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Skiing on the Continental Divide at Loveland.
Skiing on the Continental Divide at Loveland.
By Tom Boyd

December 10, 2008 — 


Drivers heading westbound on I-70 see Loveland Ski Area appear before them like a billboard for Colorado skiing as they make their way toward Eisenhower Tunnel. The resort makes for a great park-and-ski day trip because it’s easy to get to and easy to navigate. Its high-altitude location on the Continental Divide makes it one of the first mountains to open and one of the last to close each year. Most of the good riding at Loveland is wide-open, intermediate terrain, yet several pockets of very steep, expert terrain can keep an expert skier busy through the day. Beginners have an entire hill to themselves, where chairs 7 and 3 make for a relaxing, gentle day away from speedy experts.

Fun Fact: Parking is free at Loveland

Average annual snowfall: 400 inches

Price: TBD

Skiable Acres: 1,365

Lifts: 7

Terrain park: Yes (no halfpipe)

Season: Mid-October to mid-May

Terrain breakdown: 13 percent beginner, 41 percent intermediate, 46 percent advanced/expert

Location: Eisenhower Tunnel, 45 min west of Denver on I-70

Information: (800) 225-5683



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