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advice for short trip to Vail

post #1 of 9
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Hi everyone,

 I'm a relative newb, getting comfortable on blues right now. I have a great opportunity to go to Vail for a couple of days. It's a pretty awesome offer, someone invited me to stay with them in the middle of the week in early Feb, and I feel that not taking the free lodging in Vail in season would be sacrilege! :)  First question is, I am on a very tight schedule. Is it worth the trek from the East Coast (Washington DC) if I only have two full days (arrive Monday, ski Tue and Wed, leave Thu)? Any advice on how to approach the trip given the limited time? I would plan to be on the slopes the whole day both days, breathing and quads allowing...

 Any advice from folks who have skied there a lot (or a little) would be much appreciated. Note this would be my first time skiing in the "real" mountains of the West side...

 Thank you

post #2 of 9
I don't know why anyone would hesitate to take advantage of such an offer.

If you have any issues with altitude, you might consider asking your physician for some diamox to take before and during your visit.
post #3 of 9
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First question is, I am on a very tight schedule. Is it worth the trek from the East Coast (Washington DC) if I only have two full days (arrive Monday, ski Tue and Wed, leave Thu)?

 

IMO very marginal.  Although if conditions are epic for those two days, then probably worth it.  But that's a crapshoot on such a short trip to one area, even Vail in the middle of the season.

 

It always takes me a couple days to not feel like crap at high altitude.  Depending on how you handle it, you may or may not be able to actually get two full ski days in.  Summit County seemed rougher for me than other places because you're sleeping at 8-9000 feet.

 

Do you really have no option to extend your stay?  If you're planning on doing nothing but traveling Monday and Thursday, it seems to me like you could fly out Sunday night and get back late on Thursday and get four (or at least 3.5) ski days in.  Or even go the Friday or Saturday before if you can be away over the weekend.  There's (relatively) cheap lodging in places like Silverthorne and Frisco.  You could ski somewhere cheaper than Vail on the first few days.

 

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Any advice on how to approach the trip given the limited time? I would plan to be on the slopes the whole day both days, breathing and quads allowing...

 

Not sure exactly what you're looking for here.  If you want to be on the slopes, get out there and ski!

post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by rocdoc View Post
 Is it worth the trek from the East Coast (Washington DC) if I only have two full days (arrive Monday, ski Tue and Wed, leave Thu)?

So not worth it for you to go to Vail.

 

By the way, since it does not make sense for YOU to go, I am in Philadelphia and can easily take your spot on the trip.

post #5 of 9

Go!  Vail was my first experience out west and I've gone back many times.  It is heaven for an intermediate skier - you'll have a blast.  Drink a lot of water on the plane, when you get there, etc.  Don't drink any alcohol the day before or while you're there.

 

Ski Blue Sky Basin, the trails off the Avanti lift,  the Northwoods area.

 

Go!

 

GO!!!!

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone! Yes, I did feel like it would be a terrible waste. By the way, don't hate me, but my friend just told me that the lift tickets are included in the package they have :) Tough life, I know :)

vsirin, loved that comment. Alas, I think I'll go myself...

post #7 of 9
Here's how you approach it. You will be on East Coast time, so you will be up early. So be in line 15 minutes before the lifts start spinning. Stop and grab a coffee at Loaded Joe's and drink it while you wait to load up. Get on lift, and ski until you get tired. Have a nice lunch at one of the on mtn lodges/restaruants. Then ski until the lifts stop spinning. Have a nice beer and apres snacks at Pepi's afterward. Get plenty of sleep, and repeat. Check out the back bowls on the second day if conditions are good. However, it seems like you should look into trying to stay a bit longer if you can swing it. Even if it is just one extra day. But go. Any time you have a chance to go skiing the answer is yes.
post #8 of 9

Well, since you're going - whenever I have a short trip to the West skiing, I come back on the red eye and get a 3rd day in. Have a good trip.

post #9 of 9
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Did two days in Beaver Creek, and one fabulous, amazing day in the back bowls of Vail, sunny right after a few inches of snow! That was truly awesome. Glad I did add another day, that flight is long from DC! I was lucky to beat the storm getting back, my NY friends are still somewhere around the country in some airport on the way back :( 

Thanks everyone who added their advice and push to go, this was a great experience.

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