It is an interview with Aaron Brill about how he found his way to Silverton and got the ski area started.
I was on a budget and was going to do it with one rope tow because it’s easier to put in one lift. But most places have two lifts, the approach lift that covers the low-angle terrain and another lift to get up the steeps. So that limited it to a few places. Colorado was not on my list because I thought it was played out and I didn’t think there would be a place to build a riding area there. So it was Montana, Idaho, Nevada or British Columbia. Then somebody told me to check out Lake City, Colorado, which had a little town ski area and supposedly a big peak behind it. I looked at the maps and was like, “That looks pretty cool, but I bet we’re not going to get very good snow.” On the next page over was Silverton and I was like, “Whoa, that looks really good.” I came down for a site visit in the spring of 1999 and to check out three potential zones in the Silverton area, and on the second visit I was like, “Wow, this is it!”
I didn't know the Lake City story, or that New Zealand was the inspiration, or that he originally wanted a rope tow, etc.
Another piece I hadn't realized is his comment that pretty much every other mountain in the area has a road up it- he's right. Roads were built to get to mines and then turned to 4x4 trails- but none on Silverton. I can't imagine digging out lift towers when the entire range is Rhyolite lava flows, basalt, and other volcanic rocks.