Not long before it's like this at Loveland. (Loveland/Facebook)
Ever since 1936, Loveland Ski Area has been among the first mountains to open for the winter season. And 2017-18 is no different for the Continental Divide ski and snowboard area.
Loveland droped the ropes for skiers and snowboarders on promptly at 9 a.m. on Friday (Oct. 20) for the season’s first turns on an 18-inch base.
“The snow we received in early October has been a tremendous help, and our snow-makers have put in a lot of hard work to ensure the first runs of the season are good ones,” said Loveland’s Rob Goodell.
Loveland currently has Lift 1 out of the base area to bring skiers and riders to a combo of green runs -- Catwalk, Mambo and Home Run. The linked trails roll down for about a mile, dropping some 1,000 feet in vertical. Additional terrain and lifts will open as conditions permit - check the Loveland resort page for more information.
The early snowfall put enough down on the upper mountain on Loveland’s south aspect so that crews have focused on covering the lower section on Home run.
Day lift tickets are $61, $29 for children, for the early season.
Loveland became the third mountain in the West – and the second in the Rockies – to turn the key to start up the new season. Timberline Lodge on Mount Baker in Oregon opened in early October on weekends only and, last Friday (Oct. 13), neighboring Arapahoe Basin kicked off the Colorado season.
Last season, Loveland had to wait to open until Nov. 10.