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Wolf Creek waits for snow
Wolf Creek picked up a dusting near its base area in mid-October, but itís been pretty sparse since then. The resort will open its beginner lift Saturday, but the rest of the resort is in a wait-and-see mode.
Courtesy Wolf Creek Ski Area

Wolf Creek waits for snow

By Tom Boyd

October 30, 2007 —  An early season trip to Wolf Creek is at the top of my to-do list, as it should be for any Colorado skier.

With an average annual snowfall of 465 inches (compared to Vailís 346 and Beaver Creekís 310) Wolf Creek depends on nature, not snow guns, to open early each season. Itís one of the most reliable early-season powder stashes in the state (for more on Wolf Creek click here).

But this year itís not looking good Ė yet. The resort will open Saturday, but only the Nova childrenís lift, which means less than 1 percent of the mountain will be open.

Storms have a funny way of showing up and changing everything, and Wolf Creek officials are waiting to see what happens before they announce when theyíll open up more of the mountain. Iíll keep checking in with them and let you know what happens, but it all boils down to snow. So far this year, Vail has been getting the best of the snow, but as soon as the next big one hits southwestern Colorado, you can bet Wolf Creek will open up some of that great hike-to terrain along its top ridge.



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