Silverton opens for the season

Thu 03 December 09

For the first week they are offering $39 lift tickets but if you fancy stomping down the avalanche zones then you'll earn a free days snowboarding

Silverton opens for the season

Silverton opens for the season © Photo: Scott D.W. Smith

Although the temperatures have been warm in Durango, the base elevation of Silverton Mountain is located at 10,400’ and the temps have stayed cool with morning lows around 1 degree.

Boarders can also earn free skiing by stomping down the snow in the avalanche starting zones Dec 5,6, and 12,13. One FREE unguided ski day will be given for each day of bootpacking. Those who like to pack it hard and deep all 4 days can earn up to 4 days of FREE skiing. No experience required, but everyone must have a beacon, shovel & probe. Limited rentals are available at the mountain. Free ski tickets must be used during 2009/10 season only and are not valid as any type of credit towards guided skiing.

Opening day 2009 at Silverton Mountain
Opening day 2009 at Silverton Mountain
Photo: Scott D.W. Smith

Packers should show up at the base area at 8:45am with pants duct taped to boots (no joke) ready to stomp. No bootpacking reservations are needed. Bootpacking is a great way to learn the mountain while getting plenty of fresh air.

The Avalanche Level 2 class is being offered this week at Silverton Mountain Dec 4-6 for $325. It is always good to brush up on your avalanche skills before heading into the backcountry.

Opening day 2009 at Silverton Mountain
Opening day 2009 at Silverton Mountain
Photo: Scott D.W. Smith

 

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