Loveland Ski Resort Review

Loveland Ski Resort is one of the closest ski resorts to Denver. It is located in Georgetown, Colorado in the Arapahoe National Forest. Loveland combines Loveland Basin ski area and Loveland Valley ski area connecting them by a double chairlift and by bus. It is east of the Eisenhower Tunnel where I-70 crosses the Continental Divide.

From Silverthorne, Loveland is 12 miles away, from Silver Plume it's 10 miles. Georgetown, Idaho Springs and Evergreen are all within 30 miles and Denver is 53 miles away.

Loveland Ski Resort is one of Colorado's highest ski areas reaching 13,010 feet. It is also the second highest lift served ski area in North America. The vertical drop at the Basin slope is 2,210 feet and the Valley slope drops 850 feet.

There are 93 runs at Loveland with the longest one being 2 miles. The runs are serviced by 10 lifts, 3 quad chairs, 2 triple chairs, 3 double chairs and 2 surface. Their total capacity is 14,293 skiers per hour. The total skiable area is 1,570 acres. For Snowboarders of all skill levels their is the Love Park.

Loveland Ski Area.
View of Loveland Ski Area from above the Eisenhower Tunnel.
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The runs are divided into 13% beginner, 41% intermediate and 46% advanced/expert with plenty of gentle slopes, deep bowls, steeps and bumps. The Valley area is home to the beginner and intermediate skiers and the location of the Ski and Ride School. The lodge at the Valley consists of a cafeteria, rental shop, ticket office, bar and a retail shop.

More dining choices exist at the Basin lodge with the Loveland Deli, Basin Cafeteria, Wedge Bar and The Rathskeller. The Basin Rental Shop is next to the Sports Shop and Lodge where they feature brands like K2, Icelantic, Nordica and Volki. The Sports Shop sells clothing, accessories and equipment and most anything else you may have left behind.

Loveland Ski Resort Ridge.
View of the ridge above Loveland Ski Area.
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Ski Lessons are available at Loveland Ski Resort for children and adults, in groups and private. The kids are taught to ski at the Ski and Ride School by an expert staff trained to work with kids. The adult lessons run for 2 1/2 hours and start at 10 each day. They also offer Telemark clinics for adults of all abilities. These clinics are offered on select dates throughout the season, so plan ahead if you want in on one of them.

The nearest lodging to the resort is either Clear Creek County or Summit County, both 12 miles in opposite directions. Some of the choices in Clear Creek are the Georgetown Mountain Inn, Georgetown Super 8, Hotel Chateau Chamonix, Rose Street Bed and Breakfast, Saxon Mountain Retreat and the Centennial Mill Guest House.

Loveland Ski Resort.
Loveland Ski Area.
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Going west to Summit County you will find the La Quinta Inn and Suites, Comfort Suites, Day Inn, Dillon Super 8, Holiday Inn, Quality Inn and Suites, Best Western Lake Dillon Lodge, Arapahoe Inn and A-1 Vacation Rentals.

The hours at Loveland are 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday. Weekends are 8:30 am to 4 pm. There is no night skiing on these slopes.

To contact Loveland Ski Resort call either 303-569-3203 or 800-736-3SKI. Their address is Exit 216 Interstate 70, Georgetown, Colorado 80444.

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