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.
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October 22, 2018
It was a great ppening weekend at Loveland Ski Area! The new high-speed quad lift, Chet’s Dream started at 8:30am. Skiers and riders enjoyed 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 one thousand vertical feet.
October 19, 2018
It was very humid last night so we weren’t able to turn the guns on until 3am. The guns ran from 3am-10am. Mother Nature also dropped 4″ of new snow last night. Our crew is hard at work getting the mountain for Opening Day. Get those skis & boards ready. See you tomorrow at 8:30am.
October 18, 2018
Our snowmaking team & trail maintenance crew are still working hard putting the final touches on the mountain. Last night wasn’t as cold as previous nights last week, but it was still another productive night of snowmaking. Our snowmakers we able to keep the snow guns on through 7:45am. The snow guns have all been positioned on Home Run and the base area. Snowcats are busy pushing snow on Catwalk and Mambo. Coverage look amazing up there. See you Saturday for Opening Day 2018!
October 16, 2018
Loveland Ski Area will open for the 2018/19 season on Saturday, October 20.
“Thanks to lots of hard work from our skilled snowmaking team and 2 feet of snow from Mother Nature, we are excited to announce that Loveland Ski Area will open with exceptional early season conditions this Saturday,” said Rob Goodell, chief operating officer. “We hope this early season snow is the start of a generous winter and invite everyone to join us on Saturday as we kick-off another long and powder packed season at Loveland.”
Chet’s Dream will run from 8:300am until 4:00pm on Saturday 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 one thousand vertical feet.
“This year Opening Day is even more special as Chet’s Dream, our new high-speed lift, will carry the first skiers and riders of its tenure here at Loveland,” continued Goodell. “This new lift will provide our guests with quicker and more reliable access to some of our most popular terrain while honoring ski industry pioneer and Loveland patriarch, Chester R. (Chet) Upham, Jr.”
Loveland Ski Area also opened on October 20 last season. Loveland’s snowmakers will continue to make snow on Home Run and around the base of Chet’s Dream this week before moving on to opening additional terrain.
Loveland Ski Area will be open 7 days a week until Closing Day in early May. Lift operation 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 $65 for adults and $31 for children 6-14.
October 15, 2018
The Loveland snowmaking team had a very strong weekend of making snow. Mother Nature has also dropped 24″ of snow on over the past 8 days. The snowguns will be moved to the lower half of the mountain and we’ll focus our snowmaking efforts on the final stretch. Loveland still hopes to open sometime in the next week or two. Last year Loveland opened on October 20th.Today we had one of our snowcats pushing the snow out and getting it ready for the season.
October 11, 2018
Loveland Ski Area had another productive night of snowmaking. We’ve received 10.5” of snow since October 8th. Loveland Ski Area will not open this weekend. Loveland hopes to open sometime in the next two weeks.
October 10, 2018
Our snowmaking crew has been going non-stop since we started on Monday. We just shut down the snowguns for a little bit but hope to turn them back on later this evening. Conditions have been great for snowmaking and the natural snow continues to fall. OpenSnow is calling for up to two feet of snow through Sunday night! Night temps will continue to drop through the weekend, so we expect the productivity to continue. Loveland Ski Area hopes to open sometime mid-late October.
October 8, 2018
Mother Nature delivered 3 inches of new snow to Loveland Ski Area last night and provided snowmakers with the cold temperatures they have been waiting for. Loveland Ski Area started making snow on Mambo and Home Run at 1:00am this morning. The temperatures dropped down into the low twenties and the snowguns were still firing out the flakes as of 10:00am this morning. Snow and cold temperatures remain in the forecast for the rest of the week and snowmaking could continue around the clock into the weekend. Loveland started making snow on September 25 last season.
“Winter is finally here,” said Rob Goodell, COO. “Early this morning we were able to lay down the first man-made flakes of the season and also saw the first natural snow of the season. That means that the first turns of the season aren’t far off.”
