Thursday, December 20, 2007

You won’t find another place quite like Silver Mountain

The most obvious feature setting Silver Mountain apart is the gondola—a 3-mile, 3,800 scenic ride taking you 3,800 feet from the Silver Valley floor to the Mountain Haus a mile high in the Bitteroot Mountains.

The most obvious feature setting Silver Mountain apart is the gondola—a 3-mile, 3,800 scenic ride taking you 3,800 feet from the Silver Valley floor to the Mountain Haus a mile high in the Bitteroot Mountains.

Thanks to the gondola, access to Silver Mountain couldn’t be easier. East or west, it’s a straight shot to Kellogg on 1-90. Just off the exit ramp you will find an emerging five-star alpine village with shops, restaurants and the Morning Star Lodge, the region's newest premier condominium resort.

But there’s more. Early next year, you’ll be able to ski in the morning and surf in the evening when the Silver Rapids Indoor Waterpark opens in the village. Up and away on the mountain, a six-lane snow tubing park with a conveyor lift offers alternative thrills.

When you arrive in Kellogg. Simply pull off the freeway, park your car right across the street, check in and you’re ready to ski or ride. Board the gondola and 20 minutes later you’re clicking in and hitting the slopes. In this way Silver Mountain is virtually unique in North America—you ski down from the base lodge, instead of taking another lift.

Regardless of what kind of skier or rider you are, you won’t be disappointed. First of all, the snow is light, dry and arrives in generous dumps. Plus, a nearly 360-degree layout packs so much adventure into 1,600 acres you have to personally experience it to really understand.

It’s possible to explore most of Silver Mountain in a single visit—if you ski non-stop and don't care about the breathtaking views. But the incredible variety of terrain on Kellogg and Wardner peaks is best enjoyed over a weekend or more.

Gentle, expansive beginner runs branch out directly from the Mountain Haus. Jibbers flock to a terrain park that has doubled in size for this season under chair two. For cruising, hit the ridge lines off chair two and the boulevards under chair four. Around and in between, glades, chutes and bump fields proliferate.

Ultimately, Silver is an enthusiast’s mountain at its best on a powder day. For the good stuff, head directly to chair four and the Wardner Peak Traverse. Bear in mind that your visit here won’t be complete without a hike to Wardner’s summit. The view, the sweet powder turns and the sense of accomplishment are all well worth the effort.

Good quality fuel is available in the Mountain Haus cafeteria. Huge piles of nachos and excellent burgers are served in the bar upstairs. After a huge day on the mountain, watch the sunset turn the snow from silver to crimson as you the Gondola down to the base. Have a nice dinner in Noah’s Canteen and then soak in a rooftop hot tub at the Morning Star Lodge.

The upscale rooms are reasonably priced, have lots of amenities, and great service. Studio, one and two bedroom units and family suites with lofts are available (link underlined text to: http://www.silvermt.com/Plan_Your_Trip/default.aspx?page=Hot_Deals_And_Packages)

The alpine experience here will only get better as the resort continues to upgrade and expand. Easy access, great terrain and plenty of powder make Silver Mountain a must see for all adventure seekers.

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Eight Things Every Skier and Rider Must do at Silver Mountain.

1. Find and pet Ezekiel the Squirrel, our terrain park mascot.

2. Traverse to Wardner Peak and ski waste deep powder after a big powder dump.

3. Cruise Centennial, our longest run at 2.2 miles.

4. Relax in the rooftop hot tubs at Morning Star Lodge in the Village.

5. Try the huckleberry elk skewers in Noah's Canteen

6. Conquer high score with your favorite game in Noah's Arcade

7. Go Tubing!

8. Jib the groomer cab in the terrain park

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