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Banning Snowmobiles in the San Juan Mountains

More people are riding snowmobiles in the San Juan Mountains causing a negative impact on the land and congestion on the trails. This has lead to the question of whether the use of snowmobiles needs to be regulated. The number of snowmobiles has increased dramatically over the last year says Anthony Garcia
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What You Should Know About COVID-19 Ski Policies

Winter is here and we know you are itching to go skiing with your friends and family. We understand that you may be a little skeptical about whether that is the best idea with the pandemic still looming. However, it is possible to have a fun time skiing while staying safe and
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Skiing in San Juan—What You Need to Know

We’ve already established San Juan as an excellent outdoors destination. With hundreds of miles of hiking trails, several canoeing opportunities, and seemingly limitless outdoor exploration, this is a perfect place to spend time reconnecting with nature. We’ve also established San Juan as a great ski destination; both Telluride Ski Resort and Hesperus
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2018-19 Opening Dates and Pricing for Silverton Mountain Skiing

We’re now just two months away from the official start of the Heli Ski Season at Silverton Mountain. We wanted to share the opening day and pricing information with anyone who doesn’t already know. More than just not missing the start of the season, for anyone eyeing this spot for their first
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Preventing Wildfires in San Juan National Forest

In recent years, wildfires have caused widespread destruction in America’s western states. Colorado is no exception. Though the state is relatively cool and receives an average annual precipitation of 15.47 inches, parts of the state—especially in the south—are susceptible to wildfire outbreak. The San Juan National Forest receives a lot of rainfall,
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Tourism’s Role in San Juan Conservation Projects

The San Juan Ski and Conservation Association was formed in order to further conservation efforts within the San Juan National Forest. To do this, we have worked to bring this beautiful place into the public eye, encouraging visitation, tourism, and general knowledge. But how big a role does tourism play in conservation?
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The Best Hiking Trails in the San Juan National Forest

The San Juan National Forest is Colorado’s largest mountain range by area. At the southern end of Colorado’s stretch of the Rocky Mountains, the forest is one of the most beautiful in the state; given the vast area, the countless creeks, rivers, and lakes, and the terrific backcountry opportunities, the spot draws
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Activities for Non-Skiers

The San Juan National Forest encompasses around 1.8 million acres of land in the southwestern corner of Colorado. In addition to boasting a variety of ski-related activities, visitors can delight in the widespread availability of, well, non-ski-related activities. Put simply, you don’t have to be an enthusiastic skier or rider to enjoy
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Local Ski Spotlight: Hesperus

Minutes from downtown Durango sits Hesperus Mountain, the highest summit of the La Plata Mountains range of the Rocky Mountains. Though not of particularly high elevation for the region, Hesperus is a visually prominent peak in the mountain range, boarding the southern edge of the San Juan Mountains. It raises over 7,000ft
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Local Ski Spotlight: Telluride Ski Resort

Approximately 330 miles southwest of Denver sits Telluride, a charming mountain town with a world-class ski resort. Home to more than 2,000 acres of skiable terrain, the area receives an average of more than 300 inches of snow each year—a perfect match to its nearly 300 annual bluebird days. With 18 lifts,
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