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  • Free snowcat ride to the resort's most extreme terrain
  • High elevation allows for longer seasons and light fluffy snow
  • Easily accessible - just an hour's drive and avoids traffic of I-70
  • Local's mountain; sees less crowds
  • Small size compared to other Summit County ski resorts
  • High winds can be an issue, most chairlifts are above the tree-line
  • No ski village or lodging at base
  • Difficult to get to and around without a car

Loveland Ski Packages

Lodging + Lift Tickets Discount Price
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Silverthorne - Summit Co
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
0% off £552
Quality Inn & Suites Summit County
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
0% off £442
Hampton Inn & Suites Silverthorne
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
0% off £685

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A true local’s gem, Loveland Ski Area is one of the highest ski resorts in Colorado, with a free snowcat to take you to the 13,010 ft summit and the resort’s most gnarly terrain! Click into your powder ski’s because the high elevation here means longer seasons and plenty of light fluffy pow. Snowfall comes sooner and stays for longer than other resorts with an impressive 422 in falling per year, the most in the Summit County! It’s also one of the closest ski areas to Denver (53 miles west) and has all the chutes, bowls, steep slopes that’s perfect for powderhounds to get their ski fix!

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

February to April

Loveland’s high-altitude means snow is kept fresh longer, which means extended ski seasons are not uncommon (the 2016/17 season finished around mid-May!). The skiing season starts late November but like most resorts, the first few days, weeks, or even month provide spotty conditions with patches of grass peeking through the snow. It’s best to hold off until the later months from February onward to April when there’s a good base of snow coupled with bluebird days. You might also see a bit more skiers on the slopes during March and early April during Spring Break weeks and when the weather becomes a bit milder. The ski area also retains its untouched powder extremely well, perhaps in no small part due to the fact that they experience relatively limited traffic, so there’s plenty of freshies to find all season long. If you want estimates on the choicest bluebird days, the Loveland Ski Area website does a pretty good job of posting up-to-date forecasts for the best skiing conditions.


Denver International Airport


Loveland (1-2 hours)

Silverthorne (10-15 mi)

  • Affordable lodging, more budget-friendly than Dillon
  • Range of dining options
  • Variety of hotels and motels

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Dillon (10-15 mi)

  • Affordable accommodation
  • 20 minutes drive away
  • Limited nightlife

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For beginners

Loveland Valley is a separate ski area that's packed with groomed mellow terrain for beginners! Most of the more experienced skiers will be shredding the slopes at Loveland Basin, making the wide open slopes at Loveland Valley crowd-free and stress-free for those working on their skills! Once beginner's have mastered the bunny slope near the base, they can head up the mountain and try out Zig Zag, a great "S" shaped progression path.

For intermediates

Intermediates have a wide range options all over Loveland Basin! From groomed trails like Richard's Run to bowls like Bennett's Bowl and even tree-skiing in the north face of the Basin, Loveland has it all! Tickler Gulch and Hook em'Horns (an achievable black run) is our picks for those up for tree-skiing adventure, especially if you like bumps that give enough air to feel like you're flying!

For experts

The Ridge is where it's all for advanced and experts with plenty of gnarly terrain from bowls to chutes; all of the black and double black diamond type! Best of all, there's a FREE snowcat to take you along the Ridge so you can save your energy for shredding the slopes. Velvet Hammer, Field of Dreams, Marmot, Rock Chutes and Super Nova are only some of our favourites for the extreme stuff because there really is just too much to choose from! For off-piste, Cat's Nix Trees is also a favourite!

Find freshies

Snow stays fresher for longer at Loveland, all thanks to its high altitude! Freshies can be found across the mountain and the resort is also never crowded so the good stuff doesn't usually get tracked out. Sunburst Chutes and the North Chutes are especially great for finding stashes after high winds.

Ditch the crowds

Most skiers flock to the larger surrounding ski resorts such Breckenridge so crowds aren't usually an issue here. Chair 2 at Loveland Basin is the most popular chair as it acts as a gateway to a significant portion of the mountain. It's the busiest during lunch hours so avoid it until the rush dies down.

