Silverton Mountain cleared to expand helicopter skiing terrain to total of 25,000 acres | AspenTimes.com

Silverton Mountain cleared to expand helicopter skiing terrain to total of 25,000 acres

5-year permit caps user days and establishing no-fly zones around Silverton, but not everyone is happy

By JASON BLEVINS | jblevins@denverpost.com | The Denver Post

The Bureau of Land Management has approved an expansion of helicopter skiing terrain for Silverton Mountain.

Silverton Guides' proposal to swap 5,556 acres of permitted heliskiing terrain for 16,252 acres of new terrain was approved by the BLM Wednesday after nearly two years of environmental review. The deal gives the operation more than 25,000 acres of helicopter accessible ski terrain in the San Juans in southwest Colorado.

Silverton Mountain and Silverton Guides co-owner Aaron Brill proposed the swap to meet  growing demand for heliskiing with below-treeline terrain that reduced avalanche hazard by offering less-steep, more wind-protected runs.

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