Wolf Creek Ski Area in Southern Colorado is celebrating its 80th Anniversary of abundant powder and an atmosphere unique to the family owned and operated ski area! Since commemorating the 75th season of Wolf Creek in 2014-2015, various milestones, achievements, improvements and upgrades have been accomplished. The 2014-2015 ski season was one for the books: with Kingsbury Pitcher being inducted to the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame; the installment of Wolf Creek’s eighth chairlift named Elma; an upgrade to the Fun Races with the construction of a Race Hutch and offering a snowboard version of Wolf Pups, named Wolf Riders. In the five seasons since the 80th anniversary Wolf Creek Ski Area has continued to organically evolve with: the addition of two new lifts; online ski school reservations; a lift ticket specific to ages 65 and older; an espresso bar atop the Continental Divide and the development of the largest exploder system in North America; just to name a few.
Wolf Creek Pass saw it’s 100th year of travel in 2016 with nine million dollars in improvements during 2018-2019. In 2016, the Pitcher Family celebrated 40 years of operating Wolf Creek. The family has gone from hand-stamped lift and lesson tickets with metal wickets to a point-of-sale system with barcoded tickets and a computerized system that also allows season pass holders to go directly to the lift. The point-of-sale system has moved Wolf Creek Ski Area into e-signing season pass contracts and waivers and rental liability forms. This system only further compliments the sustainable and eco friendly practices the Pitcher’s have implemented during the 45-year stewardship of its U.S. Forest Service Special Use Permit. Wolf Creek Ski Area has also made it’s mark in the ski industry as the first ski area in the country to operate on 100% solar power during day use and other sustainable energy sources for night use.
Wolf Creek’s 79th season was memorable with over 550 inches of snow and Wolf Creek Ski Area’s second earliest opening in history, October 13th, 2018! Wolf Creek Ski Area’s Improvements from 2019-2020:
The Pitchers look forward to the anniversaries, milestones, improvements and upgrades to come. Help commemorate the 80th season with some turns here at Wolf Creek!
View Wolf Creek Ski Area's 75th Anniversary at Wolf Creek’s YouTube Channel.
Permission to use photo granted it is credited to Christi Bode, courtesy of Wolf Creek Ski Area.
Permission to use photo granted it is credited to Sam Bricker, courtesy of Wolf Creek Ski Area.
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Wolf Creek is excited to announce the opening of the upper mountain this weekend with Treasure Stoke, Bonanza, Elma, Nova, Lynx and the Magic Carpet lifts operating from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.! The mountain will now be open 7 days a week starting Saturday, November 23rd! The Ski Area is closed today, Friday, November 22nd.
Wolf Creek has received 18 inches of fresh powder from the latest storm; the midway base is 23 inches. This new snow comes just in time for the Thanksgiving Holiday! Conditions are powder, packed powder with early season conditions and obstacles. The year-to-date snowfall total is 40 inches. Wolf Creek has excellent early season skiing!
The Wolf Creek Ski School will be available, for both adults and children, including the Wolf Pup Program. The Ski Rental, Boarder Dome and Treasure Sports will also reopen.
To celebrate the opening of the upper mountain, Wolf Creek will be offering the local appreciation rate until further notice. Local appreciation rates are $54 for adults, $36 for seniors and $29 for children. There will be entertainment in the Main Day Lodge this weekend with Christof the One Man Band from Taos.
The Wolf Creek Lodge will be open this weekend with a full menu as well as the Prospector Grill, the Continental Espresso Bar and Base Camp, Wolf Creek’s Picnic Building.
The Wolf Creek Lodge will serve a festive lunch special Thanksgiving Day inclusive of a cornish game hen, traditional sides and a dessert of your choice. Prospector Grill and Base Camp will also be open!
Wolf Creek is excited to announce the 2019-2020 ski season kicked off on Halloween, completed with a Haunted House!!
Thursday, October 31st, thru Sunday, November 3rd, Wolf Creek opened the Nova Lift and Magic Carpet from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. giving access to 4 of 133 named runs. Lift tickets were $31 for ages 6 and older. Children 5 years and younger were $6.
To celebrate Halloween, Wolf Creek opened the Lynx Lift up to the haunted house!!
Ski School including the Wolf Pups Program was available. The Upper Lodge also opened with a delicious, but limited menu. Ski Rental and Boarder Dome were open as well as Treasure Sports.
Wolf Creek will then reopen weekends until Mother Nature comes again with a new venue.
The Boyce Poma gets a new wire rope as part of the upgrade for this season. Justine Knight comes from a family of wire rope experts (since 1945). He worked on the Boyce lift this week making one long cable into a loop. This is a complicated and critical job - that takes years of training. This 2 minute video just shows an example of one part of the process. Check it out and follow along if you can! The Knight family has spliced and repaired all the cables on all the lifts at Wolf Creek Ski Area. Additional photos of the splice and other projects are available at the Photo & Video page!
Wolf Creek Ski Area is celebrating its 80thanniversary! To celebrate Wolf Creek’s birthday the nostalgic high-speed D. Boyce Poma Lift, which has been put on the back burner with the new lifts being installed the past six years, will get a kick-start to being revived. The high-speed poma was the only lift that went up the Alberta Face until the 1982-1983 season when the Treasure Lift was installed. The D. Boyce Poma has been in operation as a back-up lift for the Treasure Chair and now for the Treasure Stoke. A new wire rope for the platter lift will help bring it back into service for skiers looking to experience a piece of Wolf Creek history. Tower safety circuits will also compliment the upgrades to the lift.
The Ski School Administration and staff have relocated to the new ski instructor locker room and office space in the lower level of the Lynx Adult Learning Center. The move has freed up the original ski school locker room moving the Powder Room project forward. The Powder Room will offer season pass holders the luxury of a private room complete with seasonal RFID ski and snowboard lockers, boot and helmet dryers, restrooms and a few other fun perks. The custom lockers will offer pass holders the opulence of on-mountain storage and exclusive guest benefits.
Wolf Creek is an environmentally friendly ski area and has always been a leader in maintaining sustainable business practices. In addition to being solar powered, having a strong recycling program and using biodegradable hydraulic oils in all heavy equipment, Wolf Creek places an emphasis on keeping our ski area forest healthy. Wolf Creek continuously maintains its logging program, in cooperation with the forest service, to cut and clean dead beetle kill in an affordable manner.