Sunday, November 13, 2011

An Early Start to the Ski Season - Wolf Creek

The wife at the ski lodge
So, a lot of running and racing in my circles of late. It did not escape my attention however that Wolf Creek spent most of October being blasted with snow, and has been open and operating for a month now. Capping off a rather full week for myself, we loaded the car and headed up to Pagosa early Saturday for some turns and a happy visit with the Colorado winter.

We saw several other cars and trucks with ski-racks making the morning drive up from NM. The gas station in Chama was packed at 7:30am. Quite a sight. Conditions at the Creek were terrific, and we skied a full day on the mountain and an hour on the nordic trails afterward. The Alberta Lake nordic trails at the east end of the Wolf Creek parking might be the best cross country skiing in the area in my opinion, along with Enchanted Forest in Red River.

Aside from having all the snow, the Creek has all kinds of other nice things that Ski Santa Fe doesn't, such as affordable lift tickets and locals days, beer at the cafeteria including bombers of all kinds from Colorado's great local breweries, and actual green chile on their green chile burgers. The latter is really in-excusable not to have in New Mexico. Here's to more mountain snow (and holiday cheer) for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

Two things you could never find at Ski Santa Fe, PB&J and a bomber from the Alamosa Brewing Co.
Fresh snow and open turns, with the Alberta Meadows below

My mighty Rossignols ride again, along with a new pair of duct-tape free ski pants

Christina skiing the Alberta trails, Alberta lake to the left, Alberta Peak in the distance

Christina and a stretch of climbing up from Alberta Lake

Related Post:
Nordic Skiing - Alberta Lake Trail (4/611)

View Alberta Lake Nordic Trails - Pagosa Springs, CO in a larger map


  1. 'It's never too soon for snow!'

    Hi Matt. I believe you had a typo there, but I've fixed it for you. Cheers.



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