They said it was the storm of the century.
On Wednesday we watched the weather as it fell by the feet, crossing our fingers and hoping it would roll into Colorado. On Thursday, the storm blew east, dropping over a foot in 24 hours in the Colorado mountains. Powderhounds throughout the state rejoiced—us included, with reservation. We were stoked that the ski areas on I-70 were getting dumped on, but I-70 wasn’t our destination. Our sights were set southwest of Summit County, way southwest. So far southwest, in fact, that we would be closer to New Mexico than to Vail Pass.
Can you guess where we were headed? Silverton Mountain, Colorado.
The storm flirted with us. It was headed to Silverton, and then it wasn’t. And then it was. And then it stayed. And stormed. And stormed. And stormed.
The storm coated the roads and blocked the visibility and made us—a pack of women, of powder whores, of chicks—giddy with excitement. We threw our fattest skis and warmest coats in our cars and trucks, kissed our people goodbye, and drove into the blizzard. (more…)
It has been a tough spring here in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado. Spring was a complete dud in terms of moisture and delivered little from the skies except numerous big dust storms. The dust made the already dwindling snowpack melt even faster leaving us with conditions that more resemble late July than early June. What can you do but make the best of a bad hand? This past weekend I loaded up the trusty Subaru Outback for a drive up to Clear Lake above Silverton. Numerous long couloirs lead to aprons that end at the lakes edge making for some of the most scenic runs in the regions.
The Osprey Brand Team, a group of 10 ambassadors reporting from the field at consumer outdoor events across the country as well as reporting on adventures in their own neck of the woods, brings you a quick post from Durango, CO.’s Jim Philpott. When we last checked in with Jim he was coming off a successful race of the “Grand Traverse” from Crested Butte to Aspen. Turns out he still hasn’t put away his skis…
This is Jim checking in from down here in Durango. This spring in the backcountry has been super good as far as snow conditions but a little strange on the weather side of things. We’ve been getting a ton of wind and dust which is a little strange for these parts, but with the wind comes a little moisture. Anyway, this spring has been all about big skins and good snow down here in the San Juans; the snow has been super stable in the higher elevations providing us with some great couloirs skiing. The past couple of weeks have been spent in and around Silverton skinning and skiing lines around the Sultan peak and Bear Mountain zone which has been amazing. The San Juans never cease to amaze me and even though the snow is melting fast there should be plenty of turns left. I think the desert might be the next stop for me, see you in Utah!
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Bricks o’ cream cheese and tubs o’ Cool Whip… That about sums up the snowpack in Silverton, Colo. . Shameless product plug? Took the Talon 11 on a skate ski from town to Howardsville… It’s one of the best kept secrets of Silverton, and it’s FREE!
New Year’s Eve day started out with a hike and ski on Sam’s, a great backcountry run just outside of Silverton, Colo. Despite the hero snow, this experience confirmed that I STILL need a ski clinic… Perhaps Osprey athlete Alison Gannett could help me out… The San Juan Mountains are home to Osprey Packs, and we have great snow right now … Expect to see Team Osprey product testing in all of this goodness before Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, 2009…