Loveland Deals & Travel Info

Even if you are driving west on I-70 at night, you will see this ski area rising above you on the eastern side of the Continental Divide as you enter the Eisenhower tunnel. It surrounds the interstate on both sides above the tunnel. Skiing here is steep and the peaks are located at around 13,000′ in elevation so this can be harsh territory. However, the skiing and riding is great and the prices are well below the prices of the large resorts just on the other side of the divide in Summit County. This ski area is generally a bit underrated when it comes to the quality of the skiing. Most people drive past Loveland and go into Summit County or onto Vail and Beaver Creek instead of stopping here.

Loveland Ski Deals

Ski Rental Deals

Lift Ticket Deals

Mountain Stats

Loveland Ski Area Highlights

Expect the same skiing as large resorts minus the amenities, large terrain parks, and base area village. This is also one of the closest ski resorts to Denver.

Loveland Ski Area top of Continental Divide

Getting to Loveland Ski Area

Getting here could not be simpler. Take Exit 216 off of I-70 as you are approaching Loveland and you will be here. If the tunnel is closed because of an accident or for maintenance, you will still be able to get to Loveland. If the road is closed for weather, the gates on the east side of the Continental Divide will usually close in Georgetown or lower so you will not be able to access the ski area.

Loveland Ski Area, CO FAQ

Loveland is open 9 am to 4 pm on weekdays and 8:30 am to 4 pm on weekends and holidays.

Nope. All parking at Loveland is free, and there are free shuttles running between the Valley and Basin areas every 5-10 minutes.

Yes. CDOT’s Snowstang bus serves Loveland and a handful of other ski resorts. Adult round-trip fare to Loveland costs $25.

Loveland is on neither the Epic nor Ikon pass. This is a cheaper option for skiers who don’t have a pass–Loveland charges $119 for a full-day lift ticket, compared to $139 at Winter Park (Ikon) and $233 at Vail (Epic).

Yes. Loveland has a small terrain park called Love Park, which is accessible from Lift 6.

Trail Maps

loveland ski area trail map

Full-size trail maps are available on Loveland’s official website here.

northern side of Loveland Ski Area the Continental Divide.

Tips for Skiing & Riding at Loveland

Free Snowcat tours.  From the top of Lift 9, Loveland now offers a free snowcat to take you to Dry Gulch. This is for intermediate and expert skiers and riders only. You have access to drop in anywhere on the ridge, as well as out-of-bounds terrain that brings you back to the resort. This gives access to mellow bowls, chutes, and steeps, all going into fantastic glades. 

Bring your beginners. Loveland is a great place for new skiers and boarders to try out the sport. Not only is there an entire section (known as the Valley) dedicated to beginner runs, but newbies can also save more than 50% by choosing a Valley-only ticket ($50 for adults, compared to $119 for a standard lift ticket).

Start on Chet’s. Chet’s, the main chairlift, will put you in a perfect spot to scout the mountain. You can see which way the wind is blowing and which runs have gotten the most snow, then plan your day from there.

Prepare for weather above tree line. Loveland is a high alpine resort, meaning it has lots of terrain above the treeline. The hikable terrain from the top (Lift 9) is fantastic on a non-windy day; but avoid if windblown.

Forest Meadow. If you find yourself above or between Lifts 6 and Chet’s Dream, you’ll funnel out of open trees into Forest Meadow – the most beautiful ski pit stop on the mountain. With a picnic table and great views, it’s a must go-to for a rest.