Loveland Ski Area-USA
Loveland Ski Area
During winters we all tend to become lethargic, homebound and pledge to spend the rest of the days under our cozy blankets. After all, there’s not much one can do during winters right? Well, think again. What if you could embrace the winters and turn it into one of the best holidays of your life! One popular sport which one can indulge in during the cold months is skiing, and believe it or not, the sense of excitement and adventure that one would experience is sure to make you love the snow. One such popular destination that could entirely change your perception about winters is the Loveland Ski Resort.
Loveland Ski Resort is a popular ski area in the United States which is situated near Georgetown, Colorado. It derives its name from the adjacent Loveland Pass, which segregates it from the Arapahoe Basin ski area lying nearby on the west side of the Continental Divide. Loveland lies within the Arapahoe National Forest and is located in the eastern part of the Eisenhower Tunnel. Loveland Ski Area is one of the very few ski areas which lie in close proximity to the Denver metropolitan region, thus making it quite a hit among the locals for the past seventy-five years!
To be precise, Loveland lies at a distance of 53 miles (west) from Denver and is generally regarded as the closest finest ski area accessible to the Denver market. The region also enjoys a whopping 1,800 acres of remarkable terrain in addition to an additional 100 acres of hike terrain. It offers an informative lesson program, free snowcat skiing (along with the Continental Divide), and experiences way more snow (averaging 400 inches annually) than any Summit County or Front Range resort. Also, Loveland is not only close to the homes of several generations of Colorado skiers and riders but is also very close to the hearts of those who simply want to ski or ride, therefore making it Colorado’s very own winter wonderland.
With a spectacular summit height of 13,010 feet, Loveland has come to be known as one of Colorado’s highest ski areas. By virtue of its lofty elevation, Loveland is typically one of the first ski resorts to be open every season, with the earliest opening recorded on October 7, 2009. Loveland often has shorter lift lines and inexpensive midweek lift tickets, owing to the lack of on-site lodging. It features two base areas, namely Loveland Basin and Loveland Valley and 93 ski trails that offer everything right from groomers and trees to big open bowls which lie off the Ridge.
Out of the two base areas that compose Loveland Ski Area, Loveland Basin is the larger of the two, featuring an impressive vertical drop of 2,210 feet or 674 m, a base height of 10,800 feet or 3,292 m and a summit elevation of 13,010 feet or 3,965 m. Out of the ten lifts available in the region, the Basin is home to seven and also features an expansive terrain above the timberline.
Loveland Ski Area is the second highest lift-served areas in North America where lift services are available up to a height of 12,700 feet. In addition to this, there are also provisions of snowcat skiing and snowboarding along the north side of the Ridge. The Ridge Cat is also known to whisk skiers and riders along The Continental Divide so that they can experience some of the best terrains that Loveland has to offer. This is one of the many reasons why ski lovers love this place so much.
Loveland Valley Ski Area
The Loveland Ski Area is usually open from mid-October up to early May and remains shut for the rest of the year. The venue operates from Monday to Friday between 9 am to 4 pm and from 8:30 am to 4 pm on weekends and holidays. The longest ski trail in the region is almost 2 km long, and the total number of accessible lifts is ten, but there are no high-speed lifts available in the area. The total skiable area here is approximately 1800 acres, along with one Terrain Park. The terrain open for skiing is quite varied in nature and is suitable for every age and ability. The percentage of beginner runs in Loveland Ski Area is 13, expert runs are 41, and intermediate runs is 46.
If you are a newbie at skiing, then consider yourself lucky, because Loveland Valley is geared toward beginners. It could cater to you perfectly with its wide open terrain and the separate base area which make it perfect for newcomers. It has four chairlifts called Chair 3, Chair 7, All Smiles and Take Off. Chair 3 serves its intermediate and racing runs, and Chair 7 exclusively serves its beginner slopes.
The environment of the Valley nurtures a learning experience, and your new found love for skiing is sure to flourish here. You could also get in touch with Loveland's Ski & Ride School which offers lesson packages for every age and ability and at a very affordable price.
Loveland Basin, on the other hand, is meant for the intermediate and advanced level skiers. It has everything right from cruisers bumps, trees, steeps and everything else which is enough to challenge even the most seasoned skier. The Ridge also provides a terrain which is open, steep and deep, just the way intermediate and advanced snow riders like it by offering them the thrill they’re looking for.
Loveland offers a combination of a volunteer as well as paid patrol service that not only inspects the mountain but also leads the way for other volunteer patrol. It is also one of the very few patrol services in the Rocky Mountain Division that promotes an active young adult program, who share the same responsibilities as their adult countrymen.
Accommodation and Other Activities
Base Elevation: 10,800 feet
Summit Elevation: 13,010 feet
Vertical Drop: 2,210 feet
Loveland is a place where you can not only find unique ski and stay facilities but also the serenity and tranquility which is often missing in other ski areas. Loveland Ski Resort is the perfect place where you can escape from the city’s hustle bustle and enjoy the authentic laid-back experience of snow riding, delicious cuisines, and super comfortable lodging all by yourself or with your entire family. Loveland has four restaurants and is home to the main lodge as well. Facilities such as a cafeteria, bar, repair shop, ticket tower, rentals, locker storage, retail area, ski patrol, nursery and administrative offices are present in the lodge. The lodge’s retail sports shop has been ranked as one of the top 60 shops in North America by the SKI Magazine and has also been awarded the Gold Medal Shop Award.
You can also visit the Loveland Race Club which is located in the Valley and participate in the Club’s practices and races at the Switchback Trail at the upper end of the valley. These races are held on the weekend, whereas the practices are held every afternoon. The Loveland Race Club is also known to put up the popular Loveland Derby race which is one of the biggest races that take place at Loveland Valley every year.
Some of the amenities offered at Loveland Ski Area, exclusively for groups of minimum twenty members include tour group accommodations, on-site bus or motor coach parking and group instruction. All accommodations in the region are extremely family-friendly and also offer special discounts for senior citizens and military personnel. All payment methods are accepted here, including Discover, American Express, Visa, Cash, and MasterCard. One can also avail the rental services offered here which provide skis, snowboards, clothing, kids equipment, snowshoes, etc. at a reasonable price. So waste no more time, and hop on the first flight to Loveland to experience this one of a kind winter wonderland!