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Will there be Love in Loveland?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Can anyone say what the skiing conditions might be like for Loveland in the last week of April til closing, May 7th. I would love (I can't think of another word to use) to get in a few more turns, but I've never tried skiing so late in the season out West. Will it get so slushy and cruddy that the only good skiing will happen in the start of the day when the lifts open? And only for a couple of hours?

Tennis permits in NYC are $100, OUCH!!!
post #2 of 15
My guess is that the snow will be nice and soft at Loveland (and A-Basin) from about 9:30 or 10:00 until about 2:00. Before that, it'll be too hard, after that, it'll be too slushy.

However, last year on May 1st at Loveland, I was skiing 12 inches of new powder, so you never know!
post #3 of 15
^^^^

What Harry said. Sure, on most days it's hard before 10 and slushy after 2 but that's four hours of good corn. Then there are always some powder days.

Have fun.
post #4 of 15
Well...I'm counting on there being at least (as Harry said) 4 hours or so of "love" a day at Loveland.

We plan on skiing there this coming Saturday and Monday, and if conditions are anything like 2 and 3 years ago at this time, they'll be near the best I've skied all year.

The beauty of those kinds of conditions for me is a slightly later start (more time for sleep) and an earlier quit (more time for happy hour).

We'll also be at Breck and A-Basin on Friday and Sunday respectively.

Gotta love Colorado in the real late season...inexpensive quality lodging, auto rentals and lift tix.

To say I'm excited is an understatement....
post #5 of 15
having been at loveland on closing day the past 2 years, 1 with good late snow and the other with marginal snow at best; i can say there will be plenty of skiable from top to bottom with what they have now.

it may be a bit crunchy in the morning, but if you stay out on mid-mountain or up; you should have plenty of fun once the sun softens it up a bit.
post #6 of 15
We were there last Friday. Missed the 6 new inches they got Saturday. On Friday ice hung around longer than I thought it was 11:00 or 11:30 before it softened up. Skiing was great on the ridge between then and 2:30. I was so tired then I had to quit. We are going back this weekend will update again after that trip
post #7 of 15
i was there today skiing with bob booker and bob barnes. it was......interesting.

it was very warm on monday. low eighties in denver and i would guess mid fifties at the base of loveland. the snow had clearly gone through a freeze/thaw cycle almost to 12,000 feet.

they got two to three inches monday night and it snowed during the day today with quite cold temps. i would say the high today might have been in the mid twenties.

it was basic dust on crust in many areas, however, the skiing off chair nine was good having clearly enjoyed more snow. you could find boot top powder in spots.

all the place needs is about six inches to be superb.
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the input. I'll let you all know what I found when I get there next weekend.
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by Rusty Guy
i was there today skiing with bob booker and bob barnes. it was......interesting.

it was very warm on monday. low eighties in denver and i would guess mid fifties at the base of loveland. the snow had clearly gone through a freeze/thaw cycle almost to 12,000 feet.

they got two to three inches monday night and it snowed during the day today with quite cold temps. i would say the high today might have been in the mid twenties.

it was basic dust on crust in many areas, however, the skiing off chair nine was good having clearly enjoyed more snow. you could find boot top powder in spots.

all the place needs is about six inches to be superb.
How about 4", like they reported last night?
post #10 of 15
i returned today and it was very good. i think they under-reported a bit. all the snow off chair nine was superb.
post #11 of 15
loveland is as good right now as you will ever want. the ridge is superb. the corn is sweet.
post #12 of 15
I skied Loveland yesterday (April 30). Conditions in the morning reminded me of winter....snowing and blowing. There were some nice windblown pockets on the mtn if you knew where to find them. The sun came out in the afternoon and conditions quickly went to spring skiing. Lift 8 was closed and I saw a few bare spots in the south chutes, but otherwise the mtn is still in great shape. The resort posted 6" of new snow last night. The final weekend (May 6-7) of Loveland's season should be great.
post #13 of 15
real good today
post #14 of 15
Crazy how fast the weather changed up there today eh?
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by Rusty Guy
real good today
Man that is tough to here. I was all set to go up but the weather reports seemed pretty bad. Was tempted to just go up there anyways since its late in the year.

Hopefully the next two days will be nice.
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