We were at Vail over Christmas break and had fresh snow 8 of 10 days! The back bowls and basin were not very crowded and seem to be the place to avoid lines and packed runs. Vail is unique in that it offers this type of terrain with amenities such as lodges and restrooms. We've travelled to a lot of resorts and only Whister comes close. Forget about the snooty image, once you are out back it's all about the tracks!