It’s possible you heard because it’s been all over the news, but Wolf Creek Pass Ski Area opened this past weekend. Not only was it the first ski area to open in Colorado, but it was the first ski area to open in the country. Quite a feat for this comfy little family-run ski area in the San Juan Mountains in Southwest Colorado.
Located just 30-minutes from Pagosa Springs, I’ve been over Wolf Creek Pass a dozen times, but a couple winters ago we stopped to play. Ryan skied and I snowshoed nearby and we both took in amazing views.
This ski area is loved by locals who are spoiled with an average of 465 inches per season and lots of powder. It’s also a ski area reminiscent of the way skiing used to be in Colorado with no ski lines and a super laid back vibe on and off the snow. It’s a “HeidiTown” kind of place.
When ski season is in full swing, there are approximately 1,600 acres of terrain here and at 10,300 feet above sea level, pack the sunscreen and stay hydrated. And if you love tree skiing, like my husband, this is a great place for you.
Ryan and I loved the ambiance of the place. It reminded Ryan of skiing Colorado when he was growing up in the 1980s. The beautiful lodge offers dining that provides all the comfort food you’d expect and it’s affordable. I love the Santa Fe style green chile; it’s a family recipe and a staple at Wolf Creek Ski Area.
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We were impressed with the lineup of Colorado craft beers available at the Pathfinder Bar. Most resorts have become quite corporate and it’s rare to find local options. Here, you can grab a can of something brewed down the street. This fits nicely with the intense Colorado-feel of the place.
A full day of skiing at Wolf Creek during the 2018/2019 season will only set you back $72, which is a bargain when compared to resorts around Colorado that are charging closer to $200/day. A half day at Wolf Creek is $57 and a beginner lift ticket is just $29.
There were three lifts open this past weekend and a lift ticket for all three lifts is $50 and a pass for Nova only is $29. The lifts will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends-only until conditions allow for full-time operations.
For more information go to WolfCreekSki.com.
Thank you to Wolf Creek Ski Area for hosting our visit.