Wolf Creek Ski Area, Colorado
The Wolf Creek ski area in Colorado is a magnificent powderhound destination. Wolf Creek is commonly faceshot heaven with a lack of crowds, great tree skiing, and splendid powder. The powder is light and dry, and it falls in abundance with an average of 465 inches (11.2 metres) per season. The most snow in Colorado - music to a powder hound’s ears!
Wolf Creek is not a destination resort and is predominantly trafficked by locals. The facilities are very basic in comparison to some glamorous Colorado ski resorts
, so it’s not surprising that some tourists don’t make it to Wolf Creek. The exception to this is the discerning powderhound who knows they are onto a good thing at Wolf Creek.
Wolf Creek Ski and Snowboard Terrain
The fantastic snow blankets the 1,600 acres (647 hectares) of ski terrain at Wolf Creek
. The main part of the resort where most of the beginner and intermediate terrain can be found is only 600 acres (243 hectares) and serviced by 7 lifts. With only 489 metres of vertical, the ski area can feel a little small, but the benefit of limited vertical is that even the base area is at high elevation, so the snow generally stays in pristine condition.
The other 1,000 acres is the pièce de résistance of Wolf Creek serviced by the Alberta chairlift. Here there is awesome tree skiing for advanced and expert riders that’s lift accessed, as well as double black hike-to-terrain that provides short but sweet and steep pitches. The only downside of this area is that a degree of skating and trail riding may be required to get back to the lift, so snowboarders might not love Wolf Creek as much as skiers. However most powderhounds don’t mind the shortcomings of the lift layout as the powder rewards are enough to keep them very happy. Wolf Creek is also a great gateway to the backcountry.
Where is Wolf Creek Ski Resort?
The ski area is located on the Wolf Creek pass between the towns of Pagosa Springs and South Fork. Wolf Creek is in southwest Colorado, 84 miles east of Durango on highway 160. Gateway airports include Albuquerque in New Mexico (247 miles away), Colorado Springs (192 miles to South Fork) and Denver International airport (244 miles to South Fork). Only limited shuttle transport options are available from the airports to the towns and then to Wolf Creek, so most people choose to drive. Rental cars are available at all three airports. See the getting to Wolf Creek
page for more information.
Wolf Creek Accommodation
There is no Wolf Creek accommodation
on-mountain. Lodging can be found in Pagosa Springs (23 miles west of Wolf Creek) and South Fork (18 miles east of Wolf Creek) in the form of hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, and condos. The accommodations cater to a range of budgets, but the general rule of thumb is that the accommodation is very reasonably priced.
South Fork Accommodation Listings
Pagosa Springs Accommodations Listings
Facilities and Activities
Wolf Creek amenities
include ski school for kids and adults, a cafeteria, bar, equipment rental and two small shops. The limited facilities do not cope well with the crowds that visit during peak times, but otherwise the amenities are more than adequate for basic needs. Activities in the Wolf Creek area
are largely limited to skiing and snowboarding except for the hot springs in Pagosa Springs, and don’t have high expectations for glamorous shops.
Why Ski or Snowboard at Wolf Creek?
Off the beaten track somewhat, Wolf Creek is one of those hidden gems that only the locals and powder connoisseurs know about.
Away from the trendy Colorado ski resorts
, Wolf Creek is incredibly laid back and super affordable. Lift tickets, equipment rentals and ski lessons at the resort are inexpensive, and in the nearby towns the accommodation and dining is cheap as chips. For twin share accommodation, it’s possible to get a bed and lift ticket for under $80 a day. Add in ski rental and lunch, and your day is still under $100. Marvellous!
The Powderhounds had a howling good time at Wolf Creek and have rated the ski area as a 5 out of 5 powderhound paws due to the abundance of dry powder, good terrain and the lack of crowds. See our Powderhounds ratings
for more information on how Wolf Creek scores on various factors.