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Wolf Creek Ski Resort


Wolf Creek Ski Resort

If you're not from the Colorado area, you may have never heard of Wolf Creek Ski Resort, but that's not an indictment of its quality by any means. It isn't conveniently located near Denver like Breckenridge, and it doesn't have the fame of Aspen or Vail, but Wolf Creek makes a strong claim as one of the best places to ski or snowboard, not just in Colorado but in the country. Read on to find out what makes Wolf Creek such a great winter sports destination.

One of Wolf Creek’s greatest strengths is its relative anonymity because it tends to be less crowded than the big name resorts. Wolf Creek is about as far south as you can get in Colorado, but it’s situated in the rugged San Juan Mountains, which is optimal ski country. With an annual snowfall of 465 inches, Wolf Creek often lays claim to having the most snow in Colorado, and visitors will attest to the quality and quantity of the snow they find there. And for those who haven’t been skiing in the Rockies, you should know that this is the best snow there is, powder so fine you can blow it off the ground with a strong breath.

With over 1,600 acres of terrain on the mountain and seven chair lifts, there are options for beginners and experts alike. Several chairs specifically service beginner and intermediate runs, so you shouldn’t hesitate to bring kids or beginners along for the fun. However, Wolf Creek has plenty of challenging runs for devoted skiers and snowboarders, hair-raising tree skiing and the incredible Water Fall Area, which features some of the most difficult and beautiful terrain in the country.

And if you’re looking for a truly demanding challenge, Wolf Creek has a remarkable variety of bowls and chutes accessible only by foot from the top of the lifts. Adventurous hikers can choose anything between a 5-minute jaunt to the Bonanza Bowl and a 45-minute excursion to the Horseshoe Bowl. The bowls and chutes are primarily for advanced skiers, but the view from Alberta Peak is worth the trek, even if you don’t take the leap. For a more sedate challenge, try the 10 kilometers of cross-country trails that go to the Alberta Reservoir at the base of the mountain. It’s free!

If you get tired or need sustenance, Wolf Creek’s recently renovated lodge is the place for a break. It’s comfortable and has great amenities, and the staff serves delicious food, including New Mexican style red and green chile. And for those staying in nearby Pagosa Springs, relax your muscles in the natural hot springs after a long day so you can get up in the morning and do it all over again.


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