Forest Service approves planned replacement of Loveland Ski Area Lift 6

Release Date: Nov 5, 2019

Contact(s): Travis Mason-Bushman

IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo.—November 5, 2019—The Arapaho National Forest has approved a project to replace Loveland Ski Area’s Lift 6, expanding capacity at the popular family-owned ski area along I-70 west of Denver.

Under the Decision Memo issued by Forest Supervisor Monte Williams, the ski area will be permitted to remove the existing 40-year-old fixed-grip double chairlift and replace it with either a fixed-grip triple or a detachable quadruple chairlift. The new lift will increase capacity from 1,200 skiers per hour up to as many as 2,400 skiers per hour; this is consistent with Loveland Ski Area’s 2017 Master Development Plan, previously approved by the forest.

The new lift will be built along the same alignment to minimize disturbance to the landscape, and will result in the removal of two support towers from wetland areas. The ski area will mitigate a small area of newly-disturbed wetlands by creating new wetlands, resulting in a net total increase of wetlands.

“Winter sports activities are vital to our local communities, culture, and economy,” Clear Creek District Ranger Scott Haas said. “We’re pleased to enable the Loveland Ski Area to sustainably and responsibly serve more skiers and snowboarders.”

The Loveland Ski Area has operated on the Clear Creek Ranger District since 1936, partnering with the forest to provide outstanding winter recreational opportunities on some of the highest lift-served ski terrain in North America.