The Wolf Creek Ski Area near Pagosa Springs will be Colorado’s first to open this season thanks to a winter storm that dumped 14 inches of snow on the mountains in the state’s southwest.
The Nova and Lynx ski lifts, which offer skiers and snowboarders access to two beginner runs and a training area, are expected to operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, the spokesperson for Wolf Creek, Rosanne Pitcher. The ski area will continue to be open on weekends until the weather allows more of the mountain to be accessible.
“The 14 inch was great. When he first came down, it was kind of a light. It got a lot heavier overnight, ”said Pitcher. “Right now the snow groomers are cleaning it up and the ski patrol is on the lookout. There is a possibility that we can open another lift and there will be more runs.
The competition to be the first ski resort to start the chairlifts is fierce every fall. Closer to Front Range, Arapahoe Basin, Keystone Resort and Loveland Ski Area started to snow this week and reported as much as a foot of fresh powder in places after Tuesday’s storm.
All three hope to open in October, although none have announced an official start-of-season date.
For those visiting Wolf Creek, the Upper Lodge will serve a limited menu of dishes and the Pathfinder Bar will be open. Ski and snowboard rentals, as well as private lessons, will also be available.
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