The Adventure Pro 2019-2020 ski resort preview features 12 resorts where snowy slopes win the day
The 2019-2020 ski season is here! Calling all powder hounds and shredders, it’s time to pull out your wallet, get your ski and ’board gear in top form and find some reliable transportation to your favorite ski resort. Opening day is upon us, depending on your ticket.
Adventure Pro Magazine has compiled a ski resort preview to summarize what you really need to know to optimize your plan for another great season of shredding. For each of the 12 resorts featured you will find average snowfall, opening dates, new developments, ticket and pass prices, and options to wind down the day.
Red River, New Mexico; redriverskiarea.com, (575) 754-2223
OPENING DAY Nov. 27
AVERAGE ANNUAL SNOWFALL 214 inches
WHAT’S NEW The Grill at the Lift House has been transformed into a getaway on the Pioneer Corridor at the base of The Face next to the Platinum Lift. The full menu features appetizers, sandwiches, wraps and salads, and the full bar offers cocktails and local tap brews.
Full Day/Half Day: Adult (18-64) $82/$63, Teen (13-17) $76/$61, Junior (ages 4-12) $66/$53, Senior (65-69) $66/$53; Half Day tickets are available for 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and noon – 4 p.m.
* Active duty, reserve and retired military including direct dependents receive discount lift tickets
Pioneer Pass The resort’s newest pass is available for ages 18-30 and valid every day open to close (no blackouts). It costs $415 and offers three days of skiing or riding at partner mountains Monarch Mountain, Cooper, Powderhorn Mountain Resort, Sunlight Mountain Resort, Snow King Mountain, Red Lodge Mountain and Minenohara Kogen Resort.
Platinum Pass Adult (18-64) $595, Teen (13-17) $545, Junior (4-12) $495, Senior (65-69) $495. The Platinum Pass is valid for all ages and is valid every day open to close (no blackouts) and offers the three days of skiing at partner mountains listed above.
Copper Pass Adult (18-64) $$445, Teen (13-17) $395, Junior (4-12) $370, Senior (65-69) $$370. The Copper Pass is valid for all ages and is valid every day but for blackout dates of Dec. 26 – Jan. 4, 2020, and March 8-14. It also offers discounted tickets for skiing during blackout dates and three days of skiing at partner mountains.
Weekender Pass Adult (18-64) $345, Teen (13-17) $320, Junior (4-12) $295, Senior (65-69) $295. The Weekender Pass is valid only Friday through Sunday, excluding blackouts of Dec. 26 – Jan. 4, 2020, and March 8-14. It also offers discounted tickets for skiing during blackout dates.
KIDS Children ages 3 and under and seniors age 70 and over receive a free lift ticket.
APRÉS SKI The Grill at the Lift House is the place to be after a day of skiing at Red River. Whether you want to fill your belly or whet your whistle, the Grill is the getaway you’re looking for to show off your rosy cheeks.
A variety of events take place during the ski season starting with the Frozen Turkey Race on Nov. 28 and Thanksjibbing Rail Jam on Nov. 30. Other events include a Torchlight Parade and Fireworks series. For more check the online event schedule.
OPENING DAY Nov. 23
AVERAGE ANNUAL SNOWFALL
260 inches (last year snow total – 362 inches)
Purgatory’s newest attraction, the Inferno Mountain Coaster, spent most of its time under snow after the Durango-area resort’s record-breaking snowfall last season. The 4,000-foot coaster will return for the 2019-2020 winter as conditions allow.
Full Day: Adult (ages 18-64) $99, Teen (13-17) $75, Child (11-12) $75, Senior (65-79) $75, Super Senior (80-plus) $0, Kids 10 and Younger $0, Columbine (All ages, walk-up only) $30
Power Pass Adult (ages 18-64) $999, Young Adult (30-36) $799, Young Adult (25-29) $699, Young Adult (19-24) $649, Teen (13-18) $549, Child (12 and younger) $449, Senior (65-79) $799, Super Senior (80-plus) $199
The Power Pass provides unlimited access to Purgatory and MCP resorts: Hesperus (CO), Arizona Snowbowl, Sipapu (NM), Pajarito (NM) and Nordic Valley (UT). It also includes three free days at Partner Ski Areas (choose from 18 different resorts and areas), discounts for friends and family lift tickets (up to six at 30% off window price), and 10% off on-mountain discounts for rentals, ski school, F&B, Purg Snowcat Adventures.
