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Ski Resort Profile: Loveland Ski Area, Colorado

Probably more than any other U.S. ski area, Loveland Ski Area has been seen more than it has been skied. The Colorado ski area straddles Interstate 70's Eisenhower Tunnel less than 60 miles west of Denver. While the masses drive past Loveland to better-known resorts such as Breckenridge and Vail, the 1,800 skiable acres of Loveland can be delightful for those who decide to stop.

Loveland Ski Area in Colorado has 1,800 skiable acres.
Loveland Ski Area in Colorado has 1,800 skiable acres.
Eric Wagnon

With an average annual snowfall of about 400 inches, Loveland Ski Area is divided between the smaller Loveland Valley and the main Loveland Basin. While Loveland Valley caters primarily to beginners and low intermediates, Loveland Basin has a wide variety of terrain that extends up to the Continental Divide with a lift-served elevation of 12,700 feet.

The environment above treeline can be quite windy. The wind-buffed snow may be challenging for resort skiers accustomed to groomed corduroy. Skiers preferring a backcountry flavor, however, should enjoy the wide expanse of Loveland's high-alpine terrain. The ski area also has plenty of sheltered runs below the treeline.

Loveland does not have any lodging on-site. Most destination visitors stay in Georgetown about 12 miles away or in Dillon and Silverthorne on the other side of the Eisenhower Tunnel.

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  • For beginners: In addition to the green trails in the Loveland Valley portion of the ski area, Mambo is a beginner run on the Loveland Basin side that is often one of the first in the country to open each ski season.
  • For intermediates: The blue terrain tends to be more challenging than the intermediate runs at nearby Keystone Resort or Breckenridge Resort, but comparable in difficulty to Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. Given the nature of the ski area, Loveland is a good place for intermediates to build skills dealing with different types of snow conditions.
  • For experts: Once the snow base has sufficiently built for the season, Loveland runs the "Ridge Cat," a free snow cat that accesses prime expert terrain, except on Mondays and Tuesdays.