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Old 12-09-2009   #41
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iliketohike feels bad for trash talking Silverton a little bit. The people that run the mountain are all bad asses and some of the best skiers in the country. It was a super cool mountain, and both my guides were super cool dudes. It's just with my background it was hard to feel that it would be worth coming back for guided skiing. It didn't mean I wasn't coming back to ski without a guide.

as someone new to Durango I certainly don't want to be making any enemies up there, as the people that run the place are exactly the people I want to ski with.

I was kind of rudely saying I'd rather go hiking than guided skiing there. It is the coolest total skiing experience in the state, hands down. I just kind of thought that was a given.

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Old 12-09-2009   #42
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I have to say I meant my harsh review based on my ONE trip there. Our guide would take us to a shot promising fresh Pow. When we got there it was usually crud and if he did not make us ski the crud, he would give us a very narrow slot to spoon all our tracks in. This was on the eve of a huge dump with unskied bowls all around us. Our crew was very experienced in back country skiing and mountaineering, so we kind of skoffed at our "guide", especially when he said several of the non-descript shots we skied were first descents. He was an incredible douche. One skier in our group who guides and patrols out of Chamonix wrote a scathing letter to the area owner about our experience.

The reality is that the area is great for people with limited backcountry experience. I was disappointed. I would rather hike the whole distance in the backcountry and cut out the lift and guide fee. The unguided skiing might be good but I have not done that in Silverton

I wish the owners good luck, and I like their ideals, but I doubt I will be going back

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