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Wolf Creek 11/2 - 11/3!

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Mrs. Skicrazy and I slipped out of town on Friday night, the 1st of November and headed for South Fork and the Wolf Creek Ski Area. After a sleepless night (noisy hunters getting up at 4:00 a.m. ), we reached the base of the mountain at 8:30 a.m. We pulled out the rock skis and were able to catch one of the first chairs of the morning.

Oh My God!!! Mid-season conditions!

After 3 runs on the rock skis, it was back to the Jeep to get the new (to us) T3 Powers.

We skied like starving people at an all day buffet. There was heavy overcast with light snow. The longest wait in a lift line was about 2 minutes. There was about 6 inches of light fluffy stuff on top of about a 4-foot base. We took a 15-minute break in the lodge to re-hydrate and ate power bars on the lift. We kept saying to each other “I can’t believe it’s November 2nd”!

By the way, Volant T3 Powers ROCK! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

A return to the motel, a quick meal and we passed out in bed.

After another 4:00 a.m. wake-up call from the hunters : , we awoke this time to a bluebell day! We were on the 1st chair this time, 15 minutes before they were supposed to open!
Run after run through the trees, seeking out freshies and often finding them. Another short hydration stop and back to doing laps. Mrs. Skicrazy was finally tripped up by a hidden rock and had trouble digging out, due to the snow depth. :

We drove back to Eagle that night exhausted, but SO PUMPED!

Sell your wives, lease out the kids, steal a car, but get yourself to Wolf Creek if you can!
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I hate you [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]
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did you get to meet Tom Burch?
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I'm trying to figure out how to get to Wolf Creek next Tuesday. I am supposed to meet my buddy at Copper but we both grew up at Wolf Creek and this weekend's storm is supposed to be awesome. Tonight on Channel 4 the weather dude said that this expected 4 day storm (Friday - Monday) is packed with moisture and that snow totals in the mountains will be measured with yardsticks, especially in the San Juans (i.e. Wolf Creek). This could mean a base of +80, perhaps even 100, by Tuesday. That would be a great way to start the season -- first run of the year off the WaterFall Area or the Knife edge chutes!!

Oh well, by the looks of this storm Copper will also get dumped on and perhaps they will open the whole mountain.

BTW, Snowmass opens this weekend -- 3 weeks earlier than scheduled.
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HOW LONG OF A DRIVE IS IT FROM DURANGO TO WOLF CREEK?

IS WOLF CREEK SNOWBOARD FRIENDLY?

ANY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A CHEAP LODGING.
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HOW LONG OF A DRIVE IS IT FROM DURANGO TO WOLF CREEK?
Its been awhile, but I think its about 1-1/2 hrs from Durango to Wolf Creek.

IS WOLF CREEK SNOWBOARD FRIENDLY?
Yup.

ANY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A CHEAP LODGING.
There are a bunch of cheap motels in both Pagosa Springs and South Fork. Avoid the Comfort Inn in South Fork.
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I leave for the airport in 5 hours!
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God...I remember hitting Wolf Creek a few years back when the rest of CO had NO snow...and there were stellar conditions in early Nov just like you describe.

We stayed in a hotel in Pagosa Springs, right by the springs. It was around $65 per person for a room and lift ticket.

Enjoy! The waterfall area rules.

[ November 07, 2002, 01:40 PM: Message edited by: eb ]
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