WOLF CREEK PASS - Davey Pitcher leans over the sheer cliff, his ski tips throwing shadows on the snow 50 feet below.
"Yeah, I've hit this," he said. "But over there, it's a little bigger. That one was better."
Pitcher, whose family has owned Wolf Creek Ski Area since he was a boy, is following the "bigger is better" theme with an ambitious expansion plan that would double his ski area's size. He has sketched plans for a tram accessing 750 plummeting acres on the backside of Wolf Creek.
The 50-year-old has spent most of his life skiing not just his home hill's slopes but the wild terrain beyond the boundary ropes.
"I've been skiing back here for 10 years, and I'll be skiing back here for another decade," he said. "This is public land, and this is all about public access."
Pitcher's southwestern Colorado roots trace back to his grandfather Otto Mears, a turn-of-the-century road builder who was known in southern Colorado as the "Pathfinder of the San Juans."
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