Here’s Proof You Don’t Have to Go to Alaska to Heli Ski This Season

After several days of heavy snow fell in Southern Colorado this past week, with no winds and a fairly stable spring snowpack, photographer Jeff Cricco got the opportunity to close out the storm cycle by scoring a few spots to fly with Telluride Helitrax. Days like these are why Cricco, one of the ski industry’s leading photographers, has continued to work hard in his profession for the past 27 years. “We started a little after sunrise sampling the snow in Helitrax’s northern terrain between between Ouray and Telluride above Red Mountain Pass. Then finished out with some late afternoon evening light in the southern terrain near Ophir Pass and the town of Silverton. Conditions were blue, deep, and all time. Some of the best snow of the season,” recalls Cricco. Looks like it.

Telluride Helitrax
Sunrise up on top of Mt Emma. Helitrax uses a top of the line beast of a helicopter, the American Eurocopter AS350 B3e. It’s an updated and more powerful version of the same high elevation helicopter (B3) that landed on top of Everest. Photo: Jeff Cricco
Tanner Rainville, Telluride Helitrax
Tanner Rainville getting some that high elevation San Juan pow in Governor Basin. A true delicacy that happens every spring in southern Colorado. Photo: Jeff Cricco

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Tanner Rainville, Telluride Helitrax
Tanner Rainville racing the B3e helicopter down a run know as Polly’s, in Telluride Helitrax’s southern terrain. Photo: Jeff Cricco

Vermillion Peak, Telluride Helitrax
Helitrax’s marketing guru, Heidi Lauterbach, making turns on Vermillion Peak, near the old mining town of Ophir. Photo: Jeff Cricco

Telluride Helitrax
“Helitrax has some of the most unique terrain options–dozens of high alpine bowls capped with spires and jagged peaks. A photographer’s dream,” exclaims Cricco. “Here’s Tanner Rainville pillow popping in Silver.” Photo: Jeff Cricco

Tanner Rainville, Telluride Helitrax
Tanner Rainville slicing through the last beams of sunlight, high above Hope Lake. Photo: Jeff Cricco

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Brian O'Neill, Telluride Helitrax
Telluride local legend, Brian O’Neill, paints a powder trail down a rocky slope in Silver, just north of Telluride. Photo: Jeff Cricco