Value Pass Full Price: Weekday All Ages $699, Parent Transferable $999, Super Senior 80-plus $29
Power Kids Season Pass Ages 10 and under, $449.
Kid’s Night Out includes dinner, arts and crafts, games, movies, snacks and safe, interactive fun. New this year, indoor rock climbing wall and interactive floor play games. $TBD/per child from 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Animas City Adventure Park is the perfect place for the whole family to spend some time together, with kid-friendly features and gentle slopes, while Paradise Freestyle Arena offers a slope-style course the more advanced members of the family will enjoy. Plus, it’s easy to view from the Beach, so the whole family can still take in the action together.
Purgatory offers a wide range of restaurants and bars in the base area, including Purgy’s Slopeside Restaurant, Paradise Pizzeria & Ice Creamery and Hoody’s Basecamp Lodge, to name a few. Guests can also take in the views from one of Purgatory’s on-mountain dining locations, including Powderhouse & Pitchfork Pub, Dante’s and Backside Bistro.
Highlights include Community Benefit Days (Mountain Studies Institute, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Jan. 26 and Feb. 23 but still TBD); Twilight Nights Nordic, Fat Bike and Snowshoe Races (Jan. 8, 15 and 22); Snowcat Dining Excursions on Jan. 18, Feb. 22 and March 21; Telemark Festival, Feb. 15; USASA Halfpipe Competition on Feb. 15 and 17; Presidents Weekend Night Rail Jam on Saturday, Feb. 15; Pond Skimming End of Season celebration on April 5. For more check the online event schedule.
Santa Fe, New Mexico; skisantafe.com, (505) 982-4429
OPENING DAY Tentative: Nov. 28 – April 5
AVERAGE ANNUAL SNOWFALL 225 inches
WHAT’S NEW The resort has expanded its snowmaking and has extensively updated and remodeled Totemoff’s Bar, which is a place to be for its menu and bar at the end of a day.
Full Day: Adult (24-61) $84, Teen (13-23) $64, Child (over 46 inches tall-12) $56, Senior (62-71) $64, Super Senior (72-plus) Free
My Pass + Sale price until Nov. 18/Full Price: $389/$429. Pass offers Direct to Lift all season for ages 13-23 at Ski Santa Fe and Sandia Peak)
Millenium Pass Sale price until Nov. 18/Full Price: $249/$289. Pass offers Direct to Lift January only for all ages. Peak Plus savings all year. Valid at Ski Santa Fe and Sandia Peak.
Platinum Pass Sale price until Nov. 18/Full Price: $629/$669. Pass offers unlimited skiing and riding for the season for ages 24-61, and includes Direct to Lift at Ski Santa Fe and Sandia Peak – Buddy Pass included
Silver Pass Sale price until Nov. 18/Full Price: $489/$529. Pass offers Direct to Lift all season for ages 62-71 at Ski Santa Fe and Sandia Peak.
Bronze Pass + Sale price until Nov. 18/Full Price: $419/$459. Pass offers Direct to Lift weekdays only for adults at Ski Santa Fe and Sandia Peak; blackout dates Dec. 26-31.
Future Pass Sale price until Nov. 18/Full Price: $239/$279 Pass offers Direct to Lift all season for ages 12 and under at Ski Santa Fe and Sandia Peak.
Freedom Pass Sale price until Nov. 18/Full Price: $69/$89. Pass offers Direct to Lift all season for ages 72-plus or under 46 inches tall at Ski Santa Fe and Sandia Peak.
KIDS Kids under 46 inches tall in ski or snowboard boots ski for free. The resort’s popular six-week youth program starts at $309.
APRÉS SKI Ski Santa Fe has live music every Saturday throughout the season at the Totemoff’s Bar. For busy days the resort has installed the Tram Car Bar, situated outside Totemoff’s, which will be serving a variety of drinks.
Live music every Saturday at Totemoff’s Bar. The Slush Cup is April 4, 2020, the final day of the season. Keep an eye on the schedule for these showcase events: Brewski (generally held late February, early March), Gladfelter Memorial Bump Run (March or April), and Rail Jam (end of March).
Telluride, Colorado; tellurideskiresort.com, (877) 935-5021
OPENING DAY Nov. 28 – April 5, 2020
AVERAGE ANNUAL SNOWFALL 280 inches
WHAT’S NEW The resort will open more than 40 new acres of north-facing gladed terrain this winter around Lift 9, which will be mixed in with existing terrain in the area. The new tree skiing will be for advanced and expert skiers, stretching out fresh lines on powder days even further.