It typically takes about two weeks for Loveland’s snowmakers to cover the opening day run from tree-to-tree with an 18 inch base. Loveland Ski Area will open with a full top-to-bottom run made up of the trails Catwalk, Mambo and Home Run. This opening day run is 1,000 vertical feet and over a mile in length. Last year Loveland opened on October 20.
Opening Day this season will be even more special as Loveland’s opening day run will be served by its first high-speed lift, Chet’s Dream. This new high-speed detachable quad from Leitner-Poma replaced Lift 1 and will be ready for Opening Day 2018.
October 1, 2018
Our snowmaking team from New Zealand has arrived and they are on standby to make snow. Temps should be dropping later this week and we are hoping for some natural snow. The snowguns were tested last week and are in position. Ski season is right around the corner. Once we start making snow, we will post photos & videos.
December 27, 2017
Avalanche Bowl, Zoom and Bennett’s Bowl opened today! Poma Line, Tomahawk and Zig Zag are also open. 35″ of snow in the past 7 days and the mountain is skiing great! Ski Patrol is working hard to get more terrain open and we hope to have more announcements soon!
December 25, 2017
Ski Patrol opened South Chutes,Double Dip and Switchback today. Santa made some powder turns off Lift 6. Loveland received 9″ in the past 24hrs, 16″ in 48hrs and 23″ in the past 72 hrs.
December 24, 2017
Loveland received 8 more inches of snow last night. Ski Patrol is busy opening new runs and getting runs ready to open. Ski Patrol opened Excelleration, Dealers Choice, Forest Meadow, Tiger Tail, Busy Gully and Boomerang. We are hoping to have more runs opening soon.
December 22, 2017
With the 7″ of new snow and more snow on the way we’re starting to open up more terrain. At the Valley, All smiles and Lift 3 are now open. At the Basin, Love Park will be moved to Royal Flush and Straight Flush starting Saturday. Cats Meow is now open for the season off Lift 1. The snowcats have been working on Upper Tempest and Bennett’s Bowl. E Tow Cabin is now open for the season! We’ll keep you updated on any opening news as we get it.
December 14, 2017
Tonight is the last night of snowmaking for the 2017/18 season. Our team did an amazing job this year making up for the lack of natural snow. The early season skiing and riding has been incredible thanks to all their hard work. Firecut will open tomorrow. The Mini Carpet and All Smiles will open this weekend at Loveland Valley. Uphill Access is now open – please be sure to visit our Uphill Access page before you head up and remember that Uphill Access is not allowed during operating hours. Keep doing your snow dances and we look forward to skiing with you soon!
December 12, 2017
Snowmaking is almost wrapped up. We are finishing up on Straight Flush where the terrain park will be. The snowcats will be pushing the snow out on Fire Cut and we hope to have that open very soon. Ski Patrol opened up Drifter yesterday! The snowmaking at the Valley is completed. Big thanks to our snowmaking team!
December 9, 2017
Snowmaking continues on Firecut and Drifter at Loveland Basin. Both runs are very close to opening and we hope to have an announcement soon. At Loveland Valley we are working hard on the area east of the Rainbow Carpet and All Smiles. This is the home stretch! Just a few more days of snowmaking left before we call it quits for the season. Uphill Access will open once snowmaking has been completed.
December 5, 2017
Good news! We opened up two more runs today for the season. Keno and Blackjack are now open for the season. We hope to wrap up snowmaking operations around December 15th. Our snowmaking team continues to make snow in the terrain park area off Lift 6. Loveland got 2″ of new snow on Monday which allowed skiers and snowboarders to ski Cats Meow for a few hours. Thanks to the Ski Patrol for the guided skiing on Cats!
December 3, 2017
Our snowmaking team did a tremendous job on Ptarmigan. Conditions were great for the opening yesterday despite the warmer temperatures. Conditions haven’t been ideal the last few nights, but our team was still productive on Friday and Saturday nights. We have some weather moving in tonight and we should wake up to a few inches of snow tomorrow. Flurries are expected to continue on Monday, but we don’t expect much accumulation. More snow potentiall on Thursday.
