The village is nice with great shops and knowledgeable people to help with rental or personal equipment. The lift systems are good. One must move across an expansive area to access various places on the mountains. The beginners area is graded nicely for moving the advancement of new persons to the sport. The runs are sharply advanced from the beginners area to even the green runs. Unfamiliarity with the mountain can be tricky. You can find yourself on more advanced runs without a working knowledge of the paths. I suggest moving to Beaver Creek in order to transition better to the mountain. Beaver Creek has a well thought out run for the basic beginner moving to advanced beginner and then to beginner green. Vail has the better new beginner transition through the basics. Once you are on the mountain you need to be solid on your basics at both Vail and Beaver Creek.