Silverton Powder Days

It sure is tough to come back to work and sit at a desk after the best powder days I believe I have ever had in my life. Now I’m no hard core ski fanatic, but I’ve done my fair share of powder skiing and this past weekend at Silverton Mountain was at the top of the list for myself as well as for about everyone in our Silverton crew. The guides down in Silverton even said it was the best weekend at Silverton Mountain in 3 years. I know the previous two years definitely were not high snow years, but still 3 years is 3 years. We just hit it right. Our good friend Gavin Chapman who works for Rocky Mountain Trane company in Denver takes a crew of our small engineering office every year to Silverton for some great camaraderie and good skiing. We even planned this weekend months in advance and boy did we luck out with the conditions. I believe the mountain got somewhere between 3 feet of snow between Thursday night and Sunday morning. At least it felt like that much! It was an extremely solid crew and Gavin is a true superstar for loving backcountry skiing and powder skiing as much as we all do (and skiing it better than most of us) and for treating us to an awesome weekend in Silverton. All of our thanks, Gavin! It sure would be tough to top this past weekend, but I know we are all so looking forward to next year! Also, thanks to Shockley, our guide, for an outstanding 2 days of guided skiing and good laughs. Shockley also understood my desire to photo document our crew in these powder conditions and he really helped me out in advising me on good positions for photo opportunities. Instead of trying to be so specific in labeling all of the Silverton Mountain runs we skied (I have no idea what runs are what), Im just going to post a photo report of our weekend in Silverton. Hope you enjoy the pics!

Saturday late afternoon tele crew. Left to right: Shockley, Gavin, Jake, Zac, & myself

Saturday late afternoon tele crew. Left to right: Shockley, Gavin, Jake, Zac, & myself

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Zac on his teles

Zac on his teles

Gavin dropping the knee

Gavin dropping the knee

Jake in the trenches

Jake in the trenches

Sunday morning. Left to right: Jake, Mike, Eric, & Nick

Sunday morning. Left to right: Jake, Mike, Eric, & Nick

Shockley explaining the route

Shockley explaining the route

Nick

Nick

Eric

Eric

"Zac attack!"

“Zac attack!”

Mikey

Mikey

Gavin

Gavin

Jake

Jake

Jake

Jake

Jake & Zac brawl waiting for the bus back to the lift

Jake & Zac brawl waiting for the bus back to the lift

Eric cruising

Eric cruising

Nick in good form

Nick in good form

Jake

Jake

Nick and clearing skies

Nick and clearing skies

The lone boarder, Mikey

The lone boarder, Mikey

Taylor

Taylor

Gorgeous terrain

Gorgeous terrain

Strapping in for run #3 on Sunday, I believe

Strapping in for run #3 on Sunday, I believe

Mikey walking the ridge

Mikey walking the ridge

Shockley laying down tracks

Shockley laying down tracks

Shockley

Shockley

Gavin

Gavin

Zac

Zac

Zac and a view

Zac and a view

Nick

Nick

Taylor

Taylor

Mike

Mike

Mike with a heck of a spray

Mike with a heck of a spray

Mikey

Mikey

Jake can telemark

Jake can telemark

Zac

Zac

Zac coming out of his spray

Zac coming out of his spray

Eric

Eric

Jake in deep

Jake in deep

Hiking to run #5 on Sunday

Hiking to run #5 on Sunday

Looking down run #5

Looking down run #5

Zac targeting the cliff

Zac targeting the cliff

He launched it, didn't land it, and Gavin was $20 richer

He launched it, didn’t land it, and Gavin was $20 richer

Shockley

Shockley

Gavin

Gavin

Jake

Jake

Jake harvesting his turns

Jake harvesting his turns

Jake is a tele machine

Jake is a tele machine

Views

Views

Finally, some pics of me on run #6 on Sunday courtesy of Zac

Finally, some pics of me on run #6 on Sunday courtesy of Zac

Just the best snow

Just the best snow

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I love my jump turns on the teles

I love my jump turns on the teles

And out...

And out…

The last men standing (& Bella) before the long drive home

The last men standing (& Bella) before the long drive home

7 Comments

  1. Ha, Brandon, you are indeed great at documenting the runs! And it really nice that your guide was cool with that – normally they seem to be in a rush to get everybody pumped through the runs. Sunday was truly unreal. Parting clouds made for a really beautiful scenery. Nice running into you! Conditions were really some of the best out there.

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    • Hi Natalie! Thanks for checking in! Awesome to literally “run” into you on all of our final 6th run this past Sunday. It was a truly unreal day, like you say. Yes, our guide, Shockley, was so very cool and understanding. Glad you bailed on that hut trip and made the drive south! Hope to run into you again!

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      • I can’t recognize all the runs in the photos but it looks like you did Tiger Claw, some variation of Mandatory air, probably Riff/Ruff and possibly Cabin. I can’t recognize any of the tree runs with any degree of certainty, sorry :) I actually tried to document the name and locations of the 6 runs we did so I can hit them all again when I go back unguided. Pretty sweet terrain, huh?

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        • Well, you certainly know the runs and terrain much better than I, Natalie! Yes, I do remember Tiger Claw, but as for the others I have no idea. The terrain can’t get much sweeter. So good.

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          • Awesome, Natalie! Loved seeing your pics. Gosh, what a day. We did not do the Mandatory Air run, but looks pretty dicey and sweet at the same time. Yes, we did do those Tiger Claw runs. So cool.

    • Awesome, Natalie! Loved seeing your pics. Gosh, what a day. We did not do the Mandatory Air run, but looks pretty dicey and sweet at the same time.

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