Silverton, CO, has been our New Years trip for the past several years. The snow is great, the town is celebratory, and the wildlife, well, there isn't anything like it. We have close to 50 skiers who will be going on Dec. 31, 2014, all with the solemn goal of skiing every day of 2015. The first three are set. So if you have intentions of going, you better get ahold of Rob at Robert.Sumninsby@gmail.com to get on the list. Rooms range from $79 for double beds on the 3rd floor to $125 for king beds on the 2nd floor. There will also be a $20 charge to cover breakfast served on the 2nd and 3rd of January. Any space left by Dec 11 will be released to guests and friends of members. We also need an enthusiastic volunteer to plan the New Year's Eve party. Past parties have been BYOB events, but if someone wants to coordinate more of a potluck, go for it.Silverton always has good snow. This year we expect to see 1 to 2 feet. Of course, this is often accompanied by some pretty cold weather, so if you go, plan on bringing your genuine cold weather gear. For more up-to-date weather reports, keep your eyes on
We will be visiting locations from Molas Pass to Red Mountain Pass, so we expect to have plenty of opportunities to ski at just about any level. Some of the sites we have visited in the past include
Little Molas Lake and Andrews Lake
Howardsville along the Animas River
South Mineral Creek and Campground
Ironton Nordic Area
and many others.
We have also seen some really cool wildlife, including a small herd of moose, which have started migrating down to southern Colorado in several locations. So this is your chance to see it live.
Don't forget that we will need plenty of tour leaders for this if we don't want to stand around in the hotel lobby in our ski gear looking at each other. You can volunteer to lead a trip at any level from Class 1 to Class 3 or even an Exploratory. The only thing that is out is probably our Class 3 shopping trip due to the lack of any suitable stores and shops.