Silverton, Colo., September 30, 2002.Silverton Mountain Ski Area, Colorado’s newest ski area, has received over 40 inches of snow during September 2002, more than any other area nation-wide.

The September snowfall total is far more than any other September recorded by Silverton Mountain Ski Area. The mid-mountain snow stake showed 20″ on September 30, 2002 which is more typical for November 1 and it is still snowing. The snow is so deep at this time, that the premier Silverton Mountain ski run “The Bigger Couloir,” was skied on September 30, 2002 in knee deep snow by ski area employees. The Bigger Couloir is a steep 42 degree talus slope that takes substantial snow coverage and has never before been skied in September by Silverton Mountain.

Silverton Mountain is the newest and highest ski area in Colorado, located only 22 miles from Durango Mountain Resort and 5 miles (as the crow flies) from Telluride. Silverton Mountain is a backcountry-type powder skiing area with no grooming, no cut runs, no snowmaking and is for advanced and experts only. With a base elevation of 10,400′ and a peak of 13,487′ natural snowfall is abundant. San Juan County Colorado granted approval for the ski area and outdoor learning center in May 2000. The double chairlift is built on private property and opened for business Jan 19, 2002.

Other Colorado resorts are seeing white as well. Copper Mountain Resort began making snow for the 2002-03 winter season last week, giving Copper the coveted position as the first resort in North America to make snow for the second consecutive year. Other resorts around the state are being blanketed with snow including Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, Vail, Beaver Creek, Aspen, Crested Butte, Ski Cooper, Telluride, and Winter Park.

For more information on all Colorado Ski Country’s 24 resorts, go to: www.coloradoski.com