Backcountry skiing with a lift
you MUST be in GREAT shape to hack it
Skiing Silverton is like stepping into the backcountry, without the worries of impending avalanches, without having to purchase and read backcountry maps, and with the advantage of having an expert guide (like John) who seemed to know every place on the mountain to get fresh powder even weeks after the last major snowfall. This mountain does it right. Everything. Don't believe the reviewers who weren't happy with the 6000 feet of elevation in a day, they just have no clue what they are talking about. This is not skiing for skiing sake, or for bragging rights. This is getting back to what motivated people to ski in the first place. Big mountains, challenging lines, and pushing yourself more than you every have. This is what every mountain should be, and it is just fine with me that people are either too scared to ski it, or they would rather fight with the other skiers to get the best line possible at 830am and relax the rest of the day on the groomers. Cheers to Silverton, its skilled and extremely professional guides, and their overwhelming desire to show you the best ski experience of your life.