Last Wednesday, February 24th, U.S. Forest Services released a draft decision that approves Loveland Ski Area’s proposal to expand two of its beginner runs in addition to adding a 500 car parking lot. The two runs in question are Boomerang and Zig Zag off Chair 3, which are looking to be widened in multiple sections and graded to provide a more even and less steep pitch in some areas. The new 500 car parking lot is proposed to be located beside current parking lots D and E along the Bakerville Loveland Trail.
Loveland Ski Area is located in the Arapahoe National Forest and has been able to operate under a special use permit since it was found in 1937. This means that any expansion or adjustments Loveland wants to do must be approved by U.S. Forest Services.
The U.S. Forest Services looked at many things during the approval process, including effects on wildlife, watershed and soil, scenery, and overall environmental impact. There is now an ongoing review process where anyone from the community can submit an objection to the proposal.
If all goes well, Loveland Ski Area will benefit from some significant improvements, allowing for it to serve more skiers of all abilities for years to come!