01/23/2023 Wolf Creek Snow Report

Happy Monday to everyone! Here is today’s snow report for Wolf Creek:

In the last 48 hours, they received 2″ of snow.

This most recent snowfall, combined with the 2″, brings the 7-day total to 46″.

The snowfall year-to-date is 235″.

The midway depth 98″ and the summit depth 107″.Screenshot_20221207_103332

It is currently overcast with light snow.

The surface conditions remain powder/packed powder with excellent conditions and extensive grooming throughout the mountain.

The pick of the hill today is Orion’s Beltway.

Lift tickets are at regular rates: $85 for adults, $54 for seniors and $42 for children.

The forecast shows a chance of snow showers today, tomorrow and Wednesday.

For the most up-to-date information call 1-800-SKI-WOLF

Road conditions and restrictions in the area may be found by visiting COTrip.org

Upcoming Events in Pagosa Springs 1/19/23-1/26/23

As we get closer to the weekend, it’s time to start planning for some fun activities. Be sure to check out these great events:

FRI 1/20 – SUN 1/22: WinterFest @ Downtown Pagosa Springs. Brought to you by the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. An activity-packed weekend for the whole family! The Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascensions, Sled Races, Cross Country Ski Clinic, Fat Bike Race, BB Gun Biathlon, the Polar Plunge and so much more!

FRI 1/20: Live Music @ The Springs Resort – Hotel Atrium. 5-7pm. Live music by a local duo-Ron & Susan. Enjoy some southwestern country rock while sipping on a cocktail!

FRI 1/20: Painting Party @ Picasso & Vino Studio. 6:30-8:30pm. “Coffee Time.” Follow along step by step to create your own masterpiece! Beverages and light snacks are available for purchase. $38 – make reservations at https://picassoandvino.com.

SAT 1/21 & SUN 1/22: Skis and Saddles Skijoring @ Archuleta County Fairgrounds. Experience the excitement of skijoring – horses pulling skiers and snowboarders, completing challenges.

SAT 1/21 & SUN 1/22: WinterFest Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascension @ Uptown Pagosa Springs. Approximately 8 am. Mass ascension around Pagosa Lakes-from the west side open areas of Pagosa.

SAT 1/21: Red Ryder BB Gun Biathlon @ Yamaguchi Park. 10am. A favorite local event for all ages and abilities and also great for spectators. Registration and info at pagosanordic.com.

SAT 1/21: WinterFest 7th Annual Barkus Parade @ Downtown Pagosa Springs. Registration at 10:30am and starts at 11am. The Lost Cajun is hosting this event as a benefit for Rugby’s Rescue House. Bring your costumed pet and parade with us. Costume contest! Participants are asked to make a small donation, $10 or more in support of Rugby’s Rescue House. Get a free cup of gumbo at the Lost Cajun Restaurant.

SAT 1/21: WinterFest 12th Annual Penguin Plunge @ Downtown Pagosa Springs. Registration at 12pm and plunge at 1pm. Support your favorite non-profits by raising money and plunging into the San Juan River. Watch from the San Juan River Walk. 105 Hot Springs Blvd https://pagosachamber.com/winterfest.

SAT 1/21: Sound Journey @ The Edge of Silence. 1pm. Experience the healing benefits of harmonic vibrations produced by large gongs, Himalayan singing bowls. Call 970-389-9422. More info at https://theedgeofsilence.org. 2839 Cornerstone Dr. #5.

SAT 1/21: Live Music @ The Springs Resort – Hotel Atrium. 5-7pm. Live music and cocktails with Glenn Unrath and Jack Ellis. A blend of acoustic blues, country and folk.

SAT 1/21: Painting Party @ Picasso & Vino Studio. 6:30-8:30pm. “Hawaiian Vacation”. Follow along step by step to create your own masterpiece! Beverages and light snacks are available for purchase. Reservations at https://picassoandvino.com. $38.

