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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 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
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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'...
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