Each year for New Year's we venture off to the mountains. It's something we have been doing since we moved out east. Being that neither of us have ever been big partiers during the ringing in of the new year, why not escape to a setting we both love?
We actually spent the holiday in Evergreen, but were able but we made it a point to sneak away for a day of skiing. We decided on Loveland for a few reasons. First off, it's pretty easy to access from where we were staying in Golden. Next, we had read that due to the fact there are so many big name resorts beyond the pass the crowds here are lower. Loveland, like so many of my other favorite spots does not have a lodging option on the mountain and the resort amenities are limited. My kind of place.
The day started off well enough. We got there early to get our lift tickets and found out that if you buy a flex pass then you can get $15 back on your lift ticket if you leave within 4 hours. That really seemed unlikely being that we wanted to really pack in a solid day. BUT, once again on our search for waste-deep powder we came up short. There hadn't been a lot of snow in the days leading up to our trip and the temps had gotten quite high. This unfortunately led to half of the mountain not being open, including the ridge access. Since we are always down to make the best of a situation, we covered the part of the mountain that was open. There is a lot of decent terrain here but if you are looking for a serious challenge or unnerving steeps, I'd strongly recommend heading up the road another 15 minutes to A-Basin.
After about 90 minutes we hit the lodge for a drink and then made the decision to get the $30 back after a few more runs. We ended up taking a couple of pretty fun runs before departing. Steph was excited to take runs where her skis pointed off the edge before making the drop...maybe she'd use a different word than excited. We put in a solid 3 hours here, had fun and then got out. The place has great views and some altitude you might not get other places but unfortunately I cannot give a full and fair assessment until the whole mountain can be explored.
One thing I am a little hesitant to talk about is the hidden gem on the drive back from Loveland. As I said, there are no real amenities on mountain so for a quality apres experience you should stop in the little town of Georgetown. This is a classic little mountain town with only local shops and eateries. And it has a perfect little brewery there called Guanella Pass. Stop in for a super friendly experience and some damn fine beer. Be sure to mosey through the little shops too. Amazing what you can find here.
I suppose that's about it. I hope to have a follow up to this post again soon to give the full story on the lovely Loveland. But for now, I'll just have to keep dreaming of that tasty white goodness.