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Loveland Ski Area Reviews

Great Ski Resort

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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...
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pdiddy

Loveland

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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. 
karl1146

Love to Ski - Ski Loveland

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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...
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rodeofive

Loveland

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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.
Jamesj

Loveland

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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...
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