Colorado got a dusting of snow this weekend — and two guys already skied it |

Colorado got a dusting of snow this weekend — and two guys already skied it

Silverton offered some turns above 12,000 feet on Sunday for two intrepid ski mountaineers

John Meyer
The Denver Post

Ski season began on Sunday at Silverton Mountain for a guide and a patroller employed there who were willing to climb above 12,000 feet to earn their turns.

That’s because Silverton and other parts of Colorado’s high country saw widespread measurable snowfall over the weekend, sending people’s anticipation of winter into overdrive.

“I think they had a very good time. You needed rock skis, and it was a dangerous day. (But) Silverton has some of the most hard core ski bums that are out there, so anytime there’s snow, they want to take advantage of it,” Silverton spokeswoman Jen Brill said about ski guide Evan Alsup and patroller Calvin Davenport.

Brill posted the photos on Instagram to help stoke the stoke. “This is our brand, so I do this every year,” she said of the photos. “I think the earliest was Labor Day. Silverton is at a high elevation. That’s why we’re a great ski area, we can suck snow from anywhere.”

Silverton had a wet summer as well, and there has been more moisture in recent weeks, she added. “Temperatures have been right on the edge, and in the past week it’s definitely gotten colder.”

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