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A Massive Powder Day at Wolf Creek

We visited Wolf Creek Ski Resort on the Sunday the 11th and Monday 12th of February. From the 9th to the 11th Wolf Creek was slammed by a massive storm. The resort received 48″ of fresh snow, which they added to the 200″ they’d already received, giving them more snow than any other resort in Colorado by leaps and bounds.

I went out both days with Wolf Creek ski instructor Steven Baird both days to take some photos. Here’s what we came up with.

Wolf Creek Powder Skier Snowboarder 01

This is Steve plowing through the fresh pow on Sunday while the snow continued to fall.

 

Wolf Creek Powder Skier Snowboarder 02

Wolf Creek is located in the San Juan Range of the Rocky Moutains in southern Colorado. It receives more snow than any other resort in the state, and has one of the highest annual snowfalls in the country. You’re about to see the results.

 

Wolf Creek Powder Skier Snowboarder 03

Wolf Creek is a broad resort and the best terrain is accessed by foot from the tops of lifts.

 

Wolf Creek Powder Skier Snowboarder 04

If you’re willing to walk a little ways (rarely more than 20 minutes) fresh tracks are easy to find.

 

Wolf Creek Powder Skier Snowboarder 05

In fact, they’re easy to find pretty much everywhere. This was taken right under one of the main chairlifts.

 

Wolf Creek Powder Skier Snowboarder 06

And this was taken along the side of one of the most trafficked runs on the hill.

 

Wolf Creek Powder Skier Snowboarder 07

It was socked in and snowy on Sunday, but it was bluebird all day Monday. This spot was just a 15-minute hike from the top of the Alberta Chairlift, just below Alberta Peak.

Wolf Creek Powder Skier Snowboarder 08

And this one just a little farther down the mountain in the trees.

 

Wolf Creek Powder Skier Snowboarder 09

There was no shortage of rippers to shoot once we were on Alberta Peak. Lots of people where hiking to it for long runs of fresh thigh-high coldsmoke.

 

Wolf Creek Powder Skier Snowboarder 10

This guy charged the steepest section of the slope and nailed it!

 

Wolf Creek Powder Skier Snowboarder 11

Then, Steve and I headed off into the woods to find some more freshies, and take advantage of the filtered sunlight for photos.

 

Wolf Creek Powder Skier Snowboarder 13

The result: some of the best photos I’ve taken all season.

How do you think Wolf Creek stacks up to other resorts in the USA? Do you think it could be the best?

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11 Responses to A Massive Powder Day at Wolf Creek

  1. Kade Skoglund February 13, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    Wolf Creek Ski Resort is and always will be the greatest ski resort in Colorado in my opinion! I grew up shredding endless pow days up there my whole life and miss every second that I am away from pow days up there! Long live Wolfy!

  2. Matt Gibson February 14, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    I’m with you on that, Kade. I’ve only been gone a day and I already miss it!

  3. Matt Gibson February 15, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    It is awesome! It’s a completely different skiing experience.

  4. Cathy Sweeney February 15, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

    Gorgeous! I’m not a powder skier, but I can dream, can’t I? I’m just an average intermediate skier who’s most comfortable on groomed runs, but it must be awesome to ski this stuff.

  5. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen) February 16, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

    So gorgeous! Makes me miss winter in New England. 🙁

  6. Samuel Jeffery February 18, 2013 at 4:06 am #

    Some stellar action shots Matt!

  7. Matt Gibson February 18, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    Thanks! I was really happy with #4

  8. Kerri February 18, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    Wow! They are all excellent but number 4 is extra awesome!

  9. Lance March 5, 2013 at 1:02 am #

    WC is high on my list for #1 in not just the USA, but the world. The snow conditions on Wolf Creek are some of the best I’ve ever come across. Can’t beat it (IMHO).

  10. Matt Gibson March 6, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    I agree Lance! It’s not just the snow, but the lack of people to eat it all up.

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