So, I am in town for the week visiting family for Christmas. If you hadn't heard, it's been snowing. Lots and lots and lots and lots. Silverton is open Thurs-Sun for both guided and unguided skiing. The original plan was to have a family ski day at Silverton Mountain, but that was before it snowed so much. So, change in plans -- we decided to hit Purgatory on THursday with my sis-in-law and all the kids, and then Silverton with the adults and my son on Friday, when hopefully patrol would be able to open a bit more terrain.
When we woke up Thursday, though, it turned out that the passes were closed and we were stuck in Silverton. After a while, DH and I decided we would go ahead and ski at SM. We knew they wouldn't open too much terrain due to the high avalanche danger, but I've been impatient about skiing there for a few years, and it's never worked out, so I wanted to make sure to get there.
It was dumping hard in town, and the drive up wasn't the easiest. When we arrived, there was talk about the county closing the road and stranding everyone up there for a while. We considered turning around (my mother would not be too pleased with us being stranded, I think), but decided to give it a go. Terrain was indeed limited: two tree runs were open, which were really fun except for the many choke points, which made for very slow skiing in all the heavy wet snow. (The mountain is claiming 90 in. during the week, and it was a warm, wet storm.) We alternated from feeling really awesome to feeling really inept, over and over, lol.
I didn't get many action shots, only at the top of the runs where it wasn't very steep; otherwise, we couldn't really see each other very well!
Leaving town yesterday morning:
Arriving at lift
Riding up ... there were a couple of patroller tracks under lift, but this wasn't even open:
At the top we all had to wait because they had closed the road out at the bottom while the heli was bombing chutes on the other side of the road (the runout from skiing is down the county road, which is in several slide paths)
Yes, we did ski:
You can sort of see DH in the middle there:
From same spot, looking downhill (you can see a little bit of the road on the left side of the photo ...we were about halfway down, or more, by this point. LONG runs):
It was a very fun day, but somewhat frustrating being surrounded by steep wide open blankets of snow that we were (understandably) only allowed to look at. I'm sure we'll be back. This will be a great base for anyone who wants to ski next week ... it should be amazing when they are able to open up the rest of the mountain.
Edited by segbrown - 12/24/10 at 7:59am