I'm not really sure how to begin, so I'll let pictures tell the story.
Huh, that looks pretty good.
At the ticket counter, we find out Wolf decided to open most of their terrain and spin all 7 lifts. Lots of expert terrain, including the Waterfall area was open. But, Wolf often has so little f*&^s to give that they will open stuff really aggressively even if 99.99% of people wouldn't dare, so open is often not at all synonomous with "skiable."
But damn, this isn't bad.
We hit up the ski swap in Durango before turning around and driving to Wolf. My wife, looking for a groomer oriented ski to round out her quiver, found a set of Kastle LX82's for $120, which she then had me tech at Wolf's base. Score.
Yes, i am a season pass holder. Yes, Wolf still issues pass holders wicket tickets. No, they don't scan them at the lift. Yes, that IS a holepunch.
Looking at Powder Puff and Charisma. Looks good...
And Treasure looks good.
A ski school on November 7? Probably the best place in the universe for that at the moment.
The trees were as safe as they look. The upper mountain snowpack is about 20" from the storm 2 weeks ago, with fresh snmow built up all week. Venturing off the groom was boot-deep powder on top of a resilient base. Great stuff.
And the groom was super-soft, trench 6" deep type stuff.
Rock N Robin was very skiable.
Legs and Muskrat Ramble under Treasure. With over 1000 acres open, does Wolf have more terrain open today than the rest of the US combined?
Alberta Face. Drool.
Tranquility. Only it wasn't tranquil as I got a migraine completely out of the blue halfway down. I've never had one pop up skiing or under exercise of any form. I had to go curl up on a picnic table outside of the lodge and it pretty much screwed my ski day.
But I couldn't let some of the best conditions EVER for day 1 of the season pass, so after 20 minutes, I pulled myself together and got on Alberta Face. Lightly cut up boot deep blower on top of a solid base. I never hit bottom.
Alberta Face from the lift. My head told me I had one more left in me.
But I decided I had just enough to get into a developing bumpfield.
My wife took to her new Kastles pretty well.
And then I stumbled to the car and had my wife drive me home. Migraines suck. I really wanted to explore more and get on other terrain, because damn, conditions are the best they have been this early since I've lived here.
On the way out, I talked to an employee that told me there were less than 600 people on the mountain. They have less than 1000 skier visits for the year.
... And this is the snow update e-mail I got at 11:37 AM. They never posted anything on facebook (or anywhere else) about how much terrain they were opening. Pretty much par for the course with a ski area that cares more about skiing than business.
It is a Beautiful Bluebird day!
*******Snow Report for Saturday, November 07, 2015********
Summit Base Depth: 29"
Midway Base Depth: 29"
New Snow (24 Hours): 0"
New Snow (48 Hours): 3"
New Snow (72 Hours): 15"
New Snow (7 Days): 20"
Latest Storm Total: 20"
- We will are open today Saturday, November 7th thru Sunday, November 8th with 7 lifts running! The Alberta, Elma, Treasure Stoke, Nova, Bonanza, Raven & Magic Carpet will be running from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
- Lift tickets will be at the Local Appreciation rate of $43.00 for adults, $26.00 for seniors and $24.00 for children thru the weekend.
- Ski School Hiring Clinic will be this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, November 7th & 8th. Please check Ski School Hiring Clinic for details.
- Wolf Creek will close Monday, November 9th and Tuesday, November 10th ; but will re-open for the season on Wednesday, November 11th.
Come enjoy the early season conditions! Check www.wolfcreekski.com for the most up-to-date information.
Check out the Wolf Creek online store now offering gift cards, t-shirts, hats and more!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for other information inquiries.