Wolf Creek Ski Getaways

ski getaways

Wolf Creek is another of those San Juan gems that makes the region such a treasure for those who live there and those lucky enough to visit. It averages 465" of snow each year because it sits just about where big continental storms linger before they "decide" where to go next. All this powder falls on 1600 acres of mostly difficult and expert terrain, with 45 percent rated advanced or expert and 35 percent intermediate.

The Nova Chair and a magic carpet serve a novice pod while Bonanza and Dickey serve what's left of the green trails. From the Bonanza Chair over to the Alberta chair, a fixed-grip quad that replaced a snowcat shuttle a few years ago, is the heart of the intermediate terrain. Up high along the ridge are a number of black diamond routes, double-diamond bowls and chutes, and glades.

The Alberta Quad provides access to acres and acres of trees below the ridge and a number of chutes that drop from the top. Here also, perched below a lesser peak, is wide-open Horseshoe Bowl.

Since it's almost completely surrounded by the Rio Grande National Forest and not overly developed it has a nice day area feel to it, although the skiing and riding is several cuts above the typical day area. A half-dozen modest but attractive buildings form the entire base complex. They house everything from the ski school to the bar and offer a brown-bag area. The Wolf Pup children's program has its own facility between the magic carpet and Nova lifts.

Wolf Creek is 75 miles from Durango (80 miles from the airport there) and about 195 miles from Colorado Springs.