Nestled deep in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado off U.S. Route 550 on a section known as the Million Dollar Highway, lies an unsuspecting mountain town that has lived through the boom and bust of the mining era and is now home to one of the most unique big mountain operations any rider can encounter. Silverton Mountain is a snowboarder’s paradise that offers access to immense terrain through the use of one lift, accessible hikes and heli-drops. An experience unlike any other, Silverton offers guided, unguided, single-drop, and all-day heli access to over 22,000+ acres that receive over 400+ inches of pristine pow annually.
The mountain is owned and operated by Jen and Aaron Brill, a dynamic couple that has poured their heart and hard-earnings into making this mountain the best and safest backcountry entity since it first opened on January 19, 2002. Since then, their dedication to the single-lift operation, which features only advanced and expert runs, has been lauded as one of the best big mountain experiences one could have.
Last season, Harry Kearney, Telluride local, big mountain badass and one best banked slalomers of our time, ventured to Silverton along with Jerry Mark, photog, Aaron Dodds, and enlisted head guide, Skylar Holgate, show them the goods. Scroll on to get a glimpse of Silverton through their eyes and see what it’s like to saddle up and send it in this southern Colorado shred mecca.