SAT 1/21: Live Music Concert @ Archuleta County Fairgrounds Extension Building. 7-9pm. Concert at Skis and Saddles Skijor Pagosa Country. “Float like a Buffalo.” Rock with funk, ska, reggae & jam influences. Tickets and more info https://skisandsaddles.com. $15. 344 US HWY 84.

SUN 1/22: WinterFest Pagosa Nordic Learn to Cross-Country Ski Clinic @ Cloman Park. Checked in and ready to ski by 9:45am. These great introductory clinics for adults are held throughout the season. Skate ski and classic cross-country ski basics will be shared by some of Pagosa Springs’ best skiers. All free of charge. Donations and Pagosa Nordic Club membership are strongly encouraged to help offest the expenses with conducting the clinics and trail grooming. Register at https://pagosanordic.com.

SUN 1/22: Bingo @ St John Paul II Catholic Church. Early bird games at 5:45pm and regular bingo starts at 6pm. Food, beverages and bingo for the whole family. Doors open at 5pm.

TUES 1/24 – SUN 1/29: Bamboo Fly Rod Building Class @ PJ’s Fine Bamboo Rods. 8:30am. PJ’s will host six-day bamboo fly rod building classes numerous times a year. Build your own handcrafted bamboo fly rod from a culm of bamboo to your very own custom bamboo fly rod. Register at https://pjsfinebamboo.com/classes.

TUES 1/24: Live Music @ The Springs Resort – Hotel Atrium. 5-7pm. Live music and cocktails with the Jackson Mountain Ramblers. Playing a mix of your favorite classics.

TUES 1/24: Open Mic @ The Den. 6pm. Come play music, sing, practice your stand-up comedy or read some poetry. Hosted by Carl Mori.

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1/19/23 Wolf Creek Snow Report

Happy Thursday! We’ve had quite the week of snowstorms! Let’s take a look at Wolf Creek’s current conditions:

The mountain received a total of 56″ of snow from this latest storm!

The total snowfall year-to-date is 223″.

The midway depth is 106″ and the summit depth is 115″.

The surface conditions are powder/packed powder with excellent conditions and extensive grooming throughout the mountain. Screenshot_20221111_103051

The Pick of the Hill today is Orion’s Beltway.

Lift tickets are at Regular Rates: $85 for Adults, $54 for Seniors and $42 for Children.

This Sunday, January 22nd, Wolf Creek will be having a Fun Race! Race your friends or just challenge your own fastest time. Free and open to skiers and boarders of all ages and abilities. Sign up is from 9:30am-10:30am in the Raven’s Nest building and the race is from 11am to 1pm on Charisma run.

Tuesday, January 24th, is a Tuesday Turns and Technique Clinic. Skiers and boarders can purchase a lift ticket for $62 ($43 for Seniors) and a 2-hour morning lesson for any ability for just $45.

The current road conditions are plowed and sanded with Winter driving conditions!

The forecast shows more snow showers tomorrow (Friday) with a break on Saturday and then a few more days of potential snow showers beginning on Sunday.

For the most up-to-date information call 1-800-SKI-WOLF

Road conditions and restrictions in the area may be found by visiting COTrip.org

Talk about an epic storm! Keep them coming! We’d love to see pictures of y’all enjoying the mountain! Stay tuned and have a fantastic weekend!

Wolf Creek Ski Report 12/13/2022

Screenshot_20221213_112412Happy Tuesday! Finally, we got some serious snow!!! 

Wolf Creek received 12″ in the last 24 hours, bringing the 7-day total to 26″! The snowfall year-to-date is now 90″!

The midway depth is 50″ and the summit depth is 55″.

The surface conditions are still powder/packed powder with excellent early season conditions and unmarked obstacles.

The pick of the hill today is Tranquility.

Lift tickets are at regular rates: $85 for adults, $54 for seniors and $42 for children.