Full Day: Adult (ages 13-64): $98, Child (6-12) $52, Senior (65-79) $79, Toddler (5 years and under) Free
Adult (ages 25 – 64) $1,338, Child (6-12) $423, Junior (13-18) $455, Palmyra (80-plus) Free, Senior (65-79) $910, Toddler (5 years and under) $25, Young Adult (19-24) $910
* Season Pass benefits include no blackouts and no restrictions, 50% off single day lift ticket at VR-owned resorts, 20% off Adult Group Lesson (blackout dates apply), 10% off food at TSG restaurants (excluding Allred’s Bon Vivant, Alpino Vino), 10% off food at Siam’s Talay, Altezza and The Bean Café, 10% off retail at all TSG retail outlets (excluding sale items) and The Spa Boutique and Provisions.
Multi-Day Passes T-Card (ages 13-plus, includes first day, then 20% off Direct-to-Lift additional days) $122; Six-Day Pass (ages 19-plus, includes 20% off Direct-to-Lift additional days) $674; 10-Day Pass (ages 19-plus, includes 20% off Direct-to-Lift additional days) $958
Telluride Military Card: $75 (includes most of the benefits available to season pass holders)
KIDS Kids 5 years of age and younger ski for free.
The Children’s Center provides a great option for parents to hit the slopes while professional instructors create an educational environment helps kids develop a passion for the mountains. Children are divided into programs (Cubs: 2 ½-4, Otters: 3-4, Bears: 5-6, Eagles: 7-14) that offer age- and skill-specific learning experiences. Ski lessons are available for ages 2 ½-14, while snowboard instruction is offered for ages 5-14.
Highlights include Wild Mushroom soup at Bon Vivant, Su’s Singapore Sling at Siam’s Talay Grille—lovely Mahon Gin-based cocktail that honors the founder’s late wife, San Juan Nachos at Tomboy Tavern, a beer and slice at Crazy Elk for $8. Or, go for sunsets at Altezza Restaurant at The Peaks Resort & Spa—the bar is usually quiet and it has the best view of any restaurant in Telluride. In Telluride, take the Historical Walking Tour or try Brown Dog Pizza, one of the best pizza joints in the country, or some unique tacos at Tacos Del Gnar.
Highlights include the annual Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade events. For more check the online event schedule.
Flagstaff, Arizona snowbowl.ski, (928) 779-1951
OPENING DAY Nov. 22 − the season typically goes into late April and occasionally early to mid-May
AVERAGE ANNUAL SNOWFALL 260 inches
WHAT’S NEW In the last four seasons, Arizona Snowbowl has added three new chairlifts: Humphreys and Hart Prairie quads, and Grand Canyon Express high-speed six pack. The Grand Canyon Express is the first and only high-speed six pack chairlift in Arizona. Other additions include a new restaurant, Fremont, featuring table service and elevated dining options such as elk sausage in a bright, modern setting.
Full day/Half day: Adults (ages 18-64) $99/$69, Teen (13-17) $79/$59, Child (11-12) $69/$49, Senior (65-69) $69/$49, 10 and Under/70 and Over Free
*In March 2020, Arizona Snowbowl’s World’s Best Spring Break tickets start as low as $29 and include a $15 food/retail gift card, plus add-on beginner lessons or rentals for only $15 apiece.
* Deep Deal Sale provides options for big discounts on lift tickets.
Power Pass Adult (ages 37-64) $999, Young Adult (30-36) $799, Young Adult (19-24) $649, Teen (13-18) $549, Child (12-younger) $449, Senior (65-79) $799, Super Senior (80-plus) $199
The Power Pass provides unlimited winter access to more than 3,400 acres in Arizona, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico: Snowbowl, Purgatory, Sipapu, Pajarito, Hesperus, Nordic Valley. Also includes unlimited access to mountain biking at Spider Mountain Bike Park until April 30, 2020.
Value Passes Full Price: Week day (all ages) $349/$549, Parent Transferable $749/$899, 70 and older $29/$29
KIDS All kids 10 and under qualify for a free season pass, valid at Snowbowl, Purgatory, Sipapu, Pajarito, Hesperus, Nordic Valley, Spider Mountain. There are no blackout dates, and the pass offers unlimited access. Snowbowl also offers an eight-week lesson program for kids and teens 4-17 called Snowburners, and programs start at $249.