The temperature will be dropping with this new weather system which will help our last week of snowmaking. Typically we are done on December 1, but have decided to continue through Sunday, December 10. Working on Drifter and Firecut at Loveland Basin and Mini Carpet, All Smiles, Zig Zag and west of Rainbow Carpet at Loveland Valley.
November 30, 2017
After a strong night of snowmaking, we are excited to announce that Ptarmigan Lift will open on Saturday, December 2 serving Fire Bowl and Turtle Creek! Ptarmigan Roost Cabin will also open with food and beverage service. The guns are currently placed on Firecut, Drifter and the Flushes. We normally stop making snow on or around December 1, but we will continue to make snow through Sunday, December 10 this season. The next few days look warm, but the nights should continue to be productive. And, it looks like we will see at least a little bit of snow starting on Sunday.
November 29, 2017
Still working hard to get Ptarmigan Lift open. We have been making snow pretty much non-stop since Monday night. We will most likely have to shut down for a bit this afternoon, but expect to get going again tonight. Weather looks consistent over the next few days – not ideal temperatures for around the clock snowmaking, but the nights should continue to be productive. The upper portion of Fire Bowl is looking good and the crew is hyper focused on the lower portion of Fire Bowl – from the top of Firecut down through Turtle Creek. There is a chance it will be ready for this weekend, but we will know more in the next couple of days.
Ski Patrol opened Cat’s Meow off Lift 1 on Sunday afternoon for about an hour. They had ski cut this terrain a few times already and allowed some lucky skiers and riders to enjoy it for a few runs.
November 26, 2017
We ended up making snow all day yesterday which was great after a few warm nights. The guns stayed on until 4:00am this morning. Ptarmigan is looking really good! Top portion is being pushed out by the snowcats and the guns have been moved to Fire Cut, Drifter and Turtle Creek. Working hard to get it open ASAP. A few more good nights and it should be ready! We hope to have an announcement later this week.
November 25, 2017
Finally! After two nights without snowmaking, our team was able to fire up the guns at 1:00am this morning. As of 10:45, they are still running at both Loveland Basin and Loveland Valley. Forecast for the next few days looks OK…not great, but we will be ready to go 24 hours a day when the weather cooperates. Making some good progress on Ptarmigan, but lots of ground to cover up there.
November 24, 2017
We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It was a beautiful day up here, but the warmer temperatures have been detrimental to our snowmaking efforts. We have not been able to make snow for the last two nights, but we did get a few inches of snow this week and the open terrain is skiing great. Looks like the warmer temperatures will stick around for a few more days, but our snowmakers will be monitoring the weather and ready to go as soon as conditions permit. The Rainbow Carpet at Loveland Valley opened today. Lift 3 is scheduled to open to the public on December 9. Ptarmigan Lift will be next at Loveland Basin.
November 21, 2017
It’s snowing hard at Loveland Ski Area. Patrol just opened Nix Nox, Upper Richards and Waterfall for the season. We continue to work on the terrain off Ptarmigan Lift. We will keep you updated with any openings.
November 19, 2017
Friday’s storm came through big time with 14″ of snow and Saturday was a lot of fun up here. The open runs were skiing great and Ski Patrol opened Nix Nox and Upper Richard’s for some guided skiing on Friday afternoon and Saturday. Ski Patrol also did more ski cutting on the terrain below Lift 1. Lift 6 opened this morning providing access to Roulette. We will now focus on getting Ptarmigan Lift open. Snowmaking efforts will now be directed at Fire Bowl and Turtle Creek.
November 17, 2017
We woke up to winter this morning! 2″ on the 8am report and it is still coming down. Open Snow is calling for 4-8″ today and 3-7″ tonight. Yeah snow! On the flip side of that, it was warm and humid last night so we were unable to make any snow. Looks like the temperatures will drop tonight so we will monitor the weather closely and be ready to make snow as conditions permit. We had hoped to have Lift 6 ready for the weekend, but we need another cold night or two to put the finishing touches on Roulette. It will not open tomorrow. Sunday is still a possibility. Lift 6 before Thanksgiving is always a good thing. Lift 7 opened at Loveland Valley this morning and we hope to have the Rainbow Carpet ready very soon.
