Loveland Ski Area posted this image to its Facebook page on Tuesday, Oct. 17.
Loveland Ski Area will open for the 2017-18 season on Friday, Oct. 20.
“We have been waiting all summer for this and are excited to announce that opening day is finally here,” Loveland COO Rob Goodell in a statement. “The snow we received in early October has been a tremendous help and our snowmakers have put in a lot of hard work to ensure the first turns of the season are good ones. We invite everyone to come celebrate the start of another season with us on Friday.”
Lift 1 will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Friday and will offer skiers and riders access to one top-to-bottom run covered from tree-to-tree with an 18-inch base. The trails Catwalk, Mambo and Home Run make up this opening day run, which is over a mile in length and tallies nearly 1,000 vertical feet.
“We have great coverage on the upper portion of the mountain,” Goodell said. “We will continue to make snow on Home Run and around the base of Lift 1 this week and then move on to opening additional terrain as quickly as we can.”
Loveland Ski Area will be open seven days a week until closing day in early May. Lift operating hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends and designated holidays. Early season lift tickets are $61 for adults and $29 for children 6-14.
Loveland will be the second Colorado ski area to open for the season, following Arapahoe Basin’s opening last Friday, Oct. 13. Vail Mountain is slated to open Friday, Nov. 17, with Beaver Creek to follow on Wednesday, Nov. 22.