In Pagosa Springs, Colorado, the Wolf Creek Ski Resort features fun for the entire family. This is a high alpine ski resort. The base measures 10,300 feet and the summit is 11,900 feet. The vertical drop is 1,604 feet and there are 1,600 skiable acres in the resort. Slopes leans slightly toward intermediate skiers, but it is pretty evenly balanced with 20% dedicated to both beginner and expert, and 25% dedicated to advanced. Weather conditions change in the blink of an eye in this area, so be prepared. The longest run is two miles and there are 465 inches of annual snowfall. Lifts include one double, two triple, one quad and one quad detachable, one high speed Pomo lift, and one magic carpet. The area can comfortably handle 4,500 skiers at a time.
The resort rents equipment and you can choose yours in the Sports Center across from the ticket office. They add new inventory each season so stuff never gets too worn. There are over 3,000 pairs of skis on hand, as well as 400 snowboards in the Boarder Dome rental area. If you are ready to buy your equipment, you can shop at the Sports Center building where Treasure Sports is located. There is everything you need, so whether you are replacing old equipment, buying something you forgot at home, or committing to a new winter sport, it is here. Shop mittens, gloves, helmets, and sun block for all you need on your trip.
The Wolf Creek Ski School offers classes for beginners, groups, kids, and private lessons. This is a great way to get started on the slopes or learn a few new tricks if you are not new to the scene. If downhill is not your thing, try some cross-country skiing. There are ten kilometers of trails and you can ski the 4 kilometer route around the meadows, or the 6 kilometer trek down to the Alberta Reservoir. Tracks are groomed on the regular basis and snowshoers are welcome to use them as well. For parents who need an child-free afternoon for skiing, there are facilities available in Pagosa Springs and South Fork. Recommendations can be given by the resort, but there are no facilities on-site.
After a day of skiing, you have no doubt worked up a hearty appetite. Try one of the resorts numerous eateries including The Wolf Creek Lodge and Outside. This is a full service cafeteria great for grabbing a bite before heading back out to the slopes. Their menu includes soups, chili, baked potatoes with a fixin's bar, hot entrees, and three varieties of quiche. You can also order from the grill which features hamburgers, hotdogs, bratwurst, and deli sandwiches. Coffee, hot cider, hot chocolate, and gourmet teas and soft drinks are available for drinking. The Prospector is located in the lower lodge and features pizza, soups, hamburgers, along with ice cream, shakes and cookies to satisfy those skiing sweet tooth. Breakfast is served from 8:30 am until 11 am and you can order omelets, bacon, French toast, and biscuits and gravy - everything you need to start a day of skiing off right. There is also a Base Camp restaurant and the Pathfinder Bar, where you will find numerous beers and ales on tap, as well as hot wine, and various mixed drinks.
Wolf Creek Ski Resort is great for an afternoon under the Colorado sun enjoying the slopes.