Wolf Creek Ski Area has unveiled its future plans for the southern Colorado ski and snowboard area, including four new lifts and two new areas of terrain.
The plans will require approval by the San Juan National Forest, on whose land Wolf Creek sits, and Wolf Creek officials say it would take 10-20 years for some or all of them to be completed. To kick off the proposals, the area managers will conduct public meetings in Durango, Pagosa Springs, Creede and ski area base lodge. For times and locations, click here or call 970-264-5639.
The main off-mountain improvement would be establishing parking lots along U.S. 160, on either side of Wolf Creek Pass, and operating shuttles to the mountain. Officials say they don’t want to build any more parking at the base and the proposed shuttle would reduce fuel use and make the trip safer. At the base, the plan includes major upgrades to the lodge and rental-retail center, plus more restaurants and better restrooms.
On the hill, the plan calls for replacing the fixed-grip Bonanza Chair with a detachable chair, several new lodges-ski patrol huts scattered around the mountain, and expanded snowmaking..
Most exciting for Wolfie-lovers would be four new lifts that would open up new terrain and eliminate much of the annoyed traversing that plague parts of the mountain. Two new areas of terrain – the Matchless Pod on the east and West Pass Pod on the west – would increase vertical to 2,300 feet and open up new beginner-intermediate meadow skiing. The Matchless Pod, located to the east of Horseshoe Bowl, would be served by a low-capacity tramway and have a lodge-hut at the top. The West Pass Pod would have a chair and lodge-hut at bottom.
As for other lifts, the proposed Elma and Meadow lifts would run from the Alberta Chair base into intermediate tree and meadow terrain, and would eliminate the traverses back to Alberta. The Sunset lift would access Spooner Hill’s expert terrain, previously limited to hikers. And, the Storm lift would bring skiers and riders to Knife Ridge, but only during storms to help compact snow and reduce avalanche danger in that area.
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