Silverton, Colo. Colorado is getting its 25th full-scale ski area high in the San Juan Mountains, but if you're a beginner on the slopes, you'll want to head elsewhere.
Silverton Mountain has received a permit from the Bureau of Land Management to operate over 1,300 acres with up to 475 skiers a day, but it will all be expert-level terrain. The area has been open for four winters but only for guided skiing.
Its easiest run is a match for the most difficult double black diamonds at many resorts. Its steepest runs approaching 55 degrees, there's typically no turning back.
The area receives an average of 400 inches of snow a year.