November 15, 2017
It has been a beautiful couple of days up here. Nights have been great for snowmaking, but we have not been able to make snow during the day with the warm temperatures. Looks like that is changing. Temps look good for today and the snow starts moving in tomorrow night. Forecasts are calling for up to 16″ through Friday night and cold temps to boot. Roulette is looking good, but it is too early to call it. Loveland Valley is also coming along nicely. Lift 7 is looking good for its opening on Friday. We are also making snow on Twist. Think snow!
November 12, 2017
After a great 5 days of snowmaking, the weather has warmed up a bit in the last few days. Snowmaking was going non-stop last Saturday through Thursday morning. We have had to shut down during the day, but night temps have stayed cold and we have been very productive. Lower Tempest is now open and the terrain park now lives here. Guns are going top-to-bottom on Roulette off Lift 6. Loveland Valley is also progressing nicely and we expect to have Lift 7 and the Rainbow Magic Carpet open on Friday, November 17.
Daytime temps look warm for the early part of this week, but cold nights will keep snowmaking going at night. Looks like we could get some snow at the end of the week!
November 8, 2017
It has been a snowy couple of days up here at Loveland. 7″ of snow in the last three days and the snow guns have been going non-stop since Saturday. We are making great progress and the forecast continues to look good. Ski Patrol opened Upper Richard’s Run for some guided skiing yesterday. Nix Nox may open briefly today. We are just about ready to move the terrain park to Lower Tempest and Lift 6 is coming along nicely.
November 6, 2017
Snowmaking is going 24 hours a day with these cool temps. The snowmakers have all the snowguns setup and continue to blow snow off Lift 6. The Valley is looking very good and is planning on opening to the public on November 17.
November 5, 2017
We had a great night of snowmaking and got some natural snow to compliment the man-made flakes. The crew turned on the guns at 4pm yesterday afternoon and they are still going strong as of 9:30am. Lower Richard’s Run is now open giving us two full top-to-bottom runs off Lift 1. Lower Tempest and Roulette are now getting the full attention of our snowmakers. Forecast is still looking very good for the next few days!
November 4, 2017
We received 2″ of natural snowfall last night and this morning. It is still snowing lightly and there is snow in the forecast through Tuesday evening. While we don’t expect a ton of accumulation, it looks like the temps will stay cold day and night which is great for snowmaking if the humidity stays low. Lower Richard’s Run is VERY close. I know we have been saying that for a while, but the warm temps last week impacted our ability to make snow. We are optimistic that another couple days of productive snowmaking will be enough to open that run. We are also making snow on Lower Tempest so we can move the terrain park off Mambo as more terrain opens. Snowmaking is going well at Loveland Valley and Lift 7 and the Magic Carpet are on track for the opening on Friday, November 17. Once Richard’s Run is complete, we will move on to Tempest off Lift 6 at Loveland Basin. Fire Bowl will be next. Think snow!
October 31, 2017
Lift 2 will open this Friday. Tango Road will be the run that will be open. The Valley Magic Carpet will also open Friday for Ski & Ride School guests.
October 31, 2017
3″ of new snow always helps! It’s been a very strong day of snowmaking here at Loveland Ski Area. It’s 12:00 noon and the snow guns are still going. We need a couple more strong days of snowmaking and Lower Richards should be open. Lift 2 will be opening very soon too. Down at the Valley the Magic Capet and Lift 3 area is taking shape. The snowmaking team continues to make snow for the Ski & Ride School area.
October 28, 2017
It has been a great few days of snowmaking! We are making great progress on Lift 2 and Richard’s Run. Tango Road is just about done and we are moving those guns to the top of Lift 2 and Richard’s Run. We are hopeful we will have an announcement on Richard’s Run and Lift 2 at some point this week. We woke up to a trace of new snow this morning and there is more snow in the forecast for the next few days along with continued cold temperatures. We will provide another update tomorrow. Think snow!
