WOLF CREEK — Wolf Creek Ski Resort has been busy this summer getting ready to launch some new programs and, believe it or not, to make more snow in coming seasons.
Several of the projects the resort has been working on have been progressing for the last few years and as they near completion, will enhance the experience for skiers.
According to owner Rosanne Haidorfer-Pitcher, the resort is finalizing a new 750,000-gallon water tank that will allow the resort to make even more snow during the ski season.
“We are finishing up work on the pump room that will move the water to the appropriate slopes throughout the resort when we need to make snow,” Haidorfer-Pitcher said. “We are just waiting on parts that were ordered, and we just don’t know at this point when they will come in.”
Supply chain issues have slowed the project and though it will not be in place this season, it will be great once finished, she added.
Haidorfer-Pitcher said that they have received permission from the Rio Grande National Forest to begin filling the water reserve tank now that precipitation levels have increased over the past several months. It will take a long time to fill the 750,000-gallon tank from ground surface water so the sooner they can start filling the tank, the better.
In addition to the new snow making system, the resort has spent a considerable amount of the summer continuing their efforts to remove dead and dangerous trees from the slopes of the mountain.
“The forest is looking really healthy this year,” Haidorfer-Pitcher said. “Once the rain started, I think it washed away the dust that covered most of the plants from the spring winds we had this year. It is really nice to see the result of the work we have been doing and the freshness the rain has brought all summer long.”
Another project the resort is working on adding to their ticket system is the automatic ticket scanning gates. These gates will allow a ticket holder to walk up, scan their lift ticket and gain access to the lift.
According to Haidorfer-Pitcher, the new system will cut back on costs and allow the resort to shift employees to other areas of the resort throughout the season.
“We will be launching our online ticket sales again this year,” Haidorfer-Pitcher said. “We used the system during 2020 but had to work out some details the past year. We will have that and a new website up and running hopefully by the time we open for pre-season sales later this fall.”
The new website will have everything someone needs to plan their trip to Wolf Creek, including lodging information, pictures and more.
Now all the resort needs is snow to get the 2022/2023 ski season started. For more information, visit www.wolfcreekski.com.