Mountain Stats

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 the advanced and expert skier and those who enjoy adventure. Silverton Mountain operates in a one of a kind fashion in that certain times of year it provides guided only skiing with small amounts of skiers on a daily basis (similar to a cat or heli operation), and other times of year it allows unguided skiing. Avalanche gear is required to ride the lift at all times. Silverton Mountain located in Silverton, Colorado opened for business on January 19th, 2002.

If you would like to make reservations please use our online reservations system or give us a call at (970) 387-5706.

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 which occurs. 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 providing new skiing and usually new powder opportunities for 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.

There are a team of 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. Our elevation ensures an early and long season.

Chairs: 1

Peak of elevation: 13,487’

Peak of Chair: 12,300’

Base elevation: 10,400’

Annual snowfall: 400”+

Skiable acres: 1,819. Plus 22,000+acres heli & hike to

Lift Serviced Vertical Drop: 1,900’

Hike-To & Helicopter Accessible Vertical Drop: 3,087’

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.

Need: Liability releases are mandatory for anyone who wishes to participate (contact us for copy in advance). You will need your avalanche beacon, probe pole, and shovel(rentals available). YOU DO NOT NEED ANY AVALANCHE TRAINING.

Easiest Run: 35 degrees; (30 degrees is a steep run at your average ski area)

Contact: or call (970) 387-5706.

Closest town: Silverton, CO (6 miles)

Closest super store: Durango

Where to stay: click here for Silverton Lodging options.

Closest Airport: Durango (52 miles), Montrose (50 miles), Telluride (110 miles), or Grand Junction (100 miles)

Transportation: Renting a car from the airport is the way most of our guests travel.