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Wolf Creek Ski Resort

Wolf Creek Ski Resort

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Pro tip: Wolf Creek collects more snow than any other major ski resort in Colorado. This makes Wolf Creek's early season one of the most dependable in the Rockies. The terrain is mostly easy-going, but there are some short shots of excellent expert terrain toward the top of the resort, and the resort's family owners have made real efforts to improving access there.  MORE

Core Strenghts

Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Snow Quality
86.5
Snow Volume
73.5
Overall
72.0
Overall
Overall PAF Score

Overall
Rank

50

Rank in
Region

30

Rank in
State

15

Best time for snow at
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Snow quality compared w/
rest of North American resorts
Last 10 Days of Snowfall at Wolf Creek Ski Resort

Powder
Forecast

Powder Forecast
Saturday
Day
0-1"
Night
1-2"
Sunday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Monday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Tuesday
Day
0"
Night
0-1"
Wednesday
Day
0"
Night
0-1"
True Snow: 389" per year
Snow Quality Rank

6

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Dump Potential Rank

19

Wolf Creek Ski Resort is ranked No. 19 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Historical Powder Odds
Daily Lottery

% of days with more than 6" of snow

14.9%

Extended Stay

% of months with more than 90" of snow

26.6%

Drought Threat

% of months with less than 30" of snow

18.1%

*Special thanks to Tony Crocker and Bestsnow.net.

Dump Potential Rank

19

Wolf Creek Ski Resort is ranked No. 19 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Snow
Quality
Rank

6

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Total Snow Score

This score accounts for total snow quantity, its moisture content, the resort's latitude, elevation, and its slope aspects, which affect total snow preservation.

Trail Breakdown

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Vertical Drop

1604 ft

11904 ft
Base Elevation: 10300 ft

Slope Aspects

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A few words on the Snow at Wolf Creek Ski Resort

Wolf Creek has a unique microclimate that funnels storms into the area from the south and west. Thus its 16.7% of winter days with 6 inches or more of snow and 27% of winter months with 90 inches or more are the best in Colorado. However northern storms are often blocked out, so 19% of winter months see less than 30 inches. With its remote location and propensity to large dumps of low density snow, Wolf Creek is the one of the premier areas for powder skiing in North America.

Accumulation and Preservation

Wolf Creek’s base elevation is 10,600 feet, so it can accumulate snow earlier in the season than most resorts. Wolf Creek opens by Halloween in perhaps ¼ of seasons and averages a 37 inch base at Thanksgiving. However in the most extreme “northern track” seasons (about 10%) Wolf Creek can still be nearly bare of snow at Christmas. With the very high altitude and mainly north exposure, late season snow preservation is outstanding. Overall snow reliability is among the “elite six” of the Rocky Mountain states.