October 26, 2017
The last few nights have been cold and dry, just the way our snowmakers like it! As of 9:00am today the guns are still going on Turtle Creek, Tango Road and Richard’s Run. Lift 2 will be the next lift to open followed by Lift 6 and then Ptarmigan. Spillway is groomed and Ski Patrol will conduct a safety inspection and rope the sides of the trail this morning before it is opened. There is snow in the forecast today and more cold temperatures through the rest of the week. All good news. We will keep working around the clock to get terrain open as quickly as we can!
October 24, 2017
Spillway is close to opening. Our Trail Maintenance crew should have a announcement in the next day or two. The snowmaking team is busy making snow at the Valley. Snow is being blown off Lift 7 and the Magic Carpet area. The Valley will open Nov 17th. Lift 3 is open only for Race Training. Any teams interested in booking lane space must contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ll keep you updated on any terrain openings and changes with snowmaking. Big thanks to the snowmaking and train maintenance teams for all their hard work.
October 21, 2017
Opening Day was great at Loveland Ski Area. Skiers & riders enjoyed the mile long run and 1000 vertical feet. Our snowmaking team will continue to make snow until mid December. Snowmakig operations will move to Spillway and Lower Richards soon. The Valley has opened up for race training. Snowmaking operations will start soon there off Lift 7 and the magic carpet areas.
October 18, 2017
We were able to make snow last night. Conditions weren’t as good as they were on Monday, but we were still able to get a good number of hours in. Our staff is busy getting ready for Friday’s Opening Day. We still have a little more snow to make on Home Run. Our Trail Maintenance team will put the final touches on the mountain Thursday. Ski Patrol will be on the hill tomorrow to get the runs ready for the public. Get those skis & boards ready!!
Opening Day Announcement
Loveland Ski Area will open for the 2017/18 season on Friday, October 20. “We have been waiting all summer for this and are excited to announce that Opening Day is finally here,” said COO Rob Goodell. “The snow we received in early October has been a tremendous help and our snowmakers have put in a lot of hard work to ensure the first turns of the season are good ones. We invite everyone to come celebrate the start of another season with us on Friday.”
Lift 1 will run from 9:00am until 4:00pm on Friday 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 continue to make snow on Home Run and around the base of Lift 1 this week and then move on to opening additional terrain as quickly as we can.”
Loveland Ski Area opened on November 10 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 8:30 until 4:00pm on weekends and designated holidays. Early season lift tickets are $61 for adults and $29 for children 6-14.
October 17, 2017
Monday night was a great night of snowmaking. Our snowmaking team fired up the guns at 9:00pm and they turned them off at 10:00am. We have 10 guns making snow on Home Run. We need one or two really strong nights of snowmaking and then we should be very close for a opening day announcement. We’ll keep you posted on any news we hear.
October 16, 2017
Friday night we made snow but conditions were not the greatest. Saturday & Sunday we had excellent conditions for snowmaking. All the snowguns are focused on the bottom of the mountain. The snowmaking team is putting the final touches on Home Run and the bottom of Lift 1. Our COO is meeting with with our snowmakers, Trail Maintenance and Ski Patrol to see if we can nail down a opening date. Stay tuned for opening day news!
October 13, 2017
Our snowmaking crew was able to make snow for a good number of hours last night. We’re hoping for a productive weekend of snowmaking. We won’t have any updates this weekend since Loveland will be closed for over the weekend. We will take a look at the progress on Monday and should have a better guess on a opening day announcement.
The snowmaking crew is also busy making snow at Loveland Valley for the Loveland Ski Club. The Loveland Ski Club hopes to get their race course open this coming week for their annual lane training season. If you are a race club interested in lane space, please contact the Loveland Ski Club (email@example.com)
October 12, 2017
Temps were too warm to turn the snowguns on last night. We’re hoping night temps stay low enough for our team to make snow the next few nights. Home Run and the bottom of Lift 1 are the spots are team will be focusing in on. We will update you our progress on Monday, October 16th.
