Loveland Ski Area

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Loveland Ski Area

Loveland Ski Area
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With over 400 inches of snowfall a year, this resort boasts some of the best skiing in the state and one of the longest seasons.
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Nicole H
1 contribution
Lift Operators Aren't Paying Attention
Feb 2021
Beware, the lift operators here are not paying attention. My 6-year-old son was left dangling from a lift because multiple operators were not paying attention - until our screams finally got someone's attention. Fortunately, my son listened to us and did the brave thing - he let go and fell - before the lift height continued to climb.

Then the operator at a different lift didn't respond to our request to slow down so our small child could get off. THIS HAPPENED TWICE. Each time he was looking down (probably on his phone) and so didn't even notice the request. The second time, a snowboarder went down at the top of the lift and fortunately got out of the way just in time because the lift operator never stopped the lift! He looked up only after she was gone. He probably didn't even know it happened!

I emailed the mountain about this weeks ago. They didn't have the decency to respond.

People are injured or die from inattention at lifts. This is an accident waiting to happen.
Written March 17, 2021
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mnspje
Atlanta, GA88 contributions
50/50
Feb 2021
Great ski area with awesome runs. Affordable and we loved the terrain. On the flip side, we found the staff to be rude. Constantly yelling at guests who are outside and clearly more than 6 feet apart to put their masks on is ridiculous. Yelling at people to hurry up and get up when falling off the the lift on the beginner slope is not necessary. Improve the way you treat customers already.
Written February 20, 2021
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ajselgrad
Fond du Lac, WI229 contributions
Great for all levels of ability
Jan 2021
There is a great mix of easy, moderate, and challenging runs at Loveland. The lift lines were reasonable. Plan on getting their early if want a parking spot that is closer to main part of the ski area. Traffic on the weekend is bad...just have to accept it and go with the flow. Next time we come, we are going to go during the week to avoid traffic and "crowds" (which is very relative). Love this place and we will be back.
Written February 2, 2021
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karidoll22
Phoenix, AZ7 contributions
Perfection!
Feb 2021 • Couples
Visiting from out of town and wasn’t sure what to expect when visiting Loveland. Besides the traffic getting up the mountain the our visit to Loveland Ski couldn’t have been better.

Lift Lines were short, staff was very friendly and all appear to really love their jobs. Everyone in lines and around base of mountain wore face masks as they were asked too and the couple of people who i saw pull it down were quickly asked to pull it up.

Parking Lot access was close and organized. Shops and ticket office were both nice and efficient as well.

Even with this being a strange year with Covid we had such a great time here, I cant even imagine how much fun and relaxed this place would be on a normal year.

Written February 1, 2021
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Mike Hembre
1 contribution
Questionable hygiene of lift operators
Dec 2020 • Family
A fantastic place to take your family that's also affordable. I have been taking my family for here for many years. I did notice that one of the lift operators has some very questionable hygiene habits. The smell hit me very hard . I complained by phone last week about it but it seems to have gotten worse.
Written December 26, 2020
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Mark A
Larkspur, CO15 contributions
Great day Skiing
Dec 2020
Loveland Ski area sits smack on the top of the Continental Divide in Colorado. You are skiing on top of the Interstate 70 Eisenhower/ Johnson Tunnels West of Georgetown and east of Fisco/Dillon. It is a very high area with the base of the ski area just under the 11,000 foot elevation mark. The highest runs/bowls/ Trails top out over 13,000. The area is known for very long ski seasons, often starting as early as mid to late October and going through into May, occasionally June.

You can not compare this beautiful ski area to Aspen, Vail, Breckenridge and the other major ski area as this area does not have the glitz of the major resorts. There are no on or near site lodges, hotels, commercial and retail areas... And that, my friends is what makes this place so special. It is, plain and simple, a skiing and riding paradise. If you are looking for the Ritz, main lobster and Wagyu steaks... forget it. This place has a deli and cafeteria (currently closed for Covid-19 protocols) and a few bars. Most are in the base area, but there are places on the mountain for drinks and food. No glitz. Just your basic food. (All food and drink service, except of a grab and go, are closed during the pandemic).

I love this place. The focus is skiing and riding and the prices are just about the most reasonable in Colorado. The terrain is a good mix of beginners, intermediate, advanced and expert. All abilities will find some place very comfortable to spend a day. There are just under 100 official trails, but above tree-line there are ample bowls and chutes to choose from. And Intermediates and beginners can even experience bowl skiing at high altitudes. Fire Bowl is great for beginners. Bennet's Bowl, Our Bowl, Sunburst Bowl, Perfect Bowl and a huge area off Lift 8 are perfect for intermediates. Advanced and experts could have some great steep and deep rides off the very to (accesses by Sno-Cats in non-pandemic years), The Valley area, almost a separate area, let's beginners ride without the intimidation of antsy advanced skiers.

I just had my first early season Covid enhanced experience a couple days ago and the experience was excellent. The Covid modifications made have changed the style of the lift mazes and, while the lines may look long, it flows smoothly and quickly. My longest wait on a rather busy day was about 10-15 minutes, mid-day, at Chet's Dream. The mid mountain lifts were in the five minute range. My only question was the maze (or lack of it) set-up on Lift 6 (an old double chair serving blue and green runs). They had the skiers and riders lined up in two lines, no maze, on a downhill slope. The pitch was steep enough to make most folks have to sidestep down or use the beginners pie/wedge method to keep from slipping into others. It was odd but a bit quaint.

