After three feet of fresh fell over the last two days, Colorado’s Wolf Creek Ski Area announced plans to post its flag in the dirt as the nation’s first resort to open for the ski and snowboard season…today, October 8.
While Timberline Lodge is open already, Wolf Creek is getting the jump on all non-glacial mountains, opening the top of its hill this Saturday and Sunday, in an effort to claim the publicity of the first seasonal hill to open for the 11/12 season.
Not to be outdone, Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort announced this morning that it was getting the jump on Wolf Creek, opening at 7:30 this morning. Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort (LVSSR) will open Chair 3 for skiing and snowboarding on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 at 7:30 a.m., making it one of the first ski areas in the United States to open its lift served terrain for the 2011/12 season. Chair 3 will run until 4 p.m. on Saturday, and will open again on Sunday, Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“We have received nine inches of snow since Wednesday and the humidity and temperatures allowed us to utilize our snowmaking ability to add to the natural base,” explains Kevin Stickelman, LVSSR’s president. Stickelman notes that this snowmaking effort used about 400,000 gallons of water from the area’s snowmaking pond, which holds 7.5 million gallons of water. Stickelman says that the water used will be 100 percent recovered in the next few weeks and will not impact in-season snowmaking. LVSSR will re-open for the season on Friday, November 25.
Wolf Creek will run three lifts beginning at 9 a.m. and tickets will go for just $33. No word yet on if they will remain open past the weekend, but storms this week have pounded the resort, which averages 465 inches.
Loveland and A Basin, which traditionally race for the first-mover status, both have had their guns blazing since Thursday, but don’t expect to be open to claim this year’s title.
Wolf Creek is reporting a midway base of 27” with 30” at the summit. Early season conditions do exist. Treasure, Bonanza and Nova Lifts will be operating from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, servicing a variety of beginner, intermediate and expert terrain including Alberta Face and Treasure Falls.
Opening Day at Wolf Creek. Jealous?