Winter in the San Juans

Winter 2021  |  San Juan Mountains, Colorado

The 2020-21 winter season in southwest Colorado got off to a slow start, with around 60% of average snowfall at the beginning of January. But in late January a potent southwest storm cycle dumped over 3 feet of much-needed powder in the San Juans, bringing us closer to average. This season has been notable for having the most dangerous snowpack conditions in almost a decade, with a rotten base of sugar snow that has been causing widespread avalanches (and sadly, some tragic accidents). It's been imperative to be extra cautious this winter with backcountry route selection, avoiding any hazardous open slopes and steep faces.

Although I've been riding the office chair more than my snowboard, I have gotten out on a fair amount of splitboarding tours in safer tree runs, as well as a few evenings with my camera around Ridgway.

Here is a rolling gallery of photos taken this winter. I will keep adding more here as the season continues.

Colorado, Mt. Sneffels, San Juan Mountains, Sneffels Range, Ridgway, 14er, December
San Juan Mountains, Colorado
Colorado, Ouray, San Juan Mountains, fireworks, new years, new year
Ouray, Colorado
Colorado, Mount Sneffels, San Juan Mountains, Sneffels Range, sunset, Ridgway
San Juan Mountains, Colorado
Colorado, Jason Mullins, San Juan Mountains, snowboarding
San Juan Mountains, Colorado
Colorado, Jason Mullins, San Juan Mountains, snowboarding
San Juan Mountains, Colorado
Colorado, Jason Mullins, San Juan Mountains, snowboarding
San Juan Mountains, Colorado
Colorado, Jason Mullins, San Juan Mountains, snowboarding
San Juan Mountains, Colorado
Colorado, San Juan Mountains, Sneffels Range, Ridgway, Pleasant Valley, sunset, large prints, panorama
San Juan Mountains, Colorado
Mount Sneffels, moonlight, 14er, night, San Juan Mountains, Colorado
San Juan Mountains, Colorado
snowflakes, snowflake, macro
Colorado
snowflakessnowflakes, snowflake, macro
Colorado