|Locals aren’t exaggerating when they suggest Pagosa Country has the most — and some of the best — snow in Colorado.
In fact, nearly every winter an average of nearly 39 feet falls on the area’s 12,000-foot alpine summits surrounding Wolf Creek Pass.
With one year’s total accumulation exceeding 75 feet, it’s no wonder powder hounds love Wolf Creek Ski Area. No other Colorado ski mountain can predictably offer as much untracked powder and packed powder as Wolf Creek.
Meteorologists attribute Wolf Creek’s consistent snow accumulations to the ski area’s location within the San Juan Mountains, and to numerous high peaks around Pagosa Springs.
According to weather experts, as relatively warm, subtropical moisture from the Pacific pushes east over the southwestern deserts and eventually rises up to surmount the southern San Juan Mountains, it cools and further condenses, thus creating additional moisture. Because colder air holds less moisture, heavy winter precipitation falls in the form of light and powdery snow.
The surrounding topography actually funnels this precipitation — referred to as upslope weather — into the ski area, thus producing some of the most snow anywhere in Colorado. For winter sports enthusiasts, this means world-class skiing on the runs of Wolf Creek Ski Area, and outstanding cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling on some of the best snow in Colorado.