Vail rocks!!! The resort is absolutely the best in the country. My wife and I go there every year as the first resort of the year. The village is awesome with some great places to dine and pretty cool bars for a ski resort.
The runs are just insane... from easier to harder ones. Vail has something for everyone. nothing gets close to it. We have been to almost every resort in the USA and nothing gets close to vail in terms of the total package!
I take a ski guide for the first 2 days I am there that takes me to parts of the mountain others usually dont get to and also to improve my snow board skills. If you decide to use a guide ask to ride with Ray Sforzo! The guy is fun and a shred master! 100% fun guaranteed!!!