WOW! You can always find fresh powder at Vail - but you just have to know where to look!!! So how do you find out where to look - ask a local!
Vail is AMAZING! There is tons of terriain. It can take over two hours to get out to the farthest in bounds terrain depending on your route. This is a true skiing adventure. If you are not an expert, you can still get out to the Blue Sky Basin, just be careful!
There are cliffs, bumbs, groomers, a gondola, and gates to let you in the backcountry. Vail is truly a winter wonderland. The skiing is top notch!
As for the lifestyle, it's fantastic! There is tons of lodging, eating, drinking, shopping, and activity options. The apres' is always great. The town brings in great live music. There are excellent winter evening activities regulary.
Vail is a must go if you can make it. But remember, bring your money. It can be very expensive. However, it can also be very reasonable.
Finally, the winters are amazing and so are the summers. Vail (winter, spring, summer, and fall) is in my top picks of greatest places to visit in this country!