We base our headquarters in south-west Colorado, near Pagosa Springs. We are nestled at the base of Wolf Creek Ski Area. This beautiful mountain is known for getting the most snowfall in Colorado. Wolf Creek gets an average of 430”, the most of any ski area in Colorado. With this much snow, Wolf Creek is one of the best places to ski and snowboard in the state.
While this is somewhat common knowledge, Wolf Creek Ski Area has another big surprise to share. The climate on Wolf Creek pass and of Wolf Creek Ski Area is considered as subarctic. You read that right. Our favorite ski slope in our far flung south wester corner of Colorado is considered subarctic. We get this classification because of the extreme altitude of Wolf Creek Pass, which tops out at 10,857, and nearly 12,000ft at the top of the Wolf Creek Ski Area. Temperatures on the pass, just 23 miles east of Pagosa Springs, range from lows that stay in the single digits from November to April, to high temps that barely crack the 60’s.
One of the many things we have come to love living in Pagosa Springs is just how unique our environment is.
While you have a subarctic climate up at Wolf Creek Ski Area you can also drive a couple of hours and get into both the low desert and the high desert. Mesa Verde National Park is a mere 90 minute drive from downtown Pagosa Springs. These ancient high desert habitat was home to the Anasazi Pueblo tribe for centuries and you can find their dwellings built into the cliffs. Another hour or so will get you to Moab and Canyon Country. The combination of all these unique features makes Pagosa Springs and Wolf Creek Pass a true gem of the San Juans. You can easily go from the most snow in Colorado to a leisurely paddle down the Green River in Utah.
It’s these extreme subarctic and desert conditions that inspired us to build the most indestructible, the most adaptable, and the most versatile cellphone case on the market. Often times in our neck of the San Juans, especially deep in some parts of Pagosa Springs, we are facing extremely challenging environmental conditions on top of being super remote. Often times on my runs off of Wolf Creek Pass, on the Continental Divide, I’ll be the only one out there for most of the day. This makes safety paramount in all that we do.
We base our headquarters in south-central Colorado, near Pagosa Springs. We are nestled at the base of Wolf Creek Ski Area. This beautiful mountain is known for getting the most snowfall in Colorado. Wolf Creek gets an average of 430”, the most of any ski area in Colorado. With this much snow, Wolf Creek is one of the best places to ski and snowboard in the state.
— Jon Rosenberg
Safety is something that we take quite seriously here at Cold Case Gear.
While we do appreciate having extra battery life so so we can take pictures and listen to music, we really are drawn to the safety factor of our products. Not everything is an emergency and we get that but often times having access to your phone can help prevent an emergency. Whether that looks like pulling up your maps to make sure you’re on the right trail or simply giving your partner a call to let them know you’re ok, but potentially hangry.
So go on, come and visit our corner of Southwest Colorado, whether you stay in South Fork or Pagosa Springs. Wolf Creek Ski Area is right up the road from either town, though in Winter South Fork provides somewhat safer access to this incredible ski area. You can always check the current conditions at Wolf Creek Ski Area by checking their website. While you're at it check out their live web cams!