Lots of Space to Roam, The Retro feel, Hiking options. Friendly Colorado Locals
So, this review may be somewhat biased due to the fact that there was 17" inches of fresh bluebird powder this day, (May 2) Yeah, May 2nd. And not wet, heavy spring snow, but light, wind dusted, fresh pillowy-pow. Cold temps and Blue Skies all day. Of course, any resort would have been fantastic in these conditions, but here's some of Loveland's pleasant, unique surprises - The first thing that strikes you is how slow the lifts are moving. The quads are not high speed, but pleasantly glide you along, allowing you to really examine the 360 degree view of the massive basin around you. The first reaction is naturally waiting for this quad to kick in gear and get moving up to speed, impatience, then realizing you like it. It's like a flashback to the '70s, on slow moving chairs, soaking up sun drenched powder dreams in a slower time. Scenes popped up all day that could have been from any time era. A couple of friends turning fun, imperfect, deep powder turns, the whole slope to themselves. Not charging, not serious, but laughing and enjoying it. The other positive aspect of the pre-high speed quad era - for those who are old enough to know - is of course, Powder Preservation. A simple, but lost Equation - Slower Lifts = Less People on slope p/hr = More Powder for a Longer Time. & Loveland loves her Powder. One thing you don't realize when zipping along I-70 approaching the Eisenhower tunnel, is how massive this upper basin really is. There are endless, mellow. wide open, powder fields allowing you to float fresh lines with ease, with plenty of room to breathe. Everyone really gets spread out, and you can find yourself alone quite often on a mix of wide open slopes, glades, and shady tight tree runs. Looking around and talking to locals, you soon see endless possibilities of hiking and exploring out on easily accessed surrounding ridgelines, leading to steeper lines, rocky outcrops, traverses, and bowls. A recent addition also includes cat rides up to higher terrain on the north side. For a quick fix, on the south side is a short, steep, lift - serving some north facing steeps, trees, and bumps to get the blood moving right out of the parking lot. Loveland Locals are very friendly, mostly Denver corridor dominant, long time, knowledgeable, Colorado skiers and boarders who really love their resort - which is a quick 45 minutes or less away. With lots of south and east facing aspect above treeline, I imagine the snow can quickly turn to slop on warmer days and high up here on the Continental Divide it appears the wind can really get ripping, which could be a problem during big storm cycles. Not today though. After lunch - by 1:30, the place was deserted. Freshies everywhere, sunshine, no lines, 17" inches - May 2? When the locals are already heading out in the early afternoon – It makes me wonder what the “really good” days are like. Awesome – A great way to end the season and a refreshing break from the hectic tourist scenes of Breckenridge and Summit County. A true local Cassic. This is a skiers mountain. Thx Loveland!