Foot of snow prompts Loveland opening |

Foot of snow prompts Loveland opening

Summit Daily News Staff
Aspen, CO Colorado

GEORGETOWN, Colo. ” Loveland Ski Area will become the second area ski resort to open for the season, on Tuesday at 9 a.m., after a foot of snow fell there Sunday.

Loveland, located near the Continental Divide off Interstate 70, west of Georgetown, will open a 1,000 foot vertical run and a minimum packed base of 18 inches. Arapahoe Basin opened last week.

“We needed a few more good nights of snowmaking to ensure we could open and stay open,” said Mark Abrahamson, trail maintenance and snowmaking manager.

“With this run covered as well as it is, we can now move all snowmaking efforts to other trails on the mountain and work on getting additional terrain open as quickly as possible.”

Following warm temperatures last week, managers at Loveland welcomed the cooler weather and natural snow that moved in Saturday night. The addition of natural snow to the area’s runs will speed up the process of opening additional terrain in the coming days.

Skiers and riders will access the run via Chair One at Loveland Basin and will use the trails Cat Walk, Mambo and Home Run to reach the bottom. A free opening day rail jam will take place on a few available terrain park features and will be open to all ages and abilities.

Loveland’s regular hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and designated holidays. Early season lift tickets are $42 for adults and $20 for children (ages 6-14). Loveland discounted season passes and “4-Paks” will be available through Nov. 23.

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