Wolf Creek

Wolf Creek Ski Area ~ http://www.wolfcreekski.com

Wolf Creek

Wolf Creek Ski Area

With an impressively high base elevation of over 10,300 feet, Wolf Creek Ski Area lies just a mile from the Wolf Creek Pass Summit. There is plenty of snowfall which shows why the site was selected in the 1930s and 1940s by the San Luis Valley Ski Club as its area of choice for winter skiing.

Blessed with over 1,600 full acres of diverse terrain, the peaks rising above the plains are white capped year round. The truly special aspect of this area though is the 1,000 plus acres of land found between Water Fall territory and the Horseshoe Bowl. Here, the Alberta Lift serves beautiful, virgin land home to double black diamond runs and the technical skills required to ride these runs are at the expert level. Going further into the Wolf Creek Ski Area, you’ll find yourself immersed in some of the most majestic beauty the Rocky Mountains of Colorado have to offer.

A true sense of freedom and connection with nature makes coming here a new experience every time. With new snow falling many days out of the year, there are opportunities for fresh skiing in every month of the winter season. During the summer, hiking opens up the territory for those who are interested in a year round experience at Wolf Creek Ski Area.

Wolf Creek Stats

Base Elevation: 10,300 ft
Summit Elevation: 11,904 ft
Vertical Drop: 1,604 ft
Skiable Area: 1,600 acres
Annual Snowfall: 465 in
Number of Lifts: 7
Uphill Lift Capacity: 8,480 per hour
Types of Lifts: 

  • 1 Magic Carpet
  • 1 Poma Lift
  • 1 Double Chair
  • 2 Triple Chair
  • 2 Quad Chair
Number of Trails: 77
Longest Run: 10,560 ft


Wolf Creek Reviews:

Barnie from Denver, Colorado                                                                                         Dec 31, 2008

Wolf Creek gets an average of 465 inches of snow each year, and already this season, it has received 202 inches — more than any other place in the country! The lines are short, the powder is awesome, and the nearby town of Pagosa Springs is fun and friendly. The hot springs are terrific after a day on the slopes. (courtesy – SkiTown.com)

My Take: I’ve skied Wolf Creek since the early 80s and the Waterfall area has always been the hot ticket. Way back then they didn’t have the Alberta lift and they dragged you back there and up the hill hanging on a rope! It was cool! They get a vicious amount of snow; I’ve skied waist deep snow there a couple times. Be careful though – it seems like a snowboarder drowns to death in that deep Wolf Creek snow every year.

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