- Overall Rating 4
- Family Friendly 3
- All-Mtn. Terrain 4
- Terrain Park 5
- Nightlife 5
Pros: Vail is huge, the is something for everybody, the back bowls are huge
Cons: Vail is really big
Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters
Date Visited: Mar 1, 2010
Vail is basically one stop shopping for all of your ski needs. In that way it's kind of like the Wal-Mart of skiing. But it's not cheap, so it's also kinda not like Wal-Mart. I cannot not recommend Vail, its fun. But at the same time it can be a little much for most and a little flat for experts.
You won't ski every run; I don't care if you spend 20 years there. The gondola experience is a little bit of a cattle shoot experience, but Vail isn't really alone in that. Parking is plentiful, but confusing because you might not know exactly which of the 3 freeway exits to use to get on the mountain.
After parking and waiting in line to buy your lift ticket or to board the gondola or lift and then a ride somewhere on the mountain and then another ride somewhere else, you'll probably be ready to ski. There is the option of paying a great deal to stay on the mountain.
The back bowls are awesome. The bowls aren't terribly steep, but they are still fun. They'll get skied out pretty quickly on a powder day, especially if you are fighting Denver weekenders, so move fast. Blue Sky Basin is spectacular, but it takes some work getting there.
Overall, Vail is a great resort, but certainly not one of Colorado's top ski mountains.