- Overall Rating 3
- Family Friendly 1
- All-Mtn. Terrain 5
- Terrain Park 1
- Nightlife 1
Pros: Awesome terrain, freshies everywhere
Cons: Cocky guides who think they're all that, when they're not
Recommended For: Singles
Date Visited: Mar 1, 2008
I skied Silverton last March (I agree with another reviewer that March-April are the best months to go), and had a great time. Being an expert skier, I've done my fair share of extreme skiing, especially in various spots in France, Telluride, and perhaps the best mountain ever, Jackson Hole. I must say that, though the skiing was extreme and is only for those in the top 2-3% ski level, it was a bit overrated overall. I think the guides/staff there knows this, thus they try to mess with you mentally with the "you might die today" wavers, which are lame. Same goes for the beacon and other av. equipment they require. You could die skiing Buttermilk or some east coast mountain, but you won't see such silly wavers from them. As for the guides, they are hit or miss. Some are cool dudes, others aren't.
Overall, if double blacks are boring to you, and you need a little adrenaline kick, then Silverton is for you. The uniqueness of Silverton itself is awesome as well (no frills, one lift, etc.) However, the hiking (especially back to the lift after a run) gets old really quick. Don't expect to do more than 5-6 runs a day. Finally, as great as Silverton is, it still takes a backseat to Jackson Hole. Several of the runs at J-Hole (such as the famed Corbet's Couloir) trump anything Silverton can throw at you, and they don't require unnecessary beacons or a signed death certificate either. In fact, I'd recommend skiing Silverton to prepare for skiing at Jackson Hole. But, overall its a great time and not as intimidating as they'd have you believe.