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    OT: Silverton Mt. Winter Passion

    I left the FR on Dec 10th and headed over to Silverton Mountain for two days of free (depending on how you look at it) bootpacking and a bit of boarding. The snow was deep on many aspects of the mountain making the packing tough but the weather kicked @ss and the terrain is beautiful (and a bit scary). No action shots -- mostly just views from the top of Silverton Mountain (Storm Peak). This first image is a night shot of one of the peaks on the east side of Red Mountain Pass.
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    Our group (guide plus twelve folk including myself) get our gear on and prepare to traverse over to the far ridge where there are already little people specs packing down Concussion (I think).
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    Terrain looking to the north of Silverton Mountain.
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    Distant peaks to the west.
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    Our crew staging at the top of the lift.
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    More scenery with Mandatory Air below.
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    Up up and away.
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    The ridge to the south which is evidently open terrain if you are up for the hike and have the skill to get back down.
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    Do you have to have your own avalanche beacons/probes/shovels to go? or do they provide/rent any of those items out? I'm trying to convince the parents that making a trip down there is mandatory sometime this season.
    Definitely sweet looking!!! How deep was the pow?::drool::
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    Daaaamn Gina!

    Beautiful shots! I always thought boot packin' was a lot of work and those pics just confirmed it....
    I have no idea what I'm talking about...But yeah, that sounds about right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by COmtbiker12
    Do you have to have your own avalanche beacons/probes/shovels to go? or do they provide/rent any of those items out? I'm trying to convince the parents that making a trip down there is mandatory sometime this season.
    Definitely sweet looking!!! How deep was the pow?::drool::
    When you make reservations you can also reserve a beacon, shovel, and probe and rent them there at Silverton Mt., but if you don't have the equipment it is cheaper to rent locally from some place like Bentgate Mountaineering in Golden. The conditions varried alot from one aspect to the next on the mountain. Some spots had thin early-season coverage and then others spots we wallowed through chest deep snow. Definitely lots of powder to be found out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilentK
    Daaaamn Gina!

    Beautiful shots! I always thought boot packin' was a lot of work and those pics just confirmed it....

    Packing was definitely some of the hardest stuff I have done in a while. But it was great to be out, get to know the terrain on the mountain, meet a few guides, and whip the legs into shape for the season. The free guided day in Dec/April they give you in return for two days packing is sweet too!

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    Note the stark contrast between summer and winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by singletrack
    Note the stark contrast between summer and winter.
    Nice, how are the trails and stunts out there in the summer? Gotta get out there this coming summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonb
    Nice, how are the trails and stunts out there in the summer? Gotta get out there this coming summer.
    Its all just getting started really... but whats there now rules. There's plenty of jumps and structures and general nastiness scattered about. Next summer is gonna be prime.

    I was too busy riding to take many pics, but here's Lance on the road gap at the bottom.
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    nice

    Quote Originally Posted by singletrack
    Its all just getting started really... but whats there now rules. There's plenty of jumps and structures and general nastiness scattered about. Next summer is gonna be prime.

    I was too busy riding to take many pics, but here's Lance on the road gap at the bottom.
    I've been looking for more pictures of people riding there. It's a tough call, but I think I'd be a more excited about riding there in the summer. And probly way more scared...
    Maybe that's the key, not a lot that scares me on a snowboard anymore.
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    juxtaposition

    Quote Originally Posted by dbabuser
    I've been looking for more pictures of people riding there. It's a tough call, but I think I'd be a more excited about riding there in the summer.
    Speaking as the only guy in Colorado who can't ski, I'd say I'm excited about the summer as well.

    This pic is the shuttle truck at 13,000', at the top of the ridge jasonb posted earlier, across the valley from the lift.
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    Quote Originally Posted by singletrack
    Speaking as the only guy in Colorado who can't ski, I'd say I'm excited about the summer as well.

    This pic is the shuttle truck at 13,000', at the top of the ridge jasonb posted earlier, across the valley from the lift.
    I will have to Concur. Summer is way more enjoyable for me. Winter can go away now. Bye bye snow. Melt now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by singletrack
    Speaking as the only guy in Colorado who can't ski, I'd say I'm excited about the summer as well.

    This pic is the shuttle truck at 13,000', at the top of the ridge jasonb posted earlier, across the valley from the lift.
    Wow did you drop down that drainage or did you hit one of the mining roads?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonb
    Wow did you drop down that drainage or did you hit one of the mining roads?
    Route roughly follows the first pic, the second is what the bottom 2 miles look like.

    Trail = Bender's line
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    Quote Originally Posted by singletrack
    Route roughly follows the first pic, the second is what the bottom 2 miles look like.

    Trail = Bender's line
    Sweeeeeeeet.
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