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Silver Mountain Ski & Summer Resort

 

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Trail Map
Trail Map

Silver Mountain Trail Map 2013-14

 

  
 

Transportation
Transportation
AIR TRANSPORTATION

 

Spokane International Airport
Airlines operating from Spokane include Alaska Airlines, Delta, Frontier, Horizon Air, Southwest, United, United Express and US Airways Express.

 

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION
 
 

Lodging
Lodging
 
Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Morning Star Lodge

 

Resort condominiums with Internet access, indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center and access to Silver Rapids, an indoor water park. 

Extra person charges may apply

$101 and up 

GuestHouse Inn & Suites Kellogg

 

 

Hotel offers standard rooms and suites with microwave and refrigerator, complimentary continental breakfast and Internet access with indoor pool and hot tub. 

Extra person charges may apply

 

$79 and up

 

       
       
       

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Dining

 

Gondola Village

 

Mountain Haus (top of Gondola)

  • Mogul's Lounge (View Menu)
  • Mountain Haus Grill

 

Silver Rapids

  • The Lunch Bucket
  • Trestles Bar
 

REAL ESTATE
 
 
DEALS
 
 
WHAT'S NEW
 
  • New expert run, Shady Lady, cut between North Face Glades and Rendevous (2013)
  • Extensive brush cutting and new connector run Dribble Down below terrain park (2013)
  • New intermediate run, Bootlegger, cut between Centennial and Moonshine (2012)
 
ACTIVITIES
 
 
SERVICES

  

Rental Equipment Rates


Lesson Rates

 

Snow Tubing Rates

 

Spa Services

 

 

Silver Mountain Ski & Summer Resort
Description:

For killer terrain, fantastic snow, and no crowds, you need to visit Silver Mountain. Silver Mountain has favorably been compared to Telluride before the crowds arrived. They are a ski and summer resort offering small town hospitality and big time amenities. Where prospectors once found rich deposits of silver, skiers and snowboarders now enjoy the lightest, driest powder snow in the Northwest, accessed by a world-class gondola ride to the top. Silver Mountain is a skiers paradise offering two 6,300-ft. mountain peaks, three bowls, 2,200 vertical feet, 74 runs, exciting tree skiing and some of the finest powder stashes you'll find anywhere.

Details:
DetailValue
Snow making percent0
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet1
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double2
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple2
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person
Lifts-Gondola1
Lifts-Tram
Lifts-Coggle train
Lifts-Funicular
Lifts-Other
Lifts-Total number of lifts7
Lifts-Total lift capacity
Trails-1-Beginner20%
Trails-2-Intermediate40%
Trails-3-Advanced30%
Trails-4-Expert only10%
Trails-5-Terrain park1
Trails-6-Half pipe0
Trails-Total74
Runs-Steepest runNorth Face Glades
Runs-Longest run2.5 miles
General-Base elevation4155
General-Vertical drop2200'
General-OwnerJELD-WEN
General-Mountain rangeSt. Joe Mountains
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country accessYes
General-Total area in bounds1600 acres
General-Snow making coverage0
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Posted

Pros: Long season, consistent snowfall, affordable season pass, low crowds, sufficient challenge

Cons: lift layout, thick woods of spindly trees, ski shredding tailings if exposed

The gondola ride is definitely an issue, but it's either ride or drive (which you can't do anymore).  The drive took 30 minutes alone from Kellogg (town down below) on a good day to the lodge during the Silverhorn days (after Jackass).  In fact, back in the mid 80s, Kellogg was an 1.5 hour drive from Spokane, and another 30 winding up the hill.  Later, in the late 80s or early 90s, Duane Hagadone (rich developer) created Silver Mountain resort, and added four chair lifts that basically opened up two north facing basins.  Hagadone also added the gondola, now a 20 minute ride from the Interstate to mid-mountain.  Since then, I-90's been completed going through Coeur d'Alene (the last Interstate portion to be finished in the USA), which has shaved another fifteen minutes to one half hour from the drive.  Since then Silver's changed hands, which has affected night skiing operations (now not happening), and expansion plans - Jeld-Wen has been lackadaisical about Silver Mountain's future even though they're selling condominiums at the base and supposedly planning mountain condos (that have no road access at this time!)

 

The gondola's a perk, however, it lets one park just off the interstate, and ride for 20 minutes while fiddling with the boots and buttoning up the kids if you've brought 'em.  You're deposited mid mountain, so you're skiing before riding up the first chair.  (worth another five to ten minutes).  On the way down, a stop at Mogul's to grab a beer for the ride turns the 20 minute ride down into a relaxing sip.

 

The layout is weird, though.  One must ride two separate chairs to return to the top to attack the North Face Glades, a nice steep set of glades that makes this mountain loads of fun.  There are great routes down the mountain, such as the Ridge to Lower Ridge (heaps of powder stashes) - Moonshine to Centennial - the mountain's as big or small as you want it to be.

 

Compared to Schweitzer, Silver has more challenging terrain.  Schweitzer's in-bound steeps are limited to the Kohl's Big Timber area, and the chutes (lettered R, R4, P, Q, etc.) - and they're painfully short followed by a boring, and long run-out.  Silver's steeps, on the other hand, are somewhat plentiful and in fact, are the longest sustained steeps in the immediate vicinity including Schweitzer, 49 degrees North, and Mount Spokane - and that makes Silver Mountain worth visiting over the others.  The next closest mountains with terrain of the type of challenge Silver offers, will be Red Mountain, in Canada.

 

I understand they've opened a new run, Shady Lady - and if I'm remembering the area right, it's the steepest Silver run yet, and definitely the steepest in the area.

Posted

Pros: accesability, variety of terrain, snow quality, small crowds

Cons: accesability

Silver Mt. was originally Jackass Ski Bowl for many years, any ski area willing to name itself that has a scene of humor.  Well worth a day to ski or more.  It is one of the other areas in the Inland Northwest, Schweitzer being the centerpiece, and that is a great thing for Silver MT skiers.  Weekday crowds are pretty non-existent.

Great access.  You go East over one low pass, 4th of July, from Cd'A, ID about 35 miles to Kellogg, park in a paved lot walk across the street to the base and catch one of the worlds longest gondolas which deposits you at mid-mountain.  Do not think I ever had to chain up or had a problem getting there.  If there is too much wind or mechanical problems with the gondi the day is done.  At the end of the day comfy ride back down. 

Good northern Rockies snow in fairly reliable quantities, and a great variety of terrain, from gentle greens to some fairly ferocious side country and glades that are only a short hike away.  Good tree skiing, even a couple of memorable bump runs. 

The town of Kellogg is a cool little old silver mining town with a rich history and  the only ski towns I know with a full on year round indoor water park (surfs up dudes). 

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