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.