Update to Loveland conditions - they've certainly changed.
We got up there early yesterday, front row parking (literally, yay, normally 2nd or 3rd row for us), snow report was funky - the email said "8 inches new, 11 overnight."
Duhh? Ummm, otay
. I'd not be coherent at 5am, either, but they'd sent an email the day before saying "1-3 feet forecast, and a foot has already fallen." OK, so it is going to be good, the question is HOW good
We were some of the first on chair 1, skied down to....uhh, my daughter calls it the Blue Princess, so that's what we call it, the one that crosses under chair 2. Did 8-10 laps under that, roughly knee deep powder, deeper in the woods, deeper where the wind left it.
VERY nice. Not quite faceshots, but I did try riding "switch," got a "butt" shot. Heh. Was fun. No lines, as usual, no competition, as usual, was really good. The terrain park was DEEP in spots.
Went in at about 11:30 to warm up, rumor had it that 8 was going to open, so we went over there. First run, there was a patroller there, he said he had no idea - "maybe an hour?" Skied back down, cut up crud, but soft and nice, rode (4? the chair you have to ride to get to 8, an older double) again, tried skiers right,
trees, good, but early-season inconsistencies underneath. Rode it again, rope to 8 was gone, went to 8, did 3 or 4 or 5 laps on that - windy at the top, but DEEP in spots, I did get some bonafide face shots there.
The news said Loveland got 20" - sure, I believe that, makes sense. It certainly opened up a lot of stuff, and I'd guess 9 is not far from opening - the terrain off 9 looked skiable last week, aside from the flats to get back to the base, that might've been dicey - with 20" the 5" they claim from last night + wind, hopefully, everything will get opened up.
Was a GOOD day at Loveland. Deep, soft, uncrowded, yes, was very, very good.
Iain(Loveland's wind is easy to hate, but when 20" turns into tuck-your-nose-in faceshots, it gets far more bearable