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After another blast of winter, Wolf Creek ski area set to open this weekend

Loveland, Arapahoe Basin look to add more skiable terrain

October 18, 2013, 3:33 pm

A third Colorado ski area, Wolf Creek, is opening for the upcoming weekend after yet another blast of fresh snow moved through the state on Thursday.

Loveland Ski Area opened on Thursday and reported 6 inches of new snow Friday morning (plus another 2 inches after the snowreport), and Arapahoe Basin, which was the first ski area in North America to open last Sunday, reported 5 new on Friday morning. Both Loveland and A-Basin are now open daily through the spring of 2014.

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Wolf Creek ski area is set to open Saturday and Sunday (Wolf Creek photo).

Wolf Creek, located in southern Colorado, will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, then shut down again during the week. Its full official full opening is set for Friday, Nov. 8.

The resort reports on its website that it recently received another 4 inches of new snow, bringing its year-to-date total to 28 inches and giving its trails a 22-inch base. Both the Nova and Bonanza chairlifts will be open Saturday and Sunday, as will the ski school and its Wolf Pup program.

Ski and snowboard rentals will be available at Treasure Sports, and burgers and a limited menu will be served in the Wolf Creek Lodge (upper lodge), as well as drinks at the Pathfinder Bar.

Cautioning that “conditions are very early season,” Wolf Creek is offering local appreciation rates of $38 lift tickets for adults and $22 for seniors and children. Go to the Wolf Creek website for more information.

A-Basin opened Ramrod run on Thursday, and Loveland hopes to add more trails soon.

“The snowmaking crew is hoping to have more terrain open by the weekend,” Loveland reported on its website Thursday. “Check out the progress on Spillway and Lower Richards.”

Next up, Copper Mountain and Keystone are scheduled to open for the season on Friday, Nov. 1, followed by Breckenridge on Friday, Nov. 8, Winter Park on Wednesday, Nov. 13, Eldora and Vail on Friday, Nov. 22, Crested Butte and Beaver Creek on Wednesday, Nov. 27, and Aspen/Snowmass on Thursday, Nov. 28.

After a month of unsettled, cool and stormy weather, Colorado will settle into a drier, warmer weather pattern for the rest of October, according to

“We’ve had a 30 day stretch of consistent storms and cool air this fall, but this streak will not continue for the next 1-2 weeks,” Opensnow meteorologist Joel Gratz reported Friday morning. “As I talked about over the last few days, the stormy and cool weather will head to the eastern two-thirds of the country while the western third stays dry and warm.”

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David O. Williams

Managing Editor at RealVail
David O. Williams is an award-winning freelance reporter based in the Vail Valley of Colorado, writing on health care, immigration, politics, the environment, energy, public lands, outdoor recreation and sports. His work has appeared in 5280 Magazine, American Way Magazine (American Airlines), the Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), Aspen Daily News, Aspen Journalism, the Aspen Times, Beaver Creek Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Colorado Independent (formerly Colorado Confidential), Colorado Politics (formerly the Colorado Statesman), Colorado Public News, the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Colorado Springs Independent, the Colorado Statesman (now Colorado Politics), the Colorado Times Recorder, the Daily Trail (Vail), the Denver Daily News, the Denver Gazette, the Denver Post, the Durango Herald, the Eagle Valley Enterprise, the Eastside Journal (Bellevue, Washington),, the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, the Greeley Tribune, the Huffington Post, the King County Journal (Seattle, Washington), (northern Colorado), LA Weekly, the London Daily Mirror, the Montgomery Journal (Maryland), The New York Times, the Parent’s Handbook, Peaks Magazine (now Epic Life), People Magazine, Powder Magazine, the Pueblo Chieftain, PT Magazine, Rocky Mountain Golf Magazine, the Rocky Mountain News, Atlantic Media's (formerly Government Executive State and Local), SKI Magazine, Ski Area Management, SKIING Magazine, the Summit Daily News, United Hemispheres (United Airlines), Vail/Beaver Creek Magazine, Vail en Español, Vail Valley Magazine, the Vail Daily, the Vail Trail and Westword (Denver). Williams is also the founder, publisher and editor of and

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