Wolf Creek is great. If you are flying the closest place to fly into is going to be Durango. Judging by the OP's post, that is what he plans to do. Durango is on the Pagosa side of the pass and about 90 minutes from Wolf Creek. It does have cheap lift tickets and inexpensive lodging can be found on either side of the Pass. The Pagosa Springs side does close more often than the South Fork side, but it's not that often and is rarely for more than a day. I generally stay in Pagosa everytime I go down there and have yet to get skunked. It can happen though.