West of Denver near Georgetown, the Loveland ski area has 93 runs spread over 1,800 acres that are served by 9 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 2,210 feet. Loveland Ski Area is located right along the continental divide with the highest lift serviced terrain in the country toping out at 12,700 feet. There are several amazing runs to hike to in an additional 100 acres with an elevation topping out at 13,010 feet. Loveland is usually the first resort to open in the country.
For snowboarding steep bowls and chutes, head up to Chair 9 to explore 400 acres of extreme terrain. Definitely check out the cornice-guared run called Wild Child, which drops steeply at over 50 degrees. To reach Wild Child from Chair 9, traverse skier right heading to the south for 10 minutes.
If you feel like hiking to some powder, head out Gate 3 on the Ridge into Wild Child. On full pow-days, try either Chair 4 to Sunburst Chutes or Chair 1 to snowboard down Avalanche Bowl. The best time of year is January.
While shredding it up at Loveland, make sure to take advantage of the free snowcat access to the North Side of the Ridge. The first-come, first-served Ridge Cat picks up from Gate 1 North off chairlift 9. Make sure to pickup your free Loveland Ridge Cat Access Pass from the season pass office after signing a waiver.
For apres-ski, theres no need to leave the base….check out the Rathskellar. For some nightlife, take a drive to Grumpys Roadhouse in Silver Plume.
To reach the snowboarding at Loveland Ski Area from Denver, head west on US70 for about 56 miles. Use Exit #216 and park just off the highway. The ski area is before the Eisenhower Tunnel.
Overall, Loveland Ski Area is the 17th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 28 snowboarding resorts in Colorado.