Monday, November 11th, 100% of the ski area of Wolf Creek was opened and skiers could enjoy the 77 seven trails under a clear sky. The skiable domain with ‘The most snow in Colorado’ has started last week an early winter season after the first storm cycle and more than 25 inches of snow. The powder was fresh with excellent conditions, the many double black areas (Horseshoe Bowl, the Knife Ridge Chutes, Alberta Peaks and Waterfall) were all opened as well as the easier tracks. A lot of locals were skiing at the resort for a first week of amazing powder snow and the best weather conditions in early November.
The resort with its 1600 skiable acres and 430 natural inches of snow every year does not need any snowmaking, it is a real paradise for snow lovers who can enjoy the slopes from early November to late April. This year the first snow fell on October 21st, perhaps later than in other resort such as Killington, but after the storm cycle of the beginning of November, the whole resort opened covered with natural fresh powder snow.
If 50% of the trails were doomed last Friday, this Monday it is another matter: another storm cycle came to Colorado this Monday and covered of snow the Sierra Nevada, California, and impacted the Denver Area and the ski resorts of the region bringing heavy snow on Colorado’s favorite ski resorts including Aspen Snowmass, Telluride and Wolf Creek. Snow is falling in the whole State these days, Ajax being the first winter storm of the year.
The temperatures are negative and the North Eastern of Colorado is still under a blizzard warning with more than 6 inches of snow expected between Denver and Colorado Springs. Negative temperatures are expected this week, creating perfect weather conditions to keep the snow cover and to have a good thick layer of powder snow this week!
According to Sarah, Wolf Creek spokeswoman
“we had 1500 visitors this weekend, the slopes were accessible and the roads were cleared for the cars, it is an early season with excellent snow conditions. The resort opens every year from the beginning of November until early April, but this year we are having excellent snow very soon and all the extreme black areas are opened”.
What is different from the other resorts? The resort benefits from a microclimate that other resorts may not have in Colorado. In fact, precipitation in Wolf Creek Pass is among the highest in Colorado (40.8 inches) and snowfalls reach on average 79 inches (2 meters) for the only month of December according to the Western Regional Climate Center.
A chance for the resort this year and a wonderful early season for skiers in Colorado with 36 inches of snow and 10 inches of fresh snow on Monday, November 16th!