[R511R, Wolf Creek Ski Area] opened Saturday, Oct. 30 making it the third resort to open in Colorado, and the first to open for the southern half of the state. Mother Nature blanketed Wolf Creek with 10 inches of wet snow early last week creating a solid base for the ski area.

"We have really good early season conditions," Wolf Creek's Rosanne Haidorfer-Pitcher told OnTheSnow. She explained that even though the base isn't as deep as everyone would like, the quality of the snow is perfect to open the resort with. "We opened the same day last year, and this year was actually better because of the type of snow."

The resort opens daily at 9 a.m. and shuts down at 4 p.m. Three lifts are running providing beginner, intermediate, and advanced terrain. Treasure, Bonanza and Nova lifts access conditions that are considered good with many hazards and early season obstacles. Skiers and riders are urged to be cautious.

Haidorfer-Pitcher said that the beginner hill has the best snow on the mountain. She said now is the perfect time to learn to ski due to the lack of crowds and wide-open availability for ski lessons. The upper mountain provides mostly intermediate to advanced terrain. There's even a rail for the freeride skiers and snowboards to jib.

Lift tickets are $31 for adults and $18 for seniors and children. The ski school, rental, ski and snowboard sport shops, Wolf Creek Lodge, and Pathfinder Bar are open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

"Anyone who makes it up will be pleasantly surprised," adds Wolf Creek's Kyle Schreiber.