I'd like to spend a week in Wolf Creek, Colorado - options are to fly into Denver or Albuquerque and rent a car. Which do you think would be better?
Or perhaps I'm missing an option?
ABQ. It's difficult and expensive to fly into Santa Fe or Durango and the car rentals are nearly non-existent. It's probably at least an hour less from ABQ to Wolf Creek vs. Denver and the roads (and airport) are less subject to weather problems.
Sorry for thread hijack...would ABQ also be cost effective gateway for Telluride? What about driving Rt145 over Lizard Head pass in mid winter and feasibility of Rico, Dolores or Cortez as cheap motel base for day tripping to Tride? Thanks.
No offense, but based on your question I would guess that you do not really know what you are getting into. I love Wolf Creek, and have been skiing there for years, but it is very small and not the type of place I can imagine anyone flying to Den. or Albq. to drive there for a week. It does statistically get more snow than any area in Colorado, but only has 1,600 vertical, and just 1,600 acres of skiing, much of it necessitating hiking to get to. It is favored by flat-lander intermediates that want inexpensive no frills skiing, and hardcore skiers that don't mind hiking with their skis on their shoulder for early and late season runs before and after all the other areas are closed. In many respects WC is a gem, but probably the last place in Colorado or New Mexico anyone flies into as a destination resort, particularly for an entire week.
How did you decide to fly to the southwest to go to WC for a week? I do not want to dictate your vacation, but if you are going to spend the money to fly, rent a car, and ski for a week, IMO there are probably much better choices. There is just not enough skiing at WC to keep you entertained for more than a day or two, unless you are a real beginner, or do not mind hiking for your skiing after buying a lift ticket.
ABQ wouldn't be a bad choice to fly into for T-ride. Lizard Head pass is fine if it isn't snowing. It's a fairly mellow road but it can be sort of exciting if it's storming.
Staying in Rico, Dolores, Cortez - I'd say no, too far and/or nothing to do at night. Stay in Ouray or maybe Ridgway to save money - you can often get good room/lift ticket packages in those towns and the drive to T-ride is easier.
^ mudfoot makes some good points about a week at Wolfie.
If you fly to Albq. it is at least a 6 hr. drive from the airport to Telluride, and once you get there you do not need a car if you stay in town or at the Mountain Village. If you fly to Montrose you can get a shuttle to and from T-ride for the 1 hour drive.
I agree that is does not make sense to stay in Rico, Dolores or Cortez and drive back and forth to ski. Rico, Ridgeway and Ouray usually have deals for 1/2 price Telluride lift tickets if you stay there, but Rico has absolutely nothing except the hotel/restaurant. OK for a night, but IMO not a vacation option.
Where are you coming from? If I'm skiing anywhere in CO, I just drive it. Long friggin drive, but it's beautiful. As to what Mudfoot was saying, a full week might be a bit much, but 3 or 4 days can be perfect there. Why not hit up 2 places? Get warmed up at WC, then hop on over to Telluride. The snow at WC was divine last time I was there (last March). It was deep, and kept on snowing the whole time I was there. Apparently, that's completely typical for that place.
I've made the trip several times and flown into both ... ABQ and DEN. ABQ would be my choice between the 2. I'm thinking from your choices that you may be flying Southwest and if that's the case the drive from ABQ is ~4 hrs to Pagosa Springs ... 6 hours from DEN to Pagosa Springs. If flying into ABQ, it's a really pretty ride . .. take the 284-599 bypass around Santa Fe and up 84 into Colorado.
Hope this helps ...