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Silverton Mtn. adds weekday skiing
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Posted on November 25 2009, 11:22am by Mark Esper in Local News category
Move is response to Durango Mountain Resort's December plans.
Silverton Mountain has decided to open for additional mid-week ski days in December.  
With Purgatory going to a weekend-only schedule for early December, Silverton Mountain has changed its operating schedule and will offer additional mid-week ski days for early season.
 Silverton Mountain had previously only operated Saturdays and Sundays for the first two weekends of December before ramping up to the normal Thursday through Sunday schedule. Silverton Mountain operates Thursdays through Sundays for the majority of the ski season.  
The Saturday-Sunday early season schedule at Silverton Mountain was due to lack of demand from hard core skiers.  Even though ski conditions have been spectacular in previous seasons from Thanksgiving on, it’s been hard to create enough demand for the skiing at Silverton Mountain in early season, said ski area co-owner Jen Brill.
 But now that Purgatory will be closed mid week, Silverton Mountain will open additional dates and go to a Wednesday-Sunday schedule for the first few weeks of December, or until DMR goes to a 7-day schedule.  
This will also be the first time in the 10-year history of Silverton Mountain that the ski area will be open on Wednesdays.
This latest storm dropped more than its share at Silverton Mountain and the ski area received 16 to 24 inches of new snow adding to its existing base from October.  
If DMR stays closed mid week as projected, Silverton Mountain will move its opening day of the season up to Dec 2.  
Silverton Mountain is the highest elevation ski area in North America and is the sixth largest ski area in Colorado.  Silverton Mountain sees over 400 inches of annual snowfall and was recently ranked the Number 4 ski area in North America by Outside Magazine.
County Road 52 closed for season by BLM
Now that the ski area has begun operations all of the terrain surrounding San Juan County Road 52 up Colorado Basin is closed for the season by order of the Bureau of Land Management. 
 The public is still allowed to travel up and down C.R. 52, but they must remain on the road and cannot enter the surrounding terrain. 
C.R. 52 will be completely closed to all access during avalanche-control operations and there will be signage in place at the start of the road to indicate when this closure is in place. 
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