Forecasters agree: The storm track is changing

Since we are diehard skiers, nothing excites us more at the San Juan Ski Company, Colorado’s largest snowcat skiing operation, than skiing powder.  If you are like us, you have been spending far too much time online following the weather and keeping track of the next storm (and, like us, are sick and tired of skiing hardpack and junk!)

Warm temps and weird jet streams have contributed to scant snowfall throughout most of the western states.  While the San Juans have one of the deeper snowpacks in Colorado, the SJSC hasn’t run snowcat trips since Dec. 31th when high winds blasted alpine terrain and warm temps melted lower elevation cat roads.  Since then, we haven’t picked up any measureable precipitation in our catski terrain.

However, the storm track appears to be changing…

Forecasters agree that the dominant ridge of high pressure is shifting and may signal an end to the blocking pattern that has pushed recent storms away from Colorado. Snow is predicted in the San Juans late Sunday and a second storm is predicted out of the northwest Monday morning. Local forecasters call for an unsettled northwest flow developing by middle of next week. One national forecaster even predicted a total flip from the current weather pattern.

Here at the SJSC, we are keeping our fingers and toes crossed that the rest of January and remaining season will be snowy and stormy.

 This year marks our 15th anniversary.  Since we have been unable to celebrate with scheduled specials and events in December and January, we have extended our specials in February to include three days of discounted seats.

 We kick off our anniversary revelry on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, with a romantic catskiing package that includes lodging. Price is $600 per couple and includes lodging and catskiing for two and photos of your day. Single seats are also discounted $25. Gift certificates are available, with or without lodging.

 On February 15, we debut our steep clinic. Conditions and weather permitting, we will officially open our doors to “gnarvana” and take skiers and riders down some of the steepest lines in our 36,000 acres of terrain. Seats are discounted by $25.

We are offering discounted private cats for $2,000 (plus tax)  February 16.  Get a group of 12 together and ski for $166 (plus tax) per person.

Discounted trips cannot be booked online. Please call 1.800.208.1780 for information and reservations.

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