Wolf Creek Ski Area is excited to announce the kick off of the 2020-2021 ski season tomorrow, Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 shortly after receiving approval from the Silver Thread Health District for the Pre-Season COVID-19 Plan! Please see the plan at this link. The storm was welcomed after such dry weather. It came in with significant moisture and warm temperatures which later became very cold, topping off the slopes with some light powder. The skiing is excellent for early season!
Wolf Creek Ski Area received 8″ in the last 24 hours with a storm total of 24″; the midway stake is reading 24″. Treasure, Bonanza and Nova will be operating this Wednesday, October 28th through Sunday, November 1st with a complete November schedule to be determined by Sunday, November 1st. Conditions are powder and packed powder with very early season obstacles; approximately 600 acres will be open with a number of major trails open from top to bottom. Alberta Peak, Step Bowl, parts of Montezuma Bowl and Boundary Bowl will open pending evaluation of Wolf Creek Ski Patrol. More terrain will be available as more manpower comes on-line. Hours of operations are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Lift tickets will be at the Local Appreciation Rates. Pre-purchasing lift tickets is preferred and can be done by visiting the eStore. Lift tickets for the following day can be purchased up to 8:00 PM daily. Lift tickets can also be purchased the morning of at the Ticket Office. Skiers and boarders should bring their own water, snack and lunch. All guests should familiarize themselves with Wolf Creek’s COVID-19 policy and procedures as well as Colorado State guidelines and the Colorado dial level showing the status level of COVID-19 in all counties in Colorado.
Colorado State Guidelines require wearing face masks and social distancing in all indoor and outdoor public places. This includes buildings, in the base area, and riding a lift. Masks are required outdoors while in the base area and while in ticket and lift lines. Tickets will not be sold to anyone without a mask or face covering. Any guests refusing to follow Colorado State Guidelines guide lines will be asked to leave. Gatherings of friends should be in small groups, avoid gathering of ten or more. Other guidelines include:
Visitors coming to Wolf Creek should be aware of Colorado’s quarantine requirements in case of exposure. Any guests who test positive or been exposed to COVID-19 must extend their stay at their own expense to complete isolation or quarantine.
Wolf Creek is located in Mineral County; lodging is found in Pagosa Springs (Archuleta County) and South Fork (Rio Grande County). Please understand the dial level showing the status level of COVID-19 in all counties in Colorado. Visitors should educate themselves by clicking on the dial level link.
Please use the Colorado State Guidelines link for the comprehensive list of guidelines. Guests should also be aware of Wolf Creek Ski Area’s Pre-Season COVID-19 plan.
The PRE-SEASON plan includes the following elements that make it a safe offering to the communities:
1. The only thing offered to participants are the lifts and restrooms. No other amenity will be offered such as indoor lodging/seating areas, food service, ski school, rentals, etc. The pre-season plan will allow for access to the lifts only.
2. This soft opening will allow staff members to ease into understanding COVID protocols and make the transition from what they have previously known as ski area operations. Since this year will look different than most in terms of how they will load chairs, conduct employee health screenings, how distancing will be handled in lift lines, sanitization of bathrooms, etc., this will allow them to practice those protocols prior to the full season.
All information is also available at WolfCreekSki.com.
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Photo Credit: Preston Bass courtesy of Wolf Creek Ski Area