By David Schissler
(October 2013) When I lived in Evergreen, CO some years ago, Loveland was my home mountain. It was less than an hour down I-70 and some season’s I would log as many as 30 days on the mountain. I was lucky enough to be there on opening day several times and one year I even made first chair. Just thinking about it reminds me of the excitement and vibe everyone feels when there. You know you’re one of the lucky ones.
It was 9:00 am when Chair 1 started turning on October 17, 2013. Skiers and riders who lined up for the first chair of the season were treated with top-to-bottom riding down the popular blue square, Mambo, to the base. Loveland does it right. They open with at least an 18″ base, the coverage is totally side-to-side, and the vertical is probably around 1,200 feet. Thanks to some recent natural snow and Loveland’s crack snowmaking staff, opening day conditions were the best in recent history. The mountain is already expanding terrain.