According to the Countdown to Snowmaking at Loveland Ski Area’s website, we’re about a week away from snowmaking there. We look at the long-range forecast and think that may be a bit optimistic given that the lows forecast so far are not quite where they need to be.
Still, we’re optimistic that, regardless, the snowmaking will begin shortly and it will be a good, if not great, season for snow (just don’t quote us on that and then call us on it later). And, Loveland is likely to be the first to open for the season, if A-Basin doesn’t beat them to the punch.
When Loveland opens, here are few things to look for this season…
· Ptarmigan Roost cabin: This outpost located at the top of Chair 2 will see a lot more use this season as it is being remodeled. Restrooms, limited food service and a new large deck are being added. “This is going to be a great spot to take a break, grab some food, or just sit on the deck and watch people ski The Ridge,” adds John Sellers, Loveland’s marketing director. The remodeled Ptarmigan Roost will accommodate an additional 320 skiers and riders. Also, the Loveland Basin Cafeteria will add more seats to the east end of the cafeteria.
· Ridge Cat: Loveland’s Ridge Cat debuted last year, and will go for its second season with free cat skiing access. It takes you just beyond the Gate 1 North off Chair 9 at the top of the Ridge. The Ridge Cat then drops you off at Gate 4 North where the terrain is only accessible by foot or snowcat. Go to www.skiloveland.com/ridgecat/default.aspx for more info.
· Crested Butte Bonus Days: Loveland added Crested Butte to the roster of ski resorts you can ski for free when you get a Loveland full season pass. You get three free days at Crested Butte, Durango Mountain Resort and Monarch Mountain, as well as one free day of unguided skiing at Silverton Mountain. Don’t forget Loveland’s 4-Packs, which you can pick up for $129 (or about 30 bucks a day) until Nov. 24.