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Silverton this weekend?

post #1 of 5
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I'm looking at getting on silverton for the first time. My wife can't make it and I don't have a buddy to ski with. I would feel more comfortable skiing with other people There as it will be my first time up there. Looking to ski the 29th. I'm a pretty Decent skier, flaws but can usually hold it together, and I have taken an avy 1 course. Would anybody mind if I tagged along for a day?
post #2 of 5

Just go, they will group you based on hiking speed and there will be plenty of people to ski with.

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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

Just go, they will group you based on hiking speed and there will be plenty of people to ski with.

Its unguided. I figure I could ask to join some other skiers
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I have done at least 12 days of unguided skiing at Silverton Mt. over the years and would not hesitate to recommend going by yourself.  It is Almost impossible to get lost since everything on either side exits to a road.  Unless you get real adventurous it is hard to get into much trouble there. Start with the major runs off the chair like Riff, Raff, Cabin, Colorado, Dolores, Concussion, and the multiple Tiger Tail Chutes and you should not have any problem.  Waterfall is a great run but you need to exit right or left along the ropes before the obvious choke.  If you climb the ridge the you can only drop in at gated points.  Despite the hype, unless you really go looking for it the skiing at Silverton Mt. is not that extreme.  The toughest parts are right at the gates where you drop off the ridge. Once you get to the skiing it is very doable by most expert skiers.  The major drawback is that because it is mostly above tree line or open the snow can get hammered by wind and sun.  If the snow conditions are good you should have a blast and it will be easy to see where other skiers take the entrance and exit points.  As long as the weather is not foggy and you have good visibility the skiing is way more obvious than at most regular ski areas. 

post #5 of 5
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Headed to Silverton tomorrow.

 

Comparing the trail map with google Earth, a lot of the backside just gives me the willies. Even the lines that don't cliff out look rather... Steep. I will be looking at things with a wary eye before I commit.

 

I'm excited, and a bit nervous.

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