Loveland Ski Area


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Denver International Airport



The Loveland Ski Area is not served by any type of public transportation, which accounts for its lack of crowds and shorter lift lines



Loveland does not have on-mountain lodging. The closest lodging venues are in Georgetown, Silverthorne and Dillon. Ski and Stay packages can be booked from the Loveland website. Staying in Dillon and Silverthorne gives you east access to the Summit County resorts, such as Keystone and Copper Mountain.

Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Georgetown Mountain Inn

1100 Rose Street
Georgetown, CO 80444




Located 11 miles from the Loveland Ski area, this classic mountain inn has a pool and hot tub. Rates based on two adults. Add $14 to $32 for additional adults and children. $119 to $160 Lift tickets included



Super 8 Georgetown
1600 Argentine St
I-70 Exit 228
Georgetown, CO 80444 US303-569-3211


This budget hotel includes breakfast and Internet access in its nightly rates. Rates based on two adults. Add $18 to $50 for additional adults or children. $119 to $170 Lift tickets included.

Arapahoe Inn

22859 Highway 6

Keystone, Colorado 80435


Located 15 miles from Loveland, this inn is within walking distance from the Keystone lifts, and within a short drive from Arapahoe basin. Rates based on two adults. Add $14 to $54 for additional adults or children. $125 to $265 Lift tickets included

 The Loveland cafeteria, located in the base area, serves pizza, pasta, soups and salads. Visit the Wedge bar for apres ski spirits.


Georgetown, Silverthorne and Dillon are closest to Loveland. Georgetown real estate may be less expensive, because the homes are less convenient to other services.


Georgetown Real Estate


The 3-Class Pass is one of the best season pass deals in Colorado. Simply complete three, three-session learn to ski or ride programs, and receive a free season pass. Adults who complete three 1/2-day intermediate Master the Mountain lesson packages may purchase a season pass at a discounted rate of $150.
If you are not ready to purchase a season pass, buy the Loveland Pass Card for $43. Every fifth day of skiing is free.


Loveland Master Plan 2013






Local Gas Stations



The Good: Loveland sometimes opens as early as the first week in October

The Better: Loveland sometimes closes in late June.
The Best: There's free parking right next to the lifts.


Loveland Ski Area

Loveland has been a local favorite for decades -- over 60 years in operation. Beginners enjoy the feel of a separate base area with milder slopes at Loveland Valley. Skiers and boarders looking for more aggressive terrain head for Loveland Basin, to find steeps, bumps, glades and wide open bowls. Loveland receives an average of 33 feet of snow each season, and the resort guarantees a good time. If you are unsatisfied with conditions, simply return your ticket by 10:00 a.m. for a full refund.

Snow making percent
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Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow1
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Lifts-Total number of lifts10
Lifts-Total lift capacity
Trails-4-Expert only
Trails-5-Terrain park
Trails-6-Half pipe
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run2 miles
General-Base elevation10,800'
General-Vertical drop2210'
General-Mountain range
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access100 hike-to acres
General-Total area in bounds1570 acres
General-Snow making coverage160 acres
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: Great skiing, lots of snow, no lines

Cons: Can be windy and cold. Traffic can be bad.

Great ski trip to Loveland. Snowed the entire time. Lots of great terrain for experts and intermediates. Did not ski any of the beginner runs so I am not sure how they are. The lift set up is well planned, with the exception of returning to the base from chair 8. Due to snowy conditions most of the runs has 2-3 inches of powder so I am not sure how the grooming is. Good prices and selection for lunch. This is a local ski hill. There is no lodging on the hill. We stayed in Georgetown, about 12 miles to the ski hill and found some good spots to eat and stay. The wind can be strong at the top of the lifts and it can be cold at the top. Traffic on I-70 was horrible! It took an hour to go 12 miles. This was due to snowy conditions near the tunnel so be aware. We had a great time and would ski at Loveland again. Great choice if you do not want a resort experience or crowds.


Pros: opens early in the season, close to denver

Cons: often cold and lots of wind, get icy too.

When I lived in Denver I would go there if they were offering a deal, other than that, just too many other local resort with better terrain and snow.  A Basin is similiar to Loveland but doesn't get the wind and ice as bad.  Winterpark is the place to go if you like powder and bumps, but Shhhh don't tell anyone. 


Pros: Close to Denver, Good Spring Skiing, Great Hike to Skiing, Regular People - Duct Tape Friendly.

Cons: Midwinter can be cold, wind is often a factor - good for blowing in powder, but can make it cold.

Loveland generally has some of the best snow in Colorado - doesn't get as many of the huge dumps that some of the areas in southwestern Colorado get, but it gets consistent snow, since it gets snow from both west-to-east storms and wrap around upslope.  The elevation of the Ridge (between 12,500 and 13,000 feet) ensures that the top areas of Loveland get a ton of orographic or mountain-effect snow. 

It's a great ski area!  It is not a resort.  No fancy restaurants, no valet parking, no image.  Much of the really great terrain at Loveland involves some uphill hiking, which tends to reduce tourists.

However, the rewards for walking are great.  Check a video of a friend of mine putting 23 turns into completely untracked powder at 130 in the afternoon on a weekend bluebird day at 

See what I mean?   And that run ended at the top of (same day, same run):

Yes, we had a walk with a vertical gain of around 300 or 350 feet to get there, but I'd say it was worth it!  


Pros: just about everything

Cons: flat sometimes

Loveland is my favorite resort that I have ever been too.  Its a very low key resort that has a lot of terrain options to choose from to challenge or just to cruise and rip turns.  Zip Basin off of chair 8 always has good snow after the top gets tracked out.  I have never had a bad day at Loveland even in bad weather, light, and being sick.  The people are very laid back and friendly which just adds to the day and makes it that much more enjoyable.


Pros: long season, low key vibe, convenient I70 location, lots of intermediate terrain

Cons: no slopeside lodging, can be windy, flatlanders note - very high base elevation

Not much more than an hour west of Denver (when the gods of traffic comply), Loveland is the "locals hill" 90% of us would die to have as our main mountain. It's midsize to smallish by Colorado standards, but has approximately 1,300 skiable acres spread across a high alpine cirque about 4 miles wide, plenty big from my East Coast perspective. Most skiing occurs between 10,500 and 12,500 feet above sea level, so bring your lungs. Loveland operates from Oct to May and has one of the longest ski seasons in the US. Much of the acreage at Loveland consists of open bowls suitable for intermediates, but it also has some enjoyable glades and tree-lined advanced runs at lower elevations. This is a great place for beginners and intermediates with a low-key, low-cost, and low-crowd (most of the time) vibe. Chairlift #1 serves a nice group of black diamond bump runs with about 1,000 feet of vertical. There is hike-to-only expert terrain along the Continental Divide that can be accessed from the 12,700 foot summit of Chairlift #9. Arapahoe Basin is only 15-20 minutes over the pass if you need more gnar. Although there is no slopeside lodging and few would view it as a destination ski area, I find Loveland so pleasant that I have seriously entertained thoughts of retiring near this hill to ski away my golden years.