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Wolf Creek Wins Race To Open First

Wolf-Creek-Pow-Turn Deep powder is what Wolf Creek is all about. (Wolf Creek/Facebook)

A midweek snowstorm has dropped up to 20 inches on the slopes of Wolf Creek, prompting the management to say they will spin the lower beginner lift on Saturday (Oct. 13).

Resort officials said the Nova, Bonanza and Treasure Stoke chairlifts that serve the lower part of the mountain will turn this Saturday. The base lodge, ski school and equipment rental shop will all be open this weekend – the earliest starting date for the southern Colorado mountain since its opening Oct. 8 in 2011.

Season's first snow mounds up on tables at base lodge. (Wolf Creek/Facebook)

A Nova Only Lift Ticket with access to Nova and Susan’s runs will be $29 for adults, seniors and children. Access to all three lifts will be at the Local Appreciation rate of $50 for adults, $33 for seniors and $27 for children. The mountain was slated to open full-time on Nov. 2.

“This is early for us,” said part-owner Rosanne Pitcher. “Hopefully this storm will keep coming and we can open more terrain.”

While much of the attention over the years has been on the competition between Arapahoe Basin and Loveland as the first to open in the Rocky Mountains, Wolf Creek will slip in ahead of them. Both A-Basin and Loveland say they expect to open Oct. 20 this season.

To the west, Utah mountains reported a healthy first dose of the season, and Purgatory Resort outside Durango reported 10 inches in the same storm. But Wolf Creek’s 11,904-foot summit elevation caught more moisture out of this early season storm than anyone.

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