For the past couple of weeks, the southwest has been experiencing freezing, no frigid temperatures. From Hobbs, NM which is far down into the south east of New Mexico to the northern part of the White Mountains of Arizona and into Southern Colorado (where I live). Today only topped out at 19 above zero.
But, with the cold, is plenty of snow and Wolf Creek Ski Area in Colorado is the place to go in this neck of the woods. Whether you are a downhill skier, cross-country skier, boarder or snowshoer, you are in for a treat. As of Dec. 10. 2013, 151 inches have already fallen. Usually there is 400” of natural snow per season, so you won’t find better conditions anywhere! Lift tickets are one of the most affordable in the state and if you are going to ski or ride for 3 or more consecutive days, discounts are available. Local Appreciation Days as well as College Days are offered every month. There are also fun races around the holidays and other events with names like Cosmic Mountaineer Race, or Santa Visits Wolf Creek.
These are the facts:
Skiable acres: 1,600
Vertical Drop: 1,604 ft.
Base Elevation: 10.300 ft.
Summit Elevation: 11,904
Longest Run – Navajo Trail 2 miles
However, if you just want some fresh air and serenity, nordic skiers and snowshoers can also enjoy the natural powder with 10 miles of groomed trails lacing throughout the ski area. I am a cross-country skier and love the trail system Wolf Creek provides. You ski through trees and valleys as well as skirting a pond. If you are brave enough and it has been cold enough, you might try skiing across the pond.
Furthermore, lots of lodging is available; the town of South Fork on the east side and Pagosa Springs on the west side. For more information about ski school and pricing, please visit http://www.wolfcreekski.com
Get ready for winter because it is already here and this looks to be a promising year for playing in the snow!