Wolf Creek Ski Area President Davey Pitcher outlined the proposed master development plan in South Fork during a public meeting this week. The plans include new ski lifts, facilities, and services. Now they are looking for support from the public and the U.S. Forest Service.
“These are just ideas at this point,” he told Alamosa’s Valley Courier.
According to Pitcher, the finishing force that motivated the completion of the plan was San Juan National Forest’s announcement that their decade-long plans are expected to be completed at last this summer.
One concern is the idea that the expansion would require extension into the forest. While many components of the plan could be completed within the current ski area boundaries, some would not. Pitcher has high hopes the plans will be accepted by the Forest Service based on the approval of an old plan completed in 1998. The new plan proposes less expansion than the former. Wolf Creek officials are taking environmental concerns into consideration and plan to forgo building new parking areas in favor providing shuttle service to of off-site lots. Pitcher also mentioned that he supports a land trade that would exclude the wetlands from the proposed development.
The ski area entertains more than 200,000 each year and employs over 400 people in the winter and 35 in the summer. At the end of the proposed project, an additional 200-300 people would be seasonally employed.
Wolf Creek’s proposed expansion is designed to expand the number of skiers and snowboarders during the slower times versus increasing guest during the peak times.
Pitcher added, “We are trying to come up with a better experience, not necessarily driven by big numbers.”
The video below explains the points of the proposal.
Wolf Creek welcomes public opinion on the proposed improvements. They don’t want to take any steps unsupported. Comments can be submitted on the ski area’s website up until April 12. Or call (970) 264-5639.