Colorado is known for its gorgeous vistas, love of adventure, and the abundance of outdoor recreation. The Silverton area is known for housing some of the best skiing in the country. There are several world-class ski resorts nearby and in the surrounding area; if you’re thinking of visiting, picking up the sport, or purchasing a season pass, you won’t have much trouble finding the perfect mountain. Below, we have listed and detailed our four favorite ski resorts in the Silverton, CO area.
Silverton Mountain Ski Area—Silverton offers a ski experience unlike any other. This ski are offers only advanced and expert terrain with just one double chairlift and nearly 1,900 acres of some of the steepest and deepest ungroomed powder in the state. This ski adventure is perfect for those experienced in backcountry terrain. Skiers and riders can choose between guided and private tours, and those seeking an extra thrill can access an additional 22,000 acres by helicopter. Guided skiing starts at $179 per person while private services begin at $425 per person.
Kendall Mountain Recreation Area—This tiny, family-friendly ski area is perfect for both kids and beginners. With just a 240-foot vertical drop, four groomed trails, several gladed areas, and a small terrain park, this is an excellent place to begin your ski career. The Kendall Mountain Recreation Center also hosts and sponsors a variety of family-friendly events year-round.
Telluride Ski Resort—Just over seventy miles away from downtown Silverton sits Telluride Ski Resort, one of the most popular ski destinations in the state. With 2,000 acres of lift-accessible terrain and more than 300 inches of snow annually, this world-renowned resort is right in Silverton’s backyard. The mountain boasts 4,425 feet of vertical, 18 lifts, and 148 runs.
Wolf Creek Ski Area—This local ski area is spans across a high alpine ridge and receives an annual snowfall of 430 inches—one of the highest in the entire state. Much of the terrain is accessible by chairlift, but there are several “hikers only” areas for those in search of advanced and expert terrain. Additionally, Wolf Creek offers some of the most affordable daily rates in the area. Adult full-day tickets are just $70, while 3-Day passes are just over $200.
These resorts comprise some of the best skiing in the Centennial State. Most engage their local community as much as possible. If you live in the area or visit frequently, you may be eligible for a variety of discounts. Online deals are a great option for locals and out-of-towners alike. We recommend Colorado Ski Authority for lift ticket and ski rental discounts across the state. Whether you’re new to skiing, a Silverton native, or an adrenaline junkie, this part of the state has what you need to get the full Colorado experience.