Non skiers

There's not much activities for non-skiers at Loveland but there are plenty of fun things to do around the Summit County. Shop til you drop at the Outlets at Silverthorne or perhaps give fly fishing a go on the Blue River! There's also tubing at Keystone or dogsledding at Breckenridge.


A local's mountain that's close to Denver and has cheaper lift tickets than larger Colorado ski resorts, Loveland makes for an ideal family-friendly ski destination. For those with beginners and little ones, the small and mellow terrain at Loveland Valley ski area is perfect!


LovelandArapahoe Basin
beginner13 %10 %
intermediate41 %30 %
advanced20 %37 %
expert26 %23 %
total runs94 109
ski area1,800ac 960ac
summit elevation13,010ft 13,050ft
total lifts10 8
child lift ticketFree Free
adult lift ticket$75 USD (£58 GBP) $100 USD (£77 GBP)
back country
value for money
average total snowfall249″ 180″

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Loveland Reviews

Fabulous 4.4 / 5
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Superb!4.7 / 5Sep 17, 2019
Loveland ReviewsMark R.
advanced snowboarder
Some of the best open terrain ive ever rode , easy to get too, freindly staff great lifts like lift 9, pretty chill environment great snow great views and easy to get to.... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Aug 08, 2019
Loveland ReviewsDaniel A.
intermediate skier
Great place with little to no lift lines even on the busiest days of the year. Great place for all skiers or snowboarders of all levels but keep in mind the ski area is at high altitude so you can become winded quite easily.... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Aug 08, 2019
Loveland ReviewsMatt D.
expert skier
A really nice local gem close to Denver with no crowds and plentiful snow. Great value for money and good terrain for all ability levels. There's no town at the base for accommodation, but it's easy to stay nearby in Silverthorne or Georgetown. The lifts are mostly slow, however they added their first high speed lift this year which guests are sure... More
Good!3.8 / 5Jul 01, 2019
Loveland ReviewsJohn O.
expert snowboarder
One high speed quad, lots of fixed grip chairs and a very mellow vibe. If you want to save a bunch of money and have a awesome day, Loveland is the answer.... More
Very Good!4 / 5Jul 01, 2019
Loveland ReviewsMark W.
expert skier
Beat the crowds by coming to Loveland, a locals favorite! With some of the best views and above treeline skiing, Loveland has a ton of value! However it can get very windy and cold above treeline but you can't beat Loveland on a powder day!... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Jul 01, 2019
Loveland ReviewsJoel S.
expert skier
Loveland is the often passed by, small town, “local” resort without any of the pretension of the BIG “I want to be Aspen Mtn.” Resorts... but with all the terrain you want! Above treeline off piste powder, groomers and plenty for beginners - and it’s affordable! I ski ❤️Land!... More
Superb!4.7 / 5Apr 29, 2019
Loveland ReviewsChris M.
advanced skier
Loveland is close to Denver, always improving, very affordable, and always a lot of fun to ski/snowboard! With the addition of Loveland Valley which is a great place for beginners, every level is covered. The staff is professional and friendly. Loveland is hard to beat if you're looking for a value that still has it all!... More
Average!3.4 / 5Feb 18, 2019
Loveland ReviewsJoe B.
advanced snowboarder
The best value if you are trying to get into the sport. Amenities are weak, and the mountain is small, but it is the best bang for your buck in Colorado. Definitely where you should start to learn both beginners and intermediates.... More
Good!3.7 / 5Feb 18, 2019
Loveland ReviewsRyan K.
advanced skier
This is a great Mountain that is a short drive from Denver. Very affordable single day and all season lift package with lots of train to challenge any level . It is not considered a destination Resort in Colorado and so usually doesn't have large lines on the lifts. Still gets plenty of trash powder each season they're currently at a hundred inches... More
Very Good!4.1 / 5Nov 14, 2018
Loveland ReviewsDale L.
advanced skier
Loveland is a great place for skiing in Colorado, doesn’t have the reputation as the bigger resorts but when it comes to time on the slopes it can’t be beat, hardly no lift lines and very affordable, great combo... More

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