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Old 03-03-2009, 03:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Spring Break to Loveland, CO

need a few tips and pointers from those who have been to Loveland, CO

me and 3 other friends started snowboarding this season and have gotten really into it...so we planned a trip to loveland, CO for our upcoming spring break.
i did some research on the place and figured mayb those of u whos been there can give us some pro tip on making this trip as efficient as we can =)

we arrive 7am on 14th saturday and leaving 17th 7am tuesday. The plan is just to get as much time on the mountain as we can However i realized loveland closes at 4pm. From what i understand, there isnt much of a night life around loveland?

So any suggestions on places we can go or interesting to do/see? i think we might hit keystone one of the nights for some night snowboarding. As far as i know keystone is the only place that offer night skiing? Im not sure how far is keystone from loveland tho? anyone have an idea?
But aside from that all we can think of is to drive back to Denver downtown for the restaurant/bars...

Also, is there any sort of shuttle from Loveland to the airport?

Edit: We are staying at Georgetown Mountain Inn...i believe it is 10 min from loveland...
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Old 03-03-2009, 05:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Are you staying in Denver or planning on staying in the mountains? If you are staying in Denver it's about a 90 minute drive each way. Give or take 10 minutes depending on where in the metro area you are.

Loveland is a mom and pop hill. It's a good size ski area, but not a lot of resort amenities are there. A bar, cafeteria, shop, restrooms, lifts, and that's about it. It's also a great spring riding mountain.

Keystone is on the other side of Loveland Pass. From the top of the Loveland ski are you can see Keystone due west. It's about a 15 minute drive to get there. Just down the road from Keystone is Dillon-Silvethorn area. Plenty of bars, places to eat, snow shops, and so on to be found there. That is where I would recommend finding some accomodations. Bookings are down and most of the smaller places are offering substantial discounts on lodging. I would check craigslist and VRBO to start.

Next cheapest would be Idaho Springs. It's about 30 minutes east of Loveland, has enough places to get your drink and grub on and has fairly cheap roadside motel lodging.

Denver has plenty of everything. If you are not staying in the mountains, just daytripping. I would recommend maybe doing a bit apres, but otherwise heading back to d town for nightlife. Just go to Lower Downtown. Plenty to do there.
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Old 03-06-2009, 05:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hit me up with your dates I ride loveland regularily so if you want Ill be happy to show you the ropes around the hill.
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Old 03-18-2009, 03:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Review on Loveland Ski Resort

Just came home from my 4 days trip to Loveland, Co.

Loveland ski resort is an hr drive away from Denver International.
The resort is great. Friendly and helpful staff. They were willing to work something out with our group even tho we were being pain in the ass when it comes to how many lift tickets and rentals.

Decent and cheap food. They have a bbq setup outside on the weekends that serves some awesome pull pork and beef brisket sandwich. Its 10 bucks for a big sandwich with 2 sides of potato/macaroni salad/beans etc.
The cafeteria inside serves pizza and hotdogs and etc. A hotdog cost 3 bucks and a bratwurst cost 5 bucks.

The valley area is great for beginners. The lifts are slower. Taught a friend how to snowboard there and he was able to link turns by the end of the day. But it is kinda packed with kids since it is the beginner hill after all.

The Basin area have relatively short to non existence lift lines.
The view from the ridge off of lift 9 is phenomenal...and it was a blast getting back down to the base enjoying views along the ride.
The runs are wide and not crowded at all.

Parking was difficult on the weekends. But they do have plenty of spaces at both valley and basin.
There are shuttle that runs between the valley and the basin every 10 minutes. But they do get crowded at times, especially on weekends.

Somethings i didnt like:
-no ski/board check
-very very windy at times makes the lift trip up a lil nightmare
-blue runs infested with moguls left by skiers (i just didnt like it coz im not good with moguls)

did not try any of the blacks...they look scary to me still

Will definitely recommend it to someone and will also go back there when i get a chance.
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