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Silverton Cat Skiing

Silverton Colorado

Silverton is very challenging, and not very fancy - so don't bring your beginner family here to learn to ski or to be pampered on ski holiday. Silverton is considered Colorado's most difficult ski area - for experts only. Silverton opened in 2002 with lift service on one double chairlift- serving  black diamond skiing - un-groomed and au natural. Silverton offers a high alpine environment for advanced and expert skiers with guide services available on a daily basis.

Avalanche gear is required
(available for rent at Silverton) to ride the lift and access the steep chutes , open bowls and tree skiing. Certain dates you are required to hire a guide. Silverton also provides guided cat skiing tours and Silverton heli tours by advance reservation when conditions permit. You must make an advanced reservation for skiing Silverton Mountain, since they limit the number of both guided and non guided tickets sales, currently at $99 a day for a lift ticket and guide, or $425 for private guide service.

You can ski off the front or backside of Silverton Mountain, none of which is groomed, some requires more hiking than others. On a good day at Silverton, you can expect to get 3-5 runs, since there is climbing involved to reach the all natural steep terrain, and you ski back to the road from the backside and catch a bus back to the ski area base and chairlift.

Silverton Mountain is 10 minutes outside of the classic old mining town of Silverton, Colorado. Neat old Victorian hotels like the The Grand Imperial and The Wyman Hotel speak to the history of this cowboy town - which is about an hour from any other civilized community. For a fun day of local cat skiing, we suggest you check out Silverton Powdercats Cat Ski Operation, why hike when you can ride up the mountain in the comforts of a snow cat - and save your strength for the sweet powder turns on the ski or ride down.

Silverton Stats: 1,819 acres, plus 22,000-acres of heli & hike to terrain with vertical of 3,087'. Summit 13,487’, 1 chairlift to the summit 12,300’, Vertical of chairlift 1,900’
Base elevation: 10,400’, average annual snowfall: 400”

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