How can you say that? We just returned from Vail yesterday. I could not have had a better time! We stayed in Lionshead. Walk to the gondola was about 150 yds. People were extremely friendly and helpful. I'm not sure what I was expecting but I loved it and can't wait to go back. The mountain is huge! We only skied three days but I wish it could have been longer. Of course we would have liked more snow, but it is still early season. Why do you think there were discounted rates. Sure, the on mountain food was pricey but it has been at any major resort I've ever been to. I found village food reasonable, not cheap, but certainly affordable. Garfinkel's was good and they have killer margaritas. Also Billy's Island Grill had the best filet and Cabo grilled shrimp. Can't say anything about eating in Vail Village as we just shopped and walked around. Everyone we saw looked like they were having an awesome time.