We were off by a day. We predicted that Loveland Ski Area would open on Friday, Oct. 18 for the 2013-2014 ski season, but Loveland announced today that Thursday, Oct. 17, will be the day the ski area opens.
Chair 1 will start running at 9 a.m., with access to one top-to-bottom run that encompasses Catwalk, Mambo and Home Run and is more than a mile long and almost 1,000 vertical feet.
"Our snowmaking crew has done a tremendous job getting the mountain ready for Opening Day," said Rob Goodell , director of business operations. "The snow guns are still firing and there is more snow in the forecast, so the first turns of the season are going to be exceptional."
Loveland Ski Area will be open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on weekdays and 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on weekends and designated holidays. Early-season lift tickets are $49 for adults and $25 for children 6-14.
While you’re there you can pick up Loveland Ski Area season passes, which include three free days at Monarch Mountain, Durango Mountain Resort (does not apply to mid-week passes), and Crested Butte (does not apply to mid-week passes), plus unguided day at Silverton Mountain.
Unrestricted 4-Paks are also available online for $129 ($32.25/day) at www.skiloveland.com through Nov. 24.