My first years learning to snowboard were spent on the slopes of Loveland. My heart will always be here. A dedicated beginner slope definitely helps the crowding. The slow lifts are a non issue due to the lack of crowds. The longest line you'll wait in is to get food in the Cafe. A lot of great terrain for Intermediate skiers can be found all over the mountain. And for those who enjoy a good hike, the Continental Divide offers some great expert terrain. I recommend the North side of the resort, almost no body there, even on powder days. Definitely dress heavy, it gets very windy up above the tree line. it doesn't have the glamour of other resorts, but it is still host to a lot of great riding for cheap.