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Memorial Weekend At Silver Mountain

I must confess I didn’t really expect to be skiing Silver on the last weekend of May. Especially in such decent conditions. It was definitely spring skiing, sometimes slushy, sometimes sticky, often really excellent. In particular the North Face Glades, and steep runs like Tall Paul and Sunset had truly fine conditions for virtually the whole weekend (see pics here).

Huge kudos to the folks at Silver for keeping the ski hill open for so long this year. The remarkably deep base for this time of year obviously helped, but many a local hill closed a month or more ago with huge amounts of snow (some have to, I know). But not Silver. They opened up a lot of terrain, all the lifts, and hopefully got their rewards in terms of customer visits. It was quiet, but there were certainly a few diehards like us roaming the slopes from lift opening to close.

The more I go to Kellogg to ski Silver, the more I come to appreciate this quirky little town and ski hill. They need new lifts, and some more terrain eventually. But the snow is generally good (and stellar this year), there’s some superb, challenging terrain, and the friendly locals know how to look after you, and sure throw a fine party. Seemingly every weekend! Given the ease of access, the steadily improving food and accommodation options at the gondola base and in town, and now a water park, it becomes a more attractive destination every year.

23 weeks until ski season …. 🙂

Saturday 7,000m; Sunday 7,000m

Season totals: 62 days, 30 powder days, 493,300m vertical

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