Alan Henceroth, Chief Operating Officer at Arapahoe Basin, makes some turns through the trees in the out of bounds area called The Beavers on Feb. 10, 2017. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)
Yes, it’s early October. But that won’t stop a Colorado ski area from opening this weekend.
Wolf Creek Ski Area in Pagosa Springs is preparing to open this weekend after a storm that started Tuesday brought in roughly 18 to 20 inches, said Rosanne Pitcher, part-owner of Wolf Creek. It’s still snowing so that number may rise by the time the storm leaves.
“This is early for us. Not the earliest ever, but it’s still early,” she said, noting that Oct. 8 was the earliest open yet.
Wolf Creek will be opening its beginner’s lift Nova, which serves the Nova and Susan’s runs. Pitcher said the lift will only run on weekends until the area opens full-time. The projected opening date is Nov. 2. More lifts will open before then if there’s enough snow.
“Hopefully, this storm just keeps coming and that way we can open more terrain,” she said,
Wolf Creek, which has 1,600 skiable acres, is on the Wolf Creek Pass. Although the area typically gets 430 inches annually, last year it only saw 230 inches, Pitcher said. There’s currently 10 inches of settled snow at the summit and 8 inches at midway. She said this early snow is a good sign for the coming season.
The rental shop, ski school and main lodge will also open this weekend. A lift ticket costs $29 for both adults and children. To get to Wolf Creek from Denver, travel U.S. 285, jump onto U.S. 112 shortly before taking U.S.160 the rest of the way. wolfcreekski.com.