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Wolf Creek 02/20-02/27

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I'm an intermediate skier and was wanting to get some idea as to what I should be looking at as far as where to go an where not to go? Any info would be helpful. I can do just about anything except for moguls. Thanks

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Calling @anachronism

 

He's the Ambassaor for Wolf Creek.  Also check out his Unofficial Guide : http://www.epicski.com/a/wolf-creek-ski-area-co-unofficial-guide

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Originally Posted by swelbo1 View Post

I'm an intermediate skier and was wanting to get some idea as to what I should be looking at as far as where to go an where not to go? Any info would be helpful. I can do just about anything except for moguls. Thanks

 

Are you sure you want to come here? There isn't a lot of ungroomed terrain, and most of it isn't the kind that intermediates like.

 

Essentially, there are 7 non bunny hill, non cat track runs groomed daily, including both green and blue.  There is no groomed advanced terrain here.

 

Bunny Hop

Charisma

Powder Puff

Alberta Flats or Muskrat Ramble alternating days into Legs.

Tranquility

Navajo Trail

Glory Hole or Summer Day alternating days. 

 

Charisma is the best of the bunch with a relatively consistent pitch, but that is a really low bar. Most on this list are really closer to greens regardless of their label. 

 

Are you spending a week here? If you cannot ski ungroomed terrain, I would strongly recommend a different mountain.  The above terrain can keep you going for an hour skiing new stuff, by lunch you will be getting bored, by the end of day 1, you will more than have the Wolf Creek groomer experience.

 

This is a great mountain, but it is great for off-piste, trees and powder, but powder has been light this year so most ungroomed is varying stages of moguls and that that isn't is skiing super crusty from warm temps. Maybe that will change in 8 days, but not dramatically.

 

Instead, I would recommend Monarch, which has been getting decent snow, is in a similar price range, and has more and better groomers. Or Durango Mountain Resort, which grooms quite a lot, but has been having a pretty bad snow year too (which shouldn't matter so much for the groom). Telluride would be another candidate, but quite a bit more expensive for tickets and lodging.

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I can ski ungroomed terrain and do enjoy skiing in the trees.
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I can ski ungroomed terrain and do enjoy skiing in the trees.

 

Ok then, that changes things, although the trees are very, very stale at the moment, and most tree runs are moguled or have really crusty mank. Some snow is in the forecast, so hopefully it makes a difference, although it doesn't look game changing at the moment.

 

A good start off to skiing trees here is Pitch's Gate and Serendipity.  They are very lightly pitched up until the end where there is a shorter, steeper section on both. If you handled those ok, Simpatico, Abracadabra, Shazam, and Tsunami would be the next areas to try.

 

DO NOT drop in between Tsunami and Abracadabra as an intermediate. These are the Numbered Chutes, and with the low snowpack, almost everything cliffs out.

 

For Bowl skiing, You can traverse out the ridge from Treasure Chair out to Glory Hole. You should find several lines in here that are intermediate friendly, no moguls, and hopefully chalky snow.

 

The area around the new Elma Chair is also good intermediate tree skiing, but the aspect makes this one of the first areas of the mountain the gets baked after it sees sun. If there is fresh snow during your stay, you will find a lot to like, if not, probably best to steer clear.

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Thanks for the info. How's the terrain on knife ridge? Hopefully this forecast holds true.
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Thanks for the info. How's the terrain on knife ridge? Hopefully this forecast holds true.

 

You labeled yourself in this thread as an intermediate. There is NOTHING on Knife Ridge suitable for an intermediate.  

 

If you really wanted to hike into something off the ridge, Step Bowl would be the most accessible, but none of that is intermediate terrain, just stuff that isn't amazingly other the head of an intermediate.

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