terrain, climate, access
pricey, poor parking, crowds on front side
If you don't ski the back bowls, there isn't anything truly special about Vail, so why pay the prices, suffer the inconveniences, and fight the front side crowds? BUT if you ARE a fan of bowl skiing, Vail is simply one of the world's finest. Long runs, generally small lift lines, and several places to stop and rest without having to go back to the crowds on the front side. Get there early, though, because the front side lifts crowd up quickly, and you want to get to the bowls as soon as possible. Follow the sunshine, and don't forget to go over to Blue Sky Basin.