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March 14, 2010

Durango, CO | Level 2 Avalanche Course

It’s the last day of our final AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course here in Durango and the San Juan Mountains.  It’s been a great course so […]
March 12, 2010

Durango, CO | Banff Mountain Film Festival

Join Colorado Wild, Pine Needle Mountaineering and Southwest Adventure Guides for the 2nd Annual Banff Mountain Film Festival In Durango, Colorado. When: Sunday, March 21 – […]
March 10, 2010

Durango, CO | Level 1 Avalanche Course

One of our last AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Courses of the season had 8 motivated students from as close as Durango and as far away as […]
February 28, 2010

Intermediate Ice Climbing Course | Ouray, CO

February was a busy month in the San Juans, with numerous ice courses/trips, avalanche courses, and backcountry skiing days. Among those trips, was a 2 day […]
February 8, 2010

Latest Ski Videos from the San Juans

Check out these videos of backcountry skiing and avalanche coursework in the San Juans with our guides and instructors.  The footage is provided by our friends […]
February 5, 2010

Intro to winter mountaineering course

Though snow conditions were tough, Dana and I still had a great Introduction to winter mountaineering course this last weekend. Day one consisted of Dana slaying […]
February 2, 2010

Level 1 Avalanche Course in Durango and the San Juan Mountains

This last weekend’s Level 1 AIARE avalanche course was a huge success.  The recent storm that rocked Southwest Colorado and the San Juan Mountains left us […]
January 16, 2010

More Ice Climbing in Silverton and Ouray

Last week, Ari and Alex joined us for a 3 day blast of ice climbing in Silverton and Ouray.  On the first day of our trip, […]
January 14, 2010

Level 1 AIARE Avalanche Course in the San Juan Mountains – Take Three

Last weekend’s Level 1 Avalanche course was a huge success.  We had numerous folks from around the four corners come for three days of avalanche education.  […]
January 14, 2010

Ski Guide Training for Southwest Adventure Guides

The Southwest Adventure Guides ski posse had a great time exploring the skiing conditions in the alpine.  This was organized as an intentional opportunity to share […]
January 8, 2010

Ice Climbing in Eureka Canyon, Silverton

Last week long time client Valari W. joined us for 3 days of ice climbing in the San Juans.  We spent 2 days in Silverton’s Eureka […]
January 5, 2010

Level 1 AIARE Avalanche Course in Durango and the San Juans

Last week’s AIARE Level 1 Avalanche course was a huge success.  Four motivated individuals came out mid-week to improve their avalanche knowledge and skills.  There was […]
January 4, 2010

Intro to Ice Climbing and Winter Mountaineering Course

The end of the year brought snow, cold, and another successful winter mountaineering course in the beautiful San Juan Mountains of Colorado.  Six aspiring mountaineers from […]
December 23, 2009

Early Season Powder Skiing in the San Juan Mountains

A spell of high pressure in December means it’s time to get high in the back country.  Mark U. and I warmed up on the East […]
December 23, 2009

Another Major Winter Storm on Tap for the San Juans!

December has been a great month for snow, especially in the Southern San Juans between Coal Bank and Red Mountain Passes.  More great news for ski […]
December 22, 2009

Backcountry Skiing – Red Mountain Pass & The Battleship

On Saturday the 19th and Monday the 21st, SWAG guide Gary Falk led one of our past Level 1 Avalanche Course particpants, and veteran of the […]
December 20, 2009

SWAG Ski Guide Training in the San Juans

Last week we conducted our first SWAG Ski Guide Training for all of our Backcountry Ski Guides here in the San Juans.  We will conduct an […]
December 19, 2009

Cascade Canyon – Ouray Ice Park – Stairway to Heaven

Last week Ari and I continued the ice climbing progression we began working on last season.  At the end of last year, I had given him […]
December 8, 2009

New Parntership with Backcountry Access!

We are proud to announce our new partnership with Backcountry Access, makers of the finest selection of avalanche beacons and gear in North America.  Backcountry Access […]
December 7, 2009

SWAG Guide Meeting – Eye of the Storm

We all gathered at the office today to discuss training dates and refine skills prior to the start of another busy winter season of guiding in […]