The big storms and bitter weather of December and early January were abating, and it was hard to find anywhere that looked too promising for the weekend. Best of the lot was Silver, where the forecast had temps below freezing (just) and maybe a bit of new snow. Armed with a last minute booking at the Baymont for a suite , Emily, Kathy, Jan and me jumped in our truck and headed to Idaho for some sliding down Silver’s exciting slopes.
The most treacherous terrain encountered all weekend was the Baymont parking lot. It was literally a sheet of thick, slick ice – maneuvering the truck into a free space was difficult, walking in ski boots incredibly dangerous.
The skiing in comparison was pretty fine all weekend, on a deep base and softening conditions. A few inches of new sludge that fell Saturday night was even quite fun to carve as long as you kept your speed up. The usual suspects – North Face Glades, South of the Border, Meadows, Terrible Edith Glades – were the places to be all weekend, along with the single black diamond runs to the base of Chair 4. And in typical Silver style, the trails were deserted, and lift lines remain a problem for other ski hills to manage.
Evenings were quiet. The best food was at the Wah Hing on Kellogg’s main street. Wah Hing serves reliable, tasty and freshly prepared Chinese food at bargain prices. Combine dinner at the Wah Hing with a beer at the Jack Ass Saloon a couple of doors away, and the 10 minute walk into town from the gondola base is well worth the effort.
2 days – 7,700m; 6,800m
Season Totals: 17 days, 128,700 vertical metres. 4 powder days