|Originally posted by crashhelmet:
I am coming over from the UK to visit a friend in Aspen. how easy is it to get to Silverton? (also planning to try telluride and crested butte)
as max. number of skiers seem to be limited in silverton do i need to book my skiing before arrival? is it easy to join a guided group on the day? any recommendations where to stay?
Getting to Silverton... that's the rub. It's between Red Mountain Pass and Molas/Coal Bank pass in the San Juans. Check a map and you'll see it's in the middle of nowhere. But, that's definitely part of the charm. The San Juans are IMHO the most spectactular mountains in Colorado for views.
It's the same drive time from Grand Junction to Alta as it is to Silverton. The terrain is similar between the two but you'll get three times as many runs at Alta for less than half the price at Silverton.
You probably could jump into a group on the day of arriving at Silverton. But you better call to get a feel of the opportunities anyway.
I recommend staying in Silverton if you're going to ski the mountain the next day. Your closest alternatives are Durango and Ouray. Durango is 47 miles away and Ouray is about the same or less but the drive from Ouray is slower cause you have to navigate Red Mtn. Pass.
Just like any mountain in the northern hemisphere, the northern facing aspects have fresher snow than the southern aspects. You're going to ski all aspects ...not just the good stuff. So don't expect knee deep powder all day long. If you do get it ...you're a lucky dog.
Telluride and the 'Butte are within a days drive or less from SW Colorado.
Having said all of that, I'm going to spend more time at Silverton this season. It's a one of a kind experience in the US.[ November 02, 2003, 12:44 PM: Message edited by: PinHed ]