Video and Photos from a nice tour on December 27, 2011 up Sultan Mountain in the San Juans, Colorado. The best holiday gift of all was 4000 ft. of pow down to the little town of Silverton below. Pray for snow!  

by Neil Provo

Check out Episode 2- Sidecountry Sessions from Outdoor Research! The last 2 weeks in Silverton have been a great way to get the legs in shape. The San Juans are mighty big and steep. The resort has one lift, but it accesses so much terrain. The backcountry seems endless out here. Hiking in the high elevation really gets your blood pumping! Even though it hasn’t snowed out here for since we got here, things have stayed fresh and there are still plenty of good turns to be had. December 27th 2011 was a beautiful day to get into the alpine. Zack Giffin, Molly Baker and myself went for a classic tour above town with the help of local and good friend Matty G. Topping out at 13368 ft, it was my highest hike to date!
 
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Making our way up the south face of Grand Turk Peak. So warm it felt like a spring day.
 
Looking over Molas pass
 
Ridge walking in the high country.
 
Zack making his last few steps up Sultan mountain.
 
It was cool to finally look down on the town from the peak i had been eyeing from from the window of the Tiny house!
 
Fresh snowdrifts on the summit, and a view down the Northstar couloir. Into the gut and it was 4000 ft. of fresh pow all the way back to town.
 
 
BIG thanks to Matty G, for our sickest day in Silverton!
 
Matty G, laying out some nice turns before the long ride down.
 
Thanks for the great times Silverton! Stoked to come back!

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