Well, that was the plan anyway.
I got David a heli-skiing trip for his birthday and Christmas gift this year. To say he was excited is an understatement! He spent months training for it and was absolutely stoked to head down to Silverton for this weekend. We knew snow was in the forecast, which was a good and bad thing. Good, because the skiing would be good. Bad, because it put the helicopter ride at risk.
Our trip down was beautiful and uneventful.
Tunnel? No. Avalanche/road barrier? Yes! There are over 100 avalanche paths on Red Mountain Pass. Some are so common that they build these barriers over the road so the avalanches just roll right over the road. How comforting…..
We arrived in Silverton on Friday night and was greeted by 135 inches of snow on the ground. By noon on Saturday, another 18 had fallen, bringing the total to over 150. Those 18 inches fell from about 9am-1pm. At times, it was a blizzard, you couldn’t see a thing! Needless to say, the heli drop was out of the question. =(
While David and his good friend Noah were pretty bummed about the helicopter, they did get the spend the entire day skiing in 18 inches of powder, which isn’t a bad consolation prize!
Silverton Mountain isn’t your typical CO luxury ski resort. Their shuttle bus is an old prison bus, they have no running water, no lodge, 1 old chair lift which take you 3/4 of the way up (you have the hike the rest), and they barely have electricity. There are no groomed runs, just avalanche chutes that you hike up and ski down. It’s not for the faint of heart!