Winter is finally starting to show itself out here in the San Juan’s! This new snow is extremely reactive. Reporters have been using words such as spooky, touchy, and tricky to describe our current snowpack situation. Let’s all remember to keep our guard up! This is our first significant snowfall of the season, and we need to keep this is mind as we head into the backcountry this week! Stay safe and happy skiing!
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Every morning the CAIC staff comes together for a discussion of the avalanche danger throughout the state. Since the Jan. 11th storm, those discussions have included 3 prominent adjectives - "Scary", "Spooky", "Tricky". Since that storm the observations list has grown substantially (THANK YOU!) with avalanches triggered by people. Most of those reported slides were D1.5 or larger – large enough to be dangerous.
These are not typical mid-winter conditions. They're not the conditions of the previous few winters. The snowpack is shallow, with most avalanches breaking a foot or so above the ground. The slab is soft - around four fingers hardness - soft enough in many places that it doesn't feel like much of a slab sometimes. Yet fractures are propagating across terrain features. Conditions aren't improving quickly. In unusual conditions, the usual tricks and attitudes can quickly prove inadequate. The bottom line is that MODERATE avalanche danger doesn't mean safe. It means you can trigger serious, even lethal slides unless you pay careful attention to slope angle and aspect. Keep this in mind as you are preparing for your day in the backcountry. It could save your life or the life of your partner.
The forecast is calling for more snow and wind this weekend and with that we expect avalanche danger to spike. Enjoy the new snow but keep your avalanche radar tuned up. Read the current forecasts to stay on top of the changing conditions. Link in profile.
Given Colorado’s complex snowpack this year and with more snow on the way things will get even more challenging for backcountry. We want you to be safe and aware/educated. Following avy courses still have availability!!#thelocalexperts @sanjuanmtnguides
February 9 - 11 Level 1 Hut
February 16 - 18 Level 1 Hut
March 2 - 4 Level 1 Hut
I came to the Western Slope by myself. Not knowing if I would have a single person to climb with, but just trusting that a @mountainprojectmt forum post would land me a decent belay. It’s been only a few days and I’ve managed to climb every day, both in the park and the backcountry with amazing people. Strangers are awesome, and most of them are way cooler than me. I think I’m gonna do this all the time.
Steady as she goes...
How can I possibly be the first person to #hikejouring ?!
This resistance workout helps my main batch get shredded. She loves it. I love it too when my breakfast has worn off, but I don’t feel like stopping to refuel yet. 😂
This is the home of the famous Silverton Hotel, as well as the movie Mad Max and Australia.
This also marks the furthest i have been from the coastline IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. You need to drive 9,5 hours to the beach in VIC, or 13 hours to the beach in NSW.
Feel a bit soft? Off course you can catch a plane. The regional flight will set you back at least $593 one way and nearly 3 hour journey 😊