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Record Highs in March Turn to Winter in April

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

March wasn’t exactly abundant in precip like it can be. But rather wind and sun defined Southwest Colorado’s weather last month with all-time record high temps recorded across the state. Today, however, winter makes a comeback with some moisture in the air and snow on the ground. Winds are accompanying this storm still with gusts reaching 30-40 mph.

What will April hold? Perhaps winter conditions. It wouldn’t be unusual for decent snowfall in April and May and …

Storms Start Rolling through the San Juans

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

“The deepest accumulations will be in the San Juan Mountains,” reads the Colorado Avalanche Information Center’s forecast today. We’ll take that.

The last few weeks we’ve seen several feet of snow fall in our corner of the state and across Colorado. And while a weak system exits our region after last weekend’s storm, the next series of stronger Pacific storms will begin Sunday.

With all of this new load, still the snowpack remains very unstable. Avalanche danger is high and widely varying, precarious conditions exist. And sadly, Colorado had its fifth avalanche fatality in the side country of the Telluride Ski Area on Sunday.

According to CAIC, this recent storm “translates to an inch or more of water loaded onto a weak snowpack.” We’ll take that, too–into serious consideration.

Be safe out there.

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.

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!