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Steep w/o bumps = Heaven

 

I had a rather unique day of skiing that demonstrated another reason why Silverton Mt. is so special.  Unguided skiing ended at the beginning of January, and started again last Friday.  They were closed Sun.-Thur. during which time they first received some new snow, and then it got sunny and warm for a couple of days cooking everything completely smooth. Friday was bluebird and hot, so we followed the sun around and skied the velvet until it finally turned to slush.   Mid-day some were climbing up from 12,000 ft, on the exposed ridge in short shirt sleeves.

 

Lots of different aspects to choose from.  If we stayed in the shade there where pockets of winter snow 8" deep in places that allowed working the two sides of some chutes a bi-seasonal experience, from turn to turn if we chose.  Runs from the chair without climbing were a little over 1,800 vert, with the option to hike for another 1,000 feet.  What made it so fine was the fact that everything was perfectly smooth.  I love skiing the steeps, but it seldom comes without bumps, or at the cost of back country climbing.  To have a day of virtually endless 40 degree pitch smooth snow made the $50 lift ticket a real bargain, and there were not more than 150 people on the entire mountain. 

 

They are open Fri-Sun this weekend, and Sat-Sun the next (last) weekend, although their schedule is subject to change.  Looks like a storm for this weekend, so it will probably be back to winter up there, but whatever the weather and snow, it will still be like no other place you will ever ski.

 

For the record, I have no affiliation with Silverton Mt., other than the fact that I love it as a funky bright spot in between the usual corporate and back country skiing options.

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Sounds incredible, but next time bring a camera.

 

Makes me wonder if I could climb at that elevation.  40* pitch sustained is amazing to me.  I think I would like it.

 

Thanks for the report.

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This is a photo taken from a Silverton Mountain heli drop zone across the valley earlier this winter. On Friday we started with the Chute on the far right and followed the velvetly slush around the mountain.  The chair comes up the other side to the top of that "run," which is called Waterfall.  You can start there and hike up the ridge to the left to the high point and ski this side, or ski off the other side, which is as big, but also includes quite a bit of tree skiing.  We skied from the chair all day, except for one 15 min. hike.  It is 45 min.-1hr, to hike to the top ("Billboard").  As I said, it is a heck of a mountain for a $50 lift ticket, provided you have your own avalanche becon, probe and shovel. If not, I think they will rent them to you for $30.

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This is a photo taken from a Silverton Mountain heli drop zone across the valley earlier this winter. On Friday we started with the Chute on the far right and followed the velvetly slush around the mountain.  The chair comes up the other side to the top of that "run," which is called Waterfall.  You can start there and hike up the ridge to the left to the high point and ski this side, or ski off the other side, which is as big, but also includes quite a bit of tree skiing.  We skied from the chair all day, except for one 15 min. hike.  It is 45 min.-1hr, to hike to the top ("Billboard").  As I said, it is a heck of a mountain for a $50 lift ticket, provided you have your own avalanche becon, probe and shovel. If not, I think they will rent them to you for $30.

Silverton (1).jpg


Can you see the lift in that photo or is it too far to looker's right?

 

Amazing terrain and intimidating.  I'd love to try it - I take a guide please!  I can handle a little hiking.

 

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Can you see the lift in that photo or is it too far to looker's right?

 

Amazing terrain and intimidating.  I'd love to try it - I take a guide please!  I can handle a little hiking.

 


You cannot see the top of the lift, it is just below the ridge line above the far right chute.  Guided skiing is good, but they tell you where to go. On your first run you may get off the chair and be told you are hiking to the top (over 13,000 ft. elevation).  With unguided you get to choose to hike or not.  You cannot really get lost (although you can get cliffed out), because everything funnels to the bottom of the valley, and then to a shuttle pick up spot.

 

FYI: The location of Shaun White's private half-pipe was on the bottom left of the picture.  The skiable vert is around 2,000 from the chair, and 3,000 from the top.
 

 

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