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Why should you visit the Loveland Ski Area

#40 in Best Ski Resorts in the USA

Loveland ski area is ideal for intermediate and advanced skiers and offers a separate area for beginners near the base area.

Loveland’s Ski School offers one-on-one, group, and private family lessons. Loveland also offers kids’ ski programs for different ages and skill levels, like the Loveland Explorers program for ages 7 to 14, and the Winter Wigglers group for ages 3 to 4.

Loveland’s on-mountain cabins are a special offering that you won’t find at most ski resorts. At these free-to-use cabins, you can barbecue on propane grills or snuggle up in front of a wood-burning stove and enjoy the view.

Loveland starts the season off early, opening the slopes up to the public around late October and staying open as late as mid-May. Avid skiers recommend visiting in April when the weather is warmer, the days are longer and the holiday-season crowds have waned.

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Ski Resort Details
Exit 216 Interstate 70
Georgetown, CO 80444
Ski Resort Details
Exit 216 Interstate 70
Georgetown, CO 80444
  • Summit Elevation13,010 ft
  • Base Elevation10,800 ft
  • Vertical Drop2,210 ft
  • Skiable Area1,800 ac
  • Average Snowfall422 in
Trail Information
  • Number of trails94
  • Easy13%
  • Intermediate41%
  • Expert46%
  • Longest Run2 miles
Lift Details
  • Number of Lifts11
  • High Speed Quads1
  • Fixed Grip Quads3
  • Triples3
  • Doubles2
  • Surface Lifts/other2

Where to stay

Loveland does not offer ski-in/ski-out accommodation, but the ski resort is surrounded by plenty of hotel options. In Georgetown, just 12 miles east of Loveland, you will find the luxurious, European-style Hotel Chateau Chamonix . Just 18 miles away, in Lawson, you can stay in a tiny home-style cabin at Lawson Adventure Park & Lodging , which offers ski-and-stay packages. Over in Idaho Springs, you will find the endearing and quaint Miner’s Pick Bed and Breakfast about 22 miles east of Loveland, which also offers ski-and-stay packages.

Where to eat

On the Loveland basin, you will find the Loveland Grill serving a full breakfast, as well as burgers and chili. For made-to-order sandwiches and freshly baked sweet treats, head over to Loveland Deli & Coffee Shop, also in the Basin Lodge. For après-ski snacks, the basin’s Loveland Wedge Bar offers wings, nachos and signature cocktails. Enjoy panini sandwiches at the Loveland Food Cart and home-cooked barbecue at Outdoor BBQ. Or make your way over to Ptarmigan Roost Cafe at the top of the Ptarmigan Lift for hot chocolate, soups and burgers. Look out for the Loveland Cafeteria and the Fireside Bar for burgers, chili, and salads in the Loveland Valley. With cities like Idaho Springs and Georgetown just minutes away you will find a variety of restaurants from Asian fusion to Italian.

How to get there

There are two airports that will get you in close range to Loveland: Northern Colorado Regional Airport, two hours away, and Denver International Airport, which is about an hour and a half drive from the resort. If you are coming from Denver , Loveland’s bus service, the Snowstang, provides transportation between Downtown Denver and the Loveland Ski Area. If you would like to have more freedom when it comes to transportation, consider renting a car

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