I have been lingering a while but it is time to contribute a bit.
A few months ago, the family decided to do a ski vacation instead of exchanging a bunch of gifts Christmas morning. We thought we would put all the money from the gifts towards skiing in Colorado. So what did we do? We promptly went out and bought a bunch of new skiwear thereby eliminating (actually blowing away) any potential savings.
Anyway, I have been skiing 40+ years but never in the San Juans. In early December, while trying to determine which location would potentially have the best snow pack, we settled on Wolf Creek. Luckily, at that late hour, we found a cabin at Fireside Inn Cabins in Pagosa Springs. I can't say enough how much we enjoyed staying there.
Then the waiting and storm watching began, and in early December, it was quite grim. About mid December, I thought of possibly canceling or moving further west but then the skies opened and snow dumped on Wolf Creek. By the time we arrived, the area received 4-5' of snow in the proceeding couple weeks allowing the area to open 100%. And what great conditions they were. 2 out of the 4 days we were there, it was sunny, and the last night (26th), we woke to 12" of POW waiting for us to cut through.
Wolf Creek is a smallish area but I would put it near the top of my fav list. The combination of great conditions, friendly atmosphere, and great prices makes me want to go back. The only downside I could think of were the flat run-outs at the bottom of runs. But then again, the mountain is really good for a family skiing together with a wide range of skiing abilities. We really enjoyed the daily lunch specials at the lodge, and I am not sure of another ski cafeteria in North America you can eat for 3 for $30.
We live in Texas now so getting a few days away to ski is somewhat difficult. After this week, I am wondering if a career change is needed to put us closer to the action. Actually, this week made me remember what I am missing so as of this morning, I own a new pair of skis and boots but that is another story...