PAGOSA SPRINGS, Colo. -- Wolf Creek Ski Area in southwest Colorado announced it intends to be the first ski area in the country to open this season.
A spokesman says the storm this week blanketed the ski area with 20 inches of snow, so it has an all-natural settled base of 14 inches at midway.
Wolf Creek will open on Saturday and Sunday with Treasure, Bonanza and Nova Lifts operating, the resort said.
It's the second-earliest opening for the ski area, which is about 25 miles northeast of Pagosa Springs at the top of Wolf Creek Pass on the Continental Divide.
The lifts will be running 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends only until conditions allow full-time operation.
Typically, Loveland Ski Area and Arapahoe Basin Ski Area race to be the first to open lift lines in the state.
A lift ticket for just the Nova is $29 for adults, seniors and children. Access to all three lifts will cost $50 for adults, $33 for seniors and $27 for children.
Most other resorts in the state are projected to open within the next month.
- Arapahoe Basin Ski Area: Oct. 20
- Aspen/Snowmass: Nov. 22
- Beaver Creek: Nov. 21
- Breckenridge: Nov. 9
- Cooper: Dec. 8
- Copper Mountain Resort: Nov. 16
- Crested Butte: Nov. 22
- Echo Mountain: Nov. 23
- Eldora Mountain Resort: Nov. 16
- Howelsen Hill: Nov. 24
- Keystone: Nov. 9
- Loveland Ski Area: Oct. 20
- Monarch Mountain: Nov. 21
- Powderhorn: Dec. 14
- Purgatory: Nov. 17
- Silverton Mountain: Nov. 24
- Ski Granby Ranch: Dec. 14
- Steamboat: Nov. 21
- Sunlight Mountain Resort: Dec. 14
- Telluride: Nov. 22
- Vail: Nov. 16
- Winter Park Resort: Nov. 14