A LOVELY DAY AT LOVELAND
by Paul Maraschiello

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I always look forward to skiing at a ski area where I've never skied before. This was my first trip to Loveland and I was not disappointed. Loveland has to be the easiest ski area to get to in Colorado, as it is only 53 miles from Denver and right off Rt. I-70, just before you get to the Eisenhower Tunnel. This makes it a favorite for Denver locals. My first impression of Loveland was a good one. As you looked up the south slope, you see some nice bump runs. It was a sunny day and warm, prefect for great day of spring skiing and I was psyched.



With an elevation of over 13,00o ft., there is lots of skiing above the tree line at Loveland. I rode up Chair One and took a warm-up run down Spillway to Richard's Run. It was nicely groomed and perfect for a first run. I rode up the chair again and began to explore the mountain. I took Catwalk over to Excelleration and wound up at the base of Chair Six which I rode to the peak. Roulette was in nice shape, with powder on the top and small moguls. It was a nice run and I had a good time riding that chair and skiing Blackjack, Keno and Dealers Choice. I wasn't interested in hiking to the peak but all the fresh tracks in the snow told be that lots of hardy skiers hike to the top of the mountain just to make fresh tracks.



After a few runs, I decided to ski back to the base and ride Chair Two all the way to the top. I skied Drifter and Fire Cut before going in for lunch at the Base Lodge. After lunch, I hit the slopes again and skied the powder over to Tomahawk over to Chair Nine and rode to the peak and enjoyed the breathtaking view. I skied Primer Bowl and then skied under the chair to Creek Trail and got on Chair Nine again for another run in the powder. It's interesting to note that I was skiing on the other side of I-70 as the tunnel goes under the ski slopes serviced by Chair Nine.



STATS
Loveland has 1,365 skiable acres: 1,365 with a base elevation of 10,600 ft. and a summit elevation of 13,010 ft and a vertical drop of 2,410 ft. Loveland has snowmaking on 160 acres. Just in case Mother Nature doesn't cooperate. They have three quad lifts as well as three double, two triple, and one surface lift. There is also one magic carpet. The longest run is 2 miles and they rate their slopes as 13% Beginner 41% Intermediate and 46% Advanced.

Loveland has lots to offer skiers of every ability. Beginners to power hounds will find plenty to tempt them at Loveland.

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