Scenes From Pajarito Mountain Young Adult Patrollers Annual Trip To Silverton Mountain

Pajarito Mountain Ski Patroller Eric Schaller, left, and Patrol Medical Director Dr. Robert McClees accompanied Young Adult Patrollers (YAPs), from left, Ethan Aulwes, Natalie Aulwes, Elise Phillips and Meredith McBranch April 5-6 on their annual trip to Silverton Mountain. There is only one chairlift at Silverton and skiers have to hike up to their planned route with their skis on their packs. They also are required to wear avalanche beacons and carry avalanche equipment such as probes and shovels. The YAPs take this annual trip during one of the two unguided weekends when Silverton Mountain allows only 60 backcountry skiers to ski without an expert guide. Courtesy photo

Pajarito Mountain Young Adult Patrollers, from left, Meredith McBranch, Elise Phillips, Natalie Aulwes and Ethan Aulwes hike upward from the top of Silverton Mountain with Patrol Medical Director Dr. Robert McClees, center, during their annual trip. Courtesy photo

Hiking toward the Billboard at Silverton Mountain, Ethan Aulwes, front, Natalie Aulwes and Dr. Robert McClees stop in front of a cornice that has been roped off. Courtesy photo

YAP Natalie Aulwes looks toward the Billboard. Courtesy photo

YAPS hike through an area where the wind has blown the snow away uncovering vegetation. Courtesy photo

YAPs Meredith McBranch, left, and Elise Phillips take a break before their descent. Courtesy photo

Enjoying some time off the snow in Silverton, from left, Sheila McClees, Ethan Aulwes, Natalie Aulwes, Steve Maze (facing backward), Julie Maze, Meredith McBranch, Elise Phillips and Eric Schaller. Schaller and Steve Maze were YAPS when they were students at Los Alamos High School and have been active in the Patrol ever since. Courtesy photo