Vail is skiing really well right now, probably better than a lot of other places across Colorado. It's got a good solid base, with another fresh 8-12" on top. Nothing gnar or steep, but a lot of really fun turns. What more could you ask for in early November? In total, about 5000' vertical, and a metric ton of mileage, because Vail is so damn flat. My legs are beat, but if I had a chance to do it again, I'd be out there right now.
In the morning, I joined a few friends and headed up to Eagles Nest from Lionshead, where we dropped down Born Free, Bwana and Safari.
No takers for seconds or thirds, so I set out on a solo mission to tour across the frontside. I headed back up to the Eagles Nest and followed the ridge up further, past the top of Avanti, before dropping down Kangaroo Cornice and Look Ma, which had the deepest and highest quality snow of the day. It was amusing skiing that stuff when it isn't all bumped to hell.
From the bottom of Mountaintop, I skinned up Swingsville, and dropped down Riva Ridge with a couple boarders I bumped into on the way up.
Good quality skiing all the way down to the Riva Catwalk, and then we picked our way down to Golden Peak, which, while thin, and you had to pick your line, was still skiing very well. Plus you got to wave at the racers who were stuck on the hardpack all day.