San Juan Ice Conditions
Ouray, Silverton, and Telluride Ice
We take pride in staying current on Ouray Ice Conditions and for all major ice climbs in the Ouray, Silverton, and Telluride areas. Check back often for updates, pictures, and trip reports!
Update 11/21/13: All major climbs in the area are in condition. The Ribbon, Bird Brain Boulevard, and The Talisman are seeing regular ascents. Conditions in S. Mineral Creek are excellent as well, though the recent storm will likely shut down the road into S. Mineral. Eureka Canyon routes such as Stairway, Goldrush, Whorehouse, etc. are all in condition and also seeing regular ascents. Overall it is a banner year for ice in the range and it has the potential to be one of the most consistent ice seasons in recent memory. But if it keeps snowing like this there will also be a good deal of avalanche danger in these areas. Travel with a cautious eye…….
Ouray Ice Park [Updated 11/21/13]
The Ouray Ice Park is closed, but is scheduled to open in mid-December! Stay tuned for updates about progress.
|Ouray Ice Park Climbing Areas||Status|
|School Room to Lead Area||Closed|
|Lead Area/Upper Bridge||Closed|
|Between the Bridges||Closed|
|Sh%thouse & Gazebo||Closed|
Camp Bird Road Climbs [Updated 11/21/13]
The Camp Bird Road and Falls Creek climbs are quickly forming and some may be climbable. Ribbon, BBB, Talisman are all seeing regular ascents. Skylight side of the road needs one more good extended cold snap and could be in condition.
|Camp Bird Area Ice Climb||Status|
|The Ribbon||In. Fat. Watch avalanche danger.|
|Birdbrain Boulevard||Getting climbed. Ice on crux pitches.|
|Skylight||Forming, needs one long cold snap|
|Choppo’s Chimney||Forming, needs one long cold snap.|
|The Talisman||Getting climbed. As good as it’s been in a few years.|
Ouray Valley & HWY 550 [Updated 11/21/13]
Not quite cold enough yet for these climbs to form up, but available ground water and cold temps in November could bring lots into condition this year.
|Ouray Valley & HWY 550 Ice Climb||Status|
|Dexter Creek Slabs||Forming, needs a good cold snap|
|Cascade Falls||Not In|
|Oak Creek||Not in|
|Horsetail Falls||Forming. Needs long periods of cold temps.|
|Sunslpash/Solar Circus||Needs cold temps and overcast|
|The Dungeon (North Silver Creek)||Not In|
|Kennedy’s Gully||Needs cold temps and overcast|
|Gravity’s Rainbow||Needs cold temps and overcast|
Silverton Eureka Canyon [Updated 11/21/13]
Click here for the current avalanche hazard forecast for the Northern San Juans before you go!
The climbs in Eureka are forming up. A few of us are going to start poking around in the next week. Stay tuned.
|Eureka Canyon Ice Climb||Status|
|Dukes of Hazzard||Forming|
|Whorehouse Ice Hose||In|
|Highway to Hell||In and fat|
|Stairway to Heaven||In|
|Hoser’s Highway||In. Pillar looking good|
|Gully’s 1 & 2||In and fat|
|Goldrush||In and fat. Looks awesome this year!|
|Tempered by Fire||In. Good early season romp|
South Mineral Creek [Updated 11/21/13]
Climbs are all in great condition, but this weekend’s storm will probably shut the road down to driving for the rest of the year.
|South Mineral Creek Ice Climb||Status|
|Road Conditions to Climbs||Road open. 4 wheel drive mandatory.|
|Direct North Face||IN|
Telluride Area [Updated 11/07/13]
…where the big kids go to get pumped on ice.
|Telluride Area Ice Climb||Status|
|Ames Ice Hose||Forming. Getting close for mortals. Looks like it could be big and fat this year.|