Just for the heli of it: Silverton Mountain offering $50 helicopter drops this weekend

The 22,000 acres of new ski terrain open at Silverton Mountain last season thanks to its new Heli Board/Heli Ski operation was a no-brainer for our Best New Ski Terrain award in Westword's 2011 Best of Denver guide, and the heli drops, starting at $159 per run, remain one of the best bargains in big mountain extreme adventure anywhere in the United States. The deal gets even sweeter this week, Thursday through Sunday when -- just because -- the mountain is offering $50 heli drops. Here's more, via SilvertonMountain.com:

If you haven't ever experienced heli skiing, this weekend is your chance. Normally heli skiing can cost upwards of $1,000 per day as you have to purchase 6 runs at most heli skiing operations.

You can book your lift ticket in advance online (unguided or guided lift tickets), but the discount heli drops can only be purchased at the mountain this Thurs-Sun.

The $50 single heli drops will be offered in the Pyramid Zone at Silverton Mountain, which has not been skied all season and should have great snow. Silverton Mountain is 100% open.

This is the final weekend of unguided skiing until April 5, when unguided skiing resumes.

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