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Hold off on stashing your skis in the basement. Loveland Ski Area is open until May 7 this year. We are, of course, thrilled with any and all May turns—especially with the recent spring pow that’s hit Loveland, and the snowy forecast ahead. (But full disclosure, we’re also thrilled to be able to use the British word “fortnight” in a headline.)
The Ridge Cat (free cat skiing) and plenty of terrain is still open at the ski area, with nearly mid-season conditions available over much of the mountain. Skiers can even expect some new sweet stuff, as snow is in the forecast for the next several days in the area, with warmer temperatures and spring-like conditions to follow the following week.
The closing date also provides more time to attend one of our favorite Loveland perks: Ski with a Ranger Day. That’s scheduled for Friday April 29. Meet at Ptarmigan Roost Cabin, at the top of the Ptarmigan Lift, at 10:30 am or 1:30 pm for a cruiser run with a U.S. Forest Service Snow Ranger and a quick chat about the local history and ecology.
Loveland Ski Area and Arapahoe Basin typically battle to see who opens first in Colorado each season, with the winner often also bagging national bragging rights. Not as well known outside the state, the two rivals also typically battle to see who can stay open the longest. Loveland kept its lifts spinning until May 8 last season, while the Basin impressively managed to stay open until June 12. That’s a win-win.