Loveland Ski Area announced that it would open for the winter season on Thursday, October 29. Snowmaking efforts ramped up as white flakes began falling from the sky last week, bringing 17.5 inches of natural snow and cold temperatures after an unusually warm fall.
Snowmakers ran for more than 12 consecutive hours last Wednesday, anticipating the arrival of Thursday morning’s winter storm.
“They have done an incredible job getting the mountain ready for the first skiers and riders of the season,” Loveland Director of Business Operations Rob Goodell stated of the snowmaking team. “The warm fall weather delayed the start of snowmaking this year, but Mother Nature finally came through.”
Last week, Loveland Marketing Director John Sellers said the ski area was waiting for an 18-inch base to open for the season. Loveland met those requirements this week and will provide one top-to-bottom run with a solid, 18-inch base.
Lift 1 will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, with access to the Catwalk, Mambo and Home Run trails, making for a run that is more than a mile in length and nearly 1,000 vertical feet.
“We will continue to make snow on the bottom portion of the mountain, but the coverage up top is outstanding,” Goodell said in a statement. “We have been waiting all summer for this moment and invite everyone to come up and help us kick off the ski season.”
Last winter, Loveland opened on November 1. The ski area will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Early season lift tickets are $53 for adults and $25 for children ages 6 to 14.