The ski season is starting! This Friday, October 14th Loveland Ski Area will start turning Chair 1. At 9:00am tomorrow the third ski resort in Colorado will open to the public marking the start of Winter 2011-2012.
“Warm weather delayed the start of snowmaking, but cold temperatures settled in and our snowmaking crew has done a great job making up for lost time,” said Rob Goodell, Director of Business Operations. “We still have some work to do, but the mountain looks great and we will have eighteen inches of snow from tree-to-tree for skiers and riders on Friday morning.”
Loveland will offer lift served access to one top-to-bottom run. Skiers and riders will drop one thousand vertical feet in a little over a mile via the trails Catwalk, Mambo and Homerun.
“When the cold temperatures settled in, we were able to make a lot of progress very quickly,” said Eric Johnstone, Snowmaking and Trail Maintenance Manager. “We started last Thursday and have been running non-stop with the exception of a short stoppage on Tuesday. Our snowmaking crew has done a tremendous job and opening day skiers and riders are going to be very happy with the conditions.”
Loveland will be open from 9:00am until 4:00pm Monday through Friday and 8:30am until 4:00pm on weekends and designated holidays. Early season lift tickets are $47 for adults and $22 for children ages 6-14.
Loveland Ski Area season passes are now on sale and all Loveland season passes come with 3 FREE days at Monarch Mountain, 3 FREE days at Purgatory/Durango(does not apply to mid-week passes) and one FREE day of unguided skiing at Silverton Mountain. Unrestricted 4-Paks are available online for just $129($32.25/day) at skiloveland.com through November 20, 2011.
Photos Courtesy of Loveland Ski Area.