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Wolf Creek opens multiple lifts after 23-inch storm

A skier finds a pocket of powder at Wolf Creek Ski Area over the weekend. The latest storm dropped 23 inches of snow at Wolf Creek, allowing the mountain to open additional terrain and lifts. Rosanne Haidorfer-Pitcher/courtesy of Wolf Creek Ski Area
Purgatory opens top-to-bottom skiing after receiving 14 inches

Wolf Creek Ski Area in the southern San Juan Mountains snapped early November’s dry weather pattern with a 23-inch storm over the weekend.

The new snowfall allowed the mountain to open Lynx, Bonanza, Raven and Treasure lifts on Saturday, in addition to Nova and Magic Carpet, which were operational during weekends since Wolf Creek’s opening day on Nov. 11. With those six lifts spinning, skiers and boarders could enjoy roughly 30% of the mountain’s terrain.

On Sunday, the Charity Jane, Alberta and Elma lifts were anticipated to open, which will increase the skiable areas to 60% of the mountain.

Conditions on Sunday were powder and packed powder with early-season conditions and unmarked obstacles.

Wolf Creek is also encouraging the skiing public to use caution. The mid-stake snow depth is 27 inches with a year-to-date snowfall total of 38 inches.

Mountain crews are now harvesting snow to supplement the natural snowfall in efforts to open the remaining lifts.

Lift tickets are at local appreciation rates until the next significant snowfall: $66 for adults, $47 for seniors and $33 for children. Wolf Creek Ski School, Ski and Snowboard Rental, Pathfinder Bar and the Wolf Creek Lodge are open with full services. Treasure & Noel Sports are also open.

For information and the most up-to-date snow report, visit WolfCreekSki.com.

Purgatory open top to bottom

Purgatory Resort also received 14 inches of new snow from the latest storm, allowing skiers and snowboarders to ride Lift 1 from the top all the way to base area for the first time this season. Westfork, El Diablo, Upper Demon and Lower Demon trails can all be ridden top to bottom.

Purgatory is now reporting a 20-inch base, and is forecasting snow showers likely to return on Thursday.

Visit purgatory.ski for more information.

The latest storm dropped 23 inches of snow at Wolf Creek Ski Area, allowing the mountain to open additional terrain and lifts. (Rosanne Haidorfer-Pitcher/Courtesy of Wolf Creek Ski Area)