Shhh! Pagosa a ‘best secret’ ski town

Its hot springs make Pagosa Springs a choice spot for outdoors enthusiasts after a hard day of skiing or snowboarding, and helped the town make National Geographic Adventure’s top 10 “Best Secret Ski Towns of North America.” Enlargephoto

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Its hot springs make Pagosa Springs a choice spot for outdoors enthusiasts after a hard day of skiing or snowboarding, and helped the town make National Geographic Adventure’s top 10 “Best Secret Ski Towns of North America.”

Of course it’s not a secret to us here in Southwest Colorado, but apparently to much of the rest of the country it is: Pagosa Springs/Wolf Creek is an excellent place to go ski and soak.

But perhaps it won’t be hush-hush much longer. Earlier this month National Geographic Adventure named Pagosa Springs one of its 10 “Best Secret Ski Towns of North America.”

The magazine’s online description says Wolf Creek Ski Area is “long renowned among the powder cognoscenti for having the best snow in the state. As for the town itself there are only two things a skier needs to know about: hot springs and microbreweries.”

Wolf Creek also has one of the lowest lift ticket prices in the state – an adult all-day ticket is $58. If that sounds high to you, that’s understandable, but it probably means you haven’t been skiing for a decade or more.

Staff reports