Steep fiends rejoice! Silverton Mountain, a Colorado ski area known for its advanced/expert-only skiing, will increase its guided skiing availability for 2016/2017, its 15th anniversary ski season. 

“Based on feedback from our guests, it is clear that skiers and snowboarders enjoy more of the mountain and find better snow in the guided skiing experience,” said Aaron Brill, founder and CEO, in a press release.  “As a result, we decided to offer more guided days during our 15th Anniversary season and to focus unguided skiing on the spring when the snowpack is more conducive to self-guiding Silverton Mountain’s terrain.” 

The mountain's season will kickoff December 29, 2016, with guided operations being offered then through March 26 and unguided skiing available March 31 through closing day on April 9, 2017. Silverton will shift next season's operations, with a Thursday-Sunday schedule, plus Presidents Day, right out of the gates instead of the usual Saturday and Sunday early-season availability. Co-founder, Jen Brill told OnTheSnow they plan to add a few more guides to work the additional days.

Alongside the usual single and multi-day tickets, popular single-lift heli drops and all day heli skiing that can be reserved, Silverton-bound skiers and riders can also take advantage of pass products. A limited number of unguided passes will be offered at $179, which also gets you three days each at Monarch and Powderhorn, half-price heli skiing, $79 guided skiing and a season-pass-holder-only day, among other benefits. Tack on 10 guided days in December or January to that unguided ski season offering and you've got the Solid Gold Pass, $499 at the limited early pricing. Check out complete details at

“We are very excited to be celebrating our 15th season of operation in 2016/17,” Jen said. “There will be lots of fun surprises for our guests associated with our anniversary, and we look forward to sharing the accomplishment with our amazing skiers and riders in the winter ahead.”

Regarding said surprises in store for Silverton skiers next season, Brill's lips are sealed, but she did reminisce about life back in the day. "It was a different time back then; 15 years ago there was no cell tower in Silverton. Can you imagine?"