The BLM extended the comment period on the expansion from 2 weeks to 6, until August 17th. Connie Clementson, field manager for the Bureau of Land Management’s Tres Rios Field Office “is careful to note that the proposal is only a modification – not an expansion – of Silverton Guides’ existing helicopter permit.” Meaning they are not asking for an increase in authorized use, just changing the terrain. The terrain would not be closed off to the general public.
If passed, the worry from backcountry users and locals seems to be that Silverton will follow up with bomb permits, likely closing access to the area for the whole season.
Here are a few of the areas in question (beta courtesy of splitboard.com):
My favorite San Juans edit:
One more video, Silverton Split Life