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.
It’s a White Christmas at Loveland! Ski Patrol has opened more terrain in the last few days including Avalanche Bowl, Zoom, Bennett’s Bowl, Straight Flush and Royal Flush. The Flushes are currently open, but will close down after the holidays so we can make more snow for the terrain parks. Work continues on Lift 8 and we expect it to open at some point this week. Happy holidays!!
Just in time for Christmas, Lift 4 will open on Friday, December 23! It will be open to the midway point and skiers and riders can access Sunburst Chutes, Splashdown, Perfect Bowl, Scrub, Fail Safe Trees and North Chutes. Lift 8 is nearly ready, but the egress on Zippity Split still needs some work. Hope to have an announcement on that very soon.
Just got a terrain update. The Valley is now 100% open. They opened up Double Dip and Zig Zag. Off Lift 6, they continue to make snow and build the terrain park on Straight Flush & Royal Flush. The Trail Maintenance Crew is busy on Firecut and hopes to open that Tuesday. Lift 4 is getting prepped up and we hope to open that later this week. The road from Lift 8 to Lift 4 is being formed and we hope to get Lift 8 open right after Lift 4 opens.
What a storm! It came through as expected and we reported 16″ of new snow yesterday morning. Ptarmigan Lift opened yesterday as planned with access to Fire Bowl and Drifter. Tiger’s Tail, Busy Gully, Holy Cat, Cat Walk Trees and Excelleration also opened. Dealer’s Choice and Forest Meadow are now open off Lift 6. Boomerang also opened off Lift 3 at Loveland Valley. Ski Patrol is working on South Chutes and that will be incredible when it opens. They will also be looking at Lifts 4 & 8 and we hope to have those open very soon. There is plenty of snow over there, but the recent storms came with a lot of snow and a lot of wind. We will have to see how the wind affected conditions on the north side of the mountain, but we will do everything we can to get that terrain open as soon as possible. After 4 & 8, it’s on to Lift 9.
UPDATE: South Chutes opened around 11:00am today! Enjoy!!
We reported another 7″ of fresh snow today and there could be up to 18″ more by Saturday! Cat’s Meow and Boomerang are now open. Ski Patrol did some guided skiing on Tiger’s Tail, Busy Gully and Holy Cat this afternoon. Ptarmigan Lift will open on Saturday serving Fire Bowl, Turtle Creek & Drifter. Fire Cut is almost ready and with the new snow in the forecast, more terrain should soon follow. Now that Ptarmigan is nearly ready, Ski Patrol will start working on Lifts 4 & 8. Uphill Access will start on Sunday morning. Be sure to pick up your Uphill Access Pass from Ski Patrol prior to heading up the mountain. We are leaving a few guns up on the Flushes off Lift 6 to make more snow for the terrain park and that will be it for snowmaking. We will keep posting terrain updates here even though snowmaking is nearly complete, so check back for updates.
It’s been snowin’ and blowin’ up here the last few days. Since our last update we have also opened Tempest, Upper Richards, Waterfall, and Deuces Wild. Ski Patrol also opened Cat’s Meow for a little bit of guided skiing yesterday. Work continues on the top of Ptarmigan and it is close, but we do not have an update on opening yet. We had a change in plans on the Flushes and will be making more snow on those runs for the terrain park so those will not be opening soon as stated below. More snow in the forecast this week, so we hope to have an announcement on Ptarmigan and additional trails very soon!
It’s a powder day! Mother nature blessed us with 15″ of new snow this morning. The skiing and riding is great today and this new snow will allow us to open more terrain. As of 11:00am this morning Ski Patrol had already opened Tempest, Nix Nox, Keno and Blackjack. The Flushes off Lift 6 look good and will be ready to open once we remove our snowmaking equipment. Ptarmigan Lift is looking really good. The storm brought lots of snow and also some wind and the top of Ptarmigan and some of Firecut still needs some snow. Snowcats are moving snow and we will be moving snowguns over there as well. We hope to have an announcement on Ptarmigan in the next couple of days. After that we will be looking at Lifts 4 & 8! And there is still more snow in the forecast!
