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4th Week at Loveland - 11/10

post #1 of 13
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We skied Loveland again today, as we've done each weekend since mid-October.

After reading other early-season trip reports of other mountains, I can only scratch my head as to why people pass Loveland by.

Loveland now has 2 chairs running, covering (and I do mean COVERING), 108 acres. Only once did I hit small bare spot. Otherwise, coverage was ideal - no rocks, stumps or dirt.

They haven't had real snow for 3 weeks (that'll change tonight), but the packed blown snow on top of the solid base was outstanding. It felt like mid-season conditions. And, no lift-line longer than 3 min. - no kidding!

True, you have to settle for blue groomers (Spillway is best), and rolling GS turns on Lift 2. But, it's skiing, and it's wonderful! I doubt we'll ski elsewhere until mid-December. Even then, resort crowds could drive us back to Loveland.

We had previously bought Vail's 5-mountain passes. We picked-up the Loveland pass later as an afterthought. It could be our best move of the year.

I'm totally stoked on this simple, genuine, great mountain. I hear it can get a bit brisk and windy mid-winter. But, for the extra 2 month's skiing, and the option of nixing the longer drive to resort swarms, I'm happy to have this pass in my pocket.

I haven't skied A-Basin yet, but I'm looking forward to it. From what I've heard, it has the same simple vibe, few crowds, and superb high-altitude snow.
post #2 of 13
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Originally Posted by Captain_Strato View Post
... I can only scratch my head as to why people pass Loveland by...
... I hear it can get a bit brisk and windy mid-winter...
Attribute that to the ‘its better past the tunnel’ attitude many hold…puzzling as that is. And yes, occasionally winds begin their freefall over the ridge at Loveland racing all the way down I-70; however as you allude, that in no way diminishes the outstanding attributes Loveland provides sitting at the Continental divide.
post #3 of 13
I'm considering Loveland for next weekend, glad to read the report.

I think Josh (Bushwacker) is there this weekend.

Cheers,

Michael
post #4 of 13
I "discovered" Loveland on Martin Luthor King, Jr. Day this year.

That mountain is cool, not only because it's close to the D, but the whole O.G. Mudbone vibe is fantastic.

The first time there I just started at looker's left and made my way across the mountain. Ended up on the Ocho, where I stayed as the bowls were rolling that the lift line didn't exist.

Second time I rode there was during LGC on a day off. That was a great day, as well. Once again I strayed over to the Ocho and just glided down the bowls. Ended up demoing Iclantic skis for the better part of the afternoon and the owner of the company even bought me a beer.

Only thing that woulda made both of those days any better would have been riding with some locals who could have showed me the goods. But there's also a certain feeling of "discovery" when you ride a mountain you've never been to before by yourself and just meander around, that can't be beat.
post #5 of 13
We enjoyed Loveland when we skied it in late October.

Thet are having demo days next weekend. We may try it again then. $45 for tickets and "all you can demo". Wonder if it will be crowded.
post #6 of 13

Yep, Loveland has been the best...

...there were about a bazillion junior teams up there training this weekend (Stratton, Sugarbowl, Vail, and many others) but they were all skiing off #2, so my teammate and I got to make some XLNT full length runs on Mambo on GS skis in the early a. m., then switched to the SLs. This week, the Euro and US techies show up. They'll be mostly down at the Valley running gates, but there will also be a bunch of them up at the basin testing GS skis. You wanna rub elbows with the best in the world on probably the best snow in North America, try Loveland...
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...there were about a bazillion junior teams up there training this weekend (Stratton, Sugarbowl, Vail, and many others) but they were all skiing off #2, so my teammate and I got to make some XLNT full length runs on Mambo on GS skis in the early a. m., then switched to the SLs. This week, the Euro and US techies show up. They'll be mostly down at the Valley running gates, but there will also be a bunch of them up at the basin testing GS skis. You wanna rub elbows with the best in the world on probably the best snow in North America, try Loveland...
Agreed! It's awesome skiing with these racers. They have incredible technique, and it's a joy to behold. My skiing improves every time I watch 'em from the lift. It's interesting what the presence of excellence can do for your skills.
post #8 of 13
yep just back to SLC tonight.

