Originally Posted by bluesurf
mudfoot we spent the last day at WC and it was great. There was 3-6" of powder to freshen everything up. We hiked alberta and everything along that ridge. What a last day over there. It may be a small mountain but there is a ton of places to explore. The run from skiiers right of alberta all the way through to waterfall area was great, almost all untracked for a good part of the day. Have you ever stayed in the backcountry yurt? Is that guided? How about silverton, have you been? My cousins have gotten a small taste of hiking to terrain and I think they are hooked so I am looking into some guided backcountry for next year. Silverton sounds great. Thanks again for the info.
I spent Sunday at Monarch Mountain, which is like Wolf Creek in that it is a short vertical area at the top of a pass, but it has some fantastic hike to skiing. I would highly recommend it for what you are looking for. They also have reasonably priced cat skiing.
The run you described on the shoulder of Alberta Peak sounds like the Step Bowl, which is one of my favorites. As for the bc yurt, it is just rented out by the night and there are no guides. You ski in with your own sleeping bag, food and water, and they have beds and cooking utensils. You are totally on your own as far as avalanche saftey, and everything else. There are lots of "huts" around the state that operate the same way. I have stayed in a few huts but not that one, although I know about a dozen people who have. Fairly decent ski terrain right around the hut, and the access is pretty easy compared to many others.
I've skied Silverton Mt. 5 times, always during the unguided early and late season. There is no comparison with WC. At Silverton the one lift goes to 12,300 feet and you can hike a 1,000 feet above that. The skiing is steep, but some of the hiking and most of the ski-in access off the ridge is more extreme than the skiing. Hiking and skiing at WC is like a walk in the park compared to the hike-to terrain at Silverton. The guided skiing is pretty expensive and they will make you hike. A good portion of the customers only last a couple of runs. If you go during the unguided (April) you can usually ski off the lift and hike as much or as little as you want. In my opinion, unless you are a true expert in good high altitude condition you may not really enjoy Silverton Mt., but you will undoutedly be blown away by the place.