Helicoptering the Hippy Pow @ Silverton Mountain

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***UPDATE*** IT HAS BEEN SNOWING NON-STOP SINCE MY VISIT TO SILVERTON – MORE INFO AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST!

I’ve been visiting Silverton Mountain almost yearly since they loaded their first guest on the infamous double chair that summits at 12,300ft. Why? First of all, they almost always receive early snowfall, so skiing in December can be quite good. Secondly, the terrain, views and consistent pitch to the valley floor is hard to beat when compared to other resorts in Colorado. I’ve done guided, unguided and of course their heli-skiing operation. Over the years, their heli permitted terrain has increased tremendously and its definitely one of the top places in North America for a more Kiwi-like feel of heli-skiing.

Don’t worry if you don’t get in the bird though, there are tons of bowls, chutes, cliffs and steep tree runs to keep anyone happy via the chairlift. And remember, it is the highest Ski Area in North America with a peak of 13,487ft so make sure you stay hydrated….friendly tip there.

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February 19th, 2015…

The lift accessed terrain at Silverton Mountain

Hey guys, drop me off up there on that chute!

Heli-skiing Silverton, Colorado

On a bludebird day, its one of the most scenic places in Colorado…

Silverton Mountain, Colorado

Hanging out, having a chat, about to drop in…

Chillin’ atop Grande – Silvertom

The Southern view doesn’t disappoint either…

San Juans – Colorado

The lift accessed terrain is on the left…not too shabby eh?

Stunning views abound

Grande was a bit wind scoured up high…

Grande – Colorado

The skier’s point of view…

POV down Grande

But the snow improved on the descent…

Turning into pow on Grande

Cold smoke turns down to the cat track…

Decent pow turns – Silverton

Definitely some decent vertical…

Grande – Silverton Mountain

Some nice turns coming in from the other side…

Sunny day in Silverton

One of the most prominent lines at Silverton Mountain is the Gnar Couloir. I was fortunate to ski it in early 2012 in some variable conditions.

Gnar Couloir – Silverton

On this warm day, we flew a few zones over to the East…

Fabio keeping us safe

Sheltered north facing trees were the most consistent…

Pockets of winter

On another lap, below the wind scoured ridges, some texted snow begged to be marked…

Textured pow – Silverton

The snow improved at lower elevations…

Untacked in Silverton, Colorado

Hippy pow indeed…

Fun in the sun – Silverton

A black and yellow bird…

Departing heli – Silverton

Natural halfpipe anyone?…

Skier at Silverton Mountain

Bluebird, no wind and fun skiing…

Skiing is fun

Perfect day in the mountains…

Heli terrain at Silverton

Time to wiggle some turns…

Wiggle territory

Good view of additional terrain…

View from the cockpit

Nice view of the San Juans…

San Juan Horizon

One last lap…

Silverton Heli Skiing

Heli over Storm Peak…

Storm Peak and beyond

All the chutes and couloirs in this photo are fair game when the conditions cooperate…

Colorado Chuting

A nice view of the lift served terrain at Silverton…

Silverton Mountain, Colorado

Last run of the day…

Pyramid – Silverton Mountain

***BELOW IS PHOTOS OF SILVERTON MOUNTAIN’S INSTAGRAM FEED SHOWING THE NON-STOP SNOW…LOOKS LIKE THEY MAY NOW BE BOOKED THROUGH MID-MARCH SO YOU BETTER ACT FAST!

Powder Skiing…

Silverton Mountain

Looking tasty…

Silverton Mountain

Riding through a cloud…

Silverton Mountain

This photo is unreal…

Mt. Wilson, Telluride – Colorado

And check out this forecast…

Silverton weather from weather.gov

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