The Tap Takeover series happens on Saturdays throughout the season on the mountain and include local and regional breweries. The bar at Hart Prairie Lodge stays open after the slopes close, and locals often go down to Ski Lift Lodge restaurant at the base of the mountain for drinks after the day’s over. Snowbowl is located less than 14 miles from downtown Flagstaff and the nightlife and aprés options are plentiful, including multiple breweries, pubs and a selection of great restaurants featuring American/Thai/Japanese/Mexican cuisines.
The annual Santa on the Slopes is a hit with kids and families around Christmas time, and the New Year’s Eve Torchlight parade is a spectacular celebration of the season that happens after sundown. The Cardboard Derby and Boze Bump Bash are always locals’ favorites and typically happen on the last weekend of March. Racers will build their sleds out of cardboard and race them down the slopes, and the Boze Bump Bash tests skiers’ skills in fall-line bumps while wearing ridiculous costumes. The Kachina Peaks Avalanche Center fundraiser also happens on the same day with raffle items such as season passes and skis and snowboards, and all proceeds benefit the organization. In addition, the resort has music and special events throughout the season, including ski and snowboard competitions. For more check the online event schedule.
Salida, Colorado; skimonarch.com, (719) 530-5000
OPENING DAY Nov. 20 – April 5, 2020
AVERAGE ANNUAL SNOWFALL 350 inches — all natural snow (no snowmaking)
WHAT’S NEW Monarch will celebrate its 80th anniversary with a new retail location next to the rental shop that will specialize in rental clothes and cold weather essentials. Monarch has also opened a new gladed tree run as well as a children’s interpretive run.
Full day/half day: Adult (18-61) $94/$72, Teen (13-17) $64/$50, Junior (7-12) $48/$38, Junior (7-12) $48/$38, Senior (62-48) $64/$50
Multiday and Military: A variety of options available (see website)
Season Passes*: Adult (18-61) $499, Teen (13-17) $329, Junior (7-12) $219, Senior (62-68) $359, Children (6 and under and Super Senior 69-plus) $20
* The numerous benefits and discounts are detailed on the website. https://www.skimonarch.com/season-passes/
Kids 6 and under ski free. Numerous seasonal programs available for kids.
Kayaks on Snow is the resort’s signature event, scheduled for April 4, 2020. For more check the online event schedule.
Crested Butte, Colorado; skicb.com, 877-547-5143
OPENING DAY Nov. 27
AVERAGE ANNUAL SNOWFALL 234 inches
WHAT’S NEW The new Teocalli Lift, a fixed-grip quad, was installed this summer and will increase uphill capacity by more than 50%, providing access to the front side of the mountain or to lap some of Crested Butte’s sweetest trees. A slight realignment of the lift line moves the top terminal closer to the top of the existing Red Lady Express Lift, improving egress to Uley’s Cabin and the base area.
The new EpicMix is an app that tracks lift-served vertical feet and days skied, provides for the earning of pins and completing challenges by exploring the entire resort, checks the weather, webcams, trailmaps and terrain status from the app, and keeps track of your daily stats.
Also new, the Crested Butte Adaptive Sports Center provides programming that ensures everyone can experience the thrill of winter in the mountains – from ice climbing and snowboarding, to snowshoeing and ski biking!
Full Day (online purchase, price varies by date): Adult (13-64) $65+, Child (5-12) $41+, Senior (65-plus) $60+
To find advance purchase rates, visit www.snow.com/lifttickets. By purchasing lift tickets seven or more days in advance online, guests will receive up to 25 percent savings.
New for the 2019-20 season, Vail Resorts launched the customizable Epic Day Pass allowing guests to ski world-class resorts for up to 50% off lift ticket window prices when they purchase in advance of the season. Starting at $106 for one day of skiing at any of Vail Resorts’ North American resorts if purchased in advance of the season, the Epic Day Pass is perfect for skiers and riders who may not need the unlimited skiing offered by traditional season passes. Adding more days also lowers the cost per day, and the days can be used anytime throughout the season and at any combination of Vail Resorts’ North American owned and operated resorts.
