May 17

The climbing and ski mountaineering season on Mt. Sneffels is in full swing. At the time of this writing, all of Yankee Boy Basin and the climbing routes on Mt. Sneffels have snow coverage. This is making for excellent ski conditions and very good climbing conditions in the early morning when the snow is frozen. Crampons and ice axe are recommended for all routes. Following are some photos showing the conditions.

Looking down the unnamed “shortcut” couloir that is used to access the Southwest Ridge of Mt. Sneffels. Yankee Boy Basin in the background.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Mar 27

Spring skiing is in full swing on Red Mountain Pass, although not in the traditional sense of hot days, slushy snow, and swimsuits.  A series of powerful spring storms have buffeted the range in the last two weeks, bringing almost two feet of snow and incredible powder skiing conditions.

Spring Powder Skiing on Red Mountain Pass.

Spring Powder Skiing on Red Mountain Pass. Photo courtesy Jayson Simons Jones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Apr 3

It’s April and ski mountaineering season is in full swing in the San Juan Mountains.  With good snow conditions and reliable weather, we have been making ski descents of classic peaks like Red Mountain #3, Gilpin Peak, and the Chattanooga Chutes. Check out these photos from our recent trips:

On top of the Chattanooga Chutes.

On top of the Chattanooga Chutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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