Photos by Casey Day
Loveland Ski Area received 6″ of snow last night and 11″ in the past 72 hours. Loveland will be opening Lift 6 and Lift 3 tomorrow. Roulette off Lift 6 and Switchback off Lift 3 will be the runs opening tomorrow. Our Trail Maintenance and Snowmaking Team is hard at work and we’re hoping to open up more terrain in the near future. We’ll keep you updated with any terrain opening news as we get it.
Another productive night of snowmaking off Lift 6. Ski Patrol was boot packing the steeps yesterday and even did a little bit of avalanche mitigation in Avalanche Bowl last week. Track packing Keno and the Blackjacks off Lift 6 to help get that open as soon as possible. We could see double digit snowfall during the week…keep doing those snow dances! Hope to make some terrain announcements later this week.
It seems as winter has finally returned! We have received 16.5″ of snow in the last 10 days. Our snowmakers have been taking advantage of the cold temperatures as they work to open more terrain. The Rainbow Carpet at Loveland Valley opened yesterday. Lift 3 is scheduled to open on Saturday, December 10. We are moving our early season park to Lower Tempest tomorrow. Turtle Creek opened this week offering beginners an nice green run from the top of Lift 2. Snowmakers are now focused on Lift 6. It will not open this weekend, but we are hopeful it will be ready for next weekend. After that, we will move to Fire Bowl off Ptarmigan Lift. There is some snow in the forecast for next week, but most importantly the conditions look great for snowmaking. It has definitely been a slow start, but we will keep working hard to get the rest of the mountain open as soon as we can.
We woke up to a few new inches this morning and the snow continues to fall today! The nights continue to be cold, so our snowmakers have also been making great progress. At Loveland Valley, we hope to open All Smiles and the magic carpet later this week. At Loveland Basin we are working on Turtle Creek and Lower Tempest before we shift our efforts to Roulette off Lift 6. Looks like more snow and cold temps this week and we hope to make some more announcements soon! Because of the late start this year, we plan on making snow through mid-December.
Lower Richards opens for the season today! Big thanks to our snowmaking & trail maintenance crew for all the hard work. Snowmaking operations will now move to Lift 6 and then to Ptarmigan Lift.
Happy Thanksgiving! We woke up to a couple inches of new snow this morning. Snowmakers had a productive night on Lower Richard’s and we are optimistic it will be ready to open in the next couple of days! With Spillway opening yesterday, getting Lower Richard’s would give us another full top-to-bottom run at Loveland Basin. After that our snowmakers will move on to Roulette off Lift 6. Snowmaking continues at Loveland Valley on Lifts 3 & 7. We are still working hard to get All Smiles off Lift 7 and the magic carpet open at Loveland Valley. While we got a late start this year, it is starting to look and feel like winter up here! Forecasts look cold and there is snow in the forecast for Sunday and Monday. Have a great holiday weekend!
The snow cats are on Spillway pushing out the snow. We are very hopeful to have it open in the next day or two. Once Spillway is open, all those snow guns will be moved to Lower Richards and our focus will be to open that as soon as possible. There is a chance Lower Richards could open by the weekend. We’ll keep you posted.
The temperatures warmed up again and we were only able to make a little bit of snow at Loveland Basin last night. Spillway is getting close and we hope to have that open in the next couple days. They are also working hard to fill in the creek that runs near the bottom of Lift 6 and the top of Lift 2. Lower Richard’s will be next followed by Roulette off Lift 6. At Loveland Valley, we will continue to make snow on Lift 7 and Lift 3. It has been tough sledding so far this year, but the forecast is calling for more snow tomorrow and cold night time temps starting tomorrow night which is exactly what we need. Here’s to a cold and snowy Thanksgiving week!
