Destinations, Ski & Spa

Silverton Mountain

March 17, 2013 by


Ever dream of a ski mountain where every run is epic, every turn is first tracks, and every day is a pow-pow day? Well, that might not exist…but this mountain will get you closer to that dream.

Silverton Mountain, located in southwest Colorado, may seem in the middle of nowhere land, but it’s 3000 ft vertical drop and 1,819 acres of snow waiting to be carved keeps the adrenaline junkies coming.

Oh, and there’s also 22,000 acres accessible for heli drops.

At 13, 487 ft, Silverton is the tallest ski mountain in North America offering the steepest terrain. There is one chairlift that gives you access to seemingly endless terrain.

What do you prefer? Huck a cliff? Sure. Make tight lines through the trees? Absolutely. Hike to the steeps? No doubt about it.

You have three options at Silverton: Guided skiing – best for those with little backcountry experience ($139). Expect 3-6 runs, with hikes of 5-15 min for each run.

For those with more experience, unguided skiing lets you explore Silverton on your own ($49 for lift ticket).

Finally, for the 100% heart pumping lines, you can do some heli drops ($159 per drop, or $999 for a whole day of help drops).

This mountain is not for beginners. There are no groomed runs here…their trail classification is as follows: “Beginner & Intermediate Trails, 0%. Advanced and Expert, 100%”

What you’ll need: Beacon, shovel, probe; you won’t get on the lift without this. And maybe an extra pair of pants, in case you wet yours.

Website: Silverton Mountain 

Image Source: Zach Dischner

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