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History of Loveland, Colorado

1936-37 Portable rope tow operations by J.C. Blickensderfer
1937-38 Operations taken over by Al Bennett with a rope tow that was powered by a model T engine.
1939-40  "A Tow " and "Rainbow Tow " (both rope tows) added.
1941-42 Named Loveland Ski Tow Inc. "D Tow" and cleat track tractor added. The cleat track tractor hauled people to "D Tow " and was the only alternative to hiking up.
1946-47  "A Tow " replaced with new rope tow. "B Tow " (rope tow) added.
1948-49 "C Tow " (rope tow) added. Filled gap between the top of "B Tow" and bottom of "D Tow."
1955-56 Stockholders purchase Loveland Ski Tow Inc. Peter Seibert named general manager. Partners are C.A. Upham, Al Bennett, Robert Murri, Bill Bolin, Pricilla Barnard
1956-57 Number 1 Chair (double) added.
1957-58  Number 2 Chair (double) added. Ray Parker named new general manager.
1958-59" Mambo Cafe opens (near bottom of current #4 Chair). "Fury Creek" lost as construction of Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel begins.
1959-60 Gorden Wren named new general manager.
1984-85 Loveland Valley gets snowmaking capabilities.
1985-86 Number 2 Chair replaced with high capacity triple chair.
1989-90  Loveland Valley base area gets face lift with new building.
1990-91  Number 8 Chair (fixed grip quad) opens accessing "Zip Basin." Named after Zipfelberger Ski Club who regularly hiked to the area for skiing.
1992  Ken Abrahamson named general manager.
1995-96 Loveland Basins main day lodge gets remodeled andexpanded. Record snowfalls hit the area with 586 inches throughout the season.
1996-97 Number 3 Chair is replaced with a fixed grip quad chair. Rathskeller Bar is renovated.
1998-99 Number 9 Chair is installed providing long awaited lift access to The Ridge. Reaching an altitude of 12,700 feet, #9 Chair is the highest four-passenger chair lift in the world.

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