Loveland Ski Area will open for the 2022/23 season on Thursday, November 3
Loveland Ski Area will open for the 2022/23 season on Thursday, November 3.
“We have been waiting all summer for this and are excited to announce that Opening Day is finally here,” said COO Rob Goodell. “Our snowmaking team has done an incredible job preparing the mountain and Mother Nature chipped in with some natural snow as well. We hope that’s a sign of things to come and look forward to the start of another great season at Loveland Ski Area.”
Chet’s Dream 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 have great coverage on the upper portion of the mountain,” continued Goodell. “We will put the finishing touches on Home Run and around the bottom of Chet’s Dream for Opening Day, then our snowmakers will move on to opening additional terrain as quickly as we can.”
Loveland Ski Area opened on October 30 last season.
Loveland Ski Area will be open seven days a week until Closing Day in early May. Lift operating hours are 9:00am until 4:00pm on weekdays and 8:30am until 4:00pm on weekends and designated holidays. Early season lift tickets are $99 for adults and $37 for children 6-14.
Members of the media are invited to Loveland Ski Area for Opening Day. Please reply to this email to coordinate a visit.
Loveland Ski Area will open for the 2021/22 season on Saturday, October 30
“We’ve been counting down the days to ski season since we closed in May and couldn’t be more excited to welcome everyone back to Loveland for another amazing winter,” said COO Rob Goodell. “With some help from Mother Nature, our snowmaking team has done an incredible job getting the mountain ready and we invite everyone to come join us for Opening Day on Saturday.”
Loveland Ski Area opened on November 11 last season.
Chet’s Dream will run from 8:30am until 4:00pm on Saturday, October 30 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. Once snowmaking is completed on these runs, Loveland’s snowmaking team will focus on getting Spillway and Richard’s Run open as quickly as possible.
“It has been a busy summer up here at Loveland,” continued Goodell. “We are very excited about the Valley Lodge Expansion as this project will triple the amount of seating in the lodge and significantly expand the Rental Shop as well as our Ski & Ride School check-in area. We are also preparing to launch Loveland Snowcat Tours in January which we have been working on for a number of years. This will be a guided snowcat operation in Dry Gulch, just east of Lift 8, and we can’t wait to start bringing guests out there to explore the terrain.”
Loveland Ski Area will be open seven days a week until Closing Day in early May. Lift operating hours are 9:00am until 4:00pm on weekdays and 8:30am until 4:00pm on weekends and designated holidays. Early Season lift tickets are $85 for adults and $35 for children 6-14. Lift tickets can be purchased online at skiloveland.com or at the Ticket Office.
Loveland Ski Area will require guests to wear a mask inside all Loveland facilities for the 2021/22 season. For more details on Loveland’s Operating Plan for the 2021/22 season, please visit skiloveland.com/coronavirusupdate.
February 13, 2020 - Forest Service Approves Guided Backcountry Snowcat Tours at Loveland Ski Area
The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland released its draft decision on Friday, February 7 permitting Loveland Ski Area to offer guided snowcat skiing and snowboarding opportunities in Dry Gulch. The 580 acre area is adjacent to Loveland’s existing permit area north of Interstate 70.
“We are honored to partner with the US Forest Service to offer a unique guided backcountry skiing and snowboarding experience,” said Rob Goodell, COO of Loveland Ski Area. “This special use permit will allow us to expand opportunities for winter recreational use consistent with our 2017 Master Plan and the Forest Service mission.”
Under the expanded special use permit, Loveland Ski Area will be able to offer up to two guided trips per day into Dry Gulch with no more than 16 people on each trip. Snowcat operations will be limited to three designated routes. The area will remain open to the public for non-guided use.
A number of monitoring and mitigation requirements will be implemented to protect the area’s environment and natural resources. Among them are that snowcat use will require at least two feet of snow cover, tree removal will be prohibited, compacted snow/ice routes must be broken up at the end of the season, and water quality and fish populations in the area will be monitored to ensure there are no negative hydrological impacts of the permitted activities.
More information about the proposal, including the draft Decision Notice, Environmental Assessment, public comments, and other supporting documents, can be found online at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=54196. Publication of the draft Decision Notice in the Fort Collins Coloradoan on Friday, February 7 began a 45-day objection period, during which time those who commented on the proposal may file objections to the proposed activity or certain aspects of it.
July 31, 2018 - Loveland‘s New Lift Has A Name - CHET’S DREAM
The construction of Loveland Ski Area’s new high-speed detachable quad from Leitner-Poma is well underway. While there is still a lot of work to do before it is ready for Opening Day, thanks to some help from Terry Henningson, a Loveland Season Pass holder and former Ski Patroller, the new lift has a name. The new lift will be called CHET’S DREAM in honor of Chester R. (Chet) Upham, Jr. (May 19, 1925 – January 24, 2008).
Not everyone can dream big, but Chet Upham could. From the beginning Chet had a vision for Loveland that transcended what others had seen. Chet became a partner in Loveland Ski Tow Company in 1956 and immediately convinced the other partners it was time to install what would be Loveland’s first chairlift and only the third such lift in Colorado, Lift 1. While a major force in the formative years from 1956, it was when Chet bought out the other partners in 1972 that the true potential for Loveland was realized. From that day forward, the Upham Family has owned and operated Loveland Ski Area.
Chet’s dedication and love for the ski area were legendary. He invested both time and money to build an affordable ski experience and wanted everyone who came to Loveland to feel as though they were guests of the owners. One of his favorite quotes was “if we’d get a dime, we’d spend it on improvements up there (Loveland),” the Upham Family said. That philosophy continues today and Chet’s Dream endures.
A contest to name the new lift was opened to the public and Loveland received nearly three thousand entries. Loveland’s Board of Directors reviewed all the entries and selected Terry Henningson’s submission, Chet’s Dream.
“I was on Loveland’s Ski Patrol for a few years in the late nineties and had the pleasure of meeting Chet a few times,” said Terry Henningson. “Because he was so passionate and played such a big role in developing Loveland into what it is today, I thought that this would be an appropriate way to honor his legacy.”
Loveland Ski Area will provide Terry with a chair from the old Lift 1 for providing the name of the new lift.
With great pride and joy, the Upham Family and Loveland employees dedicate CHET’S DREAM in memory of Chet Upham.
Loveland Ski Area is tentatively scheduled to start making snow in 59 days and open in mid/late October.
Loveland Ski Area Story Link: https://skiloveland.com/chets-dream/
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