Wolf Creek ski area
|Wolf Creek ski area|
|Location||Mineral County, Colorado, USA|
|Nearest city||Pagosa Springs, Colorado|
|Top elevation||11,904 feet (3,628 m)|
|Base elevation||10,300 feet (3,100 m)|
|Skiable area||1,600 acres (6.5 km2)|
|Longest run||Navajo Trail - 2 mi (3.2 km)|
|Lift system||7 total (1 High-Speed Quad, 1 Quad chair, 2 Triple chairs, 1 Double chair, 1 High Speed Poma Lift, 1 Magic Carpet)|
|Snowfall||480 in/year (12.2 m/year|
Wolf Creek Ski Area is a ski area in southwest Colorado, located on the Wolf Creek Pass between Pagosa Springs and South Fork. It is best known for receiving more average annual snowfall than any other resort in Colorado, at about 480 inches per year.
Wolf Creek's future as a local's resort has become less certain recently with developer Red McCombs' proposed development of a village of over 10,000 people within the boundaries of the ski resort. McCombs acquired the land in 1987, and has been accused of having undue influence over the process of gaining Forest Service approval for the development. It has been stated by opponents that the development would destroy a vital wildlife corridor between wilderness areas along the continental divide, adversely affect businesses in nearby towns due to lost business, harm the ski area due to its location within the boundaries of the resort (some of the development is actually on ski runs), and place great stress on the available water of the region.
- Base: 10,300 ft (3,100 m)
- Summit: 11,904 ft (3,628 m)
- Vertical Rise: 1,604 ft (489 m)
- Skiable Area: 1,600 acres (6.5 km2)
- Trails: 77 total (20% beginner, 35% intermediate, 45% advanced/expert)
- Longest Run: Navajo Trail - 2 miles (3.2 km)
- Average Annual Snowfall: 480 in (1,200 cm)
- 7 total
- 1 quad chairlift
- 1 quad detachable chairlift
- 2 triple chairlifts
- 1 double chairlift
- 1 platter lift
- 1 magic carpet (ski lift)
- Jeff Galbraith (November 1999). "Enter the Snow Vault". Outside Magazine. Retrieved 2007-12-10.
- "Friends of Wolf Creek". Retrieved 2007-12-10.
- Mike Soraghan (February 2006). "Wolf Creek development tangled with political ties" (PDF). Denver Post. Retrieved 2007-12-10. [dead link]