Not only does Wolf Creek Ski Area receive some of the biggest snow totals in Colorado with an average snowfall of 465 inches a year, the resort also caters to everyone from locals, seniors, college students, and telemarkers. Reap the rewards of a discounted day at the resort or specialty learning clinic. Then enter a fun race and bring home some hardware.

Wolf Creek hosts a series of local appreciation, college, and senior ski days throughout the season. Locals enjoy two to three days a month-15 days total-of discounted lift ticket prices. Adults ski for $31 and children and seniors ski for $18. Once a month seniors can brush up on their skills with a two-hour, $30 lesson and $18 lift ticket. With a valid student I.D. college students can hit Wolf Creek once a month for the $31 discounted rate.

"The local's appreciation discount is a sweet deal," says Dillon Gotshall who calls Wolf Creek his home mountain. "I'd even pay a full price ticket at Wolf Creek. It may be considered one of Colorado's smaller mountains, but it really has such a bigger feel than that."

The Wolf Creek Ski School has a special program geared towards every age and gender skier or rider. Women's specific ski and snowboard clinics are taught by qualified women instructors with the intent of getting women on the mountain and networking with other like-minded females. Similarly, the specialty men's ski and ride clinics are designed to foster male bonding at its best. Active seniors unite at Wolf Creek where skiers and riders can enjoy a great day on the slopes with other enthusiastic long-timers. Clinics begin the in mid-December. Two-hour lessons run $30 with a $31 lift ticket.

Try telemarking for the first time, or improve on freeing your spirit by freeing your heel. Beginner telemarkers enjoy $11 rental equipment and $58-ticket and two-hour lesson package. For season-pass holders a lesson runs $27.

Kids and juniors are never left out at Wolf Creek. The resort offers a Saturday only, four-week program designed for 5- to 8-year olds and 9- to 12-year olds. Children are grouped according to ability. They ski or ride with the same group and instructor each week to foster socialization and friendship. Activities include a terrain garden, fun races, and mountain safety. Lift ticket, ski rental, four hours of instruction, lunch, and snacks are included each week.

The junior groups focus on technique, form, and safety from beginners to advanced skiers and riders. Kids are paired according to ability ultimately gaining confidence and independence in a controlled environment under adult supervision. The program includes lift ticket and four hours of instruction.

Take part in one of Wolf Creek's fun races after fine-tuning your technique. Races are free to enter with the purchase of a lift ticket. Top three finishers are awarded after each race. Fun races take place once a month with the addition of special holiday races.

Check the Wolf Creek Ski Area Web site for more information and dates regarding appreciation days, specialty clinics, and race events.