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Early season Loveland

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hey all, I'm trying to plan a trip with a friend and we are thinking about going to Loveland the first weekend in December. Because of our classes this is the only time we have available. What's it like that time? Would it even be worth going? Thanks guys- Chris
post #2 of 10

Very limited.  Loveland gets a run or two open on snowmaking very early but it takes along time to ocver the natural terrain.  Loveland averages 20% open Thanksgiving and 38% open Dec. 15.

 

Nobody in Colorado averages as much as half open in early December besides Wolf Creek, which is 4 hours from Denver.  Vail often has the most acreage open but rarely any of the back bowls that early.

 

You would be better off going to Salt Lake and taking your chances in the Cottonwood Canyons.  Alta averages 56% open Dec. 1 and Brighton/Solitude 48%.  

 

Just to be clear. Any place you go that early there is at least a 1/4 chance that it will be just WROD skiing and not worth traveling by plane to do it IMHO. 

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
The only reason I brought that one up is because they are offering a 4 pack of transferable tickets for $135. Between that, cheap flight, and a free place to stay, it was going to cost about $300 each for 2 days of riding.
post #4 of 10

The only thing I can add is if you don't have to make reservations now and can fly on short notice is to watch Loveland's website.  They post up on the snow making, real snow, open lifts, etc  under their snow making operations tab.  Other than that, what Tony said. 

 

http://skiloveland.com/snowmaking-operations/

post #5 of 10

If it was a short trip for any days except the weekend, then I say it might be worth it.  Loveland is always cheap.  But I would not go on a weekend in December, not worth the flight.  Weekends will be busy, plus traffic, and no high speed lifts at Loveland.  Try to go there in the Spring if you can instead.

post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by bigmountain15 View Post

The only reason I brought that one up is because they are offering a 4 pack of transferable tickets for $135. Between that, cheap flight, and a free place to stay, it was going to cost about $300 each for 2 days of riding.

Book your flight on Southwest and cancel if it doesn't look promising. The LL tickets are good till May.
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by Rubberduck View Post
 

If it was a short trip for any days except the weekend, then I say it might be worth it.  Loveland is always cheap.  But I would not go on a weekend in December, not worth the flight.  Weekends will be busy, plus traffic, and no high speed lifts at Loveland.  Try to go there in the Spring if you can instead.


+10 to that.   Any weekend in April at Loveland will be 100% open and probably with winter packed powder conditions.  I don't care how cheap it is first week of December. It's still mostly WROD skiing and it will be equally cheap in April. 

 

Anyone who is trying to save $$$ by definition does not have a budget to fly to Colorado every weekend.  Therefore it makes ZERO sense to spend any of that budget in early December instead of a later month.

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
Okay so I left a detail out that is now important. It's for his bachelors trip. He's getting married the next week and we've been riding partners for years and we're from west Tennessee. I guess I'm just trying to make the best of the options I have. BUT even at that, it may not be worth it
post #9 of 10

Then it's still not worth the trip to Loveland, for real.  Save that money to spend on some fine entertainment for the bachelor party instead.  Have fun.

post #10 of 10

If you want to travel in November/early December, go somewhere tropical.  I'm as ski addicted as anyone but that's what I've been doing for a decade.  4x to the Caribbean, once to Australia/New Zealand, once scuba diving the WWII wrecks in Truk Lagoon.  This year Liz and I will be in Thailand/Cambodia/Laos for almost the whole month of November.

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