Friends of the San Juans

Friends of the San Juans (FOSJ) is a grassroots collective of backcountry enthusiasts committed to providing avalanche awareness and education for winter backcountry users in the San Juan Mountains. Founded in 2014 by a handful of backcountry riders, we are a non-profit 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization managed by both a volunteer executive board and an advisory committee of avalanche professionals.  Our funding comes from generous donations by our members and our local supporting partners.

Joe Philpott and Peter Carver Avalanche Scholarship Fund

The Joe Philpott and Peter Carver Avalanche Scholarship aims to bring awareness and education to the backcountry skiing setting. 
We offer scholarships to AIARE Certified Level 1 classes in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. Our recipients are dedicated to the community and they show this through service, volunteering, and using their education to make wise and informed decisions in the backcountry. 




CAIC - Colorado Avalanche Information Center

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) is a program within the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Executive Director’s Office.  The mission of the CAIC is to provide avalanche information, education and promote research for the protection of life, property and the enhancement of the state’s economy.      

Vallecito Nordic Club

Vallecito Nordic Ski Club is a 100% volunteer-driven, community-supported non-profit organization.

Our mission is to provide a groomed, winter recreational trail system for use by non-motorized outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities through recreation, education and community-building.