I know there are some Vail haters out there - this thread is not for you. But for those who have skied Vail and appreciate the mountain and what it has to offer I'd like to suggest you find a copy of "Vail - Triumph of a Dream", by 10th Mountain Division Veteran and Vail Founder Pete Seibert. It's the story of his life, in his words, and how he fulfilled his dream of creating a world-class ski area from scratch. Here's an excerpt...
"It was an hour before morning light on Tuesday, March 19, 1957, when Earl Eaton and I parked my army-surplus Jeep on the snowy shoulder of US Highway 6 and prepared to climb a mountain that had no name.
The stars were out, and it promised to be a clear and sunny day - just as we had hoped. We laced up our leather ski boots and strapped climbing skins onto our 215-centimeter Head skis. We stepped intop bear-trap bindings and lashed long leather thongs around our ankles to prevent losing a ski in bottomless powder. ... Finally, we poked our shoulder-high ski poles into the snow, turned south, and began the ascent in knee-deep powder."
Seven exhausting hours later they made it to the top and looked out over the back bowls. Chock full of details on trails and areas of the mountain, and tons of beautiful pictures from all stages of Vail's development. If you are into the romance of skiing and following your bliss you will love this book!