This is Silverton Mountain

Silverton Mountain is a unique mountain experience. There is one chairlift that takes you into a high alpine environment surrounded by amazing ski lines in every direction. The terrain is entirely for advanced and expert skiers and boarders who enjoy adventure. Silverton Mountain operates in a one of a kind fashion, unlike any other ski area in the USA. At certain times of year it provides guided-only skiing with small amounts of skiers and boarders on a daily basis, similar to a cat or heli operation. At other times of year Silverton Mountain allows unguided skiing similar to a normal ski resort. Avalanche gear is required to ride the lift at all times. Silverton Mountain is located in Silverton, Colorado and opened for business on January 19th, 2002.

The Mountain

  • Chairs: 1 double
  • Peak of elevation: 13,487’
  • Peak of Chair: 12,300’
  • Base elevation: 10,400’
  • Annual snowfall: 400”+
  • Skiable acres: 26,819
  • Lift Serviced Vertical Drop: 1,900’
  • Hike-To & Helicopter Accessible Vertical Drop: 3,887’

Trails & Guides

Trail Classifications:

  • Beginner & Intermediate: 0%
  • Advanced & Expert 100%

Guided group size: 8 or less per guide.

  • Private guides available
  • Guides can take you beyond the unguided boundaries during unguided season

Easiest Run: 35 degrees

  • 30 degrees is a steep run at your average ski area

The Town

  • Closest town: Silverton, CO (6 miles)
  • Closest super store: Durango, CO (1 hour)
  • Where to stay: see Silverton Lodging options

Closest Airports:

  • Durango (52 miles)
  • Montrose (50 miles)
  • Telluride (110 miles)
  • Grand Junction (100 miles)

Transportation Options:

  • Renting a car from the airport is how most of our guests travel.
  • There is currently no cab/uber or similar services available in the winter. You will need a car/ride to get to the base area. Please plan accordingly.

The Terrain

There are loads of bowls, chutes, cliffs and wonderful natural terrain features to be discovered during a visit to Silverton Mountain. It is the highest ski area in North America with a peak of 13,487’, and it is also the steepest with no easy way down. The mountain is left in its natural state with the exception of the avalanche reduction work.

The chairlift unloads at the top of a beautiful cirque which provides easy hiking along a ridge to access up to 1,819 acres of snow fields. Silverton Mountain is almost always venturing into new terrain. On a daily basis, we open different aspects which usually provide powder opportunities that last weeks after the most recent snowfall.

Although we cap the amount of unguided skiers to less than 475 a day, most days we have less than 80 skiers on the mountain. We have a team of highly trained professional ski patrollers doing avalanche reduction work for our guests.

Our base lies at 10,400’ with a peak lift served elevation of 12,300’. There is hiking to 13,487’, which means, with a little effort, you can get around 3,000’ vertical drop per run. Our elevation ensures an early and long season.