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Loveland Ski Area

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Loveland Ski Area is located on the Continental Divide in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, and a short 53-miles west of Denver along the I-70 corridor. Loveland boasts one of the longest seasons in Colorado, usually mid-October through May, and sees 400 inches of snow each season. With 1,570 acres of high alpine terrain to explore, Loveland is a must-visit.

Arranged in a semi-circular basin on the Continental Divide, the boundaries of the ski area stretch all the way to the top of the ridge defining the Divide, providing fantastic skiing choices and immense views. Devoted skiers and riders of Loveland appreciate it for the lower lift ticket prices and sparser crowds, as well as easy access from both Denver and Summit County. Loveland has a variety of terrain for all ages and ability levels, but is primarily known for its abundance of hike-to terrain along the ridge, as well as its variety of intermediate terrain. With nine lifts in operation much of the terrain, including the bowls, can be accessed by lift.

Loveland is divided into two areas, one known as Loveland Valley, which is a haven for beginners and families, and Loveland Basin, home to the high alpine backcountry experience that is so often sought after. Loveland Valley is naturally separated from the rest of the resort and features two lifts that serve beginner and intermediate terrain.

Loveland Basin is the much larger part of the resort and has beginner and intermediate terrain interspersed throughout the lower portion of the mountain. Lifts 2 and 6 offer the most family-friendly experiences.

The real draw of Loveland, however, is the ridge-top terrain. With most of the terrain above treeline and topping out at an elevation of 13,010 above sea level, this is a true big mountain experience. The most prominent lift for this terrain is lift 9, which whisks skiers and riders up to 12,700 feet. A lot of wide-open bowl terrain is directly accessible from the top of this lift, as well as hike-to terrain to the both the north and south. Exploring this ridge is the defining experience of Loveland. Perched on the Continental Divide, the views are immaculate. Denver and the Front Range cities can be see to the east, while to the west the Rocky Mountains and the splendor of the high country greet the eyes as far as one can see. A wide array of steeps, chutes, cornices, and sweeping bowls greet those dedicated enough to hike for their turns. The expansive terrain makes it possible to spend days finding fresh stashes of snow and discovering new pulse pounding lines through the steeps. In addition, the long ridge has several gates for backcountry access for those looking for a truly raw backcountry experience.

Loveland Ski Resort, brilliantly located on the Continental Divide, provides an excellent Colorado skiing and riding experience. Families will find terrain to suite all abilities, while die hard enthusiasts will find a variety of terrain to challenge and excite day after day. With such amazing terrain up for grabs, as well as sparse crowds and lower prices, there is no good reason not to visit Loveland.

 


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