Silverton, Colorado – On Wednesday, May 3, 2017 the Bureau of Land Management approved a land exchange that will allow Silverton Guides’ to expand their heli-ski operation by 16,250 acres in the San Juan Mountains surrounding Silverton, Colorado.
The land exchange has been a controversial topic in the community, but it is now official that Silverton Guides’ will have access to over 25,000 acres of helicopter ski terrain. Silverton Guides swapped 5,556 acres of high elevation, avalanche prone terrain for lower elevation, safer terrain.
According to The-Journal.com, regulations will “include restricted flight corridors, no fly-zones near the town of Silverton and limits the annual user days at 600.” This permit will last for 5 years.
The new terrain includes “Illinois/Hancock, Southeast, Round and Minnie/Maggie gulches” (DurangoHerald.com).