Silverton Mountain announces expanded chairlift capacity, new dates, cheaper season passes

Posted By: The Ski Channel on August 25, 2010 9:47 am

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If you’ve never experienced the Colorado gem that is Silverton Mountain, consider a trip this season as the ski area has made it even easier for guests to enjoy the first tracks and lines that have made it famous among skiers and snowboarders.

New for 2010-11, guests will notice a 50% increase in lift capacity to eliminate the occasional morning wait. People come to Silverton to ski lines, not wait in them so the resort took action by mounting up more chairs on the lift. VIsitors may even get a few extra runs in as a result.

Beyond just upping their chairlift capacity, Silverton has also added more December dates for unguided access. December in Silverton can be unreal as small crowds and big dumps make it one of the best times of the season. With Unguided tickets fixed at $49 and plenty of low priced lodging options available, there hasn’t been a better time to make a visit. Factor in Silverton’s unique tundra base, which allows the ski area to frequently offer more expert terrain than anywhere else in the U.S. in December, and you’ve got an irrestible December ski trip destination.

For those a little new to backcountry skiing, consider a Guided reservation. The reservations are coming in steadily for the more popular dates but there is still availability for all dates at this time. As the first snowstorms of the winter usually drop their load in Silverton in a week or two from now, the most popular dates normally start to sell out.

Perhaps best of all, Silverton is hooking up folks purchasing Unguided Season passes with a price tage of only $399 – nearly half the lowest price ever offered. Plus the unbelievable season pass deal comes with ½ price helidrops, an additional 14 free ski days at other Colorado Resorts (4 days A Basin, 5 days Monarch, & 5 at Loveland) and $79 guided skiing (standby). If you live on the Western Slope and have ever thought about purchasing an unguided Silverton season pass this is the time to do it. Once Silverton hits a predetermined limit the price jumps to $799. Don’t delay as with a price that low, passes are expected to sell out rapidly.

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