Access and LocationThe OPUS Hut was built for Backcountry skiing and hiking. Located between the towns of Telluride and Silverton, on top of Ophir Pass, 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 and 13,000 ft. peaks surround the OPUS.
Ski traverses North to Red Mountain pass or South toward Lizard Head pass, will challenge the most intrepid ski mountaineers and offer some of the best alpine terrain in Colorados’ North San Juan Mountains.
Snow and TerrainThe 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. In winter, when the peaks are coated with a fresh layer of snow, is when the San Juans are the most dramatic, spectacular and magical.
The hut is located at treeline, with low angle glades below and open slopes above. Mellow 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.
Local Shops renting Alpine Touring Gear
Ridgway Adventure Sports – https://www.ridgwayadventuresports.com/winter-gear-rentals/
Jagged Edge Telluride – https://jagged-edge-telluride.com