Haven't been on here in a while, but had a question and couldn't think of a better place to go. I'm a graduate student in the Denver area and I've only ever skied in Utah and occasionally down in the San Juan's at Telluride but this year I was looking for a season pass for a resort around Denver. Loveland came up as a nice sort of "mom and pop" style resort without all the "sophisticated" Vail/ Aspen gapers and hot chocolate sippers (although I love me some hot chocolate myself, especially with some Bailey's).
Anyways, I guess this is more for Colorado natives but what is the word on Loveland? I got this pass because it was cheap (only $269 as a pre-season special) and it's close (right before the Eisenhower tunnel) and they report an average of around 400 inches per year so that seems decent enough plus it's got a decent size to it, seemingly minimal crowds and what appears to be some easily accessible (i.e. not a bad hike) back/side country.