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I've never been and am talking with an east coast friend about going there.  A couple of questions for those who have been there:

-during the unguided part of the season, does one need to bring avy gear or do they rent there?  Does my friend need avy training (ie. level 1 min)?

-Is it worth skiing there and not hiking more than 10 mins from the top of the lift?  Even with a few days to acclimate, I do not think he'll be able to hike much.

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I'm new to the area and have not been yet, but I've been up there over the summer. I'm not 100% sure whether avy gear is required during unguided, but I expect that it is. An avy course would not be a bad idea. The area is avy controlled, but that doesn't mean you can't get yourself into trouble.

The unguided season is such because there is less snow and less risk, but that also makes for tougher skiing than when everything is soft and bottomless. There are "no fall zones" at Silverton- A young expert skier died from a fall that took her down about a thousand feet last year.

If you are worried about your ability to hike, be more worried about your ability to ski 3000 feet of vert at altitude. If your legs hit muscular failure halfway down, you can be in trouble.

Perhaps Telluride or Wolf?

Edit: I realize your concern is for your friend, not you. I'd be cautious taking somebody there who is not acclimated.
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You do not need avalanch training to ski here.   Though I would recommend at least basic understanding on how to use a beacon.  Its not rocket science :)

 

The terrain during unguided season is really limited.    Even during unguided season you will need a beacon, shovel, and probes.  All can be rented.

 

The hiking is not that bad.  It is basically alot of ridgeline traverses for most of the runs.  You should be in decent shape but you don't have to be in marathon runner shape.  The terrain that is available during unguided sking is mostly all with in a 5 - 15 min hike.

 

The long hikes are with the guides.

 

I highly recommend guided runs from Mid Feb to end of March for best experience.

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cool...thanks for the advice.  I would much prefer the guided season for sure.  How many people do they take out in a group?

 

Are lines like Colorado,Tiger, Cabin, Waterfall 3,000 vert?  How steep?

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Originally Posted by wasatchwarrior View Post

cool...thanks for the advice.  I would much prefer the guided season for sure.  How many people do they take out in a group?

 

Are lines like Colorado,Tiger, Cabin, Waterfall 3,000 vert?  How steep?

Closer to 2200 or so.

 

Cabin all the way down is very good.  Easy to link turns rather wide.

 

 

Colorado is a bit steepr but nothing crazy.  Tighter turns.  First 1/4 is tougher than the rest of the run

 

Rope Dee Dope

 

Typical Tree run

 

3,000 drops will be in for a bit of  hike.  Billboard and Hanging Valley (probably closer to 2600 or so) are the closest ones.  .  Storm Peak is higher yet but it is very tight and very steep.

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Cool , thanks. Fun vids!
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http://www.epicski.com/t/86133/silverton-on-super-bowl-sunday-2009

 

Have fun with it.  I posted this a few years ago.

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