Skier: Chad Walker
We visited Silverton Mountain Resort on Sunday, February 23, 2020, for a day of guided skiing and some epic heli-runs! This was my second trip to “the mecca,” but only the first time I skied some airdropped runs with them.
After a scenic drive up Route 50 to 550 from Gunnison to Silverton the previous afternoon, we got through the pass and into town just in time for 8 inches of the fresh goods to “re-boot” the snow surface for our upcoming day on the mountain.
We stayed at the Triangle Motel the night before our day on the mountain. Highly recommended! The rooms were clean and complete with a full kitchenette, master bedroom, nice bath, and a futon for extra sleeping quarters. It was just walking distance to anything in town, including several quaint rustic cowboy bars and breweries, which all served very adequate cuisine.
After arriving at the base of the mountain around 8:00 a.m. our guide Jamie took a minute to review avalanche safety, beacon use, and safety procedures with our group for the day.
Stoke levels were soaring!
We approached the loading zone for Silverton’s only lift, boarded 2 at a time on the double chair, and made our way to the offloading zone.
A short hike of about 500-600 vertical put us in place to load the chopper and be on our way to the heli-skiing zone over on the adjacent ridge to the rest of the ski resort.
The new-fallen snow seemed good. Really good!
Our guide, Jamie was really thorough in explaining what to expect and how to read the really steep, and blind, terrain. He always made sure all members of the group knew what to expect on each run and where to end up at the bottom of the fall line for pickup.
We spent the rest of the day skiing knee-deep pow, regrouping, reloading, debriefing new lines and repeating.
It was rad.
The snow was great.
The stoke remained really high.
Here is a quick photo tour to prove it!
The “Silverton Experience” is like no other ski resort in the world. The combination of the “rustic cowboy town feel,” guided lift access, affordable heli-skiing, a canvass tent for a lodge, and a “pee tree” for an outhouse truly make this place one of a kind. Don’t worry ladies, there are also actual outhouses at the base of the mountain which offer a little more privacy than “the tree.”