The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - — Danika Wor­thing­ton,

Wolf Creek Ski Area in Pagosa Springs is pre­par­ing to open this week­end af­ter a storm that started Tues­day brought in 18 to 20 inches, said Rosanne Pitcher, par­towner of Wolf Creek. It’s still snow­ing, so that num­ber may rise by the time the storm leaves.

“This is early for us — not the ear­li­est ever, but it’s still early,” she said, not­ing that Oct. 8 was the ski area’s ear­li­est open.

Wolf Creek will be open­ing its begin­ner’s lift Nova, which serves the Nova and Su­san’s runs. Pitcher said the lift will run only on week­ends un­til the area opens full time. The pro­jected open­ing date is Nov. 2. More lifts will open be­fore then if there’s enough snow.

“Hope­fully, this storm just keeps com­ing and that way we can open more ter­rain,” she said,

Wolf Creek, which has 1,600 ski­able acres, is on Wolf Creek Pass.

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