To ski more days in a season, the Epic Pass and Epic Local Pass offers the best value and variety. Launching at $939, the Epic Pass provides unlimited, unrestricted access to all of Vail Resorts’ owned and operated resorts and additional access to partner resorts around the world. For skiers and riders willing to navigate around a few peak dates, the Epic Local Pass offers value with access to many of the same destinations, starting at only $699. The entire lineup of Epic Pass options is on sale at epicpass.com.
KIDS Children 4 and under ski free.
Camp CB provides ski and snowboard lessons for kids as young as three years old, and for all ability levels from first-timers to next generation rippers.
Butte 66 is a favorite après spot for its slopeside location with unbelievable views and a huge deck. Fun events and live music take place at Butte 66 throughout the season. In downtown Crested Butte, check out the Montanya Distillers for a delicious artisan cocktail that is distilled locally. Try a free tasting of an award-winning rum!
The Skitown Breakdown is the place to party on March 21, 2020, for a huge concert, cold brews and good vibes. The free spring concert is held during aprés ski in the base area. For more check the online event schedule.
Taos, New Mexico; skitaos.com, (844) 828-5601
OPENING DAY Nov. 28
AVERAGE ANNUAL SNOWFALL 300 inches — more than 20 feet of snowfall last season.
WHAT’S NEW Following last year’s addition of the resort’s first-ever high-speed quad chairlift on Lift 1, this year resort-goers will be treated to renovated and re-imagined dining areas, The Bavarian and The Phoenix, for better dining options. Other improvements include the new “gondolita” connecting the base area with the beginner’s area and a new state-of-the-art Children’s Center.
The Blake at Taos Ski Valley, the centerpiece of the Taos Ski Valley base area redevelopment, is beginning its third full winter season and was recognized earlier this year by MSN as the top hotel in New Mexico.
Last season, Tao Air launched the first-ever air service between Taos and Dallas and Austin. The service is now the fastest route to the Rocky Mountains for skiing and outdoor enthusiasts in Texas, while also giving New Mexico enhanced and affordable accessibility to Dallas and Austin.
Full Day/Half Day Adult (18-64) $110/$90, Teen (13-17) $90/$70, Youth (7-12) $70/$60, Senior (65-79) $90/$70, Military and Service $90/$70
Kachina Pass (ages 18-plus) $1,095, no blackout dates, includes Mountain Collective 50% off Reciprocity, four 50% off Buddy Passes, three days at Arapahoe Basin and three days at Copper Mountain, 20% off at Taos Sports, non-transferable and non-refundable.
Taos Value Pass (ages 18-64) $795, two 50% off Buddy Passes, three days at Arapahoe Basin and three days at Copper Mountain, not valid Dec. 26 – Jan. 1, 50% off lift tickets during blackout dates, no Mountain Collective 50% off Reciprocity, non-transferable and non-refundable; Taos Value Pass plus Mountain Collective $895, includes all the above and Mountain Collective 50% off Reciprocity.
Zia Pass (ages 18-35) $525, no Blackout Dates, two 50% off Buddy Passe, three days at Arapahoe Basin and three days at Copper Mountain, no Mountain Collective 50% off Reciprocity, non-transferable and non-refundable; Zia Pass plus Mountain Collective $625, includes all the above and Mountain Collective 50% off Reciprocity.
Senior Pass (ages 65-79) $575, no Blackout Dates, two 50% off Buddy Passes, three days at Arapahoe Basin and three days at Copper Mountain, no Mountain Collective 50% off Reciprocity, non-transferable and non-refundable; Senior Pass plus Mountain Collective $675, includes all the above and Mountain Collective 50% off Reciprocity.
Youth Pass (ages 7-17) $350, no Blackout Dates, three days at Arapahoe Basin and three days at Copper Mountain, no Mountain Collective 50% off Reciprocity, non-transferable and non-refundable; Youth Pass plus Mountain Collective $450, includes all the above and Mountain Collective 50% off Reciprocity
Weekday Pass (ages 18-64) $500, seven Blackout Dates, includes exchange days at Arapahoe Basin and Copper Mountain, 20% off lift tickets during Blackout Dates, and 50% off Mountain Collective discount
Ikon Pass (ages 23-plus) $1,045, no Blackout Dates, 14 unlimited skiing and riding destinations, up to seven days at 26 destinations
Ikon Base Pass (ages 23-plus) $749, holiday blackout dates, 12 unlimited skiing and riding destinations, up to five days at 28 destinations
KIDS Children 6 and under ski free with a paying adult.
