Loveland Ski Areas perfect storm of wind, weather and wicked elevation (13,010 feet at the summit) means you might be in store for the best day of your life or the worst, sometimes within the span of a single day.
"We're a large area, with almost 16,000 acres of skiing and riding, and we tend to hang on to the powder a little longer than some other areas," says Loveland Ski & Ride School director Dan Houston. "This mountain has so many different exposures that you could be riding spring corn on the south side, and then, with two lift rides, be riding powder conditions off-piste. By the time you get out to Chair 8, which is essentially a lift in the backcountry, you could be banging through bumps, trees, powder, crud, and hopping over rocks, all in the same run. No matter how long you've been skiing around here, there are always ways to improve your tactics and techniques on this mountain.
Lest we get too cocky, Houston and his team of PISA-certified instructors have instituted a series of monthly All Terrain, All Conditions workshops for advanced and expert skiers looking to fine-tune their skills while attacking Lovelands most challenging runs. Eighty-five dollars gets you a lift ticket plus a two-and-a-half-hour lesson with a pro who will run you ragged all over the mountain and remind you why brushing up once in a while isn't a bad idea, even for the best of us. Reservations and pre-payment are required; call 303-571-5580, ext. 163.
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