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Old 11-11-2009, 03:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've purchased two 4-packs for Loveland and was planning on making a trip down on the 27th of this month (I've never snowboarded at Loveland). My brother is trying to convince me that we need to wait until the second or third week of December, due to the number of trails/lifts that are still closed.

Can a regular boarder of the Loveland area give me a better feel for when we should start heading up to Loveland?

About Us: We prefer blue and blue blacks. Occassionally, we hit up some blacks but not too heavily. We enjoy tarrain parks but again on the easier variety. Our concern is just getting up there and only having a handful of runs to hit and missing out on what the mountain has to offer.

Thanks in advance for your comments,

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Old 11-11-2009, 03:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's up to you, but your bro is right. At the moment at least. Terrain is still limited. A big storm or two can roll through by that Thanksgiving weekend. I've seen as much as 60" fall over that four day weekend in the past. Several 30" weekends in the last 10 years. So I'd just watch the skies. If it doesn't dump, you may re think going. If they get hammered, I'd say go for it.
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Thanks for the comments. I'm in Texas so don't have quite as much luxury to pick up and go whenever I want. So because of that I guess I'll probably push back my trip to the second week of December. I'm just chomping at the bit to get out there. Anything else I should know about Loveland?

Is it colder than most? (I've heard it's really windy)
Best places to stay?
Best places to eat/drink?

Again, thanks for all the comments and feedback.
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At the moment, Loveland has 5 runs open - 7 if you take a lesson since Loveland Valley is only open to racers or those in ski school. I would imagine that they'll open the Valley to everyone starting the week of Thanksgiving.

When I was there yesterday, it looked to me like they were pretty much set to open up lift 2 and maybe 3 more runs off that lift (Fire Cut, Drifter & South Turtle Creek). Also looked like they may open up Blackjack off the 6 lift too.

The black and double black runs won't open till they get a lot more snow.
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It'll be much better in December almost certainly. To be honest if you could wait until mid Janaury you'd have much better conditions. Most of the mountain would be open by then etc.

As far as places to stay. Summit County is the closest. Silverthorne/Dillon and surrounding spots. For cheaper lodging, Georgetown or Idaho Springs. I would go with Idaho Springs over Georgetown as they have better bars and places to eat there.
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I think Loveland is about one of the coldest resorts I have been to, Basin a close second at certain times. Last season I had to lay down and set an edge at the top of Zuma bowl (ABasin, for OP)to keep from getting blown down the other side. They shut down the bowl shortly thereafter.
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Is it colder than most? (I've heard it's really windy)
Best places to stay?
Best places to eat/drink?

Again, thanks for all the comments and feedback.
Loveland can be quite windy, but there aren't many days that are like that there...And even if it's crazy windy, you can always go the Valley and you'll get out of the wind.

Places to stay - If you want to be really close to Loveland, you'll have to stay either in Georgetown or Silverthorn. If you don't mind driving 30 min or so, you could stay in Idaho Springs - which may be the cheapest option.

Eat/Drink - if you're in Idaho Springs, you should check out Beau Jo's Pizza. If you are in Silverthorn, check out the Sunshine Cafe. They've got a killer breakfast!
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Eat/Drink - if you're in Idaho Springs, you should check out Beau Jo's Pizza. If you are in Silverthorn, check out the Sunshine Cafe. They've got a killer breakfast!
I know everyone loves the shit outta that place, but I just cannot stand by a restaurant that makes me drink out of mason jars.
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I have yet to eat at Beau Jo's. I've stopped off plenty at Tommyknocker's though!
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I know everyone loves the shit outta that place, but I just cannot stand by a restaurant that makes me drink out of mason jars.
Cant you bring your own mason jar there? If so I might have to take some shine to sip on next time i am driving by
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