Loveland’s snowmaking team typically starts making snow the last week of September in preparation for a mid-October opening. Expert local crews and professional snowmakers from New Zealand work around the clock to ensure Loveland is one of the first resorts to open for the season with a full top-to-bottom run covered from tree-to-tree with an 18″ base.
Thanks to Loveland’s elevation and the expertise of their snowmaking crew, Loveland has a reputation for having the best early season conditions in Colorado. Loveland makes snow on 240 acres of terrain and snowmaking is usually completed in the first week of December.
Good news, the temps got low enough to turn the snowguns on. Our snowmaking turned the guns on early this morning and they continue to run at 8:30am. Tonight they are calling for it to get down to 26 degrees. We should be able to make snow again tonight. Think snow and cool temps.
As you can see from the photos we still have a good amount of snow to make in order to open. Temps were too warm this weekend for snowmaking. Our snowmakers are on standby and are ready to make snow anytime time the weather allows us to. This weeks forecast is not looking ideal for snowmaking. We’ll keep you posted through the week on any updates. Thanks for your patience.
It’s Friday and we’re keep a close eye on the weather. We’re hopeful we’ll be able to make snow at night this weekend. We’re still pushing hard to open the mountain sometime next week. We’ll post a snowmaking update Monday. Congratulations Arapahoe Basin on opening today!
Great news, our snowmakers turned the snowguns on at 11:45pm. We had 11 guns going from 11:45pm to 10:00am. Temps got to the low 20’s last night. There is still a good amount of snow to make. We’re hopeful we’ll have a good week of snowmaking. At this time there is no Opening Day set. Here are a few photos taken at 9:00am. Think snow!
We hope you enjoyed the beautiful weather this past weekend. It was too warm to make snow Friday-Sunday. There is a cold front moving in that will help our snowmakers get some productive snowmaking in. We are hoping to make snow every day this week. We have the lower section of Mambo and all of Homerun to finish up. We’ll have updates each morning on the progress. Thanks for your patience.
While the temperatures Wednesday night were low enough to make snow until roughly 9am, last night’s conditions weren’t so favorable. Even with the snowmakers on standby all night, the mercury just didn’t hit that sweet spot needed to fire up the guns. We’ve been put into a hold by Mother Nature and unfortunately it looks like that could continue through the weekend. There is still plenty of snow up high and what we’ve made is sticking around, but we still have some work to do before an opening day announcement. The forecast is calling for a change in this weather pattern early next week, a change we are eagerly awaiting! Keep checking back, because once the conditions are right, it’s on!
The temperatures dropped low enough to make snow last night. Our snowmakers have the lower part of Mambo and the entire section of Homerun remaining. Temps are going to be on the higher side for the weekend and snowmaking does not look promising. Starting Monday we will have cooler temps which will help us knock out the remainder of the snowmaking. No Opening Day this weekend, but we are getting closer. Stay tuned.
Toby the Snowmaking Dog
Toby the Bernese Mountain Dog loves snowmaking and the Denver Broncos. There was a Toby & Loveland Ski Area sighting during the Broncos-Falcons game on Fox.
Tuesday, October 11
We got 2″ of snow last night but a combination of high humidity and warm temps did not allow our snowmakers to make snow. Our crew is on standby but the long range forecast isn’t looking promising. Think snow!
Monday, October 10
It’s been pretty warm up here at Loveland Ski Area. The snow guns have been off since Friday at 2:00pm. The Trail Maintenance crew was busy pushing snow out today on Catwalk and Mambo. Now we just play the waiting game until we can turn the snow guns back on. We’ll keep you updated with any snowmaking news.
Friday, October 7
Today is Day #4 of snowmaking. It’s warmed up and at 1:00pm today we finally shut down the snow guns and gave them a break. The guns have been going since 10:00pm Monday. Snowmaking is being conducted on Catwalk and most of Mambo. Homer will be the last stretch of snow to make before we open. Temps this weekend are looking good at night for snowmaking but on the warmer side during the day. Loveland will not open this weekend. We will update you Monday AM with all the snowmaking progress from the weekend. Have a great weekend!
Thursday, October 6
5″ of new snow helped our snowmaking crew out. Our snow guns have been going for 61 straight hours and there is no sign of stopping. The snowmaking crew is busy making snow at the top of Mambo. There is still now Opening Day set. Keep checking back for updates.
Wednesday, October 5
Our snowmaking team has been making snow for 36 consecutive hours. Temps are staying low and it allowed snowmaking operations to move to Mambo. Loveland hopes to open sometime Mid-Late October. Snowmaking operations are also taking place at Loveland Valley off Lift 3. We’ll keep you updated on all the progress.
Tuesday, October 4
It looks and feels like winter at Loveland Ski Area! The cold temps arrived as expected and our snowmakers fired up the snow guns around 10:00pm last night! Mother Nature delivered on the temps and even brought along some snow of her own. The snow continues to fall this morning, both the natural and man-made variety, and we will continue to make snow as long as conditions permit. We don’t expect to be able to make snow around the clock this week, but the night time temps are going to be cold and we expect to have productive evenings throughout the week. We will post more images shortly, but here’s a beauty from last night.
Monday, October 3
We hope you enjoyed the warm fall weather this weekend because the winter winds will be blowing into Colorado later this afternoon! The snowmaking crew form New Zealand arrives today to assist our local crew and their timing is perfect. While we weren’t able to get started this weekend as we had originally hoped, this week looks very promising and we expect to start snowmaking tonight! The forecast is calling for cold nights throughout the week with temperatures dropping into the low 20s and we should also see a little bit of natural snow on Wednesday and Thursday. That’s what we have been waiting for! Check back tomorrow for updates on our progress.
Thursday, September 29
The countdown is ticking away and our snowmaking team is making sure they are ready to go once the temperatures start to cooperate. Unfortunately, that looks like it may not happen until next week. Anything can happen and the crew will be on standby the next few nights in case the forecast changes, but it looks like our best chance for making snow will be early next week when colder temperatures arrive in the mountains. While it is always disappointing to wait, the silver lining is the cold temperatures should be accompanied by some natural snow! Some reports are saying we could see double digit snowfall next week, so do your snow dance and we will keep you updated on our progress.