Colorado's southernmost ski resort, Wolf Creek, will open on Halloween this year. Don't get too excited -- it's just the bunny hill for now. Still, lift tickets are only $20, and if your dreams of turning your tyke into a booze-free Bode Miller turn out to be a bust, at least you didn't have to pay full price to get the kid on the mountain.
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Wolf Creek, located just north of Pagosa Springs, gets more annual snowfall than any other resort in the state, and last week's storm dropped a foot of the good stuff on the mountain, which will allow them to host this annual kid-friendly event with more snow and a week earlier than last year. They'll celebrate with costume and pumpkin-carving contests where the winners get lift tickets and Wolf Creek clothing.
"It really is for kids and beginners," says Wolf Creek VP Rosanne Pitcher. "It should be a lot of fun."
Wolf Creek hasn't set a definite date for opening the rest of the mountain. Except on the base chunk opening Saturday, they don't manufacture snow, which leaves a lot to the mercy of Mother Nature. Still, Pitcher thinks another foot of good, solid snow would allow them to get a few more lifts open. With a storm forecasted for later in the week, the big opening might be very soon after the little one.