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  • #615681
    bones get broke
    298 Posts

    @wasatch surf wrote:

    Silverton Mtn. sounds like a real drag. Just another reason i try to stay away from resorts.

    It’s not sooo bad when they get a big snow dump during the “unguided” season. $50 for all you can eat pow isn’t that bad. I’ve been there and had freshies for 1200′ of vert at 2:30 in the afternoon before. You really can’t get that kind of lift assisted riding anywhere else.

    #615682
    UTAH
    830 Posts

    Not trying to get into a pissing match here. Probably the fact that I have read every TR on the 1st page like three times now, we need more snow and more stoke. But anyways a story. I took a co-work BC riding this year. I had an extra peeps, and snowshoes he had everything else, avy danger was low, blah blah blah. I decided to take him slack country cause he was probably not in the best shape, I’m assuming you know what slack country means. So we went up to Brighton Ski Resort, bought a one lift and accessed the immediate BC that way. Anyways last time I had been up the lift I used was an old lift and the one lift cost 8 bucks. This year it’s now a Highspeed quad and it costs 12 bucks. I was giving everyone I could shit about this most peoples response was how else we going to pay for the new quad your using. My point (a) lot’s of people pay to hike it makes complete sense especially if your resorts are in sick mountains (b) upgrades come with a cost, everything has a cost (c) we need more snow and more stoke, new TR’s please. But I think from what I remember reading about Silverton when it opened is that it’s appeal was going to be a low budget, low impact, backcountry experience, where you pay to hike. Which leads to point (d) don’t go to Silverton.

    The Utah resort that requires Beacons, shovel and a partner is Snowbird, ironically though where the girl was killed this year is the one of two hike to ride spots that do not.

    #615683
    dude_reino
    467 Posts

    @utah wrote:

    Not trying to get into a pissing match here. Probably the fact that I have read every TR on the 1st page like three times now, we need more snow and more stoke. But anyways a story. I took a co-work BC riding this year. I had an extra peeps, and snowshoes he had everything else, avy danger was low, blah blah blah. I decided to take him slack country cause he was probably not in the best shape, I’m assuming you know what slack country means. So we went up to Brighton Ski Resort, bought a one lift and accessed the immediate BC that way. Anyways last time I had been up the lift I used was an old lift and the one lift cost 8 bucks. This year it’s now a Highspeed quad and it costs 12 bucks. I was giving everyone I could shit about this most peoples response was how else we going to pay for the new quad your using. My point (a) lot’s of people pay to hike it makes complete sense especially if your resorts are in sick mountains (b) upgrades come with a cost, everything has a cost (c) we need more snow and more stoke, new TR’s please. But I think from what I remember reading about Silverton when it opened is that it’s appeal was going to be a low budget, low impact, backcountry experience, where you pay to hike. Which leads to point (d) don’t go to Silverton.

    The Utah resort that requires Beacons, shovel and a partner is Snowbird, ironically though where the girl was killed this year is the one of two hike to ride spots that do not.

    Nice summary! Yes I agree, we need more TR’s 😀

    On that note…I wish more ski areas would offer the ‘one-ride’ ticket like that. There is some really awesome terrain you can get to outside of Snowmass, but you need to take the lifts up to get there. Not a problem if you have a season pass, but it sucks when friends visit and I want to show them the super-stellar slackcountry of the area, but that they have to pay $90 to ride the lifts one time. 🙁

    #615661
    wasatch surf
    979 Posts

    @bones get broke wrote:

    @wasatch surf wrote:

    Silverton Mtn. sounds like a real drag. Just another reason i try to stay away from resorts.

    It’s not sooo bad when they get a big snow dump during the “unguided” season. $50 for all you can eat pow isn’t that bad. I’ve been there and had freshies for 1200′ of vert at 2:30 in the afternoon before. You really can’t get that kind of lift assisted riding anywhere else.

    Yeah. The maps and pics of silverton always looked so good and $50 for a ticket is a pretty good deal this day and age.

    =”luca_brasiOn that note…I wish more ski areas would offer the ‘one-ride’ ticket like that. There is some really awesome terrain you can get to outside of Snowmass, but you need to take the lifts up to get there. Not a problem if you have a season pass, but it sucks when friends visit and I want to show them the super-stellar slackcountry of the area, but that they have to pay $90 to ride the lifts one time. 🙁

    I think all resorts should have a one ride tickect system in place. I remember back a few years ago I left my season pass to targhee sitting on the kitchen table. I tried to get a one ride ticket and go hike around and they wouldn’t sell me one. Luckily one of the employees overheard the arguement and slipped me a one ride pass. He got a $20 tip. I don’t understand that concept though. Wouldn’t a resort rather get my $8-$12 instead of $0?

    #615684
    Tucks
    19 Posts

    I came there looking for a ski area with lots of natural, expert terrain, with no gapers or beginners around, no greens, blues, or groomers, and no overbuilt luxury condos ruining a great wilderness. Silverton has all that, but where in that equation does it dictate that you can only have one lift and a shuttle bus and everything has to be hike-to?

    A modern new quad can cost upward of 7 million. I think Silverton got there 2 man chair for like nothing from Mammoth or some Cali resort. But without gapers, instructors, real estate, ridiculously expensive food, and all that stuff where are they going to make that kind of cash?

    And I don’t really get what the big deal is about making you wear a beacon. This season has definitely proved there is no complete safety.

    #615685
    fustercluck
    668 Posts

    Since I’m bored and checking in, I’ll throw in two more points. Silverton does require you to wear beacons, but, at least when I was there, they don’t check to see that you know how to use them. So, if you are going guided, I’d want to drop in before the guide. If you are unguided, probably best to have a partner that know what they are doing.
    @tucks wrote:

    I came there looking for a ski area with lots of natural, expert terrain, with no gapers or beginners around, no greens, blues, or groomers, and no overbuilt luxury condos ruining a great wilderness. Silverton has all that, but where in that equation does it dictate that you can only have one lift and a shuttle bus and everything has to be hike-to?

    Well, do want to ride pow or moguls? The ski area I normally ride requires a hike, anywhere from 5-25 minutes, to access half the inbounds terrain. There has been whispers occasionally over the years about a lift running up into one of the hike-to areas, possibly to connect with another ski area. People from out of town love the idea. Locals hate it. I would probably move it ever happened. You may have to hike a bit, but you’re still getting 2000 or so vert knocked off that hike. And there are runs you can take there without hiking. But, as is often the case, it takes some work to get the goods.
    Edit: quote by Luca and I’m too lazy to fix it.

    #615686
    boardrider247
    61 Posts

    So I’m the reason ST went to silverton. And I’ve been going there since 03. I love the town and the atmosphere. And up until this trip I was in love with the mountain.

    When I first started going there, no heli and 40 people per day max. It was fun, no gapers showed up. Then it slowly got more crowded and people (read aaron and guides) got more standoffish.

    Now it’s just not the same. I’ll still probable go back, but not with the same excitement that is used to be. It used to be a trip of for sure powder and good times. Now nothing is for sure.

    It’s kinda sad to see my place go the way of the mega resort. But it seems that may be the case.

    I’ll always visit silverton but I think I’ll be touring from now on.

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