Great news!  Operations to Continue at San Juan Snowcat while Search for Buyer Continues (Sep 2012 First Tracks!! Online)

Durango, CO San Juan Ski Company, Colorado’s largest snowcat operation has announced that they will continue to run the operation this winter. Based at Durango Mountain Resort, the San Juan Ski Company has nearly 36,000 acres of permitted terrain, an area larger than that of all Colorado ski resorts combined. With their vast amount of terrain and only nine other guests skiing with you for the day, you can rest assured of hitting fresh tracks all day. It’s guaranteed or your money back!


Since the San Juan Ski Company is known for its challenging terrain, from steep or tight tree lines to big mountain skiing off 12,000-foot peaks, trips are geared for advanced to expert skiers only.


Rates this season are $350 plus tax, for single seats. Private snowcats cost $3,500 for up to 12 passengers, plus tax. Prices include powder skis or snowboards, avalanche safety gear (beacon and shovel pack), sack lunch and a one-ride chairlift ticket at Durango Mountain Resort.  Book your trip by Oct.15th and save 10% !!!

Listen, if you’re an upper intermediate to expert level skier, and you can’t afford that big heli trip, and you’re itching to ski fresh powder all day, then this is your ticket to the game! Whether skiing Telluride, Wolf creek, Silverton, or right there at Purgatory, book a day or two with SJSC and you won’t regret it.



Sweet 2012 Mountain Adventure Giveaway at  Durango Mountain Resort:

DMR is running a really cool promotional drawing for a prize package for 4 that is valued at more than $10,000!  Here’s what you get:

      ·         4 pairs of Rossignol Skis

  • ·         4 round-trip Airline tickets to Durango from anywhere FRONTIER flies
  • ·         Round-trip Shuttle service to Durango Mountain Resort
  • ·         4 nights luxury accommodations in Purgatory Lodge
  • ·         3 days of lift tickets for 4 at Durango Mountain Resort
  • ·         Private Ski Lessons with DMR Ski School
  • ·         Lunch for 4 at the Backside Bistro
  • ·         Dinner for 4 at Purgy’s
  • ·         4 horse drawn sleigh rides with Buck’s Livery
  • ·         4 snowmobile rides with Snowmobile Adventures
  • ·         4 round-trip tickets on the Durango & Silverton Winter Train
Fill out your entry form at any Phoenix area Ski Pro Ride Shop location or online at Durango Mountain Resort.  Drawing will be held December 10, 2012.
Interesting Stuff: The editorial staff here at DSJ had an article about Silverton Mountain published in last year’s Durango Herald Winter Guide Magazine (pg 22-23). In it, we nervously mused over the daunting proposition of losing one’s ski at the top of the mountain. Well, the author of an article entitled “Chill” in the latest Powder Magazine profiling Silverton’s snow safety team, did one better and actually blew his knee out at the top! Indeed, it was all the drama we feared just to get him down.
Also, rumor has it that the guy “snorkeling” on the cover shot of the very same magazine is sporting our favorite Flylow Technical Ski Gear. Flylow scored two pieces featured in Powder’s “Best Outerwear for 2013” article. If you’re in the Phoenix area and want to see some Flylow gear yourself, go by Alpine Board Sports or just let me know and I’ll show you mine!


Trivia Question: What’s the southernmost ski area in the US?

If you guessed Cloudcroft, NM, you’re wrong. Even though they boast it on their web site, it’s clearly north of our dear little Mount Lemmon Ski Area which shares a latitude south of Atlanta and just north of the Florida panhandle.
DSJ Factoid: For you runners out there – ever wonder just how much easier it is to run on a treadmill than outdoors? Well Major Bill “Ghost” Evans weighed in on the subject claiming that setting a 1% incline on your machine would equal things out. Not that we’d ever doubt the wisdom of such a grizzled veteran, but we went ahead and Goobered it on the interweb and no surprise here, the Major was money.
“Vail on the Cheap” is not an oxymoron!: For those of you planning a possible trip to Vail this season, I’d just like to give a little shout out for fellow SnowJunkie Hobs Black who rents his place out for a fraction of market rates. I hope to confirm rumors myself that it sleeps up to five and is within walking distance of the lifts. Why so cheap? Rumor has it that Hob’s kids routinely ditch him and he’s left desperately looking for a ski partner. Works for me! For more info go to
Fritzski out