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Silverton 12/23/10

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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:

 

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Arriving at lift

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Riding up ... there were a couple of patroller tracks under lift, but this wasn't even open:

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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)

 

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Yes, we did ski:

 

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You can sort of see DH in the middle there:

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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):

 

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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
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Kudos for gutting it out. Guess the road was open for the ride back to town, I'm sure that made Mom happy.

Yep, Purg got their share of the white stuff and Wolf Creek, well it's Wolf Creek, something like 70+ inches.

So, what is there to do in Silverton with the family when it gets socked-in like that?

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Originally Posted by snokat View Post

Kudos for gutting it out. Guess the road was open for the ride back to town, I'm sure that made Mom happy.

Yep, Purg got their share of the white stuff and Wolf Creek, well it's Wolf Creek, something like 70+ inches.

So, what is there to do in Silverton with the family when it gets socked-in like that?



Yeah, the snow seemed to be letting up, so we decided the road would be okay.

 

As for what to do, well, there is a small ski hill in town where my kids skied with their cousins. They made snow tunnels and snow caves. We went to a party that night. And our rental house is right across the street from the rum bar, beercheer.gif Montanya, made right here in Silverton. Good stuff. And the internet still works, of course.

 

Yesterday we did get our Purg trip with the fam damily, and it was a blast, bluebird and soft snow.

 

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And the best photo of all: my brother is a CAIC guy, works the passes around here. THey  had opened Molas and Coal Bank, but needed a clear day to bomb Red from the helicopter. (This is on the Ouray side, you can see the snowshed.) A colleague took this photo -- and then ran like hell. A driver who stood and watched a little longer before running was hit by the air blast and knocked 100 ft down road on his belly. They had some all-time natural slides on the pass after this storm, one crossed the highway for the first time in recorded history (it has to cross a substantial area of flats, and it still went the whole way).

 

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Edited by segbrown - 12/25/10 at 11:24am
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Holy s*#t that last picture is jaw-dropping!

post #5 of 8

I've only been through that part of the world in the Summer time.  Amazing pictures.  Thanks for sharing.

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I've only been through that part of the world in the Summer time.  Amazing pictures.  Thanks for sharing.


I think it's the prettiest part of CO, easily.

 

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and from a few autumns ago

 

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post #7 of 8

Thanks for the story and pics.

post #8 of 8

Great pix and story. Thanks to you I've now got a new pet phrase, "fam damily."

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