I ve been reading posts here for the past month, and spent the last week at Vail. Complaints are exaggerated. Yes, in very few trails you will find uncovered vegetation and hard spots, but in general, most trails are great. Skiing is a sport that takes place in a natural environment intervened by humans. Take that at face value, or stay at home writing posts. I think the week I ve spent this year is as good as the one we spent last year, but definitely not better than 2 years ago. So what?