Wolf Creek preps for 2021-22 ski season

WOLF CREEK- As the weather begins to change, skiers around the country are beginning to get anxious for the coming ski season. Wolf Creek Ski Resort closed the previous season having received 500 inches of snow and was the only ski resort in Colorado to be open for the entire 2020-2021 season.

According to the resort, “Snowstorms, flurries and colder weather continued into late spring, which was a common trend across most of the United States. Attendance was strong throughout last season with the prolific powder gifted by Wolf Creek’s unique microclimate. For the past six years, Wolf Creek has been in a construction phase, this summer’s focus has been on fine-tuning the mountain, base area facilities and finishing up a few projects that are near completion.”

The resort spent the summer focusing on projects, including a new electric vehicle charging station for guests. The station offers several ports for electric vehicle charging and is part of the effort to connect all southwestern communities to the electric vehicle pool of travelers. 

The resort continued to remove dead trees and increase safety on the mountain through its annual efforts to clean up the Rio Grande National Forest around the main resort area.

“Wolf Creek’s enormous and ongoing campaign of reducing the dead trees from the plight of the spruce bark beetles within the ski area permit will also come to benefit skiers of all ability levels,” resort officials stated.

The previous summer a new trail called, Orion’s Beltway, was constructed. “This run will be for strong beginners and intermediates by accessing Pitch’s Gate or Serendipity; the trails lead into Orion’s Beltway and continue until Lower Feather Duster appears and then continues onto the Charity Jane Express bottom terminal," officials stated. "Wolf Creek employed a helicopter service this summer, as done in the previous ten years, to fly out as many dead trees as it is economically possible. With the forest floor being littered with fallen dead and blow over trees, the removal process is critical to allow for early season access and better conditions on low snow years. Although the cost is high to fly the dead trees out of the forest with a helicopter the results are far better in maintaining the integrity of the ground, reducing erosion, and protecting the watershed. Since 2013, Wolf Creek has expanded and formulated a lift network and trail system for skiers and boarders of all ability levels to utilize, explore and enjoy Wolf Creek’s 1,600 acres."

The preseason pass sale will begin Saturday, Oct. 2 and run through Sunday, Oct. 10. Season pass pricing for the 2021-2022 ski season has been updated. The preseason pass sale will return to a more traditional format this year with passes available for purchase in-person at the ski area. Passes will also be available for purchase online or by phone.

As usual, Wolf Creek’s opening date is dependent on weather, temperatures, and natural snowfall. Announcements on the opening date can be found by calling 1-800-SKI-WOLF.

The new WolfCreekSki.com website will debut later this fall, mid-November. Information is being updated as it is finalized. Season passes and lift tickets are updated for the 2021-2022 ski season.

Wolf Creek is taking applications for several departments including retail, lifts, food and beverage, ski school, and ticket office.