By Ryan Dunfee
Doug Evans hasn't found much reason to stray far from his home region in Colorado's Front Range. After getting his start on the slopes at age six, Doug was given more and more freedom to explore the hill, and after his parents bought him a season pass to Arapahoe Basin, he fell in love with steeps, powder, and speed chasing the locals around Palivacinni. After some time in college in Gunnison, Evans came back to the Front Range to work as a ski tech at Loveland, and skied every day. He's since racked up ten two-hundred day seasons, and works landscaping in the summers to support his ski addiction. He divides his season mostly between in-bounds skiing at Loveland and backcountry skiing over at Berthoud Pass, and has found himself photographed in Powder, Skiing, Ski, and Backcountry magazines.
Place to ski on a Powder Day: Wind direction and intensity is a big factor on a powder day at Loveland. The leeward aspects hold the best snow. Typically, I like to start my day on Chair 1. After a couple laps on the steeper terrain under the chair, I head to either Chair 4 or Chair 9. As the hike-to gates off of Chair 9 or “The Ridge” open to the north and south I head there.
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Place to get snacks for the powder day backpack: My ideal snack for a powder day is an everything bagel with cream cheese and bacon from The Mountain Buzz in Georgetown. It’s right off the highway and the service is great. There’s also plenty of good reading material and local guide books to browse through while you’re waiting for your food.
Place to ski on a spring day: Loveland’s high elevation means that morning temperatures in the spring are chilly. Southerly aspects off Chairs 4 and 8 offer up the best snow conditions in the early morning when the sun softens them up. Springtime can also offer some of the best winter-like powder conditions up high off of Chair 9 after a storm.
Place to take the family skiing: Loveland Valley is great for beginners and has it’s own facilities that specifically cater to families.
Place for Dinner: The Alpine Restaurant in Georgetown has great pizza and Italian food as well as delicious nachos made with homemade chips and inexpensive beers. It’s also run by former “Powder Girl” Tina Fraccola.
Place for Aprés: The Rathskellar bar at Loveland is the best place for post-powderday drinks. On a warm spring weekend days the patio has great views and live music featuring local artists such as local bluegrass musician Mark Morris.