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snowklinger 08-24-2012 02:30 AM

Looks like I get a day down there on my Loveland pass, been wanting to go, now I have an excuse. Anybody been?

killclimbz 08-24-2012 08:48 AM

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I haven't ridden at the ski area but in the backcountry on Red Mountain Pass. Silverton is a sweet town for sure. The mountains are quite different than around here. Very steep relief. Definitely a Wild West feeling to the town of Silverton. Pride of the West was great little bar, but I don't think it's been re built since it burnt down. One week after I left. Montanya Distillers is worth a visit. They moved their operations to Crested Butte, but I believe they left the tasting room in Silverton. Best rum drinks you'll probably ever have. Place is amazing. Of course it could be gone too. There are another 4-5 spots in town to check out. It's small, so walk around. The hotel there is the cheapest lodging. Other alternatives for places to stay is Ouray. Depending on the time of winter, you can get pretty good lodging deals there. There are also good restaurants in that town. The only real drawback is that you have to do the whole Red Mountain Pass drive. Which imo, limiting that increases your life expectancy by 5-10%...

that_guy 08-24-2012 10:06 AM

Yes. Not for beginners, definitely worth getting in shape for the hiking involved, you're looking at 3-4 runs per day, probably 500-700 vertical of hiking per run, at 12,000 feet. I spent a few days at 7500 feet beforehand, but still felt pretty tired during the hikes.

Terrain is variable, snow wasn't good when I went, but it's an experience regardless.

The town is very interesting, if you have some additional time, have a look at Ouray as well. Durango is much larger and there's more in the way of services, lodging, etc.

AWNOW 09-28-2012 11:11 AM

Its a great hill. Only been when you had to go with a guide, but like anything, it is what you make it. Laugh, smile, have a good time, get safe and having a guide isn't an issue. Been great snow every time I have been. The lines just over the first ridge line near the trail get tracked out sooner and the lift line is supposedly reserved only for staff to ride. Looks fun as hell.

snowklinger 09-28-2012 04:37 PM

Work robbed all my chances to get out this summer, so I'm going into this season in worse shape, but I plan to hike as much as possible all over the Loveland area (resort, bc, the pass, if it snows this year) in Nov and Dec getting ready.

Probably wont even get to take advantage of that free day, still planning a trip down in late Jan-Feb - stoked!

Thanks for all the lodging info, we are planning to tow a pop-up camper that has a heater.

I've heard about that drive on Red Mountain pass....shivers...:eek:

DrnknZag 10-12-2012 09:30 AM

I'm putting together a bro trip to Silverton this winter finally. Only two days though. Spending the rest of the time in Summit County.

Any suggestions for lodging in town? Hot tub for man gumbo is preferred.

Skinny Bam 10-12-2012 04:43 PM

We were gonna go last year when we spent a week at Durango but didnt end up happening.

The 2 tips I got from the locals about it though were:


2) If you are an advanced rider, get a group of 4 riders with similar ability and ditch the guide! Ive heard a lot of people complain about how their guide couldnt keep up with them.

Definitely a place on my list to hit so make sure you put some pics/vids up if you go:thumbsup:

linvillegorge 10-12-2012 04:47 PM

I doubt it was the guide not being able to keep up with them. Unfortunately, a group can only go as fast as the slowest member. If there's a wide disparity in the skill levels or conditioning within the group, then the faster people are going to get frustrated for being slowed down and the slower people are going to get frustrated and exhausted trying to keep up.

Argo 01-06-2013 01:41 PM

We are headed there next weekend... Should be good timing with the forecasted storm.... If anyone is around msg me and maybe we can do a heli drop on Sunday together.... Will be with a small group of BC/free ride competitors(skiers and snowboarders) should be fun to watch.

Argo 01-10-2013 12:07 AM

Killclimbz, would you drive in from the north or the south given the choice? On a snowy day.....

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