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Silver Mountain Resort Reviews

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Visitor reviews for Silver Mountain Ski Resort

  • February 19, 2017
    from United States

    Another reviewer couldn't be more spot on! We love and hate Silver for all its quirks. If high speed quads are your desire, head north to Sandpoint and enjoy the crowds.

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  • Silver Mountain Ratings

    Overall: 3.7. Based on 1 vote and 5 reviews. Vote

    Access: 5.0

    (1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Silver Mountain.

    Scenery: 3.0

    (1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

    Cheap Rooms: 5.0

    (1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

    Ski in/Ski out: 3.0

    (1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

    Snowsure: 4.0

    (1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Silver Mountain is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snow Grooming: 3.0

    (1) There are no snow groomers at Silver Mountain, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Silver Mountain are groomed daily.

    Nearby options: 4.0

    (1) If snow conditions are poor at Silver Mountain, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

    Lift Staff: 5.0

    (1) The staff at Silver Mountain are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Silver Mountain are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

    Ski Schools: 4.0

    (1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

    Variety of pistes: 5.0

    (1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Silver Mountain has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

    Intermediates: 4.0

    (1) No intermediate terrain at Silver Mountain, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

    Snow Park: 1.0

    (1) Not even a kicker at Silver Mountain, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

    Cross-country: 1.0

    (1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Silver Mountain, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

    Mountain Dining: 3.0

    (1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

    Apres-Ski: 3.0

    (1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

    Entertainment: 4.0

    (1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

    Ski Pass Value: 5.0

    (1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

    Value (Global): 4.0

    (1) Overall, Silver Mountain is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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  • November 12, 2010
    from United States

    Silver Mountain is my home resort. I have held a season pass there 4 out of the last 5 years, and I love the place. The drive up is generally pretty smooth. With the gondola, all one must do is simply pull off of I-90 and you're there. The gondola can be a bit of a con if you enjoy access to your car during the day. Once on the mountain, you'll find very few lift lines and most days you will find really nice snow. The lifts are a little slow and out of date, but they get you up the mountain. The tree skiing in impeccable, and there are a few places for off-piste skiing. Not the most vertical, but it gives the average skier plenty. They should really consider replacing some of their chair lifts with high speed quads.

  • January 05, 2010
    from United States

    Silver Mountain has a long heritage as an excellent skiers mountain for locals. The owners have built a waterpark onsite that is now taking away from the upkeep and grooming of the mountain. Do yourself a favor and ski at a resort where they want to see you.

  • December 16, 2008
    from United States

    Silver Mountain is a mix of good and bad, love and hate, new and old, wannabe and is.
    To qualify this review, I begin by stating that Silver Mountain was my home area for 6 years and every year I logged over 80 days/season. The easiest way to go about this is an enjoyable list.
    Pros:
    Uncrowded
    Phenomenal tree riding-don't tell anyone
    Lots of room to move and explore
    Very down-home feel, great locals
    Great steeps
    Long runs when bottom of 4 is open
    Cons:
    Poor beginners area (not a concern until I revisited last year w/my 5 year old)
    Runs are not cut on the fall-line of the hill except on Chair 4 and 3
    Silver Mountain tries too hard to be something it isn't, the Vail of N. Idaho
    Lifts are somewhat unpredictable in terms of running; you can get stuck on them more often than you would like, especially when it is dumping out
    Very few cliffs
    Bottom of 4 isn't always open due to lower elevation and resultant rain/snowpack

    I love Silver Mountain because I know where to go when, I know the people and area, and because when it is dumping that place goes off for days after the storm due to lack of crowds, it's breadth, and the trees. I shake my head at Silver Mountain when I see their latest attempt at being something they aren't, when I have to traverse or constantly adjust my line on chair 2, or the lift stops for 5 minutes while they reset it.

  • May 01, 2008
    from United States

    Silver Mt. is one of the best kept secrets in America. Off-piste and powder skiing all day. Ski here midweek and enjoy powder all day long.