I thought to share some content of the NFS “accepted” 2013 Loveland master plan. For those who ski and enjoy the horseshoe ringing the tunnel, some neat stuff that many of us would like to see happen. I'm still looking for NFS "approval" and specific timeline before I do my inverted dive off the ridge lip in celebration ;) The full plan with can be viewed from LUV’s website (the mountain>master plan)
Summary of the National Forest Service “acceptance” of Loveland’s 2013 MP within its 40-year term SUP.
Loveland ski area resort, including the base area and related operations, encompass an area of approximately 3,620 acres, all of which are in the Forest Service-administered SUP area. Of this, approximately 1,800 acres are lift-serviced skiable terrain, with another 415 acres accessible with hiking. The lowest elevations at Loveland are at the Valley area and include the bottom terminal of Lift 3 (10,635 feet above mean sea level [amsl]) and the base area. The highest elevations are in the Basin area and include the top of Lift 9 (12,673 feet amsl, the second-highest lift in North America) and the highest hike-to point along The Ridge (13,010 feet amsl), which is on the Continental Divide. Thus, Loveland’s lift-served vertical drop is 2,038 feet (although it is not possible to ski from the Basin to the Valley), and its total skiable vertical drop is approximately 1,800 feet. Loveland ski area 10-year average annual skier visits is 275,309.
Loveland Valley and Basin Plan goals (summary):
· Improve the first-time and learning progression ski experience at Loveland by providing an appropriate learning progression in an uncongested area and developing additional beginner and lower ability level terrain.
· Expand and improve the guest service facilities in the Valley to complement the improved teaching terrain
· Replace and/or modify Lift 5 to regain and improve circulation between the Valley and the Basin.
· Enhance the overall recreation experience by improving upon, and providing, convenient on-mountain and base area guest services.
· Improve the experience for skiers on the North side of Interstate 70, by adding guest service facilities, improving egress, and add lift access to The Ridge.
Loveland Basin Plan Projects Summary:
· Basin Lodge improvements (enclose deck for additional seating and increase kitchen/storage space)
· Improve delivery vehicle access and turnaround adjacent to the Basin Lodge, add 25parking spaces
· Remodel lift operations/ski school building
· Replace Chair 2 in its existing alignment or by installing two chairlifts that separately serve the lower and upper sections of the existing Chair 2 skiing terrain
· Develop an on-mountain facility (either expansion of Ptarmigan Roost or at a different location) that will provide indoor seats, restrooms, water/sewer, full kitchen and restaurant
· Remove dead trees and thin the stand of trees between Cat’s Meow and Nix Nox trails
· Snowmaking storage improvements (increase depth of existing pond and develop an additional pond near the base of Chair 4)
· Develop a Chair 8 warming hut/yurt with limited food and beverage, deck, and toilet facilities
· Improve Chair 8 egress (trail clearing and grading to pedestrian tunnel)
· Provide lift access to The Ridge with the addition of “Chair 10” above Chair 8 and surface lift to Wild Child and Porcupine Saddle
· Offer guided backcountry and snowcat tours across approximately 1,000 acres on the slopes of Mt. Trelease, Western Slope of Mt. Trelease, and Dry Gulch (lookers right of chair 8)
· Develop a snowcat access route to snowcat tour drop points