Backcountry Skiing San Juans

Access and Location

The OPUS Hut was built for Backcountry Skiers, Mountaineers, Hikers and Mountain Bikers. Located between the towns of Telluride and Silverton, near the top of Ophir Pass at 11,700 ft. the OPUS offers access to some the best backcountry skiing in the U.S. The hut is just a short three and a half mile hike from State Highway 550 on the east side, five miles north of Silverton, or an equal distance from the town of Ophir on the west side. The climb is 1,800 vertical feet from both sides. Perched at treeline on sunny south facing slopes, ski terrain of all aspects and ability levels, alpine lakes and 13,000 ft. peaks surround the OPUS.

Ski traverses North to Red Mountain pass or South toward Lizard Head pass challenge the most intrepid ski mountaineers and include some of the best alpine terrain in Colorados’ North San Juan Mountains.

Snow and Terrain

The snow in Colorado is legendary, and the OPUS hut is no exception. High peaks combined with an arid climate means that the snow falls as cold and dry powder.

The hut is located at treeline, with low angle glades below and open slopes above. Intermediate powder skiing can be found out the backdoor of the hut. Venture a little further into Paradise Basin to sample some of the best alpine skiing around.

Backcountry Skiing Ophir Pass

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