Skiing & Snowboarding in Clear Creek County
Loveland Ski Area
The skier’s and snowboarder’s paradise…
Loveland Ski Area has been Denver’s local mountain for over 75 years. Just 53 miles west of Denver on I-70, Loveland offers a classic ski experience you won’t find at any mega-resort. Situated high atop the Continental Divide, Loveland receives an average of 422” of snow each season, more than any resort in the Front Range or Summit County.
With 10 lifts and 93 trails, Loveland has something for every age and ability. For the intermediate/advanced skier or boarder, The Ridge off Chair 9 offers wide open bowls and powder packed chutes. For the beginners, Loveland Valley offers a separate, non intimidating learning area to work on your technique. And Loveland is bigger than you think. They hide the good stuff in the back of the mountain where vast blue skies and rolling, expansive terrain await your exploration.
Echo Mountain Resort
Clear Creek County’s newest, old ski resort…
Surrounded by mountain beauty, Echo Mountain Resort is the closest ski resort to Denver, only a short drive from downtown. Whether you’re riding the terrain park, polishing up your racing skills, learning how to ski or just in need of a place to relax, Echo Mountain has something for everyone to enjoy. Come visit us and let traditions begin!
Tips For a More Enjoyable Day on the Mountain
- Clothing: Wear water resistant, Layered Clothing which can be removed or added as Weather changes. (i.e.: long underwear, turtleneck, sweater, waterproof jacket and pants, nylon socks, waterproof gloves, winter hat, sunglasses, goggles).
- SUN/UV: Ultraviolet rays are more powerful at higher elevations. since we are about 2 miles above sea level you will need goggles and sunglasses that have UV protection. Also, regardless of your skin color or complexion, everyone should wear sunscreen even on overcast days when ultraviolet rays still penetrate cloud cover.
- Altitude Illness: There is no full proof method for avoiding altitude sickness, but drinking extra water and avoiding alcohol during your visit and salty foods the week before you arrive seems to be the most helpful.
Backcountry skiing and snowboarding…
You’ve no doubt driven by Loveland Pass, a pristine winter playground, several times on your way to one of Colorado’s many ski areas west of the Divide. Those “in the know” have been enjoying the steep and deep for years – for FREE. On any given day, you might run into 20 other snowboarders and backcountry skiers in this huge bowl the size of most major ski areas.
Now, you’re thinking, for all this great terrain, I’ve got to hike for days, right? Wrong… Hiking is reduced to a minimum due to road access all the way to the top via Loveland Pass (US 6) and you can almost always get a quick lift back to the top with someone else. If you want the extreme, though, you’ll have to hike about an hour around the cirque. From here, you can also drop into some steep and technical terrain.
The pass is usually ridable from November into July in most years. Avalanches are possible at anytime in the backcountry, so always use proper backcountry travel techniques and have the proper equipment(beacon, shovel & probe) and know how to use them. A little tip: Full moons are often the home of some super fun snowboarding with about 20-30 others.
Getting to Loveland Pass:
Drive I-70 West from Denver to the exit for Loveland Pass/Loveland Ski Area. Follow US 6 around and past the ski area to the top of the pass. From here, hop out of your car and drop in on either side. Note: The west side is usually more trafficked and safer from avalanches.
Loveland Ski Area
Loveland Ski Area is located 12 miles west of Georgetown at Exit 216 off Interstate 70.
Visit us online for more information at www.skiloveland.com.
Loveland Ski Area Statistics:
- Summit Elevation: 13,010′
- Vertical Drop: 2,210′
- Skiable Acres: 1,800
- Annual Average Snowfall: 422″
- Trails: 93
- Lifts: 10
- Beginner: 13%
- Intermediate: 41%
- Expert: 46%
Echo Mountain Ski Resort
Echo Mountain was originally opened from 1960-1975 as Squaw Pass Ski Area and was a Denver family favorite as it was much closer to the front range than areas further into the mountains. When the Eisenhower Tunnel opened in 1973 ski areas on the west side of the Continental divide began to expand.
In October 2016, Echo Mountain changed ownership once again with a renewed vision for the area to broaden it’s appeal and offer a close, affordable option for snow sports and outdoors enthusiasts in Colorado’s rapidly growing front range. The new owners are working hard to create an unprecedented personal experience and tap into Echo Mountain’s great potential.