Wolf Creek Back Country Hikes

The Bonanza Bowl, Exhibition Ridge, and The North Woods blue square black diamond

Accessed by a short traverse to the right from the top of the Treasure Chair, or an easy 5-minute hike to the left from the top of the Bonanza Chair. Exhibition Ridge and Bonanza Bowl are moderately steep and the North Woods is very steep, rocky and gladed. Bonanza Bowl and Exhibition Ridge will challenge an advanced intermediate; the North Woods is an expert only run. Since there are no gates to pass through, this terrain remains open until the lifts close.

The Outpost

Prospector Ridge, The Glory Hole, and The Boundary Bowl blue square black diamond

Access is through the avalanche gate to the left at the top of the Treasure Chair. Prospector Ridge hike takes only a few minutes and offers a moderately steep slope and a cornice drop. Further along the ridgeline, the Glory Hole and Boundary Bowl offer longer, rolling pitches that often feature small rock drops. A minimum of advanced intermediate ability is required. The gate closes at 3:30pm daily.

The Montezuma Bowl and The Peak Chutes black diamond

Access is through the avalanche gate to the left at the top of the Treasure Chair, then hike past the Boundary Bowl and through the second avalanche gate. Short but steep pitch with rock outcroppings. The Peak Chutes are accessed by hiking past the Montezuma Bowl and across the shoulder of the peak. Extremely steep and tight chutes and cliffs. They can also be accessed from above by dropping down the skiers left side of Alberta Peak. Experts only. The second avalanche gate closes at 3:00pm daily.

Alberta Peak black diamond

A 25-minute hike either to the left from the top of the Treasure Chair (past the Montezuma Bowl) or to the right from the top of the Alberta Lift (past the Step Bowl). Steep but wide-open. Drop into the Peak Chutes by keeping to skier’s left or the Step Bowl by keeping to skier’s right. Experts only. Access gates close at 3:00pm daily.

The Step Bowl blue square black diamond

Take the Alberta Lift and exit to the right. Climb to the ridgeline and take a right at the Ski Patrol building. A 15 minute hike accesses numerous spots to drop in as well as several cornices. It can also be accessed from above by dropping down the skier’s right side of Alberta Peak. Also a more enjoyable way to get back to the base area. A minimum of advanced intermediate ability is required. Access gate closes at 3:00pm daily.

The Knife Ridge

Knife Ridge black diamond

Take the Alberta Lift and exit to the right. Climb to the ridgeline and take a left at the Ski Patrol building. A 15-minute hike accesses numerous chutes and spots to drop in. Short but extremely steep with cliffs and rocks. Experts only. Access gate closes at 3:00pm daily.

Horseshoe Bowl black diamond

A 45-minute hike from the top of the Alberta Lift over the Knife Ridge, past the saddle and up into the bowl. Very steep but wide-open bowl. Experts only. Access gate closes at 3:00pm daily.

Cross Country Skiing at Wolf Creek

The Outpost at Wolf Creek

Wolf Creek has nearly 10 kilometers of cross country trails. To get there, take the ski road at the end of the lower parking lot to Alberta Park. A 4 kilometer loop goes around the natural meadows. An additional 6 kilometer loop takes you down to Alberta Reservoir and back through the trees. Tracks are groomed regularly for both classical and skate skiers. Snowshoers are welcome. Please clean up after your dogs. Use of the cross country trail is compliments of Wolf Creek Ski Area - no charge.

Please note:

Please allow enough time to complete the tour well before dark.

This area is not patrolled - please take a friend.

Wolf Creek cross country