it may be time to turn your attention towards skiing, with Labor Day just out of the way.  While that may sound like wishful thinking, when you look at [R220R, Loveland Ski Area], it's not at all. They opened Oct. 7 last season , which is only a little over three weeks away.  Loveland is often the first to open in the nation.

"That was early even for us," laughed Loveland's John Sellers.  "Typically we do open by mid-October.  We have our countdown going on our Web site, and we are looking at starting to make snow by Sept. 19.  That's, of course, dependent upon Mother Nature supplying some cold temperatures."

Considering lift-served terrain at 12,700 feet, that's probably a big help in finding those temperatures.  The ski area averages over 400-inches of snow per season, which runs from October through May.  It's one of the longest seasons in the Lower 48.

Loveland's season pass sale is also underway.  Season passes and Loveland's 4-Pak will be available at ski shows and events held along the Front Range during the next few weeks.  Follow the link below for a complete list of shows where passes will be sold.

A couple of the area's best deals are the 4-Paks and Frequent User Cards. 

A 4-Pak is available at ski shows for $109, which translates to $27.25 per day of use; a pretty sweet deal.  The 4-Pak is normally available for $119 through Nov. 21.  There are no restrictions, no blackout dates.

The Frequent User Card is $43 through the above date.  Your first day skiing or riding and every fifth day are free.  Card holders receive member rewards on days 3, 8, and 13, discounts throughout the ski area and may purchase tickets for friends at Loveland Pass rates. You also may purchase two children's tickets per day for $17 each.      

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