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Peering into the void at Silverton.
Peering into the void at Silverton.
Photo by Dan Davis
Silverton Mountain
By Tom Boyd

December 10, 2008 — Silverton Mountain photo by Dan Davis

The accolades for this pioneering resort continue to come. It was rated No. 1 in steeps and No. 1 in powder in the USA by Skiing Magazine in 2003-2004, Top Ski Resort by 5280 Magazine, and the “Top Extreme Ski Experience” by the Rocky Mountain News.

With Silverton Mountain, the old saying usually holds true: “If you have to ask, you’ll never know.” Colorado’s newest resort is expert-only, and has created quite a buzz over the past few years in such circles. It is a one-lift, backcountry experience for riders dedicated to powder. If conditions are right, the available terrain can get as scary – and hairy – as a rider can handle.

Fun Fact: Silverton also works in conjunction with El Diablo Snow Cat Tours

Average annual snowfall: 400+

Price: $49 (unguided) $99-129 (guided)

Skiable Acres: 1819 (depends on what you can handle)

Lifts: 1

Terrain park: No

Season: Unguided Nov. 29-Jan 11 and April 3 – April 19. Guided Only skiing Jan. 15-March 29.

Terrain breakdown: 100 percent expert

Location: Silverton, in southwestern Colorado




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