Wolf Creek Facilities & Services

Wolf Creek Facilities & Services

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All the facilities at the Wolf Creek ski area are housed within a few buildings at the base area. The facilities are reasonably no-frills. This is definitely not a glitzy ski resort where you’ll find ski valets, sleigh rides or massage services. The amenities just cover the basics such as ski and snowboard rental, a cafeteria and ski school.

The facilities are adequate for the usual small number of visitors, but they don’t cope well with the crowds that visit at Xmas time. If you choose to join the hordes during the Xmas holidays (which is still a very small crowd compared with most other Colorado ski resorts), consider hiring equipment the night before and be prepared to queue for lift tickets (or buy them the afternoon before).

Many powderhounds may choose to stay over at the Alberta lift area all day. Just be aware that there are no rest rooms in this region, so you’ll have to cross your legs if you don’t want to return to the main base.

Eating On Mountain The Wolf Creek day lodge has a self service cafeteria serving the usual fried fare, hamburgers, sandwiches, soups and some salads, as well as hot and cold drinks. They don’t accept cash, but there’s an ATM at the entrance to the cafeteria where you can get cashed up. On nice days you can sit outside on the deck, and sometimes they fire up a grill and cook burgers that can be accompanied by an array of toppings. During holiday periods, they may also set up a grill at the base of the Alberta lift.

Brown baggers have a dedicated picnic building “Base Camp” where they sell snacks and beverages.

Facilities for Children There are no child care facilities at Wolf Creek ski area. There are very inexpensive babysitting services and day care centres in Pagosa Springs, and on the east side of the pass there are child care services in Creede and Del Norte (about 20 minutes from South Fork) but they don’t operate on weekends. See the Wolf Creek website for more information. 

Ski School Wolf Creek offer incredibly affordable ski lessons for children and adults. First timer packages that include a 4 hour lesson and a lift ticket for the Nova lift are very inexpensive.

The set up for kids’ ski lessons is good with the Wolf Pup Center providing a spot where the Wolf Pups (kids aged 5-8) can have lessons, rent skis, eat lunch and have snacks. Wolf Pups is not available for kids wanting to snowboard unless they have a private lesson.

Children ages 9-12 have lessons in the Hot Adventures Program.

Equipment Rental Ski rentals are available on mountain at Wolf Creek, in South Fork and in Pagosa Springs. For those wanting to rent standard ski equipment the prices in all three locations are outrageously cheap.

Wolf Creek Ski Rental is located in the building just across from the ticket office, hiring out standard ski sets as well as demo equipment and telemark gear. Snowboards are rented from the Boaderdome, a tent-like structure next to the day lodge. Overnight storage is available.

In South Fork there are a few options for ski and snowboard hire. Doc’s Outdoor Sports (31101 W. Highway 160 South Fork) rent out standard skis, cross country skis, blades, snowboards and snow shoes. They also have fat skis for rent in case there’s a powder day at Wolf Creek or you’re going cat skiing with San Jan Snowcat

Another option is 8200 Sports with Altitude (named as South Fork sits at an elevation of 8200 feet above sea level) at 30923 W. Hwy 160 South Fork. This shop also has a range of packages and fat skis.  Alpine Bike and Ski rent out Salomon and Head skis and snowboards, cross country skis and Rossignol Phantom 108 powder skis. The store is located about a half mile east of the South Fork town limits (28266 W. HWY 160, South Fork). 

There are about four rental shops in Pagosa Springs. If you’re after a really cheap basic ski package, try Pagosa Ski and Snowboard Rentals.

Health Wolf Creek ski area doesn’t have formal medical facilities, just a first aid room serviced by the ski patrollers. Hopefully you won’t have to visit the first aid room for altitude sickness considering that Wolf Creek is a high elevation resort with at altitude of 10,300 feet at the base and 11,900 feet at the summit. If you’re not acclimatised to the altitude don’t go hiking (especially to Horseshoe Bowl!), drink plenty of water, and don’t turn up to Wolf Creek with a hang-over or you’ll pay for it bad!
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