Wolf Creek has acquired a mythic status for Front Range skiers and snowboarders. This is the place where you will find snow, especially early in the season. Big dumps roll up to this southern end of the San Juans, leaving legends like the November 2013 storms that left over 100 inches in their wake by Thanksgiving. And, while yes the skiing is that good, what often gets left out is that Pagosa Springs, on the west side of Wolf Creek Pass may just be the best damn ski town in Colorado. Sure, there are the requiste Texans waving their Lone Stars here, but the place has someone remained immune to the influxes of package destination tourists, poseur mountain freaks and plugged-in hipsters that threaten to take over many of the state’s other ski towns. Pagosa is for real. It’s also the ideal place for a trifecta of good-living immersion: Here you can indulge in powder, craft beer and warm, healing waters all in the same day.