The Ski School, Ski and Snowboard Rentals, Treasure Sports, Pathfinder Bar, Base Camp, Prospector Grill, Alberta Grill, Continental Espresso Bar, Raven’s Nest Pizzaria and the Wolf Creek Lodge are all open! Be sure to check them out!

Expect very low temperatures in the next week.

Snow is in the forecast on Thursday and Friday!

For the most up-to-date information call 1-800-SKI-WOLF

Road conditions and restrictions in the area may be found by visiting COTrip.org

Have a great week! As always, I will keep you posted!

 

Wolf Creek Snow Report

We are halfway through the week! Only a few more days until the weekend. And trust me, you’re going to be even more excited for the weekend when you hear about the snow Wolf Creek has received over the last few days!

Wolf creek has received 11″ from the most recent storm, bringing the 7-day total to 16″!

The snowfall year-to-date is 71″.Screenshot_20221207_103332

The midway snow depth is 39″ and the summit snow depth is 42″.

The conditions are powder/packed powder with excellent early season conditions and unmarked obstacles.

The mountain is officially 100% open with 9 lifts and 1,600 skiable acres!!!

The pick of the hill today is Tranquility.

Lift tickets are at Local Appreciation rates today and tomorrow (12/7 & 12/8). $62 for adults, $43 for seniors and $32 for children!

Based on the forecast, it looks like we might receive more snow today. After this storm moves out, we most likely won’t be seeing more snowfall until Sunday.

As always, please use caution when driving!

For the most up-to-date information call 1-800-SKI-WOLF

Road conditions and restrictions in the area may be found by visiting COTrip.org

Happy Shredding! If we receive more snow, I’ll be sure to update y’all! 

Exploring the National Forest

What to Bring on your Adventure in the Woods

The National Forest around Pagosa Springs is a big space… and we mean big! With over 3 million acres of wilderness and national forest surrounding the town, there is plenty of space to explore! If you want to go exploring in the San Juan National Forest or the Weminuche Wilderness, you should prepare for a variety of weather, terrain, and wildlife interactions! This post should outline the basic gear you should bring when exploring anywhere in the United States; and some essentials specific to this area. Let’s get into it!

