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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.

Pacific storm approaching the San Juans

Monday, December 12th, 2011

The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, is calling for snow for the San Juans beginning this afternoon and continuing through Wednesday afternoon. This Pacific storm could bring snowfall accumulations ranging from six to 12 inches in the high country … where the huts are located! Cross your fingers and think snow!

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.

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!

Gearing Up for Winter in the San Juans

Monday, October 31st, 2011

It must be the spectacular view of snow on Colorado’s peaks that makes it seem that this winter is destined to be another exciting season. For this upcoming ski season, the San Juan Hut Systems is proud to provide outdoor enthusiasts with two new features that will make access and use of the winter huts much easier. The first exciting new navigational tool is a Google Earth Map of the San Juan Huts. On top of that, there are also new GPS points and tracks for the San Juan Huts. With these two new features, accessing the huts during the winter will be easier for skiers.

In other news, for those looking to spark their excitement for backcountry excursions, look no further than an article about skiing in the San Juans. It is set to appear in the November 2011 issue of Canadian Geographic, and is written by Bruce Kirkby, a writer for Canadian Geographic Travel. Kirkby’s article chronicles a ski trip in the San Juans with Joe Ryan, and Joe’s daughter, Kelly, which happened last winter. The three trekked through the Sneffels Range in the San Juan Mountains for five days, enjoying use of the huts built by Joe Ryan. As they skied from hut to hut, they took in breathtaking views of the San Juan Mountains, as well as incredible powder skiing, and steep, exhilarating descents. In between skiing and hiking around, there were also plenty of opportunities to reflect on the history of the area, as Kirkby notes, simply by looking at the carvings in the Aspen trees by Basque sheepherders. As detailed in Kirkby’s article, the San Juan backcountry huts, located along the Dallas and Alder Creek Trails near Ouray and Telluride, truly do allow the outdoor enthusiast to enjoy the beauty and challenge of a day spent climbing and skiing in the outdoors. Then, at the close of the day, skiers can rest up for tomorrow’s big adventure by returning to one of these bare essentials huts for a warm meal and some much deserved respite.

Whether Colorado is ready or not, winter is certainly on its way. With some new navigational tools and an article documenting the excitement and beauty that exists in the San Juan Mountains, there is certainly no reason to fight the cold.