Wolf Creek gets first layer of snow, prepares for opening

Snowcats up at the Wolf Creek Ski Resort get a dusting of snow on Monday as a storm moves through the San Juan Mountain Range.

WOLF CREEK— A large storm system recently passed over the San Juan Mountain Range and dropped just over four inches of fresh snow on the Wolf Creek Ski Resort. According to sources, snow began to fall as early as Sunday night in the mountains west of the San Luis Valley and with it came the anticipation of opening day for the ski area.
Wolf Creek Ski Resort Vice President Rosanne H. Pitcher stated that the resort was finishing up the final touches and has high hopes of opening long before Thanksgiving weekend. “We have had a lot of projects underway over the summer and we hope to have everything finished up in time for the first round of skiers. Just last week we spliced the cable for our new lift named after Charity Pitcher,” said Pitcher.
She explained that next crews will work to wire the lift and that the resort hopes to have it operational by Thanksgiving weekend. “This has been a busy year for us, putting in the new lift and working out the kinks in our point-of-sale system, but I think we are ready to open the doors as soon as Mother Nature decides to give us a bit more snow,” explained Pitcher.
The snow that fell Sunday night and on into Monday afternoon was wet and dense, perfect for filling the cracks and crevices on the ground, making for an excellent base for the resort. “This is exactly what we want to see at the beginning of the season. The wet snow makes a great foundation for the powder that we typically get later in the year,” said Pitcher.
In addition to the new lift, the resort has also purchased a new winch cat to help with grooming on the mountain. “This was a huge investment for the resort. The new snowcat will be able to groom steeper slopes and help with day to day maintenance throughout the entire mountain. It was just delivered the other day and we are very happy to have it for the start of the season,” said Pitcher.
Final touches are being added to the new Powder Room that is offered to season pass holders as a private area for storing belongings and changing stations as well as lockers that will be installed this week. “The Powder Room, Wolf Creek’s newest amenity, is a premier program that will be offered to season pass holders once completed. Pass holders have the luxury of a private room complete with seasonal ski and snowboard lockers, boot and helmet dryers, restrooms and a few other fun perks. The custom Italian lockers will offer pass holders the opulence of on-mountain storage and exclusive guest benefits,” stated Pitcher.
For now, the resort will continue work throughout the ski area and hope for more snow to come within the next few weeks. Pitcher stated that they are currently hoping for an opening day of Nov. 2, which is of course subject to change. “We are looking forward to another great season,” stated Pitcher.


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