Exploring
Photo Courtesy: Gavin Kiker Photography
  1. Water – Water is at the top of this list for a reason. Water is important no matter where you are or what you are doing. It becomes more important as you gain altitude because it helps combat the headaches and dizziness associated with altitude sickness. I try to carry at least 2- 32oz Nalgene bottles for a day in the forest so I know I have enough!
  2. Shoes & Clothing – The weather in this part of the country can change drastically in a matter of a couple hours. In July it can be 90 degrees at Noon and 55 degrees and pouring rain by 3pm! This makes it extra important to wear layers and pack the appropriate clothing for the conditions. I try to always bring a jacket and rain poncho or full rain suit when I want to spend more than an hour or two in the woods. As far as footwear goes I highly recommend wearing boots that provide good ankle support. These kinds of boots can prevent ankle sprains; a big deal when you are alone and away from civilization! Waterproof boots are also a good choice if you like exploring in the rain. Waterproof boots will be warmer due to lack of ventilation; something to consider if your feet tend to get hot.
  3. Cutting Tool – A cutting tool in the woods has a million uses. Whether you need to get a splinter out of your finger, cut a string from your shirt, or cut a tree branch to fashion a splint, a good pocket knife or multitool is essential in an outdoor emergency. I never go exploring without one! A multitool has the advantage over a normal pocket knife because they usually have several different tools and even a pair of pliers built in! I personally carry and recommend Leatherman multitools.
  4. Map & Compass – While you don’t necessarily need a map and compass to start exploring, it’s a good idea to bring them along! A map and compass can help you find your bearings if you find yourself lost. You can also use them to mark landmarks that you want to visit again later! A simple compass can be bought for $15-20 and is light enough to always bring with you. As far as maps go, I recommend going into the Forest Service office and asking for maps for the specific areas you want to explore! They will even have topo maps that show elevation so you can see how steep your route will be.
  5. Food – You need energy to explore and food gives you energy! I always try to bring high-energy snacks to keep me going throughout the day. Protein bars, trail mix, jerky, fruit, etc are all great, compact snacks that will keep you up in energy. Be sure to bring a ziplock bag or similar to keep your trash in until you can properly dispose of it. Do not litter!!
  6. Fire – It can get cold at night in this part of the country, even in the middle of summer. If you get lost or injured in the woods and have to spend the night you are going to want some way to build a fire! I think a Bic or similar rugged lighter is the bare minimum you should bring on your outdoor adventures. These are pressurized so they work outdoors and they rarely leak fuel. If you have a little more room for gear, I would also bring a flint and steel in addition to the lighter. This leaves you with two viable options for starting an emergency fire. Be sure you know how to properly build a fire before heading out!
  7. First Aid – The San Juan and Weminuche Wilderness is a rugged terrain with some extremely remote areas. If you get hurt way up in the woods it can be nearly impossible for help to make it to you! Carrying a well-equipped first aid kit can allow you to take care of minor injuries by yourself until you are able to make it to civilization! It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with all of the components of your first aid kit and how they work. You can even print instructions to keep in the kit! I recommend Adventure Medical Kits if you are wanting a good pre-built first aid kit.
  8. Sun Protection – Pagosa Springs and surrounding wilderness areas are very high in elevation compared to most of the United States. Pagosa Springs is sitting at 7,126ft above sea level and most of the places you’ll be exploring will be higher. Being higher than sea level also means you are closer to the sun and sunburn can be a serious issue! If you know you are going to be in the sun a lot I would recommend wearing long shirts and pants or using a good sunscreen. It’s no fun wearing a hiking backpack with burnt shoulders… trust me!

These are some of the most important pieces of gear that you should carry with you in the woods! Whether you are running out for an hour in the woods or planning a weeklong excursion, these will help you make it home safely! If all this talk of exploring is too exciting to ignore, give us a call at 970.507.8655 and we can help you find a place to stay in Southwest Colorado!

Winter Emergency Kit

Be Prepared This Winter! Pack an Emergency Kit.

Driving in snow can be unpredictable and sometimes dangerous; 17% of all car accidents occur in winter weather conditions! It is important to be prepared for whatever is thrown your way, whether you hit ice and slide into a ditch or your car breaks down. We recommend keeping a basic emergency kit in your car at all times so you are prepared if something happens. This list covers the basics on what you need!

Emergency Kit

Emergency Kit Essentials:

