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Our Google Earth images give you a picture of winter

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

While we wait for a snow scene like this one, spend some time mapping out your excursion. We now have Google Earth imaging that brings you up close and personal with our winter huts. 3-D images zoom you into our five destination hut and from there you can check out the ski terrain surrounding. Whether your hut stay will include couloir skiing, summit seeking or simply long, easy traverses, our Google Earth images can help you plan your routes. Use in conjunction with our topo, satellite and terrain maps to map out your trip.

The bullwheels begin running as regional ski resorts open

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

This holiday week, many Colorado ski resorts get the bullwheels rolling for another winter season. Get your winter legs on because it’s time. We are also welcoming winter and opening the huts this weekend. Have you booked your ski hut trip? Stay at our destination ski huts this winter, we’ve got a slew of discounts to make your trip affordable and as always, enjoyable.

Is there still time to ride?

Friday, November 18th, 2011

A recent storm left this bike undecided. Is the riding season really over? Some diehards refuse making weekend pilgrimages to the desert or the Colorado landscapes that still hold a resemblance to late fall like Fruita and Cortez. Others, like us here at San Juan Huts, are waiting for the snow.

Our last big storm was predicted to be a small storm. One inch or so was thought to dust the area. But much to our surprise, we woke up to over a foot blanketing even the banana belt town of Ridgway. And blanketing the bike. Our last small storm was forecast to be a big storm, and so what was expected to be another foot gracing our town turned out to be rain forming puddles. Mountain weather never ceases to surprise, and as they say, “only fools and newcomers predict the weather.” So apropos.

Whether winter hits us this weekend again with a forecasted Pacific storm for the San Juans, or our Indian Fall persists through the holiday week, there is still nothing like living in the San Juan Mountains. Even if it is in-between-seasons season.

Are you avy savvy? It’s time to register for avalanche education

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Winter is here and it’s time to polish up your avalanche awareness. Whether you’ve taken your avy Level I or II, or are a new student to avalanche awareness, there are a slew of avy course offered this winter by regional guide outfitters and outdoor education schools. Some courses are offered as early as the first week of December, and many through the months of December and January, so it’s time to get registered early.

San Juan Hut Systems is linking up with Peak Mountain Guides this winter to offer overnight, hut-based avy education training in the perfect winter classroom of the Mount Sneffels Range. Check out Peak Mountain Guides‘ courses as well as its hut-based ski tour trips.

 

Peak Mountain Guides, Silverton Avalanche School,¬† Southwest Adventure Guides, and The San Juan Outdoor School will be offering their avy school graduate students coupons for discounted one-night stays at our huts. So get educated and get out into the winter backcountry‚ÄĒsafely.

More Snow Headed to San Juans

Friday, November 11th, 2011

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch this weekend, and we like it. NOAA is currently calling for 8-16 inches of snow accumulation by Sunday night, west facing ridges may get up to 20. Are you ready for winter? It’s time to get the boots on, break in the gear and remember what you forgot last winter. Was that zipper broken? Are your boards waxed? Bindings in check? Snowshoe ready? Touring up to one of our huts is the perfect way to get your winter legs on. Our huts open Thanksgiving weekend, give us a call and we’ll get you booked for just one night or multiple nights. Welcome back winter!