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CAIC hosts two fundraisers—support your avy info center!

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center reported the Northern San Juan Mountains received anywhere from six to 16 inches in the past 48 hours. And it’s still snowing. Red Mountain Pass and Silverton were favored in this storm and control work on the pass produced nine avalanches, five hit the highway.

Current CAIC Danger Rose for the Northern San Juan Mountains

This information is invaluable to backcountry users and is made possible by careful observation by the CAIC. So show your support this week. CAIC is hosting two fundraisers for folks on either side of the Sneffels Range.

Tomorrow CAIC will be at Ouray Community Center and Friday at Telluride’s Sheridan Opera House. Art Burrows will present his book Fifty Classic Ski Descents documenting iconic ski mountaineering tours of North America. A silent auction will follow and libations will be served. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $15 at the door.

Regional avy classes are filling fast

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
Digging a pit in the Silverton area.  Photo by Matt Lanning

Regional avy courses are filling fast—is yours booked? Check out Silverton Avalanche School, Southwest Adventure Guides and Peak Mountain Guides for Level I and II courses. Classes begin mid-December and run through the winter. Best to take a Level I or II, a backcountry ski  or rescue course early in the season so you can put your knowledge to the test. After avy school graduation, come stay with us for half price at one of our five Sneffels Range backcountry ski huts. A perfect classroom for avy observation, digging pits, studying snow crystals, and practicing safe ski touring protocol.

Cold snap hits after the storms

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

The San Juan Mountains welcomed another series of winter storm pulses since Saturday, and the end result? An average of about a foot of snow blanketing the region. As the skies cleared last night, the temps dropped and we saw our first cold snap of the season. Temperatures in Ridgway plummeted as low as -10. Telluride and Silverton saw similar below zero temps. Burr…

Telluride’s Bear Creek

What’s been left in the wake of the storm is inspiration to get into the winter backcountry. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center reported the Red Mountain area received about 8-10 inches, Telluride about 16 inches and Silverton, as is the norm, gladly received the most snow accumulation, about 16-20 inches.

Don’t forget to check in with CAIC forecasts and travel safely in the backcountry.

Kickoff the season in San Juan Mountain fashion

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

 

Regional ski resorts got the bullwheels rolling last week and got skiers and riders lapping up groomers.This weekend take a break from the groomed and try advanced, ungroomed terrain at our neighboring Silverton Mountain ski area. Opening day is Saturday and is followed by Silverton Mountain and Venture Snowboard‘s famous kickoff party at the Grand Imperial in Silverton. They’re hosting live music, door prizes and a raffle for Venture’s limited edition Ska Brewing Euphoria board.

Silverton Mountain plans to open 30 of its advanced runs with a 30-40 inch base already in place. Word is the north shots are skiing really well.

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.