accessability, terrain diversity, great location, early open date
Loveland was my first snowboarding experience in Colorado. It gets a boat load of snow, and is so easy to get to from Denver you can stay in Denver and drive there and drive back with ease!
If you are looking for overpriced food, yuppy big mountian snobs, and long lift lines you are at the wrong place. Loveland is massive and has somoe of the best views in colorado at the top. The bowls are small, but great and there is more than enough terrain to last a few days without hitting it all. If you have never been here its worth going it is a gem of a resort for the money. Plus you can be back in denver that night for some needed rest or great nightlife!