- Overall Rating 5
- Family Friendly 3
- All-Mtn. Terrain 5
- Terrain Park 0
- Nightlife 4
Pros: Wide open spaces, varied terrain, long runs
Cons: Congestion at lodge and Lift 1, can be very windy
Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters
Date Visited: Feb 1, 2011
Loveland is big. Very big. It's one of those places where there can be hundreds of people at the lodge but once you're on the mountain, you can have entire runs to yourself.
It's a wide-open ski area, especially if you ski the runs over the Eisenhower Tunnel. This was my first trip back to Loveland since 1993, so it was great to see the improvements with the lodge and all of the added terrain. The wind can be a problem, as it was on our trip - they never opened anything on the north side due to upwards of 90 mph winds atop the north summit. Even so, you can still get some great turns in, sticking to lifts 6 and 2. All the runs off these lifts are very wide and skiable for all abilities. Firecut and Drifter are easy cruisers funneling into the mid-point reload area. My only complaint about the mid-point was the attendants were not inserting a vacant chair at the bottom, so your wait time at the mid-point was pretty long. Other great runs include about all of the runs off lift 1, including the moguled Busy Gully.
The snow was deep, however, due to the high winds, it was somewhat crusty. However, as the day wore on, the sun came out. That, coupled with all of the people skiing, really broke up the crusty snow and by 10 a.m., the skiing was fantastic!
Loveland probably doesn't get the love from the hardcore people like Jackson, Vail or even A-Basin, but the runs are long, there's plenty of trees and moguls; there's an entire other area catering to beginners and unless you sit in the lodge all day, you'll go home exhausted. And speaking of the lodge, I'll give them credit - they do make a pretty tasty homemade bloody mary!
Didn't vote on the terrain park. It's on the Tempest run, but haven't skied there.