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. Located right along the Continental Divide, Loveland Ski Area has the highest lift-serviced terrain in the country toping out at 12,700 feet and has an amazing 420 inches of snowfall annually. The runs have a range of difficulty from 17% easy to 42% intermediate to 41% difficult. There are several amazing snowboarding 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 the best steep bowls and chutes at Loveland, 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. Need more snowcat boarding? Then check out Loveland Snowcat Tours in Dry Gulch located on the north side of US70 east of Lift 8. The backcountry tours cover 580 acres of open bowl and gladed lines for a max 800 foot vertical descent.
For the freestyle snowboarders in your crew, Loveland ski area has a terrain park with tabletops, rails and quarterpipes. The Love Park is located on the Royal Flush and Straight Flush runs, and is accessible via Lift 6.
After a long morning of snowboarding at Loveland, make sure to grab lunch up at the Ptarmigans Roost. And, at the end of the day, the best option for apres ski is the Rathskellar Bar located right at the base area.
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. The closest airport is Denver International Aiport (DIA). Keep in mind that there are no base area accommodations. The nearest lodging is back in the two equidistant towns of Silverthorne or Georgetown.
Overall, Loveland Ski Area is the 17th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 30 snowboarding resorts in Colorado. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Loveland Ski Area including Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Breckenridge Ski Resort, Winter Park Resort, Keystone Mountain Resort, Eldora Mountain Resort and Copper Mountain Resort.
Local Contacts: Loveland Ski Area (303) 569-3203
Best Season: Nov. - Apr.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Base Camp: Georgetown Mountain Inn (800) 884-3201.
Luxury Loding: The Vintage Hotel (970) 726-8801
Breakfast Restaurant: Pika Bagel; Paintbrush Cafe; Clint's Coffeehouse.
Reference Source: click here https://skiloveland.com/
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GPS: 39.67983, -105.89607
Date Published: 3/4/2016
Date Updated: 9/29/2021
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