Vail: Great Vacation

by: K2Skier - Jul 25, 2011

  • Overall Rating 5
  • Family Friendly 5
  • All Mtn. Terrain 5
  • Terrain Park 5
  • Nightlife 5

    Pros: Back Bowls, Blue Sky Basin, Nightlife

    Cons: Crowds, Not Enough HardCore Terrain

    Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Jan 1, 2011


Full review

Vail is a great place to visit at least once in your life. The Back Bowls are really what make this a unique resort. As they say, "There is No Comparison"...........the back bowls of Vail are unique.........because that area is just so big........and they are accessible by many different levels of ability. The fact that the entire Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin are primarily intermediate/advanced terrain........you can feel safe in the "sidecountry" experience that is the backside of Vail.

Because of Vail's reputation, comes the crowds......which can be bad at certain lifts at different times of the day......but if you become familiar with the mountain and all the different types of terrain it offers.....you can avoid the crowds and have a great ski day all day long.......the key is to get to the back first thing in the morning and work your way around the backside for the morning..........have a late lunch.......and then work the frontside to get back home in the afternoon.......

With the great terrain also comes a very good nightlife.........great apres scene......great restaurants.......cool villages....free bus that shuttles you to and from........I like to stay in Lionshead either at Lion Square Lodge or The Antlers.........if I have unliimited funds, I would stay at the Arrabelle.....but that is another tax bracket.

Vail gets a bad rap because of the crowds and the terrain is not considered as difficult as say Jackson Hole or Snowbird.......but those are trips I take knowing that is the terrain I am getting into........but a great place to take my family skiing and get them into some "slackcountry" terrain off the beaten path and have a whole 3-4 days worth of terrain to experience.....I will keep going to Vail......

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