October 11, 2017
Congratulations to our friends and neighbors at Arapahoe Basin on their Opening Day announcement! The Loveland snowmaking crew is still hard at work making snow and our Trial Maintenance team is busy pushing snow in the snowcats. All the snow guns have been moved to the bottom of Mambo and the top of Home Run. We are getting close, but we are not ready to make an announcement on opening day yet. Loveland will not be opening this weekend, but are very optimistic on a opening day announcement sometime next week. .
October 9, 2017
It’s looking great up on the mountain. Our snowmaking team is getting help from Mother Nature with fresh snow and low temps. They are hoping to make snow for 36 continuous hours coming up. Parker the Snow Dog is keeping a close eye on the snowmaking progress. Catwalk is completed and Mambo is very close to being done. Homerun and the bottom of the lift area is the last stuff that will be done before we open. We hope to have a better idea on where we are in a couple days. We will keep you up to date with all snowmaking news and any opening day annoucments as soon as we get them. Ski season is almost here!
October 6, 2017
Things are looking promising for firing the snowguns back up this evening. The long range forecast is looking very good for being able to keep the guns on for most of the day. If we can get a few days of 24/7 snowmaking, that will help out a ton in getting the mountain open ASAP. Keep checking back for updates. You can also view the live webcams by clicking here. We hope to have some more news when we get back to the mountain on Monday. Have a great weekend and think snow!
October 4, 2017
It is a beautiful bluebird morning up at the ski area and I have spent some time staring up at my favorite lines on The Ridge. They are not ready for skiers yet, but they sure look nice. As expected, the temps came up a few degrees last night and we did not make any snow. The train maintenance crew put a snowcat up on the mountain today to track pack the new snow we have received. The warmer temps are expected to stick around for a couple days, but there is a cold front moving in later this week which is great news. Our snowmaking team will still be working around the clock to capitalize on any opportunities to make snow, but it may be another day or two before we fire back up again. We will provide another update tomorrow morning.
October 3, 2017
17″ of new snow in the past 72 hours! The Loveland snowmaking team had a productive night of snowmaking. They made snow most of the night and stopped making snow around 9:00am. Low temps and low humidity is what the snowmaking crew hopes for each night. Temps are meant to go up the next few days but the weekend is looking promising. The snowmaking crew will continue to blow snow on Catwalk and Mambo. The final stretch of snowmaking will be on Homerun. We are hoping to have a opening day announcement in the next week or two.
October 2, 2017
14″ of new snow fell on Loveland Ski Area in the past 48 hrs. More snow is on the way as we speak. Our snowmaking team got to make snow for a few hours last night before a power outage shutdown snowmaking operations. Fri & Sat the temps were too warm to make snow. Below are some photos of the recent storm.
September 28, 2017
Woke up to some new snow and lots of fog this morning. Temperatures dropped to 31 degrees last night, but there was just too much moisture in the air so our team was unable to make any snow. Looks like we will get some more natural snow over the weekend and there may be a few opportunities to make some snow. The snowmakers from New Zealand arrive on Saturday night and will be working around the clock to help get us ready for Opening Day. We will post the next update on Monday morning. Have a great weekend and think snow!
September 27, 2017
Temps and humidity were a little to high for our snowmaking crew to make snow. Looking at the long range forecast has snowmaking up in the air. We will continue to update you with any progress or delays.
September 26, 2017
It’s looking good up on the mountain here at Loveland Ski Area. Parker the Snow Dog and I hiked up to see the snowmaking progress. Our snowmakers made snow for about 12 hours last night on Catwalk and the upper section of Mambo. Keep checking back for updates. Think snow!
September 25, 2017
The Loveland Trail Maintenance crew started making snow at 12:15am. Temps stayed cool and let us make snow until 9:00am. Guns were setup and going at the top of Lift 1 and down Catwalk. After Catwalk, snowmaking operations will be moved to Mambo and then Homerun. We will continue to make snow as conditions permit. Temps are looking good this week for more snowmaking. Loveland hopes to open sometime mid-late October. We’ll keep you updated through the snowmaking process.
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.