Trip Reports: Spring Skiing In The San Juan Mountains, Colorado - April-June 2019

If you've followed my blog for a while, you may wonder if I've given up on snowboarding since I haven't posted hardly any ski/snowboard photos this winter. Well, while I haven't been posting much, I have been out on the snow a lot this season, especially this spring! 

2018-2019 was a winter to remember in Colorado, with roughly 160% of average snowpack by late winter. The first half of winter through February was plagued by abnormally dangerous avalanche conditions. But in early March a series of huge storms dumped on the mountains causing an historic avalanche cycle, with many slide paths avalanching larger than ever seen before. The avalanches cleared out nearly every dangerous slope, leaving generally very stable late March and April conditions. With the stable snowpack and storms that kept coming through May, 2019 has turned out to be an exceptional spring ski season here in southwest Colorado!

I will state for the record that I basically suck at ski photography, but here are a few somewhat decent backcountry skiing and splitboarding/snowboarding pics from this memorable spring season.

Colorado, Red 3, San Juan Mountains, skiing, photo

Chris Cover leaves his mark on the mountain - April.

San Juan Mountains, Colorado, skiing, photo

Nicole Skoloda skiing in the clouds - May.

Colorado, San Juan Mountains, skiing, photo

Erin Eddy skis powder on a stormy May day.

Colorado, San Juan Mountains, snowboarding, photo

Rider: Parker McAbery.

Colorado, Mt. Sneffels, San Juan Mountains, Sneffels Range, skiing, photo

Claudia Brauer skis below Mt. Sneffels - June.

Colorado, Kismet, San Juan Mountains, snowboarding, Sneffels Range, June, photo

Parker McAbery rides a couloir in the Sneffels Range - June.