Silverton is a magic place, at least from a skiers perspective. It is an old mining town (and people are still out searching for gold around here) surrounded by steep and high mountains. I was lucky to meet two new friends on the hostel here to keep me company for a few days, and I put together a short movie of our time in the mountains (it needs some polishing still but it is snowing outside so this is what you get...). It had not snowed here in over a month so we were really lucky to still find good snow, although we had to hike for every meter of it.
Yesterday I spend on the Silverton ski hill, which have great terrain, but was very skied out, they also offered a heli ride for 50$ and although I knew the snow was not going to be good I finally caved in to the temptation and took to the air, and I sure got a good view of the surrounding mountains, and lots of crusty hard snow.
|Silverton Hostel, great place to stay and a lot warmer then my car|
|Silverton is an old mining town, it shows in this iron colored creek|
|John enjoying the View at 12500 feet|
|Bad ass Nick posing in the sun|
|Looks like a somewhat rocky descent ahead of us|
|One of many river crossings|
|Muma mountain lion had walked ahead of us in the ski track|
|Silverton Ski area with its peak on 13500 feet (4200m), seen from the helicopter.|
|If you want snow you have to sacrifice some hair to the gods, and it worked!|
It has now snowed 10-20 cm in Silverton, Time get moving and finally ski some fresh Colorado pow!