Mudfoot sez: If you are skiing Telluride it is worth a trip over to check
out Silverton Mt. (and hit Orvis Hot Springs on the way back),
but if you truly thrive on extreme terrain you can climb out the
gate at the top Gold Hill at Telluride and get steeper stuff for
the price of one of their lift tickets.
I agree totally. Have not done Silverton yet But;
2 years ago I hiked up from the top of Gold Hill to the backcountry
entrance into the Bear Creek drainage (o/b run back into town).
This, a sunny day, after 15 inches of new snow was my most incredible
powder run ever.. The mandatory hike of about 1/2 mile and maybe 500
vertical feet seems designed solely to weed out the klutzes and tourons.
The run started with an open powder field of 1500 vertical feet of untracked bottomless powder -light. Only saw 3 other people in this
whole area. steep expert -then levels a bit thru an easy rock band.
Next another 500 vertical of bottomless untracked powder -light to medium. Then an almost vertical rock band -but only 20 ft.
I threw my skiis over and was about to climb down when I see a rope
in place to hang on.
Finally a lightly tracked steep face with about 300ft vertical.
-light-medium. Ending with an easy cruise on a fairly flat skiable
hiking trail to a lift in town.
After this I thought I'd died and went to heaven. Quality, not quantity.
This adventure took about 1/3 of the day so I only got a few more runs
in at Telluride but at this point I did not care.I'd already done what could
not be topped.
Many many years ago I had skied in this area. The Forest Service had
closed it permanently for 20 years till recently.
btw ! visited Orvis hot springs the day before and stayed there that night
and next day prior to heading back to SLC.