Price, snow, highway access, variety of runs
Limited vertical, some staff members, lack of trees
Loveland is basically a good resort with a small feel, but it's not Colorado good. The snow here is light and dry, as it's on the continental divide, and it has a very long season. But something feels like it's missing here. The vertical drop is listed just over 2,000 feet, but that's only if you hike up to the top ridges, which are often closed. I'm all about hiking for fresh powder but it's good to have a couple thousand feet to ride when the weather doesn't permit hiking. And all that aside, most of the runs, while pretty good in their own right, go straight down for the most part and don't offer a lot of cruising opportunity.
I have to compliment on the price, which in a world of overpriced lift tickets are not too bad at Loveland. We met some cool lifties from Michigan and chilled with them after riding, but the ticket staff seemed to be in a bad mood and were reluctant to help us. Who knows, maybe because we were snowboarding.
All in all, Loveland is a decent mountain. My advice is catch it during a powder storm (which there has been no shortage of this year) so that all the vertical is accessible, and book the Super 8 in Georgetown before they fill up. Oh and watch for windy conditions, cause they will shut down chair 9 and bring your total vert down even further, in which case you'd be better off driving up Loveland pass and dropping in off the side of the road. :D Live to ride, ride to live