Enormous amount of terrain, Well run public transit system & Ticket pricing options
Not very challenging terrain, stuckup and pretentious town and visitors, & lodging prices
Vail is notorious for being both massive and decadent. Both descriptions are accurate, but not in a positive way. Vail is expansive and seems to go on forever, but each peak is just more intermediate runs. There is variety in terms of glades, open bowls, and some hikable terrain, but the difficulty never goes beyond intermediate. The feel of the town is pretentious and fake. It's like Disneyland in the mountains. It appears to be all for the visitors who are more about looking good than skiing. The locals that I met were like locals in any other ski town and did not reflect what the town has become. I know that I sound pretty doom and gloom about the place, but as a mountain, it is pretty good. If there wasn't the hype surrounding the name of Vail, the impression of the place would have been better.