Silver Mountain Resort's operations team has been hard at work this summer on the development of another new run that will even excite the most advanced skiers and boarders. "The new run is named Shady Lady — a clue as to where it is located," says Neal Scholey, director of sales and marketing. "It is north-facing, with a great, steep pitch." Silver isn't announcing the exact location of the new run, though you're invited to the mountain this winter to discover where it is.
"We also made some additional improvements to the run we cut last season, Bootlegger, located uphill from Moonshine," says Scholey. "Paul Hegg has been busy this summer cutting brush and alder. He is a machine!" The improvements to Bootlegger will allow even more access to a whole new stash. This extensive brush-cutting, occurring all over the mountain, means Silver will be ready for an earlier opening, allowing access to more terrain. "Now hopefully we'll get blessed with snow, and we'll have some epic skiing here at Silver in no time at all," Scholey says.
Making the Most of It
Although Silver is the most easily accessible ski resort in the Inland Northwest, the best way to take full advantage of its location and make the most of your time is to stay overnight in one of its Gondola Village condos at the Morning Star Lodge, recently named a 2013 Certificate of Excellence winner by TripAdvisor. "We have great lodging here at Silver," says Scholey. "Our package, that includes skiing, lodging and access to the waterpark, is $86.75 per person (see below for details) on weekends. It's a good deal. We believe the best way to make the most of your trip here is to park your car and forget about it. With the Silver Rapids Indoor Waterpark, you can master the surf wave, enjoy the indoor and outdoor hot tubs, and then walk to the gondola the next day."
To assist skiers and boarders looking for the full mountain experience, Silver offers several attractive lodging packages. The most popular, with the greatest variety of activity, is the "Ski, Surf and Splash" package, enabling you to do it all: ski, surf on the FlowRider surf wave, splash around in the rest of the activities at the waterpark, or just soak in the hot tubs near the lounge. The package price, based on four-person occupancy, includes lift tickets and waterpark access for a family of four.
A great option for the family that doesn't ski but wants to get on the mountain is the "Snow and Splash" package: Enjoy the five-lane tubing park, then warm up in the indoor waterpark, where the water is always 84°. The package, based on four-person occupancy, includes tubing passes and unlimited access to Idaho's largest indoor waterpark.
Adult: full day $52 / $56 holiday / half day $43 / $46 half day holiday
Youth (7-17): full day $37 / $41 holiday / half day $32 / $35 half day holiday
College/Military: full day $47 / $51 holiday / half day $40 / $43 half day holiday
Senior: full day $42 / $46 holiday / half day $35 / $39 half day holiday
Scenic gondola ride only
Adult: $17 / $18 holiday
Youth: $13 / $14 holiday
Senior: $13 / $14 holiday
Adult: $20 / $22 holiday
Youth (4-17): $18 / $20 holiday
Child: (3 & under) free