The big storms of mid-to-late January have produced excellent backcountry skiing and some lively conditions for avalanche courses. Since January 16th the San Juans have received over 3 feet of snow, most of it coming in “right-side-up” storms that have started warm and finished cold, making the surface snow cold, dry, and soft – which is primo for skiing. The big load has also tested the snowpack’s strength, creating a perfect learning environment for our avalanche courses. We’ve been out enjoying the nice skiing as well as the great conditions for avalanche education. Following are some photos from our recent trips.
The ice climbing season in Southwestern Colorado is off to a terrific start. Cold nighttime temperatures along with mild days and minimal snow have created excellent ice climbing conditions in both the Ouray Ice Park and the surrounding backcountry. Following are some photos from a few ice climbing programs we have done recently in conjunction with our friends at the American Alpine Institute.
We had a great AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course over New Year’s weekend. The interesting snowpack conditions made for good learning opportunities and we skied some good snow too! Following are some photos from the course.