Great snow and nice terrain but poorly managed

A Review On: Wolf Creek Ski Area

Wolf Creek Ski Area

Rated # 9 in Colorado
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Review Details:
Downhill Terrain
Family Friendly
Terrain Park
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Price paid: $67.00
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Pros: Excellent quantity and quality of snow, great advanced/expert terrain on back side

Cons: Poorly managed, can get very crowded during holidays

Wolf creek is mid-size ski resort which I understand is privately owned.  It has a nice variety of terrain with something for everyone, with green or easy blue runs available from its highest lifts.  The back side serviced by the Alberta lift is a dream for advanced and expert skiers, especially on powder days, with a vast amount of ungroomed tree terrain.  For those willing to hike the backside also offer steep challenges above treeline.  We were there for a week, staying in Pagosa Springs and skied for 5 days from Christmas Day to the 30th.  Santa was good to Wolf Creek; with storms on Christmas eve, Christmas day and boxing day there was enough powder to last the whole week!  It got more and more crowded as the week progressed with lots of skiers from Texas and Oklahoma, being the closest decent resort to them with guaranteed snow.  Though there were no lines on the Alberta lift.

My main problem with the resort is with the management and inability to deal with larger crowds.  I have skied at plenty of resorts that get crowded in CA, and well managed resorts can deal very efficiently with crowds (such as Mammoth).  Lines to buy tickets, lines for rental, lines for food and lift lines at the lowest lift were horrendous.  It is a good thing that Texans and Oklahomans are so patient and courteous; if it were New Yorkers there would have been a riot.  There were people in line for ski rentals beyond lunch time, who got there early morning and bought full-day tickets!  Some of the people working there were nice but others did not have the temperament for customer service.  You cannot drop off skiers in the morning, I got yelled at and called an As#%#le for letting someone out while waiting in line for parking. 

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I have been going to WC for over ten years.   It is indeed getting progressively more crowded there!