They’re wearing their army fatigues on the snow at Loveland as U.S. military troops are journeying up to the Colorado resort for training. On-snow training has been happening at Loveland for a few years now, according to Dustin Schaefer with the resort: “These soldiers come up throughout the season to conduct cold weather/mountaineering training. They practice alpine skiing skills, avalanche safety skills, and back country skills.”
Photo courtesy Dustin Schaefer.
Shaefer says many of them work with beacons and avalanche pits. He was hesitant to disclose too many details due to the sensitive nature of the operation and security purposes. Overall, though, the resort is happy to have them onsite. “We’re very thankful for the men and women serving our Armed Forces. It’s an honor to have them training at Loveland Ski Area,” said Schaefer. The recent snow and cold temperatures have provided perfect conditions for training, and training at night.
U.S. troops practice night maneuvers at Loveland. Photo courtesy Dustin Schaefer.
Families can also have fun at Loveland at Free Family Race Day on Saturday, Jan. 28. The race is open to skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities. Medals are awarded for first, second, and third fastest times in different ages and categories. The race is free and open to everyone. Details are on Loveland’s website.
Don’t miss the 21st Annual Mountaintop Matrimony on Valentine’s Day at Loveland, where couples can legally get married or simply renew their vows. Register online before the event, which is free.
The Mountaintop Matrimony is a long-standing tradition at Loveland. Photo courtesy Loveland Ski Area.