Wolf Creek sees strong start to ski season


Wolf Creek Ski Area is currently living up to its favorite tagline, boasting “the most snow in Colorado.”

With 269 inches year-to-date, a summit base of 105 inches and midway depth of 82 inches, Wolf Creek comes out ahead of Silverton Mountain, Steamboat, Aspen/Snowmass and Monarch Mountain in the latest snowfall report.

The ski area saw between 4,500 and 4,900 visitors in the days prior to and following the pass closure over the week of Christmas.

According to Rosanne Pitcher, vice president of marketing and sales for the ski area, the biggest day on record for Wolf Creek was 6,300 skiers in one day, which occurred four years ago during spring break.

While they might not have hit this particular mark, the ski area still experienced an 11-percent increase in visitation during the month of December, despite the pass closure.

“We did lose a fair amount of money on the 26th, so that was disappointing,” said Rosanne Pitcher.

However, following its reopening, Wolf Creek had between 4,800 and 4,900 visitors for three days straight. This was piggy-backed by another 4,500 the next two days.

While it was disappointing that the ski area missed out on potential business over the Christmas holiday, peak numbers lasted longer than usual, which Rosanne Pitcher attributes to the unexpected snowfall in Texas.

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