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Wolf Creek is isolated, serene, and covered with more powder than anywhere in the state.
Wolf Creek is isolated, serene, and covered with more powder than anywhere in the state.
Wolf Creek
By Tom Boyd

December 10, 2008 — The amount of snow seen at this ski area borders on absurdity. Ski lodges, lift shacks, and base-area restaurants often surrounded by massive snowbanks, and its hike-to terrain is at the top of the list for early-season powder skiers looking for their first face-shots of the year. At 10,300 feet above sea level on a high pass near Pagosa Springs, nearly 200 miles from the nearest major airport, Wolf Creek can be hard to get to – but riders who make it have the place to themselves. A hike to the top of the ridge is the best spot to get expert or advanced turns, while the base of the mountain remains a casual corner in Colorado skiing. Beginners can spend the day on the Nova Chair for a cut rate.

Fun Fact: Wolf Creek garnered 492 inches during the 2007-2008 season

Average annual snowfall: 465 inches

Price: TBD

Skiable Acres: 1,600

Lifts: 7 (1 high-speed quad, 1 double, 2 triple, 1 quad, 1 high-speed poma, 1 magic carpet

Terrain park: No

Season: Early Nov. to early April

Terrain breakdown: 20 percent beginner; 35 percent intermediate; 25 percent advanced; 20 percent expert

Location: San Juan/Rio Grande National Forest, Highway 160, Wolf Creek Pass, Between Pagosa Springs and South Fork, 75 miles east of Durango, 65 miles west of Alamosa

Information: (970) 264-5639



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