"It would be sad to see this much snow not being skied on at a ski area," says Elesha Goad, ticket office supervisor at Wolf Creek Ski Area, where they're opening this weekend to take advantage of the 36 inches of new snow that has fallen in the last 24 hours, and where the forecast calls for more today and tomorrow. In other words, this is the real deal and not some tiny little white ribbon of death made of artificial snow.
Goad says the ski area will be open this Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with three of the mountain's five lifts running and powder aplenty. Lift tickets are $33/adult, $19/children & seniors.
"It's early in the season, obviously, but people are itching to ski, they're buying season passes, they've been calling us up asking when we're going to open," says Goad. "In years past we've opened the ski area before with less snow than we have now, so it would be a shame if we didn't go for it."
This could be a one-off weekend, depending on the weather, says Goad, which means bragging rights for the first Colorado ski area to open for the 2011/2012 season could still be up in the air. "We don't have plans to stay open past this weekend unless it really dumps again, but if we get another snow then who knows?"
Arapahoe Basin and Loveland (the traditional frontrunners in the race to open first) each received a few inches of snow and fired up their snowmaking operations this week. Neither seems deterred by Wolf Creek beating them out of the gate... This was posted to the Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Facebook Page this morning: "We've heard that Wolf Creek is opening this Saturday, this doesn't change anything with A-Basin vs Loveland!"
If a trip to Wolf Creek isn't in your plans for this weekend, check out tonight's Colorado premiere of Loyalty, the new film from Josh Madsen and The Telemark Skier Magazine, at 8 p.m. at The Oriental Theater (see trailer below) or celebrate The Launch of Winter right here in Denver: Icelantic is officially unveiling its 2011/2012 ski line tonight at 7 p.m. at Battery 621, 621 Kalamath Street, with an eXXXtreme First Friday celebration featuring art from The Public Works, live music by Filthy Children, an Emage Skate contest, and free beer. Tomorrow at 7 p.m. they're showing new ski and snowboard films from Matchstick Productions, Sandbox, Level 1 Productions, Never Summer, Poor Boyz Productions, Capita, and Warren Miller.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
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