Loveland aptly named |

Loveland aptly named

Kimberly Nicoletti
summit daily news
Summit County, CO Colorado

Loveland and Arapahoe Basin have a lot in common, even though they’re on opposite sides of the Continental Divide and in different counties. Both have a laid-back, local feel and close-in parking, and both compete to open first (A-Basin won this season, but Loveland has held the honor for the past couple of years.)

“(Loveland’s) what they call ‘the essence’ of Colorado skiing: uncrowded slopes, short lift lines and free, close-in parking,” said marketing director John Sellers. “It’s an elite club that makes you a cherished member the moment you arrive.”

Lifts reaching the top of the Continental Divide serve gentle slopes, deep bowls, bump runs and steeps ” all with a great view.

And with more than 1,300 skiable acres, Loveland is larger than what I-70 travelers see. Hikers can access 400 steep and bumped up acres on the ridge, above treeline. A separate base area caters to beginners, with close parking and gentle slopes, and most importantly, no speeding intermediate or advanced snow riders. Loveland also boasts affordable ski school lessons, food and other amenities.

The area opened 70 years ago and was the first major ski area in Colorado to make snow in 1967 with diesel compressors used by construction crews building the Eisenhower Tunnel.

The annual Valentine’s Day Mountaintop Matrimony ceremony and reception is a Loveland tradition, and this year it celebrates its 16th anniversary. Those who pre-register receive two-for-one lift tickets, and a reception for newlyweds and couples renewing their vows top off a romantic day.

The Corn Harvest is another signature event: It’s a fundraiser that benefits the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. And, similar to all of the ski areas, Loveland has plenty of other events that include live music.

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