Loveland Pass | Colorado

Backcountry Skiing in Loveland Pass


November through July, depending on snowfall

Nearest city

Breckenridge, CO, is 40 miles away by car

Discover awesome skiing just off the highway

Conveniently located just off of I-70, Loveland Pass is a huge draw for weekend powder chasers from Denver and Breckenridge, with both cities approximately an hour away. Regardless if you’re a local or looking to sample the goods for the first time, the pass has plenty of lapable runs and there’s even parking if you arrive early enough. Don’t let Loveland Pass’ moderate terrain fool you, avalanche risk is as real here as anywhere. Tour with a guide!

Popular backcountry skiing adventures in Loveland Pass

Guided Backcountry Skiing in Loveland Pass

from $165 per person · 1 day

Get rid of the guesswork about which runs to ski at Loveland Pass and tour with a guide. This is a custom day tailored to your skill level and needs. You can choose to ski some of the classics in the area or go farther afield for bigger objectives. Whatever you decide, plan on a full day of powder chasing in Loveland Pass.

Backcountry Babes’ Ski Tour in Loveland Pass

from $235 per person · 1 day

Whether you’re comfortable with black diamond resort runs or are looking to work on existing backcountry techniques, this women-led course for women only is the perfect opportunity to get into the backcountry at Loveland Pass this winter. Count on a safe environment and plenty of skiing.

Things you need to know

When is the best time to go?

Depending on how early snow begins to blanket the pass, you can usually rely on being able to access the backcountry by the beginning of November. By late December and January, the terrain will be perfect.

How fit do I need to be for this?

The better shape you are in, the more you’ll enjoy your day in the backcountry. All participants should feel comfortable carrying a loaded pack and be comfortable skinning up variable degrees of terrain.

Is there a minimum age requirement?

While most guiding services don’t have a minimum age set for backcountry skiing adventures, any participant should be comfortable on resort graded black level runs.

Group sizes and pricing

Depending on the guiding service you ski with, group sizes are relatively small with usually no more than 6 guests per guide. Pricing is done per participant, and the cost per person decreases with more people in the group.

What about bad weather?

Because snowstorms can limit visibility and because even sunny weather can pose greater avalanche risk, your guide will make an informed decision on what objectives are safest and best for your day in the backcountry.

Getting there

Loveland Pass is just off I-70. The pass is 40 minutes from Breckenridge and about an hour from Denver.

You can stick to the classics or hike for untracked powder

You can look forward to Short Laps, on the south side of I-70 right when you get out of your car. There you’ll find lots of untracked, steep runs, but sometimes it’s best to have a shuttle option because hitchhiking options are a little slim at its terminus. Right next to that is Mainline, which has excellent intermediate terrain and decent tree skiing. For awesome tree skiing, The Hippie Trees is the place to go. Even though it’s a little bit of a trek, Mount Sniktau’s Southeast and Northeast Faces provide higher angle runs and usually untracked powderfields. Enjoy Loveland Pass and always bring your avi gear.

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