Wolf Creek set to kick off 2011-12 ski season

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 7, 2011 6:26 am

Traditional race-to-open front-runners Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area made a big deal Thursday about starting snowmaking operations. Colorado’s Wolf Creek Ski Area, however, stole the show by announcing that its lifts will be in operation on Saturday and Sunday.

Except for Timberline Lodge in Oregon that operates on a nearly year-round schedule, Wolf Creek will likely be the first U.S. ski area to start its 2011-12 season. The opening will also be the earliest in Wolf Creek’s history.

The ski area plans to run three lifts starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday. No decision has been announced as to operations beyond the weekend. Daily lift tickets will be sold for $33.

Recent snowstorms have left the higher elevations of resorts from Tahoe to Colorado covered in varying amounts of snow. Located at the top of a mountain pass near Pagosa Springs, Colo., Wolf Creek receives the most natural snow of any ski area in Colorado on average with an annual snowfall of 465 inches.

(Photo courtesy of Wolf Creek Ski Area/ Colorado Ski Country USA)