My husband and I have been skiing Wolf Creek since we first met in college. If you like rustic simplicity without the high maintence resort crowds, this is the place for you. Many people criticize the 30 minute drive from the accommodations in Pagosa, as there are no slope-side lodgings available. Actually, the locals are trying (and succeeding) and keeping the fun of skiing "one" with nature. They feel that modernizing WC would take away from the serenity of natural beauty and life there. If you don't like the awesome scenery of the drive, I guess I could understand. The San Juan River Valley boasts some of the most majestic sunrises and sunsets in Colorado, which is a relaxing way to warm up to or unwind from a day on the slopes.
The tree skiing at Wolf Creek is indescribable. The powder is deep and always available. We once stayed for two weeks (after a record-breaking triple threat snowstorm in 2006) and never skiied the same tracks twice. I've never once skiied an icy spot anywhere. There are a variety of runs for all abilities. The best and most secluded place to ski is between Alberta Peak and Casa Del Sol. The Alberta lift never has a wait. Wildlife is abundant....We've skiied with a silver fox before....Also skiied beyond the boundary after a storm and followed bear tracks for about a mile.
Of course, during the peak times of Spring Break and Christmas/New Year's, Wolf Creek can get busy; however, not nearly as busy as the resorts near Denver. If you are able to get away from work, there are virtually no lines during weekdays any other time of the season. The staff at WC are always fun, lively, and jamming to classic rock every where. The beer and burgers are always fantastic. Locals are always nice and welcoming to the visitors, which is hard to find at other places in CO.
Pack a variety of warmth...you'll need it. Mornings and snowstorms can bring temps to well below freezing, while afternoons provide blue skies and sunshine. One could find themselves wearing three layers and a parka in the a.m., only to strip it down to the bare minimum t-shirt in the p.m. Plan to be bummed on your last run on the slopes. Wolf Creek has a beauty and oneness with nature that will be begging you to extend your trip and stay longer!
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