Loveland to open Chair 9 today | SummitDaily.com

Loveland to open Chair 9 today

DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT

SUMMIT COUNTY – Loveland Ski Area expects to open Chair 9 and The Ridge today. So far this season, the ski area received 140 inches of snow and is 50 inches above average for this time of year. “When you look at the mountain, it looks more like March than early December,” said marketing director John Sellers. “There are still plenty of powder stashes all over the mountain from the last storm, and the terrain off Chair 9 has filled in with piles of fresh, untouched snow.”Chair 9 brings skiers and riders to 12,700 feet on the Continental Divide, where they can access 400 acres of terrain known as The Ridge. Chair 9 offers 360-degree views and an expanse of open bowls and steep chutes off the eastern side of the Divide. Weather conditions will dictate how much terrain is opened this weekend, Sellers said.Good snow allowed the Royal Elk Glades at Beaver Creek to be opened Friday, one of the earliest-ever openings for the expert terrain. Nearly three feet of snow fell at the top of the mountain at Beaver Creek in the first seven days of December.Friday also marked the opening of Beaver Creek’s new high-speed chairlift in Larkspur Bowl. Eighty percent of the mountain was open at Beaver Creek Friday.