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Steamboat VS Crested Butte VS Wolf Creek

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OK I know Ive been filling all of these forums on Colorado posts and this is my last 1, I swear. But how do you guys think Wolf Creek compares to CB and Steamboat, I see Wolf Creek is getting BOMBED by snow.  We are looking for great tree skiing and fresh pow.... Once again you guys are great

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OK I know Ive been filling all of these forums on Colorado posts and this is my last 1, I swear. But how do you guys think Wolf Creek compares to CB and Steamboat, I see Wolf Creek is getting BOMBED by snow.  We are looking for great tree skiing and fresh pow.... Once again you guys are great

 

I realize you have already left. Here is my opinion for posterity.

 

1. Best trees in the state are at Wolf Creek and Steamboat. Wolf Creek gets more snow, Steamboat tends too get drier snow, but we aren't talking concrete vs. blower. Wolf Creek gets snow more in line (in both quantity and water content) with Utah than CO, Steamboat gets pretty much the lightest snow in the US. Steamboat trees are tighter. Wolf Creek has much (MUCH) steeper SECTIONS than Steamboat, but is countered by flats underneath and in the middle of the steep segments. Wolf Creek has more treed acreage (1000 acres with no trails cut). Steamboat has more vertical. My strong preference between the two is Wolf Creek for the steeps, less crowds, and the more technical stuff. Many people have a different opinion.

 

2. CB is in a complete different ballpark. Many would call Wolf Creek and Steamboat low on the ladder of mountains with the best terrain (Steamboat is an intermediate pitch mountain, and Wolf Creek gets dragged down by the benchy terrain). CB has probably the best terrain in Colorado- enough to make pro skiers pale. Cliffs, big pillows in tight trees, ridiculous technical steeps that require you to billy goat your way down. I honestly would not recommend it for a first trip out West, as if you aren't as good of a skier as you think they are, you won't have too much terrain to ski. You can get in way over your head at CB like you can few other places.

 

In your specific case, don't feel like you are missing out by not hitting WC. Yes, big storm this week. But it is almost always good this time of year here, so get one of the places that is doing better than normal.

 

Know what you are getting into at WC. Closest lodging is 30 minutes away, and the only town that has anything to do at night other than watch ski porn is more like 40. It can be a frustrating mountain to navigate, because nothing is marked and terrain varies wildly when you get in the trees, you can go 50 feet in either direction and get lines much steeper and much longer, or you get 100 feet of vert. and flats. Lots of traversing and it can be easy to ski into places that require hikes out if you are unfamiliar with where you are. Likewise, it can be easy to get yourself into 10 minute traverses back to the lift that suck if you don't know the lines hidden in the trees that make those traverses worth it.

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