Wolf Creek Ski Area – Colorado Family Ski Vacation

wolfcreekWolf Creek Ski Area is in southwest Colorado, nestled in the San Juan Mountains on the Continental Divide.  Wolf Creek is a haven for powder hounds, with over 430 inches of natural snowfall a year, as well as a place to visit with families and make memories.  Wolf Creek on any day offers great priced lift tickets for anyone wanting to enjoy 1,600 acres of alluring terrain. 

Best Gear for Keeping Families Warm. There are plenty of places to cut corners and save money on Colorado’s ski slopes but having quality gear is not among them. Our must-haves include these Smartwool Merino 250 Base Layer Top and Bottoms, Hestra Classic 3-Finger Snow Glove (also available in junior sizes), Minus33 Merino Wool Balaclava, and Obermeyer’s I-Grow Ski Jackets and Pants which provide a simple way to lengthen the sleeves and cuffs of your child’s jackets and pants (our quickly-growing kids could wear them 2-3 seasons!) Columbia has a similar line of expandable winter jackets for kids. Nothing kills a good ski day like having a whining, cold child so be sure to have a bulk supply of hand warmers available (and you can even find rechargeable hand warmers that are like a portable pocket heater). 

Let it snow!

Wolf Creek Ski Area – Colorado Family Ski Vacation

Season dates and hours

November 2022 through April 2023.  Lifts are normally open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; however, there are periods of time when this schedule does not apply.  

Area (acres)

Wolf Creek has 1,600 acres in the Rio Grande National Forest.  Wolf Creek has a great variety of terrain with 20% of beginner, 35% of intermediate, 25% of advanced and 20% of expert.

What family-friendly amenities does your resort offer? 

With Wolf Creek being family-owned and operated, we are conscious of making things easier for families.  Wolf Creek has ticket and lesson sales in one central location.  Children ages 5-8 who participate in ski school, have their own special building where everything they need.  The Wolf Pup Building (children’s ski school) has rentals, lesson area, lifts, a dining area with chef, and restrooms all in one convenient location. 

The Base Camp Building located next to the Raven Lift is where families can bring up picnic lunches and enjoy a spacious, open atmosphere and large outside deck. Families often use this lodge as a meeting point.

Wolf Creek offers free shuttle service to complement the free paved parking. Families are picked up and dropped off by the Ticket Office and returned to their cars at the end of the day free of charge.

Adult lift ticket prices?


Child lift ticket prices and at what age kids ski free?

$42. Kids 5 and under ski for $6.

Is there on-site childcare and if so, what is the starting cost?

Wolf Creek does not have on-site childcare here at the ski area, however, a full list of licensed childcare providers can be found on WolfCreekSki.com.

What is the starting cost of ski/ride school? Ages?

Starting at $104 for half-day.

Where can families go for deals on lift tickets/lodging or special promotions?

Wolf Creek has a full schedule of Local Appreciation Days throughout the ski season.  Lift tickets are at a discounted rate on Local Appreciation Days.  A full schedule of events can be found at WolfCreekSki.com.

What area (off-mountain) activities would appeal to families for their winter vacation? 

In both Pagosa Springs and Del Norte are two microbreweries.  Before soaking in the hot springs, visiting one of the microbreweries with delicious pub-style cuisine is a must.  Enjoy a Cabrito Burger with an award-winning brew from the Riff Raff in Pagosa.  If you’re staying on the East side stop by Three Barrel Brewery and sip on the winter lager Freeze Cat and munch on a wood-fired pizza or Stromboli.  You’ll enjoy the springs much more with a full stomach from one of these hidden treasure eateries.

Soaking in the “healing waters” of Pagosa Springs is a must-do, especially after a hard day on the slopes.  There are two locations in Pagosa Springs that include The Overlook and The Springs. 

Distance from Denver

246 miles




Mailing: P.O. Box 2800

Physical: Top of Wolf Creek Pass, US Hwy 160 E.

Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

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