January 24, 2022 3 min read
Location: Silverton, Colorado Rig Nickname: Gene Pa (Named after the original Thiokol owner and a real American cowboy) Vehicle Make & Model: 1963 Thiokol 1201 6 window with 1958 Alaskan 8’ NCO
What do you like most about your rig?
It is the ultimate winter adventure mobile. It allows us to go deep and high into the snowy mountains to ski, snowboard, sled, and explore. There is something particularly special about settling in for the night when that alpenglow blankets the mountain peaks. We cuddle, and laugh, watch the sunset, enjoy meals, stargaze, sip cocktails and coffee, and watch movies with a projector that works perfectly with the original Alaskan white, pull down window shades. Camping in the snow with kids is A LOT more fun when you have a spot to warm up between adventures and after the sun goes down. And no one ever complained about a warm place to come after a big mountain day for a date night either.
Sickest place you’ve taken your rig to?
This rig is stored at our home in the heart of the San Juan mountains in Silverton, CO. We can drive from our house up many of the old mining roads that aren’t maintained in the winter. Our favorite spot is up Velocity basin at the base of Velocity and Storm peaks. You just really can’t beat this view or the easy access to epic skiing. We recently bought a tilt trailer so that we can venture into mountains that can’t be accessed from our driveway.
How long did this build take from start to finish?
Start to finish - over a year of working on it most evenings after work. When Skylar is excited about a project he goes all in! Each time he got close to finishing, he added a handful more custom details. The customizations really haven’t stopped.