Big, steep alpine bowls. Never a lift line. Cheap. Parking. Good snow. Close to Denver. Ski school for kids.
Wind. Slow lifts. Takes a long time for them to open all of the mountain. Rednecks.
Loveland is totally non-pretentious, cheap, always uncrowded and has some truly great skiing when the snow is good, which it often is. The wind is character-building - I wear five layers, a neck gaiter and mittens when 45 minutes west on I70 you might get away with a shell and thin underlayer. My only real ding against this place is that it takes them forever to open new terrain as the season progresses. Vail will be 100% open with a 30 or 40 inch base, while Loveland will have a 50" base and only be half open. I don't get it. Maybe it's because Vail doesn't have anything steep like Loveland...