Loyalty defines Loveland Ski Area on closing day
by Leo Wolfson
Special to the Daily
BY THE NUMBERS
319: Inches of snow that Loveland received this year
185: Amount of days Loveland was open during 2014/15 season
7: Different bands that played at Loveland during last month of season
17,000: Pounds of sauerkraut that were used in Loveland cafeteria this year
0: Days left in Loveland ski season
Fickle weather, goofy on-hill antics and a great party at the base finished off the season at Loveland Ski Area on Sunday.
Unlike some of the state’s resorts, Loveland attracts a mostly die-hard Colorado contingent.
“It’s family, its friends; it’s a community,” explained Evergreen resident Thomas Sjoden.
Sjoden has been riding at Loveland for over 26 years. He grew up ski racing at the mountain, but has since made the transition to snowboarding.
“Just being able to walk into the bar here, and everyone knows your name, it’s nice,” he said.
The Loveland ski community stretches near and far, with some traveling from as far away as Pueblo and Colorado Springs to be at closing day.
There were many different modes of celebration that bubbled up throughout the day. Costumes and outfits were commonplace as various pieces of neon and ’80s ski garb flew by almost everywhere you turned.
The soft-corn snow and afternoon sun allowed many skiers and snowboarders to grab big air off the summit cornice.
“The snow is nice but most importantly people are just here to have fun. To finish off a year like is just perfect,” exclaimed Will Franklin of Denver.
Around 2:30 p.m. the trails started emptying out, but the get-together at the bottom had only just begun.
Hundreds of people gathered at the base for barbecue and live music from Funky Johnson. Tommyknocker Brewery of Idaho Springs was also on hand, giving out free samples.
“The après party is a lot of fun. There’s a lot of familiar faces, a lot of people that feel like family, you see them on the slopes a couple times a week, and year after year they keep coming back. It’s kind of bittersweet having to shut it down, but it’s a great day to enjoy with friends,” explained Loveland spokesman John Sellers.
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