Welcome to your guide to adventure in Southwest Colorado. The San Juan Mountains are home to some of the most amazing adventure opportunities in the world. This is truly an inspiring area of the country to visit and explore. Summer is our most popular season, but winter offers deep snow and ideal conditions for backcountry pursuits.
If you like adventure a visit to Silverton, will not disappoint.
I have a confession to make; until this last spring I had zero backcountry skiing or snowboarding experience. Yes, I purchased a hotel in Silverton, CO without having ever been in the backcountry during winter.
Ouray Ice Park has over A mile of vertical terrain and more than 200 ice and mixed climbing routes. The park is free and open for public use to all residents and visitors to Ouray.
The San Juan Mountains are known for abundant snowfall and this makes sled travel up along the mountain passes an incredible adventure.
Here in the San Juan mountains we are blessed with some of the deepest snow and steepest ski terrain in the Continental US. Before enjoying our wonderful terrain please make sure you have the proper safety equipment and training .
Kendall Mountain is our town’s back yard ski hill with 240 feet of vertical drop, 4 groomed trails, multiple tree runs, a small terrain park, and 1 double chair lift! Kendall is owned and operated by the town.
The bus that picks you up at the bottom of the mountain for return to the base area reads “Silverton Mountain Correctional Facility.” Yeah, definitely not your typical resort.
Despite its ominous name Purgatory is nice family resort with a variety of terrain to challenge every skill level. If Silverton Mountain is too extreme or you just need an on-piste day check out Purgatory for a traditional ski resort experience.