Loveland will kick off the ski season Sunday |

Loveland will kick off the ski season Sunday

Daily News staff report
Dustin Schaefer/Loveland Ski AreaWorkers at Loveland Ski Area prepare the staging area of the chairlift Saturday in preparation for Sunday's opening.

LOVELAND – For the second season in a row, Loveland Ski Area is the first ski area to open in Colorado.

Chair 1 will turn for the first time of the new season beginning Sunday at 9 a.m.

“We had to wait out some warm weather which delayed Opening Day a little bit this year,” said Rob Goodell, Director of Business Operations. “But the good news is we will be skiing tomorrow on some really good snow. Our snowmaking team did a great job battling the warm weather and once again we are very proud to offer the first turns of the season.”

Loveland will offer lift served access to one top-to-bottom run. Skiers and riders will drop 1,000 vertical feet in a little over a mile via the Catwalk, Mambo and Homerun trails.

“It took a little longer than last year, but I think everyone is going to be pleased with the conditions” said Eric Johnstone, snowmaking and trail maintenance manager. “We got 5 inches of snow last night which is a nice compliment to the snow we were able to make. It is still snowing hard now and opening day could be a powder day if this keeps up.”

Loveland will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and designated holidays. Early season lift tickets are $47 for adults and $22 for children ages 6-14.

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