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The Pagosa Magazine & Real Estate Guide | 2014-2015 Winter/Spring Edition

SKI SEASON 2014-2015


Wolf Creek Ski Area is ready to fire up its establish an alternate route back to the base area from the
75th season of epic powder skiing! Alberta Lift.

A number of ski enthusiasts from the San The new Race Hutch comes to life this season, with an
Luis Valley got together in the late thirties observation area for the crew and storage area for the
to enjoy the snow that they knew fell in race equipment, banner, poles and safety fencing. The
abundance on top of Wolf Creek Pass. Sev- new building will be approximately 18 feet by 20 feet,
enty-five years later, Wolf Creek Ski Area located below the old race shack. The Wolf Creek Fun
is still providing a service, which allows the Race Series runs throughout the winter, which is an
public to use and enjoy the mountains in the extremely popular program for guests of all ages and
winter season. abilities. The races are free and the fastest racers in 28
Kingsbury “Pitch” Pitcher, owner of Wolf brackets are awarded gold, silver and bronze medals.
Creek Ski Area and New Mexico Ski Hall of See for a schedule of the races.
Famer, was inducted into the Colorado Ski
and Snowboard Hall of Fame on October The Wolf Creek Ski School is introducing a new pilot
17th, 2014. Pitch will be honored for his snowboard program called the Wolf Riders for children
role in the development of the ski industry age five to eight that teaches Volunteer Trail Groomer And Local Character Norm Vance Poses With His Snow Machine
in both Colorado and the United States. the basics and beyond of In The Snow Playground At The Top Of The World.
Pitch, who celebrated his 95th birthday in snowboarding. Tickets for
July, was one of the first certified instructors the Wolf Riders can be pur- Nordic Skiing
of the Rocky Mountain Ski Instructors As- chased in the Ticket Office.
sociation. The life-long skier raced for the Rentals for Wolf Riders are in the highway and skiers walk or ski down to the trailhead.
Stanford University Ski Team and was a ski the Boarder Dome. Kids will Pagosa Country area is a real paradise for Nordic or There is plowed parking beside the highway
school instructor, supervisor and ski area meet in the Wolf Pup Build- cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Not only is it blessed The main trail is on the road serving three National Forest
operator for many years. Pitch has been a ing designed specifically for with nice snow even during most drought years, it has many Campgrounds. Several loops are skied through the camp-
ski industry consultant over the years and that age group which offers trails that snowmobilers are not likely or allowed to use. Some grounds and picnic tables and restrooms are found along
has played a role in the development of easy access to the Magic of these are skied often enough that nice tracks are set and these trails (bring you own paper). All of the main trail and
many ski resorts including Snowmass, But- Carpet and Nova Lift. The a couple of trails are “smoothed” by snow machines and a camp loops are nice and flat and great for beginners. Past the
termilk Mountain, Arrowhead, Ski Apache, full day Wolf Rider ticket in- smoothing drag. The local snowmobile club grooms several bridge a trail goes uphill to a trailhead. Skiing beyond the trail-
Santa Fe Ski Basin, Big Sky, Wolf Creek cludes four hours of lessons, trails that are also used for skiing/shoeing. head is only for better skiers and avalanche conditions can be
and ski properties near Telluride.
This 2014 – 2015 ski season, the Elma Lift plus lunch and snacks; half The Lobo Trail dangerous. A left turn just beyond the bridge is also for better
will become a part of the mountain, adding day is also available. The This trail is located at the summit of Wolf Creek Pass. The skiers. It is a roller coaster-like trail uphill and a dead-end.
more variety and character to the current ski school offers a variety of main trail is legal for snowmobiles and is smoothed by a snow On the main trail just beyond the second camp is a sharp turn
Wolf Creek lift system. The Elma Lift is instruction for adults, seniors, machine with a drag in an effort to take the snowmobile dam- to the left. A secondary trail turns right here and is for better
named after the Pitcher Family’s strong and women, juniors and the well- age out of the trail. Most snowmobile use is snowboarders skiers after the first half mile. It goes along the old highway
faithful Black Labrador. The new fixed-grip known Wolf Pup ski program. being taken to the top so this traffic is not too great. bed for a mile and is mostly uphill and a dead-end.
triple chairlift is refurbished from the old Wolf Creek Pass is in the There are alternate trails used by skiers and shoers only. One There is skiing in the bottom of the valley but can only be ac-
Treasure chairlift and will be equipped with epicenter of the Spruce Bark exits directly from the parking lot just behind the large sign cessed when very deep snow allows skiing across the river.
a new efficient electric motor and re-engi- Beatle epidemic and the ski and is easy to find. This trail is steeper and more difficult and Be very careful when attempting to make the crossing.
neered parts that meet all current safety area continues to identify is best used by intermediate and better skiers.
standards. Fifteen towers will span 460 ver-
tical feet, with a capacity of 1,200 skiers per and remove dead and dying The West Fork Ski Trail Turkey Springs Play Area
hour. Although this is one of Wolf Creek’s hazard trees, while leaving This trail is located just west of Treasure Falls on Hwy 160, A lot of skiing is done north of the Fairfield/Pagosa Lakes de-
smaller lifts, it will provide access to an area many of the standing dead east of Pagosa Springs by about a dozen miles. It is not seen velopment in the Turkey Springs Road area. This area also
of the mountain that is under utilized and for the wildlife to live in. from the highway so watch for the West Fork Campground gets a lot of snowmobile traffic so care must be taken. The
Summer projects include tree and Bruce Spruce Guest Ranch signs. The road is plowed trails follow several forest roads, as well as others at random
removal along lift corridors down a short hill and parking is available. In poor weather through the trees. This is a flat area and good for beginners.
and other strategic areas. conditions two-wheel drive vehicles should be parked along


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