APRÉS SKI The Bavarian Restaurant has a German flair with German dishes like Wienerschnitzel, Sauerbraten or Käsespätzle, and a fine wine list and specially imported German beer. The American menu includes salads, sandwiches, and burgers.
The 192 At The Blake centers its fine dining around a communal fireplace, all surrounded by rustic European alpine architecture with a New Mexican flair. Its savory dishes and curated wines, signature aprés-ski cocktails, sparkling wine and seasonal craft beers make this the place for toasting a great day of adventure.
The fun begins before opening day on Nov. 15 when Warren Miller’s 70th full-length feature film “Timeless” will be shown at the Taos Community Auditorium. Then, on Dec. 14, sample brews and eat food from around the region at the 24th Annual Brewmasters Festival. For more check the online event schedule.
Pagosa Springs, Colorado; wolfcreekski.com, (970) 264-5639
OPENING DAY November 16 – with the tentative closing date of April 5, 2020.
AVERAGE ANNUAL SNOWFALL 430 inches – “The Most Snow in Colorado”
Over the summer a new trail called Orion’s Beltway was cut and constructed for strong beginners and intermediates. Access the run via Pitch’s Gate or Serendipity. The trails lead into Orion’s Beltway and continue until Lower Feather Duster appears, continuing onto the Charity Jane Express bottom terminal.
The Raven’s Nest, a modern two-story restaurant that adjoins the top terminal of the Raven Lift, is upgraded with a new sunroom in the lower level! As a result the Raven’s Grill features a more defined café with a new delicious menu.
Full Day/Half Day Adult (13-64) $76/$60, Senior (65-79) $46/$38, Children (6-12) $39/$32
Beginner Lift (Nova Chair only) Adult $31, Senior $31, Child $31
Two-Day (consecutive days only) Adult $152, Senior $92, Child $78
Three-Day (consecutive days only) Adult $225, Senior $135, Child $114
Active Duty Military with Domestic Military ID (*includes spouses and children of servicemen/woman). Dependents must have military ID or DOD Form 93): Adult $54, Senior $36, Child $29
Season Passes Adult $979, Senior $430, Student $756, Child $385, Tot (5 and under) $54, Weekday Only $687
Family Passes 1st in Family $979, 2nd $756, 3rd $430, 4th $353, 5th $353
A full-day lift ticket for kids 5 years and younger is $6.
Wolf Pups is a ski program designed for beginners and advanced skiers ages 5 to 8. Wolf Riders is exclusively for kids wanting to learn to snowboard.
Families who have children enrolled in the Colorado Ski Country USA’s fifth and sixth grade passports will have three to four free ski days at Wolf Creek! Every ski season Wolf Creek hosts a “Know the Code” safety poster contest for local children. The annual safety poster contest invites elementary, junior and high school students to illustrate one or more aspects of the Responsibility Code. Posters are displayed in the Base Camp Building where the illustrations are voted on by Wolf Creek staff and guests. Elementary students are in a separate division with junior and high school students in another division. Each division has a first, second and third place. First through third place winners are awarded a free ski day with immediate family members.
APRÉS SKI Wolf Creek Ski Area supports local brewers and features handcrafted beers from local breweries like 3 Barrel Brewing Company, San Luis Valley Brewing Company, Steamworks Brewing Company, Ska Brewing Company and Great Divide Brewing Company. Several of the local breweries have seasonal, handcrafted brews that are available at Pathfinder Bar and Raven’s Roost; such as the winter lager, Freeze Cat from 3 Barrel Brewing Company.
Wolf Creek Ski Area is celebrating its second anniversary of going solar! In November 2018, Wolf Creek took a big step and became the first solar-powered ski area in the nation! Wolf Creek’s main source of energy for the entire ski area comes from the Penitente Solar Project in the San Luis Valley. The 2019-2020 ski season will be the 14th season Wolf Creek has used a form of renewable energy year-round for both day and night use.
Wolf Creek Ski Area is turning 80 this year! To celebrate Wolf Creek’s birthday the nostalgic high-speed D. Boyce Poma Lift will be brought back to life for the 2019-2020 ski season! The lift, which was named after the area manager Dick Boyce, was installed in 1968. A new wire rope for the D. Boyce Poma will help bring the surface lift back into service for skiers looking to experience a piece of Wolf Creek history. Tower safety circuits will also compliment the upgrades to the D. Boyce Lift.
