Wolf Creek Ski Area in Southern Colorado, helped to kick off the North American ski season by being the first resort to open for the 2018/2019 season on October 13th. Following a string of impressive early season storms, the resort announced they would open for two days, Saturday and Sunday to take advantage of all the fresh snow. The last 7 days leading to opening day had helped deliver a strong 30″ of snow for Southern Colorado and Wolf Creek Pass.
Opening day offered skiers and riders a 22″ base with powder conditions across 3 lifts, 60% of available terrain open and 960 acres. Although it wasn’t the earliest opening for the ski area in their history, 2018 takes the cake for 2nd earliest start, and the surprise of being the first area open in North America beating early season favorites Arapahoe Basin and Loveland. Wolf Creek Ski Area is unique among Colorado resorts as they don’t rely on snow making and their early season opening was propelled solely based on natural conditions.
As always Nate Dogggg took first chair for the North American ski season, successfully camping out at Wolf Creek to earn the honors and kicking off another year of riding.
Early season storms are promising a strong year for Wolf Creek Ski Area, a favorite resort for powder hounds and often the snowiest ski hill in Colorado. Last season the resort struggled with a well below average season, culminating in a less than stellar 184″ total of snowfall. Heading into an El Nino cycle, Wolf Creek already has seen respectable snowfall just in October and September alone, with more snow forecasted for the coming week.