canadian national cross-country champion Andreas Hestler from Bicycling magazine for a better ride and a longer drivetrain life.

  • Is cross chaining the answer? Riding in a combo of the big chainring and big cog, or the small ring and small cog, is generally not a good idea. But Hestler says, it can at times offer the ideal gear and races set their bikes to handle it. However, it’s rough to shift into.
  • Think before you shift. Your eyeing that hill climb before you and it’s all about anticipation. Anticipate your next gear and when to accelerate. Shifting after terrain changes sets you back energy-wise and slows you down. Same goes for sand and water crossings—think before you get in gear.
  • Care for your chain. Changing the chain, Hestler says, keeps you from having to replace your cogs and rings as often. And be weary of wet-dry riding, chains weaken in these conditions. Check your chainring and cassette for burrs and nicks.
  • Go easy. Make shifting light, careful and timely to avoid breaking something. “If you love your bike it’ll love you—shift lightly and carefully,” says Hestler.


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Seven Days in the Saddle: The Reward? Moab

April 25th, 2012

Mesa Arch in Canyonlands

You’ve made the trek to the mountain biking mecca and a well-deserved stop following 215 miles in the saddle. Now what’s next…stay a night or two and explore Moab.

Moab never ceases to amaze with its geographic wonder spanning slick rock domes, bowls and fins to high mesas and the La Sal Mountains’ 13,000-foot peaks. The gorge of the Colorado River provides its own beauty and recreation. And, don’t forget Arches and Canyonlands national parks…spectacular.

Best site for lodging options: Check out .



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215 Miles Later and There You are in Moab … We’ll Shuttle You Back

April 23rd, 2012

Porcupine Rim Trail-Moab, Utah

Both our local Peak to Peak Bicycles and Moab’s Porcupine Shuttle pick up our riders in Moab and shuttle them to regional airports in Grand Junction, Montrose, Durango and Telluride, and also to Durango Mountain Resort and the town of Ridgway.

Slick Rock Trail-Moab, Utah

Generally, a flat rate from Moab to Ridgway or Telluride costs approximately $275 while Moab to Durango, Montrose or Grand Junctions runs approximately $325 to $425.

Call us for more info on shuttles and more. This summer San Juan Hut Systems is providing Ridgway-based travel packages so we got you covered from your arrival to your departure with transportation, lodging, bike shipping and bike equipment. Call us at 970.626.3033!

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