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Anybody reccomend Loveland?

post #1 of 8
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I'm considering looking elsewhere to buy a season pass next year with a reasonable price. I've been skiing Winter Park Colorado for 17 seasons, but I'm getting a little bored with it. I like to ski a variety of terrain from groomers to bumps to steeps. anybody reccomend Loveland, Colorado for a front-range skier?
post #2 of 8
Yes for a variety of reasons. It's easy to get to, there are never any crowds, the food is cheap and good.

Not a lot of steep terrain or bumps.

I work there on Mondays and ski there on weekends. It's quick and easy from the east.
post #3 of 8
i recommend it also. it definitely beat abasin and keystone. breck is too big that its not far to compare.
there are not a lot of bumps and steeps though. try the ridge, around rookie road, the east ropes and the bumps over by the lift by the ticket office and you can get there in under an hour from denver.
post #4 of 8
Originally posted by Rusty Guy:
Yes for a variety of reasons. It's easy to get to, there are never any crowds, the food is cheap and good.

Not a lot of steep terrain or bumps.

I work there on Mondays and ski there on weekends. It's quick and easy from the east.
Yeah, there are some relative steeps off lift 1- Avalanche bowl is fun and also up on the ridge (lift 4 headwall, superbowl, patrol bowl) but they're pretty short shots off of the ridge. Porcupine ridge looks SICK if they ever open it. There wasn't a chance in hell it was gonna get open last season when I worked there. I just kept staring at it and dreaming.

The Bumps. Most of the bumps are under lift 1 too, but they're big widely spaced gently rolling bumps. I did the "freeride slide" 3/4 of the way down avy bowl once, because the "bumps" weren't well formed enough to stop my momentum You might think you've been skiing bumps at loveland until you go to mary jane and find out what bumps really are.

The good:
1. Close and easy, I've made it in 1:05 from boulder (and it takes 25 min just to get to Golden).
2. The crowds- there aren't any. People would get annoyed when they had to stop in the liftline to get their tickets scanned. Not hard to score fresh tracks if you're willing to do just a little hiking
3. the price- no $70 tickets and $12 hamburgers here. Season passes are something like $299

The bad:
1. the wind
2. the wind- Hey! where did all the snow go?
3. the wind + slow chairs (hint take 1 and ski over to 2 reload to get to the top of 2. From the bottom 2 is like 12 minutes, it goes forward not up, and 1 is more sheltered)

I think that's part of the reason they're no bumps, the snow just gets swept flat over the toughs.
It's hit or miss with the status of lift 9 (the ridge) and to a lesser extent 4 and 8. At one point in time there were three wind gauges at the top of lift 9 and two were broken! That's right, the things designed to measure wind speed just couldn't take it so the meter would be reading 35 or something when it was really gusting to 80 mph.

4. Kind of small. You could exhaust your options in a long season
post #5 of 8
Definitely. We skied there alot when we lived in Denver. As others have said, easy to get to, NO TOURISTS, no crowds, NO TOURISTS, cheap, NO TOURISTS! A Basin is another great one, small but steep and best of all, NO TOURISTS! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

Are they still running the "local deals"? We used to to ski there for $25 a few years ago on the Colorado Card.

[ January 26, 2003, 04:23 AM: Message edited by: Taylormatt ]
post #6 of 8
I used to ski Loveland and taught skiing there for 7 years before moving up to Summit County. I now ski and teach up here; the areas up here are handy to me and bigger. When I taught at Loveland, I lived in Golden, and it was an easy ski area to get to. Years ago when the Eisenhower Tunnel was first opened, a Loveland ad made that point this way: "The tunnel is a big bore!" Another ad was worded something like, "Do you love to ski? Or do you love to drive? Ski Loveland!" There is more trafffic now coming up from Denver to Loveland, but at least the trip is not as long as going on to other resorts.

Because Loveland is a high ski area for Colorado (base at the east tunnel portal must be near 11,000 feet), snow there is more often colder and drier than elsewhere in the region. Fall skiing is likely to be better there than at other Colorado resorts, including A-Basin, for Loveland is often the first Colorado area to open. In the past A-Basin has taken more time to get going in the fall, but they're now able to make snow so that could change.

My daughter and son were on the Loveland ski team, and there were good places to set slalom, giant slalom, and downhill training courses. Loveland Valley is often used for races, with some good hills for the purpose.

I do look back fondly to my time skiing at Loveland, and cannot recall being bored for lack of terrain. There was good variety and even wild snow areas that could test your skills. Even Loveland Valley had some good areas including powder stashes in the trees that rarely got touched, although that may have changed, too. And, the parking, lunch room, rest rooms, base lodge, lift access, and beer garden are all convenient and central. If I still lived in Golden, I would probably still ski at Loveland.

post #7 of 8
Check out the "Crowds" ... http://forum.powdermag.com/cgi-bin/u...c;f=1;t=014986

Oh yeah the parking is free and you can park about 100 ft from the ticket window and base lifts.
post #8 of 8
I THINK the base is around 10k. I work there one day a week because I love the place. No crowds and a HUGE season. In essence the place is typically open a month earlier and a month later than other resorts. It is wonderful.

Taught a morning lesson and skied in the afternoon with the SS supervisor. Great snow, no crowds.
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