[R511R, Wolf Creek] in southern Colorado got an early start on Halloween, thanks to the storms that blew through Colorado. It's looking like a similar pattern from three years ago when the ski area opened in late October. Wolf's Rosanne Haidorfer-Pitcher told OnTheSnow.com, "I'm the ultimate optimist. I'd like to think it's going to be great the whole season. The snow pattern seems good so we hope that continues."

Over 1,000 skiers and riders showed up to play on the slopes on opening day. They enjoyed 24 inches of new snow from the big storm that hit. Haidorfer-Pitcher says the early-season skiers help compress the snow on the slopes. "We really like that skier compaction on the steep stuff. It helps with the next storm."

Treasure, Bonanza, and Nova Lifts are running. Early season conditions do exist so watch for unmarked obstacles. The Magic Carpet is operating for Wolf Pup classes. Beginner ski and board classes are available for all ages. The rental shop and sport shop are also open. The Wolf Creek Lodge is serving lunch. The cross country track is open as well, and is complimentary.

Wolf Creek is a high alpine ski resort, sitting at 10,300 feet in altitude at the base and 11,900 feet at the summit.

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