Ski Loveland Pass Colorado

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Ski Loveland Pass

Take a break from the lines and lifts of ski resorts to experience the backcountry thrill of solitude and fresh powder turns on Loveland Pass atop the Continental Divide.

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  • Enjoy easy access to backcountry skiing and snowboarding from the top of the pass at 11,990 feet.
  • Take advantage of the quiet solitude without lift lines or lift tickets.
  • Tree skiing, open bowls or expert terrain are just a short hike from the parking lot.
  • Backcountry knowledge, including avalanche safety and transceiver usage, are vital for safety.

Overview

To ski on Loveland Pass is one of the most exhilarating feelings after a good, solid snowfall. Located near the Loveland Ski Area west of Denver, Loveland Pass is strictly a backcountry zone.   Therefore, having the knowledge of how to travel in the backcountry is imperative. 

That said, Loveland Pass receives more than 400 inches of snow annually and offers everything from wide open bowls to tree skiing for free. 

One favorable aspect of skiing the pass is that you don't have to hike far for your turns. From the summit, you can hop out of your car and drop in on either side of the road. The west side of the pass is generally more populated and less avalanche prone. 

If you want the extreme, you'll have to hike an hour or so around the cirque. From here, you can also head down into Loveland Ski Area and enjoy a run down some steep and technical terrain.

Location

The access point for Loveland Pass is on Highway 6, between exit 216 (which is the exit for Loveland Ski Area), and Arapahoe Basin. There is a small parking lot at the Continental Divide.

Season

Loveland Pass is usually ridable from November to July in most years. 

Skiing the pass on a full moon is also a favorite of the locals.  Share in the camaraderie by doing something you might never have done before. 

Safety

Unlike ski resorts that are monitored and controlled for avalanches by ski patrol, the backcountry of Loveland Pass is not maintained or patrolled. In addition to being able to analyze safe skiing terrain, proper use and knowledge of a transceiver, snow shovel and probe are necessary to ensure a safe outing.

The best and safest way to enjoy Loveland Pass and its panoramic views is to go with someone who is familiar with the area and its hazards. 

Stop in at Loveland Ski Area's visitor center for more information.

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