Website: silvertonmountain.com

High altitude (13,487 ft!), high consequence "resort" with none of the usual resort trappings. There's one chairlift, you'll hike to most of your runs, but you'll watch your nose floating through blower pow and share it with almost no-one. This place has to be experienced to be believed, right down to the re-purposed UPS "shuttle bus" we hope is still operational. Silverton can be seriously hardcore (like AK hardcore) so we strongly recommend hiring a (cheap) guide such as San Juan loc Skylar Holgate. You might very realistically have the best day of your life with this guy. Unless, of course, you suck...

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