Great terrain, guides, funky ski bum vibe
If you want a resort - not for you
I read the reviews before heading to Silverton and I don't think the negative folks were at the same place I was. There hadn't been any real recent dumps but there were some big dumps in the past couple weeks. Our guide, Mark, led us to places that had very few tracks, definitely steep enough chutes, and some very tasty tree lines. The extra bonus was the Heli drop which we did on our last run. My first Heli drop and the only way my wife would allow the expense (only $160). What a rush! Last run was about 2,000 ft of deep, steep fluff.
Can't say enough about the place, but if you like a resort with lots of lifts, no guides or avy stuff required, and don't want to have your apres ski beers in a crowded tent full of adrenaline charged guys, stay away! Not for skiers who are not comfy on double diamond terrain.
I would recommend fat powder skis - i brought my skinny but light K2 Sahales and they were way underpowered for this type of skiing.