Silverton Mountain gets over 3 feet of snow
December 28, 2008
SILVERTON, Colo. ” Silverton Mountain got over 3 feet of snow from the storm that moved into Colorado’s mountains starting on Christmas. But fewer than 100 skiers were on the slopes at the experts-only ski area on Saturday when roads to the area reopened.
Manager Aaron Brill said he would have expected several hundred skiers if not for the weather-related road closures. He estimated a few dozen people canceled reservations Friday and Saturday to ski on the mountain’s extreme terrain during the typically busy holiday season.
“It was incredibly deep,” Brill said of the snow. “It was pretty cold today, but there was fresh powder everywhere, all day long. If you fell down it was a hard time getting back up because it was so soft and deep.”
He estimated only 20 percent of the resort’s terrain was open Saturday, but more untouched powder was expected to open Sunday.
Snow drifted 8 feet high in some places in the town of about 500 in southwestern Colorado’s San Juan Mountains. In other areas of the mountain range, such as Ouray, only a few inches of snow fell.
Silverton, which is at 9,318 feet, averages 200 inches of snow a year.
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Most mountain passes closed by the storm, including Wolf Creek and Red Mountain passes, reopened Saturday. However, Loveland Pass was closed following an avalanche Saturday afternoon. During the closure, trucks carrying hazardous materials will have cross through the Eisenhower Tunnel at the top of each hour.