Jan 22

Here are a few photos from some of our adventures this winter:

A group of skiers on a backcountry skiing trip to the North Pole Hut. They enjoyed great skiing in the open Aspen glades near the hut.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dec 7

Can’t wait to ski this season? Us too! In order to hit the backcountry when the first flakes fall, now is the time to get your gear ready. Following is a list of items our guides carry in their packs on an average day of ski touring.

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May 2

As cell phones grow more powerful with integrated GPS receivers, stronger antennae, and a myriad of useful applications, they are becoming a staple in the packs and pockets of outdoor enthusiasts.  The following 3 apps are some of our favorites that we use in the backcountry on a regular basis.

Topo Maps App

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Feb 17

One of the most common equipment failures in the backcountry is a broken ski pole.  Learn how to carry out a quick repair of a broken pole using simple tools and a lightweight repair kit.  Click below to read more.

A repaired ski pole keeps the fun going.

A repaired ski pole keeps the fun going.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nov 6

With El Nino in the forecast and ice already forming in the high country, anticipation of the 15-16 winter season is high. Click the image below to read about our Ice Park Membership and Ice Festival Pass giveaway, Marmot Spring Glove gear pick, El Nino News, and our winter 15-16 offerings.

Early Winter Newsletter 2015

Click on the image to view our Early Winter Newsletter.

 

 

Oct 16

The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center just released their three month outlook for the months of December, January, and February.  Due to the strong El Nino in the Pacific Ocean, they are predicting above average snowfall for mountain regions in the Southern United States, including the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.

National Weather Service Climate Prediction for December, January, February.

National Weather Service Climate Prediction for December, January, February.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nov 14

With snow falling from the sky and ice forming in the mountains, winter 2014-2015 is here!  We are once again offering a full array of courses in ice climbing, backcountry skiing, avalanche awareness, and ski mountaineering.  Click on the image below to see a full list of courses and dates for the season.  Book by Thanksgiving and get 10% off!

Winter 14-15 Course Dates

Click on the image to see a full list of course dates for the 14-15 winter season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Feb 25

Our lead guide Matt Wade recently authored an informative and interesting blog post for our long-time supporters, Backcountry Access.  In the post, which follows the activities of a recent Peak Mountain Guides Level 2 Avalanche Course, Matt describes a process for managing avalanche risk in a complex snowpack.  Click the link below to read the story.

Managing Risk in a Complex Snowpack

 

Managing Risk in a Complex Snowpack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 24

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.

Recent storms have produced excellent backcountry skiing.

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Jan 5

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.

Tyler digs a quick snow profile to evaluate the reactivity of wind slabs.

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