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Old 09-06-2018, 02:28 PM
 
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Good afternoon to all,

Iíve been to Colorado many times, just never fortunate enough to make it to the area to snowboard, but thatís finally changing this year! I was fortunate enough to come into a couple Ski passes at Loveland Ski Area, and need some info regarding the snowfall.

Due to the holidays, prior plans, etc...it looks like Early-Mid December is the only time weíll be able to go to the area to ski, how is the snowfall/conditions usually around this time? It looks like the Ski Area usually opens well before then, so Iím assuming itís okay? Just wanting to double check before booking a flight and such. Any other info that could be useful is appreciated as well!

Thanks!
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Old 09-06-2018, 02:43 PM
 
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Usually by mid-December the season is quite active. Can vary any year, stay tuned to websites that cover the ski scene.
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Old 09-06-2018, 02:58 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Not so far away Winter Park may have better early conditions (but you will need to check all areas if it is a late yr for first snows that build the base).

You can take the ski train if you book ahead. (whoops, looks like the train only starts running in January) https://www.winterparkresort.com/pla...r-park-express
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Old 09-06-2018, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Not so far away Winter Park may have better early conditions (but you will need to check all areas if it is a late yr for first snows that build the base).

You can take the ski train if you book ahead. (whoops, looks like the train only starts running in January) https://www.winterparkresort.com/pla...r-park-express
Loveland has better early season conditions.

Early December can be hit or miss with a thin base. Last season was pretty brutal. Do your snow dance!
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Old 09-06-2018, 03:59 PM
 
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Loveland and Arapahoe Basin are two of the best for early skiing. Most years in mid December the conditions will be good. Last year was not one of those years!
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Old 09-07-2018, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Loveland and Arapahoe Basin are two of the best for early skiing. Most years in mid December the conditions will be good. Last year was not one of those years!
December is hit or miss. By January it's usually, though not always, a solid base. Loveland is a high elevation resort so it does do better early and late in the season. I'm a believer that April is one of the best times to ski due to warmer weather, many less people, and enough of a base to cover rocks. The snow can be crusty, but I'll deal with crusty over spotty and you still have a chance for fresh snow.
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