Wolf Creek Wall to Wall – Seeking Snowledge
Spend some time with some true diehard skiers and you will start to hear one familiar name, especially on the topic of early season ski destinations. Known as the place that gets some of the most snow in Colorado, Wolf Creek, nestled in Southern Colorado’s San Juans, is the place for large snowfall and some of the first powder tracks of the season.
With local Colorado residents and travelers in the know the humble parking lot is an explosion of excitement as the resort is now open wall to wall with a substantial base and it is still early November. Having already received a few large storm systems and being positioned in the prime path of snow accumulation, Wolf Creek sits ready for anyone who is ready to start their season off in some mid winter conditions. The overnight camper lot showcases license plates from California to Massachusetts, as travelers find safety in their personalized rigs to travel and play in the outdoors.
I used the term ‘Hidden Gem’ to describe a place that boasts its own values in terrain, character, and sense of adventure, while keeping that local vibe. In this case Wolf Creek earns the title as the Hidden Gem of Southern Colorado. Not only does the mountain get copious amounts of snow, but the expansive valley, rolling terrain, and chairlift access is a non stop playground that any snow enthusiast will smile over. Par this with a scenic hiking route called Stairway to Heaven and included access to Snow Cat terrain and the sparkle of this gem only shines brighter. After cross crossing from skiers left to the furthers skiers right boundary we traversed the white slopes finding terrain and features that kept us smiling and vocalizing our excitement repeatedly.
Wolf Creek Pass sits high in the San Juans overlooking copious amounts of rugged peaks as far as the eye can see. Backcountry routes and snowmobile tracks mark the surrounding terrain offering a playground for all types of adventurers. After embarking on the the resort for a full and exhausting first day of the season we took to the opposite side of the valley for a backcountry hike the following day. Even with a well established up track there was still fresh snow on the down. The local in the parking lot exclaimed, “we just don’t see that many crowds so it stays nice out here”.
Culminating Wolf Creek Ski Area and the surrounding terrain any traveler would be well suited to visit Pagosa Springs for a final soak in the steaming river of natural hot springs. Weather a dip in the resort facilitated pools or the low key stone and fountain option across the river, both sit perfectly positioned to overlook the rose colored peaks in the alpenglow of the Colorado sunset after some great days playing on their faces.