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
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 snowfall247″ 179″

Loveland Reviews

Fabulous 4.5 / 5
based on 38 reviews

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Superb!5 / 5May 13, 2018
Taylor H. Taylor 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
Dan M. Dan 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 / 5Jan 29, 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 04, 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
Very Good!4.1 / 5Dec 02, 2017
PNParker N.
advanced skier
Loveland is a no-frills, all about the skiing/snowboarding, kind of place. Prices, from food to lift tickets, are very reasonable. All the best people come to Loveland. If you loathe crowds and pretentious vacationers, it's your kind of place. ... More
Very Good!4.1 / 5Nov 30, 2017
ECEduardo C.
intermediate snowboarder
Most definitely would recommend getting there a little earlier, the parking is pretty big but it isn't really the biggest. The price is very good compared to any of the other resorts, also highly recommend coming to Loveland Ski Resort if you are a beginner or just barely learning to snowboard or ski. Not only are the tickets at Great Value but... More
Good!3.8 / 5Nov 24, 2017
DJDaniel J.
expert snowboarder
Loveland is close to Denver and gets amazing powder. Sitting high in elevation the snow it gets is blower most of the time to say the least. Not necessarily the steepest of CO skiing but if you know where to go you'll find the speed you need to float perfectly. Staff is super friendly and the cat skiing is super accessible. Also, you can get an... More
Good!3.8 / 5Nov 22, 2017
CGChristopher G.
advanced snowboarder
Loveland is a mid-size resort on the continental divide just an hour west of Denver. It's position on the eastern side of the divide just off I-70 makes it one of the closest and most accessible destinations from Denver. Despite this however, it's rarely crowded, even on the heaviest of pow days and if you wait 5 minutes to get on the chair that's... More
Very Good!4.2 / 5Nov 22, 2017
CConnor
expert skier
Loveland has great terrain and great snow, and it's really quick and easy to get to. You can find some off-piste terrain here that competes with almost anywhere, steeps, cliffs, trees, bowls you name it, they got it. Their lift tickets, 4-packs, and season passes are all great values compared to other Colorado resorts. The only drawback is that... More
Good!3.9 / 5Nov 22, 2017
BMBob M.
intermediate snowboarder
Pros: Loveland is a great beginner mountain. It is very family friendly and has slower lifts for newbies. Where Loveland really shines is the value, they are one of the cheaper resorts without sacrificing A+ service. Cons: Lack of food variety. Trails can get stale for advanced riders ... More

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