There was good coverage on the open trails despite a lack of December snow. Some areas were a touch icy (e.g. Roulett and Spillway) but it has been warm with minimal snow here so far. I loved the friendliness of the staff. And all in all, a great day. Note, due to Covid protocols, eating, warming, and suiting up really need to be done in your car (again, no near mountain lodging). While this is a major hassle at the big resorts, as you are generally kept far from your car, it's not bad here as the lot and the slopes are in close proximity to each other... A little inconvenient, but certainly acceptable and far closer than the likes of Copper, Vail, Aspen, etc.
Written December 22, 2020
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Nicole M
106 contributions
I'd do it again in a heartbeat!
Dec 2020
Loveland is not a place I would have normally stopped at during normal ski season - but we were in town before Winter Park opened and saw that they were open already so we decided to spend a day there with our family. I'll write a few pros and cons:

PROS:
- Great easy greens and blues, perfect for beginners or getting your "ski legs" going again after the summer break!
- The environment is much more local, it could be because of 55+ scene and the skiers just go slower and are less aggressive. It was a nice reprieve from the day prior where Copper Mountain was chaos.
- It was not crowded.
- The ski lesson area/beginner area looks perfect and is somewhat separated from the main entrance.

CONS:
- The day we were there, there was an awful smell. I'm not sure if it was the exhaust from the highway nearby or what?? It is a valley so fronts / smells could get caught in there. Once you're on the mountain skiing the smell goes away, this just applies to the base.
- Not much of a village (or a village at all). Just a restaurant and one shop. You don't really need much so this was not a problem.
- It was FREEZING! Apparently the valley / shade in this area adds to the colder feeling temperatures. Luckily the one shop has many extra layers you can buy so this helped us (and they were actually having a nice sale).

Overall, I'm really glad we did Loveland and I'd do it again in a heartbeat. This is not the place for aggressive / fast / trick type skiers.
Written December 5, 2020
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Jags
Irving, TX1 contribution
Awesome
Nov 2020 • Couples
I had a great experience at Loveland Ski Resort. I signed up for ski lessons with Bart Dunsford. He was amazing, he turned out to be a great friend than coach and was with me throughout the session with hardly any breaks. By the end of 3 hours I was able to ski down the slope, turn and stop without falling down. Thanks Bart!!!
I’ll be there soon to see you again!!!
Written November 30, 2020
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Christopher D
Silverthorne, CO106 contributions
Local's Favorite
Nov 2019
We've been skiing at Loveland since 1981. Our kids learned to ski there and now our grandkids are doing the same.
There is MUCH more mountain here than meets the eye at first glance. There's an entire palette of terrain on the North side of I-70. Hardly anyone goes there. And that doesn't even include the expert terrain that is at the Continental Divide. Some of the highest lift served terrain in the country. Only the Imperial Express at Breck is higher and not by much. There is 1 (one) blue run here. Otherwise you BETTER be able to turn fast. However, I won't share my favorite Loveland "secrets" here. Then I'd have to kill you.
The "SKI 3 " lesson program is the best in the state. Skiers get: full day lesson, all equipment, kids get lunch and when you finish the 3 lessons you get a SEASON PASS for the balance of the year. Put granddaughters in this last year. I'm thinking it was $399. What a deal!
Go over to the Valley for the beginner and learning terrain. Although there is some adventure here as well, if you know where to go. Ski school is located at the Valley. So if you're a new/beginner skier, this is where you start. While there is a plethora of "Green" terrain at the Basin, some of the "Green" slopes are definitely challenging. Ask a ski instructor for recommendations where to ski at the Basin.
Loveland is a no glitter, no glamour in your face ski area and God bless them! Ride up Chet's Dream from the base area and you will find the steepest terrain in the state for a 6 minute lift ride. If you can ski Holy Cat, Cat's Meow and Busy Gully you can ski anywhere. Or turn left at the top of the lift for XX terrain. Steep and deep.
If you bypass Loveland to ski with the Evil Empire, thank you for leaving all this GREAT snow to me. Or, see you on the slopes for a terrific day!
Written August 25, 2020
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micstebou
Fargo, ND419 contributions
Close to Denver with great skiing.
Jan 2020
This ski area is less than an hour from downtown Denver. Great is you are making day trips. Right off the interstate.

The good: Being right off the interstate means better road conditions; and being close to Denver makes it ideal for day trips. There are many slopes spread across a wide area with many lifts. The altitude and snowfall there makes for very good skiing for everyone from beginners to experts. Skiing and snow boarding available. There is a separate section for beginners with the ski school separated from the main slopes area; separate parking areas. Plenty of places to rest and hydrate. Large central cafeteria style main eating area with multiple stations and selections. They have particularly good hot chocolates with whip cream at all locations. Wait times on the lifts were non existant. The rental facilities there were freindly, helpful, and efficient. Since there are no resorts or hotels there, the crowds are smaller then the major resorts.

The not so good: The altitude here is higher than other major Colorado resorts. This is a plus overall to me, but if you are bothered by altitude effects, take that into account. The lift tickets tear off easily with falls or even high winds, they need to be more durable. Be sure and save the little receipt stub in a pocket. They give you that from the lift ticket, you will need that to get a replacement.

This is one of my new favorite Denver area places to ski.
Written March 15, 2020
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