Loveland

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Pros
  • Free snowcat ride to the resort's most extreme terrain
  • High elevation allows for longer seasons and light fluffy snow
  • Easily accessible - just an hour's drive and avoids traffic of I-70
  • Local's mountain; sees less crowds
Cons
  • Small size compared to other Summit County ski resorts
  • High winds can be an issue, most chairlifts are above the tree-line
  • No ski village or lodging at base
  • Difficult to get to and around without a car

Loveland Ski Packages

Lodging + Lift Tickets Discount Price
Copper Springs at East Village by Copper Mountain Lodging
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
22% off $1,094
Passage Point at Center Village by Copper Mountain Lodging
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
22% off $1,912
Colorado Rocky Mountain Resorts - Frisco
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
20% off $2,800

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Overall

4.4

A true local’s gem, Loveland Ski Area is one of the highest ski resorts in Colorado, with a free snowcat to take you to the 13,010 ft summit and the resort’s most gnarly terrain! Click into your powder ski’s because the high elevation here means longer seasons and plenty of light fluffy pow. Snowfall comes sooner and stays for longer than other resorts with an impressive 422 in falling per year, the most in the Summit County! It’s also one of the closest ski areas to Denver (53 miles west) and has all the chutes, bowls, steep slopes that’s perfect for powderhounds to get their ski fix!

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

February to April

Loveland’s high-altitude means snow is kept fresh longer, which means extended ski seasons are not uncommon (the 2016/17 season finished around mid-May!). The skiing season starts late November but like most resorts, the first few days, weeks, or even month provide spotty conditions with patches of grass peeking through the snow. It’s best to hold off until the later months from February onward to April when there’s a good base of snow coupled with bluebird days. You might also see a bit more skiers on the slopes during March and early April during Spring Break weeks and when the weather becomes a bit milder. The ski area also retains its untouched powder extremely well, perhaps in no small part due to the fact that they experience relatively limited traffic, so there’s plenty of freshies to find all season long. If you want estimates on the choicest bluebird days, the Loveland Ski Area website does a pretty good job of posting up-to-date forecasts for the best skiing conditions.

FLY TO

Denver International Airport

DRIVE TO

Loveland (1-2 hours)

Silverthorne (10-15 mi)

  • Affordable lodging, more budget-friendly than Dillon
  • Range of dining options
  • Variety of hotels and motels

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Dillon (10-15 mi)

  • Affordable accommodation
  • 20 minutes drive away
  • Limited nightlife

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For beginners

Loveland Valley is a separate ski area that's packed with groomed mellow terrain for beginners! Most of the more experienced skiers will be shredding the slopes at Loveland Basin, making the wide open slopes at Loveland Valley crowd-free and stress-free for those working on their skills! Once beginner's have mastered the bunny slope near the base, they can head up the mountain and try out Zig Zag, a great "S" shaped progression path.

For intermediates

Intermediates have a wide range options all over Loveland Basin! From groomed trails like Richard's Run to bowls like Bennett's Bowl and even tree-skiing in the north face of the Basin, Loveland has it all! Tickler Gulch and Hook em'Horns (an achievable black run) is our picks for those up for tree-skiing adventure, especially if you like bumps that give enough air to feel like you're flying!

For experts

The Ridge is where it's all for advanced and experts with plenty of gnarly terrain from bowls to chutes; all of the black and double black diamond type! Best of all, there's a FREE snowcat to take you along the Ridge so you can save your energy for shredding the slopes. Velvet Hammer, Field of Dreams, Marmot, Rock Chutes and Super Nova are only some of our favorites for the extreme stuff because there really is just too much to choose from! For off-piste, Cat's Nix Trees is also a favorite!

Find freshies

Snow stays fresher for longer at Loveland, all thanks to its high altitude! Freshies can be found across the mountain and the resort is also never crowded so the good stuff doesn't usually get tracked out. Sunburst Chutes and the North Chutes are especially great for finding stashes after high winds.

Ditch the crowds

Most skiers flock to the larger surrounding ski resorts such Breckenridge so crowds aren't usually an issue here. Chair 2 at Loveland Basin is the most popular chair as it acts as a gateway to a significant portion of the mountain. It's the busiest during lunch hours so avoid it until the rush dies down.

