After a time (or perhaps age), resort skiing loses its luster. Several friends I've talked to this year either didn't buy passes for the first time in years, or aren't as excited to go when thinking about the long drive in I-70 weekend traffic to crowded slopes, lift lines, and exorbitant prices.
Enter Loveland Ski area. For our first visit, on Super Bowl Sunday (one of the best days to ski all year), we were treated to close (and free) parking in just over an hour and a half of drive time, with no lift lines and a sunny, windless day. Combine this with more practice on the tele skis, and both my heels and mind were free enough to enjoy resort skiing once more.