I have skiied all but Aspen and Telluride in Colorado and I was thoroughly dissapointed with Vail. It depends on what you are going there for. If you are into blowing thousands of dollars to look cool for a couple days, only like staring at the immense scenery and not slashing the gnar, go for it. The lines are long, the traverse from one area to the other takes for ever, and the time spent trying to figure out at which base you are at takes away time for turns. It is the most expenseive place I have skiied and they close at 3:30! At my home mountain I like to charge and charge I can. After one entire day at Vail it felt I skiied a half day. Oh yeah, free parking is at Safeway three buses from the resort.