Non skiers

There's not much activities for non-skiers at Loveland but there are plenty of fun things to do around the Summit County. Shop til you drop at the Outlets at Silverthorne or perhaps give fly fishing a go on the Blue River! There's also tubing at Keystone or dogsledding at Breckenridge.

Families

A local's mountain that's close to Denver and has cheaper lift tickets than larger Colorado ski resorts, Loveland makes for an ideal family-friendly ski destination. For those with beginners and little ones, the small and mellow terrain at Loveland Valley ski area is perfect!

Loveland

vs
LovelandArapahoe Basin
beginner13 %10 %
intermediate41 %30 %
advanced20 %37 %
expert26 %23 %
total runs94 109
ski area1,800ac 960ac
summit elevation13,010ft 13,050ft
total lifts10 8
child lift ticketFree Free
adult lift ticket$75 $100
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall249″ 180″

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Loveland Reviews

Fabulous 4.4 / 5
based on 49 reviews

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Superb!4.7 / 5Apr 29, 2019
Loveland ReviewsChris M.
advanced skier
Loveland is close to Denver, always improving, very affordable, and always a lot of fun to ski/snowboard! With the addition of Loveland Valley which is a great place for beginners, every level is covered. The staff is professional and friendly. Loveland is hard to beat if you're looking for a value that still has it all!... More
Average!3.4 / 5Feb 18, 2019
Loveland ReviewsJoe B.
advanced snowboarder
The best value if you are trying to get into the sport. Amenities are weak, and the mountain is small, but it is the best bang for your buck in Colorado. Definitely where you should start to learn both beginners and intermediates.... More
Good!3.7 / 5Feb 18, 2019
Loveland ReviewsRyan K.
advanced skier
This is a great Mountain that is a short drive from Denver. Very affordable single day and all season lift package with lots of train to challenge any level . It is not considered a destination Resort in Colorado and so usually doesn't have large lines on the lifts. Still gets plenty of trash powder each season they're currently at a hundred inches... More
Very Good!4.1 / 5Nov 14, 2018
Loveland ReviewsDale L.
advanced skier
Loveland is a great place for skiing in Colorado, doesn’t have the reputation as the bigger resorts but when it comes to time on the slopes it can’t be beat, hardly no lift lines and very affordable, great combo... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Nov 08, 2018
Loveland ReviewsCarrie P.
beginner skier
Its a small, family friendly resort which is great for beginners and/or if you like less crowds and aggressive skiers and snowboarders. I would recommend this resort to others. Gorgeous area too!... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Nov 06, 2018
Loveland ReviewsDavid A.
intermediate snowboarder
Loveland is a great area to ski/ride and one of the best values in Colorado. I learned to ride here a few seasons back with their 3 class pass which gave full access to the mountain after your completing 3 lessons for only $379! It is such an easy drive from Denver in comparison to some of the high end resorts and you hardly ever have to wait in a... More
Superb!5 / 5May 16, 2018
Loveland ReviewsTaylor H.
expert skier
All around solid resort! Offers a variety of terrain for beginners to expert skiers. A guaranteed good time on any given day. The free cat skiing makes this place hard to beat!... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5May 07, 2018
Loveland ReviewsDan M.
intermediate skier
This was my first season skiing in Colorado and Loveland made me fall in love with skiing. Loveland has it all, varying terrain, fun groomers, moguls, steep stuff, terrain park, natural features, cat skiing. Doesn't get much better than loveland on a powder day. I started the year on only greens, and now with the gradual increase in... More
Superb!5 / 5Feb 08, 2018
TBTerence B.
intermediate snowboarder
Loveland is the best of everything. It has the Valley for beginners and the Basin for everyone else. The friendliest staff, great prices, and close to Denver. Always fun and lots of snow. Go up higher and avoid trees and crowds.... More
Very Good!4.2 / 5Dec 05, 2017
DMDavid M.
intermediate skier
Loveland is a great ski resort option for our family. It's closer to us than the major resorts and the lessons, lift tickets, and food options are very affordable. The employees are great and we always enjoy our time there.... More

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