Loveland may be closer and cheaper than Summit County, but is crowded with tourists from out of state. The lift lines are long, due to the tourists' lack of knowledge of how to ride a chair lift. The cafeteria is crowded with no available seating due to all the tourists saving tables with their laptops and coolers and bags of groceries. If there are no lift lines and kamikaze skiers and boarders on the slopes, it is due to the fierce winds (50 mph, sustained), and cold (-50 with wind chill). On the plus side, this season's lift operators and other staff (from South America), and the bartending staff, and cafeteria staff are freindly, helpful, gracious and knowledgeable.
If you arrive after 9:00 am on the weekend, plan to park a mile away and wait a half hour for a crowded shuttle full of loud Texans. Forget the apres ski cocktail if you ski past 3:00 pm, as you will likely not be in line in time for the last shuttle at 4:15. Your option, walk the mile or so to your car with all your gear. Another option: go somewhere else; anywhere else!