Sooooo big, high spd lifts, back bowls, everything
price, lift lines
Vail is the superstar of all ski resorts. It is soo big that you can ski the place for a week and find new stuff all the time. You can find deserted areas or places with people. The first day we were there the visibility was terrible and it was snowy so we stuck to the front side which was nice with tree lined runs. We got lucky and got a sunny, midweek powder day the next day, and I have never skied anywhere better than the how back bowls were that day. It was awesome as you could find fresh tracks everywhere. China Bowl is fantastic but its the most popular so there were quite a few people. Orient and Tea Cup lifts got lines towards the end of the day (but the fact so many of the lifts were high speed kept the lines moving). Blue Sky Basin was great, and with all the glades and no people it was like you were in the back country. There was untouched powder even later in the week too. Skree Field was great with DEEP powder and Iron Mask was a fantastic cornice jump with lots of pow. On the front side Riva Ridge was an awesome top to bottom run. Game Creek bowl and the Mountain Top Express area were great for cruising and moguls. Riva Glade had lots of powder and was fun. The terrain parks had everything including 2 halfpipes and lots of jumps, boxes, etc. Vail has some problems though, like the base lift lines which can be horrendous on weekends (go here during the week and Beaver Creek on the weekend) and the outrageous prices on lift tickets and food. But overall Vail is one of, if not the, best mountain in the North America.