Ski Resort Good Enough for Olympic Training


If Loveland Ski Resort is good enough for Olympic Gold Medalist Lindsey Vonn, it should be good enough for most skiers in Colorado. The skiable acreage is 1,570 with 100 accessible to hiking. There are 93 trails with a base elevation of 10,800 feet and a summit elevation of 13, 010 feet. The highest vertical drop is 2,210 feet and there is snowmaking capability for 160 acres. The mountains are serviced by three double lifts, two triple lifts, three quad lifts, one surface lift, and one magic carpet lift available for the ski school only. The average snowfall is 400 inches and slopes are divided 13% beginner, 41% intermediate, and 46% advanced. Parking is free, and there are free shuttle buses provided from 8 am until 4:15 pm. Loveland is conveniently located within driving distance of many of Colorado's major towns and cities including Silver Plume, Georgetown, Silverthorne, and Idaho Springs. It is also 53 miles from Denver.

Skiers are encouraged to follow basic winter weather safety precautions. Clothing should be water resistant and layered, and all guests should wear sunscreen. UV rays are stronger and more dangerous at higher elevations, so you should also bring sunglasses to protect your eyes. If you are prone to altitude sickness drink plenty of water and avoid salty foods. If you have never skied or snowboarded before it is important you take a less in, at the very least, stopping. This keeps you and everyone around you safe.

The Basin Rental shop is located next to the Sport Shop and Lodge and rents everything you need to enjoy Loveland. It is open from mid-October until early May. If you need to rent ski clothing, stop by the Adventure Center in the Sports Shop.

Ski School is one of the major attractions at Loveland. It begins in late November and runs until the end of the season, which will vary based on Colorado weather. Adult lessons range from 2.5 hours long to a full day and are available for newcomers and practiced skiers and snowboarders. There are also children's classes held separately from the adult lessons. Group packages are also available for a discounted ski rate, and there are frequent skier passes available for those who visit multiple times per season.

There is no doubt you will work up a monster appetite skiing these trails and Loveland does not disappoint. They feature a cafeteria that serves sandwiches, Mexican food, homemade soups, pasta, made-to-order pizza, and plenty more. If you need to warm up, all of the right comfort foods are yours for the taking. Warmer days allow visitors to eat on the Basin deck and enjoy the outdoor barbecue pit. Snacks and meals are all affordable and they are exactly what you need to refuel before heading back onto the slopes.

If you are coming in from out of town, there are area ski and stay packages. There is also a childcare center for skiing parents, a race club, and ski patrol. Loveland is a top-notch ski resort in a state that know how to ski.

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