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Wolf Creek Ski Area opens for the season

Ski area begins daily operations after latest storm
A snowboarder finds some fresh turns at Wolf Creek on Friday during the ski area's opening day. The mountain is now open daily for the 2022-2023 season. (Kevin Bruce/Courtesy of Wolf Creek Ski Area)

Wolf Creek Ski Area is open daily for the 2022-2023 season.

After an early November snowstorm dropped 26 inches of snow on the mountain, including 16 inches Thursday night, the ski area was able to begin spinning its lifts Friday to kick off its season.

The ski area had the Nova and Lynx beginner lifts running first thing in the morning and planned to open the Treasure Stoke and Bonanza lifts later in the day.

Treasure Stoke, Bonanza, Elma, Nova and Lynx lifts will open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The Alberta lift will have delayed opening, making 90% of terrain open after avalanche hazard reduction.

A snowboarder finds some powder at Wolf Creek during the ski area’s opening day on Friday. (Kevin Bruce/Courtesy of Wolf Creek Ski Area)

Wolf Creek reported a settled mid-mountain base of 32 inches, composed of all-natural snow. This season, the mountain has received 40 inches of snowfall.

A snowboarder rides down the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Area on Friday during the mountain's opening day. Wolf Creek is now open daily for the 2022-2023 season. (Kevin Bruce/Courtesy of Wolf Creek Ski Area)

To start the new season, the local appreciation rate will be available on Saturday: $62 for adults; $43 for seniors and $32 for children. Everyone is considered a local.

Uphill traffic is allowed, but only permitted during lift operating hours.

The mountain’s ski school, rentals, Treasure Sports, Pathfinder Bar and the Wolf Creek Lodge are all open.

Wolf Creek is also taking applications for all its departments: lifts, ski school, food and beverage, base operations, retail, ticket office and more. More information is at https://bit.ly/3NQcPux

Arapahoe Basin was the first Colorado Ski Area to open for the season on Oct. 23. Winter Park, Keystone and Loveland are also open.

Purgatory plans to open Nov. 19

More than a foot of snow also fell at Purgatory Resort in this week’s storm. The ski area has also been making snow, after completing $1.25 million in snowmaking upgrades, to get ready for its planned opening day on Nov. 19. The ski area will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through April 9, and then weekends only until April 23.

Hesperus Ski Area, meanwhile, plans to open for the season on Dec. 17. Hesperus operates from 4-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Over a foot of fresh snow covers Purgatory Resort on Friday. The ski area plans to open for the season on Nov. 19. (Isaac Dean/Courtesy Purgatory Resort)