  1. First Aid Kit – A first-aid kit is something you should always keep in your car. While it won’t help with major medical issues, you can at least bandage any scrapes or cuts! If you are prescribed any medication, keep some labeled in your first aid kit in case you are stranded.
  2. Flashlight – It is really, really dark at night during a snow storm! Pack a good flashlight or headlamp in your emergency kit. This can be extremely useful if you need to work on your car in the dark. USB charging is a big plus on these!
  3. Ice Scraper – Your car’s defroster doesn’t always work as quickly or as well as it needs to. Put an ice scraper in your kit so you can clear your windshield in icy conditions. Low visibility through your windshield can be very dangerous!
  4. Jumper Cables – The rest of your car emergency kit isn’t much good if you can’t start the car! Jumper cables allow you to start your car with a dead battery using another car. These can be really helpful year-round. Just be sure you’re putting them on correctly, or you risk damaging the electrical components in your car.
  5. Snow Shovel – This one is pretty straightforward… If you are stuck in the snow, a snow shovel can help you get out. You don’t need a full size shovel in your emergency kit, smaller shovels are made for this specific purpose!
  6. Bag Of Cat Litter – The main reason cars get stuck in the snow is lack of traction. If you find yourself in a position where your tires are spinning on ice or snow you can simply sprinkle cat litter behind the tire to add traction! We recommend keeping at least a couple gallons bagged up, as you may go through a lot!
  7. Cell Phone Charger – Your phone is pretty much useless without a charge! Keep a car charger and a portable battery charged up in your car to be sure you’re never stuck with a dead phone. It’s also a good idea to keep your emergency contact numbers written down somewhere in your car, so you can still call them on someone else’s phone.
  8. Water – Dehydration can be a serious problem if you are stranded. Keep at least a gallon of water in your emergency kit. Keep in mind water expands when it is frozen, so if you’re filling your own container leave some room at the top.
  9. Blanket – Winter is cold! Pack at least one good, thick blanket to keep you warm if you need to stay in your car. If you have room for a second blanket, pack a tough one that you could lay on under your car if needed during repairs. Military wool blankets work well for everything.
  10. Tool Kit – Just like the first-aid kit, a basic tool kit can be useful year-round! From small repairs to tire changes, there are many uses for tools. If your car requires any special tools (European cars often use Torx bolts) be sure to pack those into your tool kit.
  11. Roadside Reflectors – Breaking down on the side of the road can put you at risk of being hit by passing drivers; especially in low visibilty scenarios like a winter storm! Roadside reflectors or road triangles help other drivers know where you are and that you may need assistance. They take up little room and are definitely a good item to keep with you.
  12. Non-Perishable Food – If you are stranded in your car, you will probably need an energy boost at some point. Keep non-perishable snacks such as granola bars, dehydrated fruits, and jerky in your emergency kit for that little extra energy kick! Don’t forget to rotate snacks out every few months so you are never stuck with bad food.
  13. Matches/Lighter – Matches or a lighter can provide you with some light and warmth in an emergency. Pack waterproof matches so they can’t be ruined by moisture. Disposable lighters such as a bic or clipper lighter are best as they won’t leak fluid and they work in cold conditions.
  14. Insulated Work Gloves – If you need to work on your car in the snow, you are probably going to want a good pair of gloves! Insulated work gloves are the best choice for an emergency kit. They will keep you warm and hold up to any abuse you throw at them.

This list should give you a good base to build your own emergency kit from! Winter driving can be treacherous so we hope this kit can help you this winter season! If you are reading this wishing you lived somewhere snowy, give us a call at (970) 507-8655 and we can help you find your Next Home in the mountains! Don’t forget to like us on Facebook for NextHome updates and our bi-weekly virtual open house series.

Beat The Cold!

Smoken Moe’s Unreal BBQ

Smoken Moe's
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Smoken Moe’s Unreal BBQ was established in 2006 in Ignacio, CO and moved to Pagosa Springs in 2012. Known for some of the best BBQ this side of Texas, Smoken Moe’s is a great place to beat the cold and sit down for a warm meal! Moe’s offers pit-smoked barbeque smothered in signature sauces, perfect to warm you up! They also offer catering and you can even order food by the pound to bring the barbeque home! The menu has plenty of options, so you are sure to find something great to eat!

Smoken Moe's
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With everything going on in the world, it is more important than ever to support your local businesses! Whether you’re going out to a local restaurant for lunch or buying gifts for Christmas, shopping local helps your community thrive and grow. If you would like to talk to one of our real estate experts, give us a call at (970) 507-8655! You can also like us on Facebook for NextHome RMR updates!

Wolf Creek Pass

Covered In Snow!

It snowed in Colorado this past weekend… A lot! Wolf Creek Pass received 14 inches of powder overnight, and Pagosa Springs woke up to steady snowfall! With snow starting to fall, now is the time to prepare your home for winter. Check our Winter Prep Guide out to see what you should do to prepare for winter!

Wolf Creek Pass

It isn’t too cold to sell your home or buy a dream home! Give us a call at (970) 507-8655 to talk to a Southwest Colorado real estate expert! If you would like to look at our current listings in Pagosa Springs and surrounding areas, click here!