Silverton Mountain History
I am sure that each and everyone of you have been in bounds at a ski area and thought “if only there was a lift accessing that peak” or “a lift on the backside of the mountain”. Most of you have looked at awesome terrain in the backcountry and wished you could get more turns than you could earn.
Those of us who have been fortunate enough to obtain big powder days at mountains like Snowbird, Alta, Squaw Valley, or Jackson Hole know the routine. An all out rush to get as many runs in before the mountain gets tracked out in 2 hours or less. This is not how it should be. Mountains like Turner Mountain, Bridger Bowl, Mount Baldy, Alpental, Red Mountain, Whitewater, or New Zealand’s club fields are much closer to what most of us desire. Unfortunately there are not enough areas like that anymore as skiing has evolved into a Wall Street commodity of mega resorts. Silverton Mountain limits ticket sales each day to provide the best possible experience.
With no plans or desires for condos or high speed lifts, Silverton Mountain is how skiing used to be. Based on a cross of New Zealand style club fields and small U.S. ski areas, Silverton Mountain has become a special place for expert lift served adventure skiing. As exciting as it can be to ski Silverton, it is important to maintain realistic goals for your trip. Many days can be ‘all time best of my life’, but there can also be times when the premier lines may stay closed due to avalanche hazards etc. Those used to high speed lifts and banging out 30 runs in an hour have a tougher time adjusting to the Silverton pace. Those who enjoy the excitement of exploring new lines and quality over quantity find themselves right at home. Few go home however without being enjoyably exhausted at the end of the day.
We couldn’t do it without the help of these partners who have always believed in Silverton Mountain!
Aaron Brill- Founder