Colorado, United States
The Loveland Ski Area is a ski area located near the town of Georgetown, Colorado. The area is a one of the closest to the Denver metro area and Front Range corridor making it popular with locals. It is located within the Arapahoe National Forest.
The Loveland Ski Area is the combination of the Loveland Basin and Loveland Valley Ski areas. The 2 areas, formerly connected by a double chair lift, are now serviced by bus. The Area is one of Colorado’s highest ski areas with a summit of 13010 feet. and the second highest lift served areas in North America at 12697 feet. The ski area takes its name from Loveland Pass, which separates it from the Arapahoe Basin ski area.
It is situated on the East side of the Eisenhower Tunnel, through which I-70 crosses the Continental Divide. Because it sits atop the Continental Divide, Loveland is typically one of the first ski areas to open and carried the title for 6 straight seasons until A-Basin won the race in the 2006 season. In 2008, the two areas tied, both opening on October 15. Also due to its location and elevation, it often has shorter lift lines and less-expensive lift tickets, but at the expense fewer trails and on-site amenities. Its unique location atop the Continental Divide and volume of natural snow makes Loveland one of the best places in Colorado to ski powder.
Loveland Basin Ski Area
The Basin is the larger of the two areas that comprise of Loveland Ski Area. It features a vertical drop of 2410 feet, a base of 10800 feet and a summit of 13010 feet. The Basin is home to 6 of the 8 lifts and 85% of the total skiable acres. Another feature of the Basin is the vast amount of terrain which is above timberline.
The Basin is the home to the main lodge of the area as well. Facilities at the lodge consist of the ticket tower, a rental and repair shop, lockers, a retail area, ski patrol, a nursery, and administrative offices. The retail sport shop has been awarded the Gold Medal Shop Award by SKI Magazine ranking it as one of the top 60 shops in North America.
The Ridge @ Loveland is the lift served area off chair 9 at an elevation of 12697 feet and is hikeable to the summit at 13010 feet. It features almost entirely Black and Double Black runs. It also has 360 degree vistas that stretch across and beyond the Continental Divide.
Loveland Basin also has a Terrain park named Love Park. It is situated along the Tempest run off of the #1 lift. The Park has terrain for everyone from beginners to advanced riders and includes Rails, Funboxes, Tabletop jumps, Kickers. The Park occasionally hosts competitions like the Vert Alert and the Rail Jams.
Loveland Valley Ski Area
The Valley is geared toward beginners at Loveland. It has only 2 lifts, one serving its intermediate runs and another that exclusively serves its beginner slope, All Smiles. Generally, its slopes are gentler which suits itself well to be the home of Loveland’s Ski and Ride School.
Loveland Valley has a smaller lodge building that consists of the Ski and Ride School office for both adults and children, a ticket office, a rental shop, lockers, a cafeteria and bar, and a retail area.
Loveland Race Club is also located within the Valley. The Club practices and races at the upper end of the Valley’s Switchback Trail. Practices are held every afternoon and races are held on the weekend. The Club also has a lodge just below the base of Lift #3.
There is also a big race that happens at Loveland Valley every year called the Loveland Derby that is put on by the Loveland Race Club