The Town of Pagosa Springs also commemorates Kingsbury and Charity Jane Pitcher, who have owned Wolf Creek Ski Area for nearly 43 years, with a celebratory Pitcher Day. March 6 of each year is a nod to Kingsbury and Charity Jane and what they have done to better the ski area, environment and surrounding local communities. Wolf Creek will further The Pitcher’s Day festivities by offering discount lift tickets for the day, March 6, 2020 which falls on a Friday.
In addition, the line-up includes fun and holiday races, college days, local appreciation days. For more check the online event schedule.
Silverton, Colorado; silvertonmountain.com, (970) 387-5706
Heli Ski Season: Nov. 24
Guided Season: Dec. 26 – March 15, 2020
Unguided Season (Wednesday-Sunday): March 18 – April 19, 2020
AVERAGE ANNUAL SNOWFALL 400 inches
How can it get any better than steep terrain on a 13,487-foot peak through stashes of trees, bowls and snowfields, seemingly endless powder days, no groomers, few people, no marked trails, no clearcuts, more than 1,800 acres that’s all backcountry, no lift lines, and a taste of what it’s like to have your own private mountain? Nothing new here!
Unguided Skiing: $84 per day
Guided-Only Skiing: $184 includes full-day lift ticket and guide
Private Guide Service (January, February and March): One person: $489, Two people: $689, additional person/each: $289. Service includes gourmet lunch and beer/wine.
Private Guide Service (December and April): One to two people: $1,599, additional person/each: $99. Service includes gourmet lunch and beer/wine.
Heli Skiing: single heli drop (after lift ticket purchase) $179, Six-Run Heli Day (includes six drops and a guide) $1,190
2020 Spring Unguided Season Pass Early-Bird Deal/regular price, $199/$499. The pass includes 56% more unguided season on scheduled dates, option to purchase one $59 heli skiing run, plus 27 free days at partner resorts: Eaglecrest, Alaska; Mission Ridge, Washington; Sundance Mountain Resort, Utah; Red Lodge Mountain, Montana; Sunlight Mountain Resort, Colorado; Powderhorn, Colorado; Snow King, Wyoming; Brundage Mountain, Idaho; Mt. Baldy, California. Heli season running Thurs-Sun through April 5. Heli runs to Grassy and Butter Bowl.
* Purchase a 2020 Spring Unguided Season Pass with the Powder Upgrade and receive all the benefits of the season pass above plus $89 standby guided skiing/snowboarding during the guided season, the option to purchase a second $39 heli run on a second day (heli runs must be on separate dates), a 5% discount on Alaska heli skiing with Silverton Mountain Guides for the months of November, December and January, $2 PBRs all season, access to the mountain on projected unguided dates
KIDS Kids Season Pass for unguided skiing is $69. Valid for kids 17 and under (no extra pass perks with this product, no partner mountains)
APRÉS SKI The Town of Silverton serves as the place to be after a day of skiing at Silverton Mountain with a variety of restaurants and watering holes.
Check out Silverton Mountain’s online event schedule for a list of events including Women’s International Snow Day Celebration (TBA), Big Mountain Betty Fest (Jan. 17 -19, 2020), Clauson Classic (March 29, 2020), the 17th Annual Brewski (April 11, 2020), Sister’s Meeting in the Mountains (April 17-19, 2020) and the Steep Life Workshop (TBA).
Angel Fire, New Mexico; angelfireresort.com, (505) 377-4424
OPENING DAY Dec. 13 — through March 22, 2020.
AVERAGE ANNUAL SNOWFALL 210 inches
Angel Fire Resort will soon launch its brand-new, state-of-the-art Prism Onyx webcam at the summit. The new webcam is the world’s first A.I. powered live camera on the market. It will offer the most powerful, 4K video, 24 megapixel imagery, ultra-wide panorama views in the state, including the top of Angel Fire Resort, Wheeler Peak, and the Moreno Valley. The webcam will be available by opening day.
Full Day/Half Day Adult (ages 18-69) $84/$66, Teen (13-17) $76/63, Junior (7-12) $66/$53, Kids (6 and under) free, Senior (70-74) $29, Super Senior (75-plus) Free
Season Pass Nov. 1 – Dec. 12/Dec 13 and After: Adult (ages 24-69) $639/$739, Young Adult (18-23) $519/$619, College Student (Full-time) $499/$599, Teen (13-17) $499/$599, Junior (7-12) $299/$399, Senior (70-74) $269/$369, Kids (6 and under)** $20/$20, 5th Graders**$20/$20, Super Seniors (75-plus) **/$20/$20, Military ***$499/$599
**$20 fee covers the processing fees and cost of the pass itself. These passes must be purchased at the ticket office, not available for online purchase.