Welcome back winter! Mother Nature finally delivered some natural snow and the slopes were covered with 7″ during the storm yesterday and last night. The storm also brought colder temperatures which will be a big help to our snowmakers. Loveland Valley opened today. Lift 2 will open tomorrow. Snowmaking continues on Lifts 3 & 7 at Loveland Valley and on Spillway and Lower Richard’s at Loveland Basin. We hope to announce more openings soon. Once Spillway and Lower Richard’s are open, we will move on to Roulette off Lift 6. Think snow!!
While the days continue to be sunny and beautiful, the last few nights have been cold and our snowmakers have been making snow at Loveland Valley on Switchback and Take Off in addition to Spillway and Tango Road at Loveland Basin. We will keep cranking along and should be opening more terrain soon. Lift 7 at Loveland Valley is scheduled to open on Friday, November 18. We expect to have Lift 2 at Loveland Basin and Spillway open soon then we will focus on Lower Richards Run and Roulette off Lift 6. Looks like we should see a weather pattern shift and some snow next week. It’s great to be open and we look forward to another long and snowy season at Loveland!
November 10 – Opening Day 2016/17
It was a great Opening Day at Loveland Ski Area. Skiers & riders enjoyed a top to bottom mile long run. The sun was out and smiles were all over the mountain. Welcome back ski season!
Our snowcats are busy pushing snow around the bottom of the mountain. Temps will be cool enough to make snow the next two nights and get the bottom of the mountain ready for Opening Day 2016-2017. Get ready!
Loveland Ski Area will open for the 2016-2017 season on Thursday, November 10.
“The waiting game is finally over,” said Rob Goodell, director of business operations. “The persistent warm weather made things difficult this fall, but our snowmaking team has done an amazing job getting the mountain ready for opening day.”
Lift 1 will run from 9:00am until 4:00pm on Thursday and will offer skiers and riders access to one top-to-bottom run covered from tree-to-tree with an 18 inch base. The trails Catwalk, Mambo and Home Run make up this opening day run which is over a mile in length and nearly 1,000 vertical feet.
“We already have great coverage on most of the run and just have to put the finishing touches on the lower portion of Home Run,” continued Goodell. “While we are opening later than we had hoped, our Opening Day run will provide our guests with the exceptional early season snow they have come to expect at Loveland. We look forward to another long and snowy winter at Loveland and invite everyone to join us on Thursday to kick off the season.”
Loveland Ski Area opened on October 29 last season.
Loveland Ski Area will be open seven days a week until closing day in early May. Lift operating hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm on weekdays and 8:30am – 4:00pm on weekends and designated holidays. Early season lift tickets are $59 for adults and $27 for children 6-14.
Toby supervising the snowmaking. He’s ready for the Sunday Night game!
Although we had a somewhat productive night of snowmaking, temperatures rose fast this morning causing us to turn the guns off a little earlier than we had hoped. Tonight isn’t looking too promising either, but after that every night in the foreseeable future looks prime for snowmaking. We are confident that a few more strong nights of snowmaking will have us ready to make an opening day announcement! Stay tuned!
Temperatures were once again cold enough for a productive night of snowmaking. All the guns were blasting at full force as of 8am and visible progress was made on Homerun and around the base area. Although the forecast is calling for mild temperatures through the day, night time temps will drop low enough to fire up the guns once the sun goes down. Unfortunately we will not be opening this weekend, but with consistent productive nights like last night, and opening day announcement shouldn’t be too far off!
Temps are staying low enough at night for our snowmakers to make snow. Mother Nature also dropped 3″ of fresh snow last night. We’re hoping temperatures the next few nights stay low and our snowmaking crew can bust out the rest of Homerun and the base of the mountain. Loveland is still working hard to try to open this week. If we can’t open this week, next week is looking promising. Once we get Opening Day news, we’ll be sure to pass it on to you.
After a long delay due to warm temps our snowmaking crew got back to work and made snow last night. Temps are looking promising the next couple nights for snowmaking. We still have a good amount of snow to make on Homerun and the base of the mountain. Thank you for your patience during this warm streak.
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.