Get access to everything we publish when you sign up for Outside+.
Less than an hour after A-Basin announced it will open this Friday, Colorado’s Loveland Ski Area announced they will open for continuous winter operation starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Loveland will have three runs open, including Catwalk, Mambo, and Homerun, and they will be operating their new high speed quad, Chet’s Dream.
Like nearby A-Basin, Loveland has seen about two feet of natural snowfall during the month of October, and perfect cold conditions for snowmaking. “Thanks to lots of hard work from our skilled snowmaking team and two feet of snow from Mother Nature, we are excited to announce that Loveland Ski Area will open with exceptional early season conditions this Saturday,” said Rob Goodell, chief operating officer, in a press release from the ski area. “We hope this early season snow is the start of a generous winter and invite everyone to join us on Saturday as we kick-off another long and powder packed season at Loveland.”
“This year Opening Day is even more special as Chet’s Dream, our new high-speed lift, will carry the first skiers and riders of its tenure here at Loveland,” continued Goodell. “This new lift will provide our guests with quicker and more reliable access to some of our most popular terrain while honoring ski industry pioneer and Loveland patriarch, Chester R. (Chet) Upham, Jr.”
Based on this recent video, there’s plenty of snow for cats, dogs, and skiers alike.
Both Loveland and A-Basin will be operating seven days a week for the rest of the 2018/2019 winter season. Colorado’s Wolf Creek Ski Area, near Pagosa Springs, opened last Friday for weekend operations only until more snow falls.
Early season lift tickets at Loveland will be $65 for adults and $31 for children 6-14. Loveland is also a member of the Powder Alliance, which offers skiing at a number of other great resorts for season pass holders throughout the entire season.