Loveland Ski Area

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Written by Cassidy Barnes posted on Thursday, February 11th, 2010

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Loveland Ski Area is near the small town of Georgetown, Colorado just outside of Denver. Its proximity to the state capitol and its over 400 inches of snow make it one of the Front Range’s most popular resorts.

Beautiful first tracks at Loveland Ski Area.

The ski area is made up of Loveland Basin and Loveland Valley. The two areas used to be connected by a double chair lift, but are now served by bus. It gets its name from Loveland Pass, which divides it and Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (A-Basin), another local favorite.

Loveland is one of Colorado’s highest ski areas with a summit of 13,010 feet. The area has the second highest lift-served slopes in North America at 12,697 feet.

Situated atop the Continental Divide on the east side of Interstate 70’s Eisenhower Tunnel, its usually one of the first ski areas to open.

Loveland Ski Area has 93 trails on 1,570 acres. Another hundred acres are skiable if you hike up to them. The base elevation is 10,800 feet and the vertical rise is 2,210 feet.

Based on a 31 year average, Loveland gets 400 inches of snow a year. That’s over 10 meters! Just in case, they have snowmaking capability on 160 of their acres.

Ten lifts service the area; 3 doubles, 2 triples, 3 quads, 1 surface lift and one magic carpet (at the ski school).

Loveland Basin is the larger of the two areas, with the highest summit and the majority of the lifts and terrain. The main lodge is located at this area, complete with a ticket tower, rental and repair shop, lockers, shops, a nursery and the administrative offices.

Love Park, the ski area’s terrain park is also at the Basin. Try the rails, fun boxes, tabletop jumps, and kickers at this park off the #1 lift along the Tempest trail.

Beginners head to the Valley area of the resort, with a bunny hill called All Smiles, where the ski school conducts its lessons.

The Loveland Ski & Snowboard School has lessons for every age and level. They have daily lessons for young kids, the Polar Explorers level for children from 7-14 and even classes for adults. Their telemark clinics has been a staple for years, while their A.T.A.C. workshops are the newest addition to the school.

A skiers plows down one of the powder-covered trails at Loveland.

With the A.T.A.C. workshops, Loveland invites you to “experience the mountain like never before.”

These workshops are for advanced/expert adult skiers because they go to the most challenging terrain with the professional instructors. The program runs 2 ½ hours and includes an all-mountain lift ticket.

The longest run at Loveland is two miles long. Overall, the terrain is rated 13% beginner, 41% intermediate and 46% advanced/expert.

What the resort lacks in trails and amenities, it makes up for in powder and short lift lines.

To get to Loveland, take I-70 west from Denver about 53 miles. Parking is free at either Loveland Basin or Loveland Valley. The free shuttle service that runs between the two areas from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

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