Wolf Creek is the stuff of ski legend. Snow is so prolific here that it typically opens in October, giving it one of the longest seasons in the country with a snow average of 465 natural inches. It’s not the biggest or steepest ski area, with 1,600 acres and 1,604 vertical feet. But the quality and consistency of powder, combined with its great terrain in the San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado near the hot springs of Pagosa Springs, makes Wolf Creek a nationwide ski destination. Plus, because Wolf Creek is considered out-of-the-way and so spread out, it doesn’t feel as crowded as some resorts. The U.S. Olympic Team trains here because the season is so long and so good.
Wolf Creek is situated in a beautiful bowl, making for long, spread-out runs in a variety of skill levels with seven lifts. Navajo Trail (blue) is the resort’s longest run at 2-miles. Experts can hike to 11,900-foot Alberta Peak or the Knife Ridge Chutes to bomb the double-black back country, but there’s plenty of mellower rides on blue Tranquility and green Turnpike. Wolf Creek is proud of its fleet of Finnish Snow-Cat groomers that keep the trails in excellent condition, and of its environmental strides, such as water-free restrooms and wind-generated electricity.
Wolf Creek offers several ski and snowboarding classes, as well as skate skiing lessons. There are several restaurants and bars at the base for après ski, including Alberta Grill and the Pathfinder Bar, as well as equipment and apparel shops. The charming Victorian mountain town of Durango is 80 miles west of Wolf Creek, and Pagosa Springs is 25 miles west on U.S. 160. Both towns are great places to stay and explore, with charming lodging, restaurants, bars and activities such as hot springs and steam-engines train rides.