Using college as an excuse, what a sin lol.
People pick a-basin over loveland when they buy their pass. The resorts up here tend to be picky little bed buddies. You can buy a pass to Loveland, which is just loveland and a few days at Monarch. Or you can buy an a-basin only pass. Or you can buy a Colorado Pass which comes in two flavors, a-basin, keystone, and breck, or option 2 which is a-basin, keystone breck, and something like 5 days each at vail and beaver creek. OR you can buy winter park/MJ, or Winter Park/MJ/Copper and there are a bunch of other options, Long story not short Loveland doesn't whore its slopes to the colorado pass for a stupid small amount of money, their customers pay good money for that mountain only. It is well worth it because only having one mountain on your pass drives away all the yuppies, teenie-boppers, stuck up people, etc. You get the real local feeling at loveland with low crowds, real people, and a short drive.