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Loveland Ski Area

Loveland Ski Area

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Pro tip: Skiers traveling to big destination resorts are well-advised to checkout the bounty at Loveland, which occupies a unique piece of geography adjacent to I-70's Eisenhower tunnel. The upper terrain is legitimately challenging, and the ski resort's altitude and aspects help it collect and preserve snow.  MORE

Core Strenghts

Loveland Ski Area
Travel Ease
92.6
Overall
80.9
Snow Quality
80.4
Overall
Overall PAF Score

Overall
Rank

25

Rank in
Region

18

Rank in
State

10

Best time for snow at
Loveland Ski Area
Snow quality compared w/
rest of North American resorts
Last 10 Days of Snowfall at Loveland Ski Area

Powder
Forecast

Powder Forecast
Friday
Day
0-1"
Night
0-1"
Saturday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Sunday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Monday
Day
0"
Night
0-1"
Tuesday
Day
1-2"
Night
0-1"
True Snow: 347" per year
Snow Quality Rank

12

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Dump Potential Rank

31

Loveland Ski Area is ranked No. 31 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Historical Powder Odds
Daily Lottery

% of days with more than 6" of snow

13.3%

Extended Stay

% of months with more than 90" of snow

13.0%

Drought Threat

% of months with less than 30" of snow

11.0%

*Special thanks to Tony Crocker and Bestsnow.net.

Dump Potential Rank

31

Loveland Ski Area is ranked No. 31 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Snow
Quality
Rank

12

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Total Snow Score

This score accounts for total snow quantity, its moisture content, the resort's latitude, elevation, and its slope aspects, which affect total snow preservation.

Trail Breakdown

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Vertical Drop

1900 ft

12700 ft
Base Elevation: 10800 ft

Slope Aspects

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A few words on the Snow at Loveland Ski Area

Loveland’s snow record is above average for Colorado with some unique nuances. 10% of winter months with less than 30 inches snow is excellent drought resistance. 13.4% of winter days with 6 inches or more of snow and 12% of winter months with 90 inches or more are hallmarks of an area with frequent moderate snowfalls as opposed to erratic larger dumps. Snow density as in most of Colorado is as light as it gets. March and April are the highest snow months in Loveland’s Continental Divide microclimate.

Accumulation and Preservation

While Loveland usually opens on snowmaking in October, coverage of its windswept upper terrain with natural snow is very gradual. Loveland averages 60% open at Christmas and is half open or less at Christmas in one third of seasons. Full operation is often not attained until late January. By contrast Loveland’s snow preservation is excellent with the highest ski elevation range (10,800 – 12,700 feet) in North America. Exposures are not as favorable as A-Basin’s but packed powder conditions still prevail well into April in most seasons.