Loveland Ski Area in Colorado is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to Loveland Ski Area, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.
The BasicsLoveland Ski Area is located just 53 miles west of the Denver metro area in Georgetown, with accessibility by car or bus. The close proximity to Denver proves a major draw to Loveland Ski Area, as well as the wide range of services, including shuttle service, free wireless access, child care and lodging. Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy their sport throughout the week and on weekends.
The MountainWith an average of 422 inches of snow annually, and 1,570 acres of skiing area, Loveland is a ski and snowboard paradise. The base elevation is 10,800 feet and the summit elevation is 13,010 feet. Loveland Ski Area boasts a vertical drop of 2,210 feet. The ski area has something for everyone, with several short runs and one long run that covers two miles. The resort's season runs from October through May.
Trails And LiftsThere are 93 trails at Loveland Ski Area, with 13 percent of the slopes designed for beginners, 41 percent for intermediate skiers and snowboarders and 46 percent for advanced guests. The longest run measures two miles in length. The ski area has two double lifts, three triples, three quads and one surface lift, and the ski school has one magic carpet lift. Loveland Ski Area guests can also enjoy the terrain Park, with jumps and jibs for skiers and snowboarders of all levels.
In The NewsThe Loveland Ski Team trains and competes at the Loveland Ski Area. The team hosts the Annual Loveland Derby, the largest and oldest ski race in North America. It is a two-day event that features 500 to 600 skiers. U.S. News and World Report Travel ranks Loveland Ski Area as No. 11 on its list of fun things to do in and around Denver.
CostAn adult early season one-day lift ticket costs $47, a regular season ticket is $59 and a late season ticket is $46. Children ages 6 to 14 pay $22 to $25, and those 5 and younger ski free. Season passes are also available: Adults pay $389, young adults $299 and children $179. The Loveland Ski Area Rental Shop offers K2, Volkl, Nordica, Icelantic and Armada brands of ski equipment at a cost of $5 for poles and up to $45 for an entire ski or snowboard rental package. Loveland Ski Area offers ski and snowboard lessons ranging in price from $47 for a half-day lesson to $110 for a full-day lesson.
Apres-SkiThe ski resort boasts several dining and bar options after a day of skiing or snowboarding. The restaurants offer a range of cuisine, including burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and Mexican and Italian fare. On warm days, guests can enjoy an outdoor barbecue on the Basin deck. Additional attractions include sleigh rides, ice-skating, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
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Snowboarders and skiers love the action at Colorado's Loveland Ski Area.