The Wolf Creek Ski Resort is a remote ski area in Colorado, which is famous for its deep powder.
Wolf Creek Ski Resort Location
The Wolf Creek ski area is located between Pagosa Springs and South Fork in southwest Colorado. Unlike many of the other Colorado ski areas, Wolf Creek is not located near any major airport. For example, Albuquerque International, the closest airport, is 212 miles from Pagosa Springs. The Colorado Springs Airport is 192 miles from South Fork, and Denver International is 244 miles from South Fork.
Wolf Creek also has a base elevation of 10,300 feet and a summit elevation of 11,900 feet. Its high elevation, as well as its remote location, means that it is not a popular tourist destination, which is why it is a popular ski area for Colorado locals. The short lift lines, untracked deep powder and authentic ambiance are part of Wolf Creek’s unique appeal.
Wolf Creek Lift Ticket Prices
The lift ticket prices for the 2009/2010 Wolf Creek ski season are as follows:
- Adult Full-Day: $52
- Adult Half-Day: $40
- Child or Senior Full-Day: $28
- Child or Senior Half-Day: $21
Compared to other Colorado ski resorts, whose daily lift tickets can cost as much as $90, Wolf Creek is relatively inexpensive. However, Wolf Creek season pass prices do not compare favorably the prices at other Colorado resorts. Adults pay $718, and kids pay $308.
Wolf Creek Development
This remote enclave of skiing paradise has recently become the subject of controversy. A billionaire developer by the name of Red McCombs owns land in the Wolf Creek area. He has been fighting for the right to develop a full-service, upscale village at Wolf Creek. Opponents argue that this development would have an adverse effect on the local wildlife, while placing a significant amount of stress on the area’s water supply.
Wolf Creek Lifts and Terrain
In looking at the Wolf Creek mountain stats, it becomes apparent that this area has more advanced terrain than most Colorado ski areas. The resort boats 20 percent expert terrain and 25 percent advanced terrain. Only 35 percent of the terrain is suitable for intermediates, and only 20 percent of the Wolf Creek terrain is beginner-friendly. The two-mile Navajo Trail is Wolf Creek’s longest run. The resort gets an average of 465 inches of snow each year.
The Wolf Creek Ski Resort has one double, two triple, one quad, one quad detachable chair, one high-speed poma lift and a magic carpet lift. These seven lifts service over 1,600 acres of terrain. The Magic Carpet is a conveyor lift for the children’s ski school. The Nova Lift is used for beginner terrain for children and novice skiers. The Raven lift is one of Wolf Creek’s newer chairlifts. It services beginner and intermediate terrain. The Bonanza and Treasure Triple Chairlifts service the Wolf Creek intermediate and expert terrain. To access Wolf Creek’s most challenging slopes, take the Alberta Chairlift to the Water Fall Area. This area is perfect for glade and tree skiing.
Wolf Creek Ski School
The Wolf Creek ski resort offers a variety of lift lesson and equipment packages for children and adults. Both private and groups lessons are available. Guests can choose between half-day and full-day ski or snowboard lessons.
Wolf Creek Food and Beverage
The Wolf Creek Lodge is a full service cafeteria. It boasts a salad bar as well as an extensive selection of homemade soups and chilies. The Outside, which is open on weekends, serves food on the sundeck. The Prospector Restaurant serves breakfast from 8:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Base Camp offers on-mountain dining, and the Pathfinder Bar is Wolf Creek’s apres ski hot spot.