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Silverton Mountain Colorado (US)

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Silverton Mountain Summary:

Base: 10,400 ft
Lift Summit: 12,300 ft
Summit: 13,487 ft
Vertical: 3,087
1118m
Ski area: 1,819 acres
Lifts: 1
Terrain parks: 0
Snowfall: 400+"

Runs/trails:

Beginner: 0%
Intermediate: 0%
Advanced: 100%

Trail Map:

Silverton Mountain ski trail map
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Weather:

Silverton Mountain Description:
Silverton Mountain

Located in the San Juan mountains in Southwestern Colorado (47 miles from Durango), Silverton Mountain is not a typical destination resort with groomed runs, spas, shopping and a Starbucks. Silverton Mountain is however the highest ski area in North America, the sixth largest ski area in Colorado and is a mountain dedicated to the advanced skier. An avalanche beacon, probe and shovel are required (rentals are available at the slopwside demo center). A guide is also required and you will be skiing in groups as large as eight. The mountain amenities are sparse, so much so that there is no running water on the mountain so bring water with you.

Silverton Mountain: guided groups
Skiers travel in 8 person guided groups shown assembling at the base of the lift

The mountain has one diesel-powered double seat chair lift it aquired used from Mammoth Mountain CA in 2002. To ski the full vertical Silverton has to offer, a hike is required at the top.

Silverton Mountain double chair lift
The only ski lift at Silverton: a double chair lift

In 2009, Silverton began a helicopter service ($150.00/run) so one does not have to hike at such high elevations or re-ski tracked out terrain.

Silverton Mountain heli skiing
The Helicopter can take you to any peak on the mountain

Resort hours: 9:00am - 3:00pm Thursday to Sunday
Season: 11/29/2008 - 04/19/2009

Silverton Mountain Terrain:

Silverton Mountain: Bowling Alley run
Bowling Alley run: top of lift (no hike required for this run) - steep and deep!

Silverton Mountain: Top of Concussion Woods run
Concussion Woods: small hike required, then traverse across an Avalanche face until you get into the safety of the woods.

Silverton Mountain: Bottom of Concussion Woods run
At the bottom of "Concussion Woods" you walk across a small plank over a creek and hike to the road where there was a transport van to take you back to the base.

Chutes:

"Vodka Shots" are tight, steep and trecherous and should not be your introduction to the mountain. Work your way up to the steep stuff. It wont go away, we promise. "Gnar Couloir" and "The Next Frontier" are best accessed by helicopter (too far to hike). You must ski in a group of eight so bring seven friends or ski at the pace of the slowest skier. A guide is also required. Be patient after a dump of powder as it takes a while for the ski patrol to perform a stability assessment or perform avalanche blasting.

Moguls:

There are typically not enough skier traffic to form moguls. Your best hope is under the lift.

Trees and powder:

Try "Twig Snappers" or "Bowling Alley" for what seems like endless tree skiing. Tree skiing is more common after a fresh dump as the powder helps control your speed.

Beginners and Intermediates:

The easiest run is 30 to 35 degrees of incline with no run officially marked as beginner or intermediate. This mountain is NOT for beginner or intermediate skiers.

Terrain Parks:

Silverton Mountain does not have a designated terrain park but it certainly has lots of terrain and natural features.

Silverton Mountain Apres Ski:

There are three mountain bars including the infamous Grady's.

Where To Eat:

Note that Silverton Mountain does not host your typical cafeteria or dining facilities. In fact there are none. Off mountain in the town of Silverton you have the following options:

  • Avalanche Coffe House: 1-970-387-5282
    1067 Blaire Street. Pizza and organic salads.
  • Pasta La Vista: 1-970-387-5352
  • Silverton Brewery: 1-970-387-5033
    1333 Greene Street
  • The Miners Tavern: (Apres ski) 1-970-387-9885
    1069 Greene
  • The Brown Bear: 1-970-387-5630
    1129 Greene Street
    This is the only premium dining facility in the area.

Village & Shoping:

While there is the town of Siverton with basic amenities, there is little at the mountain base. Any available shopping is in town.

Base lodge of Silverton ski resort
The base "lodge" of Silverton and the only building on the mountain.

Nightlife:

Although limited, all nightlife is in the town of Siverton. Try Grady's.

Town of Silverton Colorado
The town of Silverton Colorado

Directions to Silverton Mountain:

  • From Denver:
    • Hwy 70 West to Highway 550
    • Take Hwy. 550 South to Silverton
    • Drive through the town via Greene Street.
    • At the town park turn left. The base is 6.65 miles up Highway 110
  • Commercial flights available to:
    • Durango airport followed by a 52 mile drive to Silverton.
    • Montrose airport followed by a 50 mile drive to Silverton.
    • Telluride airport followed by a 110 mile drive to Silverton.
    • Grand Junction airport followed by a 100 mile drive to Silverton.
    • Denver airport followed by a 359 mile drive to Silverton.

Map of Silverton CO:

Google Map

Silverton Mountain (mountain base):
Colorado United States
Latitude: 37.88970
Longitude: -107.650150

Silverton Lodging and Accommodations:

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