by: Ben - 26th January 2010

  • 3
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 4All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 3Family Friendly
  • 2Nightlife
  • 2Terrain Park
  • Value
Trees, terrain, price, crowds
Gondola in, gondola out, maintenence problems, inconsistent snowfall

Full review

Silver is a good, no frills ski area that could probably use a good facelift. The skiing is overall pretty good, but the lift system is slow, and while I've not been caught during a lift failure, I've heard that they have had numerous problems in the past. The "resort" seems far more geared toward pulling people in to pay for lodging and to play in the water park than to provide for a high quality skiing experience. I don't ask for much, but I just got that vibe that this was one of those hills that might be cutting expenses related to the ski hill and pumping that cash into real estate and resort development. In other words, not necessarily customer friendly. If you can get past that, you'll probably have fun here. Overall, the mountain is quite challenging, and has a somewhat strange layout. SInce the resort boundaries essentially take up the top 1/3 of a mountain, there aren't really many "flatter" spots to be had to take your kids or hang out if you are a more intermediate skier. Many steeper runs are interrupted by cat tracks, which I find horribly annoying, and since a majority of the runs are tough blues or blacks, you have a lot of cat tracks that wind around to cater to the less experienced. When the hill does get decent snowfall, the trees are quite good, and are logged in a way that allows for pretty good lines. The other bonus about this place is that it doesn't get quite so crowded as Schweitzer does on weekends, and during the week the crowds aren't bad at all. However, if you want a laid back mountain experience with great skiing, great snowfall, cheap lift tickets, reliable lifts, and great customer service, you might want to just drive a little farther down to lookout pass.
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