Loveland is an easy zip up I-70, less than an hour from the Front Range. My son and I spent a recent Friday there. The two runs that were open aren't long. It took us less than two minutes to get down. But there were a few little jumps along the edge and some terrain park tricks, perfect for any 12-year-old or adventuresome spirit.
Everyone was just excited to get their ski legs in shape again. We saw young kids and seniors, skiers and snowboarders, disabled skiers and telemarkers, and various race teams in training. We met people from the Front Range and Colorado Springs. We saw friends from Steamboat, and young children with their parents in Vail attire.
It wasn't too crowded on this particular Friday afternoon. But be aware that terrain is limited and all levels are taking their turns down the mountains, at all speeds, on early season conditions.
Guns are fired up around the clock and more terrain is open. Any storm that blows through supplements the snowmaking. It allowed for Loveland to open Chair #2 last weekend, which provides access to Fire Bowl and Turtle Creek runs.
The Valley's Chair #3 also opened, but for race training only. The projected opening to the public, as well as the start of the Loveland Ski School, is Nov. 17.