Loveland white ribbon of death was fun to ski. the coverage on what they have open is good and they had alot of snow guns firing on some of the runs under chair 1.

I skied alittle with Bong ad cgieb, brooklyn was there as well as tons of maggots. After my boot problems on Saturday I got it sorted for the next 2 days and had a blast.

also FYI the best way to get away from SCSA is to straightline.
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...also FYI the best way to get away from SCSA is to straightline.
He is a force...
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
I "discovered" Loveland on Martin Luthor King, Jr. Day this year.

That mountain is cool, not only because it's close to the D, but the whole O.G. Mudbone vibe is fantastic.

The first time there I just started at looker's left and made my way across the mountain. Ended up on the Ocho, where I stayed as the bowls were rolling that the lift line didn't exist.

Second time I rode there was during LGC on a day off. That was a great day, as well. Once again I strayed over to the Ocho and just glided down the bowls. Ended up demoing Iclantic skis for the better part of the afternoon and the owner of the company even bought me a beer.

Only thing that woulda made both of those days any better would have been riding with some locals who could have showed me the goods. But there's also a certain feeling of "discovery" when you ride a mountain you've never been to before by yourself and just meander around, that can't be beat.
dookey post up on TGR next time and see if anyone would ski with you. last year I had an awesome day chasing around to very young maggot racers.

Loveland has more worms than any mountain in the world and they know the place very well. just be prepared to keep up.

If lived closer loveland would be my season pass choice in Colorado. partly because there are so many people that I know who ski there.
post #11 of 13
^still working my way slowly into the Maggot collective! Honestly, I'm only a few months into the whole skiing with hardcore heads from the Interwebs thang, so I'm still sussing it out. I found that the Epic folks tend to be a lot mellower online and easier to approach because of this. That said, I did infiltrate the Maggot Mammoth Mini and clicked with a number of folks, so I know it's all good on the Eagles tip (that would be in the long run).

that said, hell, i have to bring my AAA game every time I ride with the Epic heads in Colo!!!

and FWIW, i dig SCSA. that guy totally ups my game (not that Bong, cgeib, Bklyn, Tsavo, and DonDenver don't, because they certainly do!), plus he's "crazy" (in a good way).

sounds like i missed a grand ole time, indeed....looking grim here in Tahoe for opening day (rain forcasted and not nearly the base coverage as Colo).

PS:

what were your boot problems? Bong was instrumental in showing me that for 2 seasons I've been strapping into my Hot Rods completely wrong. The two little tweaks he showed me concerning the tongue spoiler and booster strap made a world of difference in my boot fit (snugger) and performance. It killed me that neither the shop I bought the boots from nor the manual mentioned anything about the "proper" way to lace these suckers up...it's almost like they don't want you to ride 'em like the should be ridden.
post #12 of 13
Well, regardless spying ‘worms’ or ‘Epic heads’ on the hill; in my many years skiing the horseshoe over I-70, the one sighting that still has Loveland and its many disciples still buzzing about is this…



No…it is not:

The interior upholstery of Prince Charles Range Rover,

Paris Hilton’s little doggie tote bag,

Hermann Rorschach’s psychological visual test pattern or,

Takashi Murakami’s second album cover design for Kanye West.

What it is… is…:

















Dookey’s infamous ski pants.

Yes Dookey; you [and those pants] are immortalized at Loveland as well as every other Summit and Eagle county ski location you have visited. CO Maggots and Bears all are anxious to see them again!:
post #13 of 13
^I've moved up to "Autumn Camo" this season (burnt orange, burnt mulberry, golden maize pattern, perfect for hiding in the Fall fallen leaves piles in New England front yards).

Bong and Tsavo have seen/survived 'em.

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