Silverton Mountain Ski Area

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Silverton Mountain Ski Area

Submitted By: mystery man on December 19, 2009

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East Ridge and Bowls

There are two major east facing bowls to descend along the north side of the ridge.  They are pretty obvious to find.  One drops from very near the summit down to 13,100'.  The second begins just past the flat section of the ridge and drops to treeline at 11,600.  You can avoid the lower bowl if desired and ski right down the ridge crest, but the bowl has better skiing.  Just make sure you don't drop too low at the bottom, or you'll have to climb back to the trail.

From treeline, follow the trail back to your car.  Do not ski to the south directly down the fall line to Blue Lakes Road, though this is tempting... you will be trespassing on private property.

The East Bowls are moderate in difficulty - about D3-D4.  For more info on the D-system for rating ski descents, see here: http://www.wildsnow.com/articles/ratings/ski-board-d-rating-system.html.  They are steep enough to slide, but are one of the safer spring ski descents.  This route is not recommended in winter because it will most likely be wind scoured most of the time.

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Details

Silverton Mountain offers one chairlift that you take to the top of the mountain for both guided and unguided skiing. The Ski area is advanced and not for the beginnger. Skiers should have experience with Avalanche safety and rescue techniques. It offers the most adventure skiing out of any pay ski area. Although it does not fall into the typical definition of a pay ski area During different times the year the mountain is open to unguided skiing. For the most part you will have fresh powder lines on a relatively private mountain and there are never really crowds to deal with. Rates and other info can be found at http://www.silvertonmountain.com/page/home

How to Get There

These directions are copied from Silverton Mountain Ski Areas Website http://www.silvertonmountain.com/page/store/directions Drive through the town of Silverton. At the town park make a left and stay left. When in doubt, go left. The base is approximately 6.65 miles up Hwy 110. Four-wheel drive or good driving skills are strongly recommended in inclement weather. Located one hour north of Durango (the closest airport to fly into), and roughly 6.5 hours south of Denver (you can get from downtown Denver in about 6 hours if you drive very quickly), Albuquerque is around 5.5 hrs, getting to Silverton is an incredibly beautiful drive. McClure Pass is fastest many times from Denver, but if it is snowing, stick to I-70 and exit in Clifton and follow signs to Delta/Montrose for the shortcut to 50/550 South. What airlines fly into Durango/Montrose? NEW for 2009-2010…Allegiant Air now offers direct flights between LAX and Grand Junction on Mondays and Fridays. Frontier Airlines (daily from DEN) into Durango 3 flights per day (prices have dropped as a result). United (daily from DEN), and America West (daily from PHX) fly in and out of Durango with several flights each day on each airline. The Montrose airport has American (daily from Dallas DFW), Continental (daily from Houston), Continental (from Newark- Sat only), Delta (daily from SLC), Delta (from ATL Weds, Sat, Sun), United (daily from Chicago ORD), United (daily from DEN), United (from LAX Weds, Sat). How far from Montrose, Durango or the closest airport? The town of Durango is closer and easier and is approximately 1 hour away. The airport is 1.5 from the mountain. Montrose is 1.75 hours. Driving from either direction requires driving over a mountain pass, and we recommend renting a 4-wheel drive vehicle if it is snowing.

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LSteele
Posted on Jan 07, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

Above treeline is skiing really well, below treeline…. not so much, as of 1/4/2013.

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