Rating: Beginner to advanced terrain
Distance: Up to 10K
Trailhead: Wolf Creek Ski Area's Tranquility Lot: 37.47155, -106.78781
Trailhead Elevation: 10,560 feet
Max Elevation: 10,560 feet
Min Elevation: 10,190 feet
Elevation Gain: 900 feet
No fat bikes
Frozen Alberta Reservoir
Fresh tracks - Reservoir Loop
There’s a reason Nordic skiers have the highest VO2 max of all athletes, but if you wanted an additional challenge, try skiing above 10,000 feet! Wolf Creek Ski Area provides free access to miles of consistently groomed Nordic trails in Alberta Park. Alberta Park is a large meadow the sits at 10,400 feet and offers fantastic view of the Continental Divide.
The trails area can be accessed from the far east end of the ski area parking areas (Alberta Lot or the Tranquility Lot). Ski down “A-Way” to the Alberta Lift or take a cat track from the Tranquility Lot. Either way, it’s a fast and steep descent down to the Alberta Lift so be careful if you’re a beginner. And remember, you'll have to climb your way back up to your car when you’re done so save some energy.
The area may not be the best place to ski with young kids for this reason - they will have to make the climb back to the car with tired legs.
The meadow is ideal for beginners, but can be chilly as winds spill over the Continental Divide. There are several forested sections offer shelter from the wind. Depending upon the snow conditions, Wolf Creek may groom a 10K loop that takes you to Alberta Reservoir and back. If you want to avoid sharp, steep corners, ski the reservoir loop counter clock-wise.
Check Wolf Creek's website for grooming information or the Pagosa Nordic Club's grooming report. Bust a lung out there!