A Colorado ski area opens this weekend after a 14-inch snowfall

The Wolf Creek ski area near Pagosa Springs will be the first site in Colorado to open this season, thanks to a winter storm that poured 14 inches of snow into the mountains in the state’s southwest.

The Nova and Lynx lifts, which provide skiers and snowboarders with access to two starting pistes and a training ground, are expected to operate from 9am to 4pm this Saturday and Sunday, Wolf Creek spokeswoman Rosanne Pitcher said on Wednesday. The ski area will continue to be open on weekends until the weather allows more of the mountain to be accessible.

“14 inches was great. It was a little light when it first fell. It got a lot heavier overnight,” Pitcher said. “Right now the grooms are grooming it and the ski patrol is looking out. We’re likely to open another lift and there will be more runs.”

The race to be the first ski resort to operate chairlifts turns into a fierce competition every autumn. Closer to Front Range, Arapahoe Basin, Keystone Resort and Loveland Ski Area started to snow this week and report up to a foot of fresh powder In some places after Tuesday’s storm.

All three are hoping to open in October, but none have announced an official season start date.

For those visiting Wolf Creek, Upper Lodge will offer a limited food menu and the Pathfinder Bar will be open. Private lessons will be available as well as ski and snowboard rentals.

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