Loveland Ski Area opens Chair Nine |

Loveland Ski Area opens Chair Nine


GEORGETOWN – Loveland Ski Area will open Chair Nine on Monday, the earliest opening of the chair since the 1998-1999 season. The opening of Chair Nine provides access to The Ridge, located on the top of the Continental Divide., which puts skiers on top of 400 acres of intermediate and advanced terrain, 300 of which is directly accessed by Chair Nine. For the opening on Monday, 80 acres will be available to skiers and riders with more terrain to open as conditions permit.”We have had seasons where we haven’t been able to open Chair Nine until February,” said Mark Abrahamson, trail maintenance manager. “You just never know. It depends on the snow and this year we are more than 3 feet ahead of our 30-year average.” Loveland Ski Area has received 120 inches of snow so far this season, well on it’s way to the 400-inch mark. Average year to date snowfall for Dec. 4 is 80 inches.The forecast for Monday calls for clear skies and warmer temperatures.With the opening of Chair Nine, Loveland will be running eight lifts serving 74 trails accessing 986 acres of terrain. Loveland now has 72 percent of the total area open with 100 percent of beginner and intermediate and 74 percent of expert terrain open.

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