Just 53 miles from downtown Denver, Loveland Ski Area is arguably the most accessible of Colorado’s Front Range Resorts so my kids and I opted for a quick daytrip on Saturday. However, our two-hour gridlock on I-70 made me wonder if skiing is worth all the effort and I was ready to turn back umpteen times.
Then I look at my kids in hushed stillness on the chairlift, listening to birds chirping in the trees and gazing in wonderment at the Continental Divide. I’m reminded it’s always worth it.
And that I just need to leave earlier to avoid the rush.
Loveland is where my son Bode first learned to ski so this 1,800-acre resort holds a special place in my heart. The area is a combination of Loveland Valley (geared to beginners) and Loveland Basin (geared to everyone else) that were formerly connected by a lift but now served by bus. As one of Colorado’s highest ski areas with a summit of 13,010 feet and the second highest lift-served areas in North America at 12,697 feet, the views at this rustic resort are spectacular and the free parking, affordable lift tickets, lessons and food are pretty great, too.
Here are a few things to look forward to this season:
Magical March Weekends
Loveland will have fun children’s entertainment on weekends in March. Kids will be entertained with storytellers, musicians, magicians and face painters for no extra charge! Be sure to check their website for details.
Child 3-Class Pass
The Child 3-Class Pass is an awesome program for children ages 6-14 that includes three full lesson packages (full-day lesson, ticket, rental and lunch). Here’s the cool caveat: upon completion, each child receives a free season pass – the surest way to guarantee success for your child! Lessons can be taken between now and the end of March. Pre-purchase all three lessons now and receive the season pass immediately to use all season long so kids can practice in between lessons. Worried you’re too late in the season? Be sure to take advantage of the 3-Class Pass for next year! http://www.skiloveland.com/skischool/3_class_pass.aspx
Now through April 12, full-day adult lift tickets are just $58 at Front Range ski shops and grocery stores (see their website for great late-season deals as well). Want an epic adventure? Don’t miss free snowcat skiing on the Continental Divide. Also, Ski & Stay packages starting at just $140/night and includes lodging and lift tickets for two adults.
Do you have a child between ages 6-14 who would love to learn to ski? Loveland is giving away a free child lesson package to get someone started on their 3CP program. Package includes one full-day lesson, lift ticket, equipment rental and lunch (a $112 value!) Contest deadline is February 22, 2015. You may enter as many as five times.