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Wolf Creek Ski Area

Check out the Unofficial Guide to Wolf Creek for details on things like secret stashes, best places to ski, avoiding lift lines, and other local insights on the mountain. 

 

 

 

 

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Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Elkwood Manor, Luxury Bed and Breakfast 

 

 

Four luxury suites with spectacular mountain views, private patio/deck, private sitting rooms, private baths and fireplace. Accommodations include a full 3-course breakfast, and complimentary wine and appetizers served daily in Elkwood Manor's Wine Tasting Room. 

Extra person charges may apply

 

$145 and up 

 

 

 

Hart's Rocky Mountain Retreat 

 

 

Custom 2, 3 & 4 bedroom log cabin/homes with Internet and Satellite TV. 

 

 

Extra person charges may apply 

$185 and up 

 

High Country Lodge 

 

 

Casual lodge rooms and cozy cabins with complimentary breakfast and Internet, 4 hot tubs and sauna.  

 

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$79 and up 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wolf Creek Ski Area
Description:

Wolf Creek Ski area is located on top of Wolf Creek Pass, midway between Pagosa Springs and South Fork, Colorado. Wolf Creek boasts a weather pattern unique to Colorado ski areas, and perennially receives significantly more snow than any other ski area in the state. Further, the snow often comes in storm cycles that can drop 60"+ over the course of several days! Uncrowded and unpretentious, Wolf Creek offers the most reliable powder skiing in Colorado, and a unique "backcountry style" experience. Wolf Creek offers conventional skiing on defined, groomed runs, but the jewel of the ski area is the Alberta area- a full 1000 acres of ski terrain served by one quad chair, with no cut trails aside from the lift line and snow cat-trails used for egress. The lift-served Alberta area includes very steep terrain with widely spaced trees, chutes and cliffs, while the Waterfall area, also served by the Alberta lift, includes large cliff and chute features. All ridgelines at Wolf are inbounds hike-to terrain. Knife Ridge offers some of the steepest skiable faces in the state, and Dog Chutes and Horseshoe Bowl save powder well after the storms pass. The Alberta Peak hike area offers steep chutes in the Peak Chutes and Montezuma Bowl, deep bowl skiing in Glory Hole, and a beautiful view and a wide open descent from Alberta Peak itself. In 2012, Wolf Creek announced ambitious plans for expansion into surrounding basins, expanding the unaltered, off piste experience, replacing several lifts, and adding more on-mountain facilities.

Details:
DetailValue
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple2
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad2
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad1
Lifts-Total number of lifts7
Lifts-Total lift capacity8480 per hour
Trails-1-Beginner20
Trails-2-Intermediate35
Trails-3-Advanced25
Trails-4-Expert only20
Trails-5-Terrain parkNo terrain park
Runs-Steepest runKnife Ridge Chutes
Runs-Longest runNavajo Trail- 2 miles
General-Base elevation10300
General-Vertical drop1604 feet
General-OwnerFamily-owned by the Pitcher family
General-Mountain rangeSan Juans
General-Annual skier visits220000
General-Back country accessYes
General-Total area in bounds1600 acres
General-Snow making coveragespot coverage only
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Posted

Pros: untracked powder, everyone is friendly, no lift lines, powder

Cons: no sustained steep runs

You can get untracked powder all day.  Plus, the mountain is almost all North facing so it doesn't get crusty.  The main problem is that the steeps are almost all hike to and they are followed by long flat segments.  I imagine this place would be a nightmare to try and snowboard if you weren't already familiar with the mountain and exactly where to maintain speed. 

 

All that being said if you want untracked powder in Colorado it's either this mountain or steamboat. 

Posted

Pros: Great snow, deep snow, plenty of snow and variable terrain

Cons: The 'flatter' spot midway down the mountain. Location is out in the middle of nowhere ... no lodging or amenities are around.

Love to go here.  The terrain is plenty challenging for me.  This is the best family oriented place I've been to yet and the prices are very good.