***Additionally, all Active Duty, Retired, Veterans, National Guard, and Reserve and their dependents were eligible for discounted Season Passes of $299 if purchased by Oct. 31, 2019. While still heavily discounted, the Military Season pass will increase to $599 on opening day.
Teacher Pass Good for any teacher K-12 nationally for just $99. Pricing goes up to $199 on opening day. The Teacher Pass is designed to thank educators for the work they do with students and to make skiing easier and offer more value for teachers.
Parenting Pass Interchangeable day lift pass allows parents to swap and share for the price of a single day lift ticket. The pass works for parents who want to take turns teaching their little kids how to ski. Or, for parents with babies/toddlers, they can take turns getting some runs in while the other hangs back with the child.
Children 6 and under ski free. Angel Fire Resort’s Ski and Snowboard School specializes in high quality, skill- and age-based children’s ski and snowboard lessons.
Legends Restaurant/bar is located at the base of the mountain for live music and the “Best in New Mexico” Green Chile Burgers. El Jefe’s is a Tacorito that offers traditional tacos and burritos, homemade margaritas, beer and full bar. On a nice day, hit the deck at the base of the Chile Express Chair and watch the last skiers of the day take their final runs. Or take a short shuttle ride to Elements, located in the Angel Fire Country Club, where you’ll find formal dining on one side and a fun upscale bar on the other with huge windows of views of the Nordic Cross Country trails and Wheeler Peak, New Mexico’s tallest mountain. Full menu of appetizers and dinners, craft cocktails, beer and wine.
Get ready, it’s your last chance to wax up a shovel and become a World Champ at the 41st Annual World Championship Shovel Races. The Angel Fire Resort Winter Carnival, featuring the last World Championship Shovel Races, will be Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, 2020. Racers compete by sitting on the scoop of a standard aluminum grain shovel, handle pointed downhill, and then lift their hands and feet to allow gravity to take them for a ride. The organized media competition of Shovel Racing has been held for 40 years at Angel Fire Resort.
There’s more! Between Thanksgiving Dinner at Elements and the Spring Break Music Fest in March, the winter season at Angel Fire is full of fun events too numerous to recount here. For more check the online event schedule.
Durango, Colorado; ski-hesperus.com, (970) 385-2199
OPENING DAY TBD
AVERAGE ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 150 inches
WHAT’S NEW Hesperus holds strong with its double chair lift and 26 trails on 60 skiable acres.
Full day/Half Day: Adult (ages 21-59) $39/$29, Teen (13-20) $33/$25, Child (11-12) $28/$21, Senior (60-69) $33/$25, Children 10 and younger/fifth graders/sixth graders/Seniors 70 and Older ski free. Half Day Tickets are available on Saturdays from 4-9 p.m. and Sundays from 1:30-5 p.m.
Power Pass Full Price: Adult (ages 18-64) $999, Young Adult (30-36) $799/ Young Adult (25-29) $699, Young Adult (19-24) $649, Teen (13-18) $549, Child (12 and younger) $449, Senior (65-79) $799, Super Senior (80-plus) $199
The Power Pass provides unlimited access to Hesperus and MCP resorts: Purgatory (CO), Arizona Snowbowl, Sipapu (NM), Pajarito (NM) and Nordic Valley (UT). For more, it also includes three (3) free days at Partner Ski Areas (choose from 18 different resorts and areas), discounts for friends and family lift tickets (up to 6 at 30% off window price), and 10% off on-mountain discounts for rentals, ski school, food and beverages and Purg Snowcat Adventures.
Other passes include Local Power Pass, Family Pass, Value Pass and Free Power Kids Pass.
KIDS Children ages 10 and younger, fifth graders, sixth graders, and seniors ages 70 and older ski free every day.
APRÉS SKI Hesperus Ski Area is located just 11 miles west of Durango on Highway 160. Durango has numerous restaurants and five breweries.
SPECIAL EVENTS Hesperus has the largest night skiing operation in the Southwest and offers tubing, rentals and ski school lessons.