[R511R, Wolf Creek Ski Area], located high up in the San Juan range of southern Colorado, midway between Pagosa Springs and South Fork and 80 miles east of Durango, is famous for its deep and bountiful snowfall - an average of 465 inches of natural snow per year -- and relatively uncluttered - by other humans, that is - slopes.

Set at an altitude between 10,300 and 11,904 feet, Wolf Creek buts up against the Continental Divide, offering 1,600 acres of rideable terrain, with the 1,000-acre Water Fall area a playground of glades, tree skiing/snowboarding, and changing terrain for the advanced and expert rider (45 percent of Wolf Creek's mountain is designated for the hot shots).

It's pretty much a local's hill, but you don't have to be a nearby resident to take advantage of Wolf Creek's Locals Appreciation Days, which will take place on selected Wednesdays throughout the season. You can ski or snowboard at Wolf Creek for $31, which is 21 bucks less than the regular lift ticket price, on those designated days. No local ID is required.

The next Locals Appreciation Day is scheduled for Nov. 19, weather and conditions permitting, of course.  Other LAD promotions will take place Dec. 3, Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Jan. 28, Feb. 1, Feb 8, Feb. 25, April 1, and Sunday, April 5, the resort's scheduled closing day. Wolf Creek plans to reopen the weekend of April 11-12, with Locals Appreciation Day pricing.