Silverton Mountain Ski Resort in Silverton, Colorado, is one of the country’s most thrilling ski destinations, boasting 1,819 acres of some of the steepest terrain in North America.
Needless to say, this is not a resort for beginners: 100 percent of Silverton’s trails are tailored to advanced or expert skiers
In addition to its precipitous vertical drops, Silverton occupies 22,000 acres of skiable terrain that can only be accessed by hiking or via helicopter. As the resort sees more than 400 inches of annual snowfall, visitors are required to carry an avalanche beacon, a probe pole and a shovel, all of which can all be rented at the mountain. At Silverton you can take advantage of private or group guided skiing allowing the opportunity to access the finest black diamond runs in the U.S.A with an expert guide.
Silverton generally opens in mid- to late December, and remains open until mid-March or April. With 20 to 30 inches of snow, February and March are the best times to visit Silverton.
Lodging is not available at Silverton Mountain, but the nearby town of Silverton offers an array of accommodation choices. With 14 guest rooms and a live music venue, the historic Avon Hotel makes for a charming and lively place to stay. The Bent Elbow Hotel is another option in Silverton, fusing a Wild West atmosphere with Victorian-style rooms. The modern Triangle Motel , only 15 minutes from the ski resort, offers comfortable rooms, complimentary breakfast and affordable rates.
While there are no restaurants at the ski area, as there is no running water on the mountain, Silverton Mountain gives visitors the option to order a boxed lunch in advance for $15. These lunches are prepared in town and consist of a deli sandwich, a bag of chips, a granola bar and a bottle of water. All of the closest restaurants can be found in the town of Silverton, just 15 minutes from the ski area. There, you will find a variety of options, from burritos, pastries and coffee at Coffee Bear Silverton to a hearty breakfast of pancakes and French toast at Brown Bear Cafe or Kendall Mountain Cafe . Or enjoy pizza, craft brews and wraps at Avalanche Brewing Company and Golden Block Brewery . For burgers and sandwiches visit Pickle Barrel , or delight in Cornish pasties and salads at The Eureka Station .
There are two airports that service Silverton Mountain. The Durango-La Plata County Airport is an hour and a half drive from the ski area, while the Montrose Regional Airport is almost two hours away. There are no shuttle services to Silverton so you will want to rent a 4-wheel drive vehicle, or book a shuttle in advance out of Montrose or Durango.
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