Vail is a great resort for tourists. Out of towners will not be disappointed in the diverse terrain, grooming, and skiiable acres. Drink lots of water and eat.
When the snow comes there is no other place I want to be then the back bowls of Vail.
Below is where you should ski (Expert Skiers Only) to avoid lines for at least the first two hours on a powder day. Intermeddiate and Beginners will get into trouble if you try to ski this terrain.
Do not share this information with anyone. If they ask, tell them you were the first in Blue Sky Basin and it was amazing.
If you are leaving from Denver hit the Morrison / I-70 exit by no later than 6:30 am (prefurably 6:00 am). Park at Vail Village and catch the Vista Basin Express lift. When you get off the lift head straight to Wildwood Express Lift. Do not be afraid that everyone else is heading to the Mountaintop Express Lift (They are all charging to Blue Sky Basin). What they don't realize is you are heading for at least three runs of fresh tracks and two hours of skiing without long lines. The goal is to ski the back bowls from West to East. When you get off Wildwood Express drop in to the Sun Down Bowl via Ptarmigan Ridge. Experience epic turns and powder. Take the Highnoon lift and ski the Sun Up Bowl to the Sun Up Lift. While skiing down smile and watch all of the people still trying to get to Blue Sky Basin. At this time drop into China Bowl via Ghangis Kan, Jade Glade or Sweet N Sour. Ski towards the Orient Express Lift (Ski to Tea Cup Express if the line is past the gates). Now you have a choice to make:
If you decided to take the Oreint Express then ski the Siberia bowl. If you are feeling strong head to Blue Sky Basin and sky the glades for the best chance of fresh snow. It takes two hours to get from Blue Sky Basin back to the parking lot. Do not forget to hit Highline on your way back to your car.
If you decided to take the Tea Cup Express it is time to go to my favorite run on the entire mountain, Highline. At the top of the lift go skiers right and follow the signs to Highline. Make sure you have plenty of speed because you will have to push. Push until you get to Highline lift and take a quick breather. In my opinion this is the second best bump run in Colorado. The best is Drunken Frenchman at Winter Park / Mary Jane. I can sky this run all day. Once you have done this a couple of times head to blue sky basin or call it a day.
Areas to avoid (Long Lines):
1) Game Creek
2) Mid Vail
See you in the Sun Down Bowl.