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11-18-2008 03:47 PM
killclimbz The Ski area is just before the Summit on the East side of the pass. There is no lodging at the ski area. The two closest options are South Fork and Pagosa Springs. Each being about a 15-20 minute drive, maybe less. So you have to travel the pass everyday you are there. It's not a particularly gnarly pass. As mentioned the east side is threatened less and maybe a bit easier to drive in snowy conditions. The West side is steeper, has two or three very serious avalanche paths and is covered with more snow in general. I think it may be a shorter drive on that side (Pagosa side) than the east side. Just as mentioned, if they have to close the pass, it's generally closed at the Summit from the east side and at the base from the west side. So people coming from the South Fork side get a serious powder day, while the Pagosa Peeps are drinkin' and cryin'...
11-18-2008 03:26 PM
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Another bit of advice for you to consider.

Pagosa Springs is the nicer town. More to do, real snow shops there, and just more of a ski town feel. The drawback is that it's on the West side of Wolf Creek Pass. All the big gnarly avalanche paths that threaten the highway are on that side. So if it snows enough CDOT will close that side of the pass much more frequently than the South Fork side which rarely (but does on occasion)closes. The Pagosa side will be closed at the bottom of the pass, while the South Fork side is generally open to the Summit, therefore giving you access to the ski area. Problems with Southfork is that it's much more beat than Pagosa. A few ok restaurants and not much else. Feels like a truck stop there.

I usually take my chances with the Pagosa side and haven't been skunked yet. I had some friends that had 3 days where they couldn't get to Wolf Creek because the pass was closed. They were bumming.
Ill be driving in from the west, will I need to worry about that pass? Im driving AZ to UT to CO
11-18-2008 03:14 PM
killclimbz Another bit of advice for you to consider.

Pagosa Springs is the nicer town. More to do, real snow shops there, and just more of a ski town feel. The drawback is that it's on the West side of Wolf Creek Pass. All the big gnarly avalanche paths that threaten the highway are on that side. So if it snows enough CDOT will close that side of the pass much more frequently than the South Fork side which rarely (but does on occasion)closes. The Pagosa side will be closed at the bottom of the pass, while the South Fork side is generally open to the Summit, therefore giving you access to the ski area. Problems with Southfork is that it's much more beat than Pagosa. A few ok restaurants and not much else. Feels like a truck stop there.

I usually take my chances with the Pagosa side and haven't been skunked yet. I had some friends that had 3 days where they couldn't get to Wolf Creek because the pass was closed. They were bumming.
11-18-2008 03:02 PM
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Are you staying in Durango for your Wolf Creek trip (90+ minutes away) or are you staying in Pagosa Springs. If you are staying in Durango proper, it's a college town. Plenty of Bars there to get your drink on. Some great places in the downtown area and a very young crowd. I would also recommend hitting Purgatory (Durango Mountain) as it is like 10 minutes from Downtown Durango.

If you are staying in Pagosa there are a few places. The Durango Brewery comes to mind. They make some good beer there. There is also a nice little Mexican food place on the main drag and a decent bar that I can't think of the name of. It's a little more local and redneck there, but not lumberjacks. More like Ranchers...
Good call. Ill probly end up staying in Pagosa. The closer to the hill the better.
11-18-2008 02:06 PM
killclimbz Are you staying in Durango for your Wolf Creek trip (90+ minutes away) or are you staying in Pagosa Springs. If you are staying in Durango proper, it's a college town. Plenty of Bars there to get your drink on. Some great places in the downtown area and a very young crowd. I would also recommend hitting Purgatory (Durango Mountain) as it is like 10 minutes from Downtown Durango.

If you are staying in Pagosa there are a few places. The Durango Brewery comes to mind. They make some good beer there. There is also a nice little Mexican food place on the main drag and a decent bar that I can't think of the name of. It's a little more local and redneck there, but not lumberjacks. More like Ranchers...
11-17-2008 11:22 PM
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alright, i will make a call, just PM me
Nice! See if you get an address too.
11-17-2008 11:21 PM
KIRKWOOD-$LUT alright, i will make a call, just PM me
11-17-2008 11:19 PM
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i have now idea, but my cousins best man is the owner, LOL
HA!! Get me some wooden nickels or coupons!!
11-17-2008 11:17 PM
KIRKWOOD-$LUT i have now idea, but my cousins best man is the owner, LOL
11-17-2008 11:16 PM
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Shooters!!!
East side or west side?
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