First post here - great site! Glad I found it...
Had a couple questions re: Purgatory and Silverton -
First - what type of base does Purgatory typically need in order to be 100% open? Seems like a decent base for mid-Dec right now, yet it's only 33% open.
Silverton - planning on hitting it for a day right after Christmas. First time to go. Not doubting ability at all, but wondering if a guide would be worth it for a first timer on the mountain. Leaning that way right now, just to get a lay of the land, but don't want to waste my money if folks don't think it necessary.
Thanks in advance!