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BLM Winter Bucketlist #8: Silverton Mountain Ski Area, Colorado, for Backcountry Skiing in Prime Powder Conditions | by mypubliclands
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BLM Winter Bucketlist #8: Silverton Mountain Ski Area, Colorado, for Backcountry Skiing in Prime Powder Conditions

BLM Winter Bucketlist #8: Silverton Mountain Ski Area, Colorado, for Backcountry Skiing in Prime Powder Conditions

 

Thrill-seeking skiers with advanced skills in gliding down Colorado’s backcountry mountains will want to add Silverton Mountain ski area to their bucket lists. With an average snowfall of more than 400 inches per year, the ski area - the only in the U.S. located entirely on BLM lands - features guided, unguided, and heli-skiing on black diamond runs on more than 13,000 acres near Silverton, Colorado.

 

From mid-January through March, a single chair lift takes experienced skiers partially up Silverton Mountain ski area where there are no groomed runs and no cut trails. From the top of the lift, guided skiers hike five minutes to an hour to some of the best powder conditions in the nation along with large open bowls and steep, tight chutes.

 

Looking for an even greater challenge? Try unguided skiing and snowboarding via helicopter drops that allow for extreme runs deeper in the backcountry. For more information, visit www.silvertonmountain.com.

 

Photos by Matt Dayer, Park Ranger, BLM Tres Rios Field Office

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Taken on December 19, 2012