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Wolf Creek to open this weekend

Wolf Creek Ski Area is getting an early start to the 2013-14 season.

Two lifts will open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the area announced in a news release Wednesday night.

The Oct. 19 opening date will be far from a record. In fact, in 2011 the area opened on Oct. 8. But last year’s opening date wasn’t until Nov. 14.

Wolf Creek is reporting a year-to-date snowfall of 28 inches, and boasts an “all-natural” base of 22 inches after receiving 4 inches of new snow in this week’s recent storm.

The Nova and Bonanza lifts will be open, and several runs will be groomed for beginner and intermediate skiers and boarders. Also, terrain on Alberta Peak and Step Bowl will be open for hikers, although Wolf Creek noted “very early season conditions.”

Lessons and ski rentals will be available, and the lodge will serve a limited menu.

Lift tickets will be $38 for adults and $22 for seniors and children.

The resort did not say what days it will be open following the weekend.

Arapahoe Basin became the first Colorado ski area to open when its lifts started running Sunday.

Durango Mountain Resort plans a Nov. 29 opening – the day after Thanksgiving – and Ski Hesperus hopes to open for Thanksgiving weekend, conditions permitting.

johnp@durangoherald.com

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