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.