If you are an intermmediate or advanced skier you will love Vail. Not much for beginners unless you like skiing catwalks, ski school hills or a few green runs. Absolutely blows away anything in Vt. Make sure you are in good shape as the air is paper thin.They took real good care of our kids. There was lot's of ungroomed terrain on snowy days so you will get better. Some intermediate runs with bumps were challenging. Blacks are almost all moguls.The back bowls should keep upper intermediate to advanced skiers busy and happy all morning.
It was cold but a few days with the sun and powder were optimal. It is not cheap so be prepared for an expensive vacation which will be well woth it. Beaver Creek is cool too but over-groomed. The runs were very fast. The Ritz Carlton was not to be believed.. Loding is abundunt, and expensive but most are close to a great shuttle system. They have a lot for the kids, including adventure ridge (tubing, snowmobiles) and special scaled-down runs through some trees which my son loved. Many restaurants from upscale gourmet to pizza. You really do not have to leave the Village but there are numerous large ski resorts within a half hour and plenty of other attractions. All in all I think we will be back given the great skiing and quality of the place.