Winter has come to Colorado and what that means is that there are quite a few ski areas that are open for the season! One of those is Loveland Ski area, located smack dab in the middle of the Continental Divide and already boasting some 53” of snow on the mountain this year, more than any other ski area in Colorado! Loveland is a great choice for a family friendly ski trip as it has a variety of terrain for every member of the family!
Fun for All Ages and Abilities
Skiing and/or snowboarding is such an incredible family activity and, yes, it’s as fun as it looks! I personally love teaching my kids to snowboard myself, but if you would rather hire a professional, Loveland Ski area in Colorado has a widely respected ski school and the coaches are fun, kind and caring.
Now you may or may not know this, but we are an adventure travel family that hunkers down in Colorado for the winter to enjoy the plethora of snow and the sports that accompany it.
And as ski areas across the state start opening, we can not help but to flock to them and take advantage of the opportunity to dust off our boards and hit the slopes in early November. I mean, what a treat, right? And even though it’s considered early in the season and much of the area is not yet open, Loveland is a top choice for early riding!
Now, as the snow continues to fall, and we head toward the middle of December, when Loveland is hopping and all of the runs are open, Loveland’s family friendly atmosphere becomes that much more pronounced. It is an incredible family ski vacation destination and an epic adventure for the entire family, from toddlers, just learning to balance to advanced riders seeking a thrill!
Two Resorts In One
There are two distinct areas at Loveland Ski Area – Loveland Valley and Loveland Basin.
The first, Loveland Valley, is perfect for newcomers to the sport, both young and old, as it is comprised entirely of beginner terrain. Beginning skiers and riders do not have to worry about being hit by crazy enthusiasts, which is something that really intimidated our kids when they were first learning. They also don’t have to be concerned with encountering difficult terrain, as Loveland Valley was built with the nurturing of young and/or beginner skiers and riders in mind.
And, to make you smile, Loveland Valley offers much reduced lift ticket prices of $25!
Loveland Basin, on the other hand, is where the crazy occurs. Located on the east side of the Continental Divide, Loveland Basin offers both intermediate and expert terrain. As the Loveland ski area website states you get every skiing experience “from smooth groomers and chill cruisers, to wide open bowls, deep powder, moguls and glades”, even your most advanced skiers and riders will find challenging terrain!
The Ridge Cat
I even learned something new about Loveland this past visit. The ridge along the Continental Divide provides access to the most amazing and challenging terrain most of us have ever seen. And Loveland offers its patrons access to this amazing terrain via the Ridge Cat!!
What is the Ridge Cat, you ask? The Ridge Cat is the expert skier and riders gateway to the most amazing runs in Colorado! The Ridge Cat allows you to enjoy, explore and ride the most exhilarating terrain along the Continental Divide … free of charge! You heard me right. It’s the closest thing to perfection! The Ridge Cat provides access to the black diamond and double black runs, Field of Dreams, Velvet Hammer Tickler, 13,010 and Marmot. Really, what more can you ask for? Just imagine skiing freshies on the Cat accessed terrain of the Continental Divide? Best. Thing. Ever.
The only thing you need to hop on the 18 passenger Ridge Cat is a valid Loveland season pass or a lift ticket and a signed liability form. You can be rest assured we will be heading back to Loveland to take advantage of this incredible opportunity mid season, when the snow is perfect!
Epic Conditions and Terrain
Loveland boasts some 1800 skiable acres, a top elevation of 13,010’, 93 runs and ranks third in terms of annual snowfall (422’) in the state of Colorado, behind only Wolf Creek and Silverton Mountain. That means some of the best Colorado “champagne powder” can be found at Loveland. And whether you are a local skier or visiting from out of state, you know you come for the powder. Add the fact that Loveland Ski Area is one of the first to open and last to close, and you have a skier and rider’s dream mountain to play on!
And while epic conditions are what everyone hopes and prays for, there is another factor in planning that can’t be avoided … cost. Families typically have a budget that they have to work within. And Loveland delivers here as well. Loveland dominates in the family friendly arena, offering $65 single day passes for adults. This compared to the whopping $145/single day ticket at the more widely-touted Vail. Loveland also offers free season passes for kids who complete a three day lesson package … check out the details here.
At Loveland, the name of the game is skiing and riding. There are no airs, no gimmicks and no corporate advertising. The focus is where it should be … on the individual enthusiast and his or her experience on the mountain. For families, it’s about making a ski vacation affordable and accommodating everyone’s needs so that fun can be had by all, from the youngest to the oldest.
For those looking to vacation here or just get out of the front range for the weekend, check out this blog for detailed lodging for various Colorado Ski Areas, including Loveland.
Something for everyone … that’s our family travel motto!