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Loveland Ski Area: 7 Reasons to Love This Colorado Locals’ Favorite

A little more than 50 miles west of Denver along the I-70 corridor, Loveland Ski Area is a true winter wonderland. Find out why locals have flocked to this Colorado favorite for decades.

Loveland Ski Area is a locals' favorite
Loveland Ski Area is a locals' favorite
Fresh powder at Loveland Ski Area
Fresh powder at Loveland Ski Area
Find smooth groomers at Loveland Valley and Loveland Basin
Find smooth groomers at Loveland Valley and Loveland Basin
Getting air on more extreme terrain
Getting air on more extreme terrain
Take advantage of free snowcat skiing
Take advantage of free snowcat skiing
Loveland sees an average snowfall of 422 inches each year
Loveland sees an average snowfall of 422 inches each year
Kids will enjoy a lesson with Loveland Ski & Ride School
Kids will enjoy a lesson with Loveland Ski & Ride School
Loveland Ski Area's lift tickets offer exceptional value
Loveland Ski Area's lift tickets offer exceptional value
Lesson packages are also available for adults
Lesson packages are also available for adults
All ages can hit the slopes of Loveland Ski Area
All ages can hit the slopes of Loveland Ski Area

1. More Snow & Less Crowds

With an average snowfall of 422 inches each year, Loveland sees more of the white stuff than other resorts in the region. All of that light, fluffy powder means Loveland is one of the first ski areas in the country to open, and one of the last to close. Even better? The 1,800 acres of terrain are packed with snow, not people, so you won’t spend all your time in lift lines and on crowded runs.

2. Two Separate Base Areas

If you’re new to snow sports and don’t want to worry about winding up on an intimidating run or sharing the slopes with more advanced skiers and riders, there’s no better place to start than Loveland Valley. This separate area for beginners has its own lifts and gentle slopes perfect for making those first turns. It’s also home to the Loveland Ski & Ride School, where you can seek the expertise of instructors ready to help you learn and have a great time.

Connected by a free shuttle, Loveland Basin is where most of Loveland’s terrain is found and offers a wider variety for those of all abilities. You’ll still encounter smooth groomers and mellow cruisers, but there are also wide-open bowls, deep powder, moguls and glades for those seeking to test their skills. Lift 9 will take you to 12,700 feet high on the Continental Divide, where 480 acres of lift-served terrain await, plus an additional 100 hikeable acres for the true adventurer.

3. Free Snowcat Skiing

If you want access to some of the most difficult and extreme terrain Loveland has to offer, hop a free ride on the Ridge Cat. The 18-passenger snowcat whisks the most daring powderhounds along the north side of The Ridge on top of the Continental Divide for access to several runs — Field of Dreams, Velvet Hammer, Tickler, Marmot and Golden Bear — when conditions permit. Take in the amazing 360-degree views before dropping into this exhilarating territory; just be sure to bring your free Ridge Cat Pass from the ticket office along with your season pass or lift ticket.

4. Affordable Tickets & Passes

Loveland focuses on providing each guest with exceptional value, which is especially evident in the pricing of its lift tickets, season passes and lesson packages compared to many other Colorado ski resorts. New for this season, pre-purchase lift tickets for specific dates and save big off the window rate.

5. Fun-Filled Events

As if great skiing and riding weren’t enough, Loveland plays host to a variety of special events throughout the season. From early-season demo days to family fun races, there is something for everyone to look forward to. Springtime features live music every weekend through closing day, complete with barbecues and tons of on-hill events.

6. Family-Friendly Programs

Family owned and operated, Loveland offers families a fun, friendly and hassle-free winter escape. For the littlest skiers and riders, Winter Wigglers introduces preschool-age kids to the sport through a series of lessons, but if your youngsters aren’t quite ready for the slopes, the licensed Loveland Child Care Center is a fantastic alternative. There are also children’s group lessons for ages 4–5 and 6–14, as well as the Loveland Explorers program for kids age 7­–14 with intermediate to advanced skills.

7. On-Mountain Cabins

Though you’ll find several delicious dining options in the Basin and Valley lodges, you may not want to head all the way back to the base area for your lunch break. In that case, have a picnic at one of Loveland Ski’s on-mountain cabins, which are all equipped with propane barbecue grills. Free to use and outfitted with varying amenities, they’re excellent spots to take a break and warm up. Ptarmigan Roost even serves up burgers, soups, light snacks and beverages like hot chocolate, beer and wine — and the views from the giant deck aren’t too shabby, either.

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Photos courtesy of Loveland Ski Area