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February 16, 2015

The Perfect Pair: Pants for Ladies in the Back-Country

For most outdoor women, it is considered the Cinderella Story when we finally find the technical apparel that offers functionality without sacrificing the women’s fit that’s […]
February 13, 2015

Gear Review: OR Trailbreaker Pants

Gear Review: OR Trailbreaker Pants I’ve put in a solid season in the updated Trailbreaker pants, and they’ve become my go to ski pants, whether touring […]
September 23, 2014

How to Get Stoked-Part I: Waking Up

Stokin’ ain’t just for the fire and keeping your average stoke-level high ain’t easy. If it was easy to be stoked on everyday life as we […]
February 5, 2014

5 Reasons you should buy your Avy 1 course Instead of a Season Pass

If you are anything like me: mid-20s, student loans, car insurance, rent- the whole 9 yards, then you’ve encountered the same monstrosity- the price for an adult season pass. […]
February 1, 2014

Avalanche Skills for Skiers & Climbers Part 2

Digging a Test Pit We received over a foot of new snow over the range with some higher winds the last few days.  Winds and new […]
October 31, 2013

Backcountry Ski Repair Kit

Essential Equipment for Ski Touring An often overlooked, but critical piece of backcountry safety equipment, is your repair kit.  After blowing up a ski binding, try […]
October 7, 2013

Layering for Backcountry Skiing

Clothing Systems for all Conditions As always, the gear your choose can make the difference in all the ways you envision as you’re planning your next […]
September 4, 2013

The Weminuche Ski Traverse

The Weminuche Ski Traverse Andrew Klotz  – AMGA Certified Ski Guide   On April 23rd of 2013 I set out with three friends to do a […]
March 28, 2013

Ski Mountaineering Guide Tip

Ski Mountaineering Guide Tip Andrew Klotz – AMGA Ski Guide Spring is here and the snow is stabilizing so it is time to hit the big […]
January 18, 2013


Seriously. I am not just trying to sell you a trip. I promise, I don’t teach avalanche courses for SJMG, but the folks who do will […]
December 26, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from the crew at San Juan Mountain Guides. May your new year be full of hero-ice, blower-powder, and splitter hand cracks!  
February 22, 2012

AIARE Level 1 Avy Course

Over Presidents day weekend we had a great group of people attend an Avy 1 Course.  Below are some photos from the last day of the […]
December 31, 2010

Updated Mountain Conditions in the San Juans

It’s been awhile since we last updated the Blog, but that’s only because we’ve been incredibly busy in the last few weeks with mountaineering courses, ice […]
November 19, 2010

Winter Weather Forecast Update

Looks like winter is here to stay in the San Juans!  A powerful winter storm is set to impact the area starting this Saturday through the […]
November 18, 2010

Current Ski Conditions in the San Juans

Recently our head ski guide Andrew Klotz did some ski touring the in the San Juan high country to get a read on conditions and see […]
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 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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]