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Headed to vail for the first time

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Me and my brother are headed to vail on the 25th for a week, neither one of of have ever skied west of the Mississippi. Never been in powder. We are staying in lionshead. Any useful tips on anything would be great, thanks
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Gee thanks, never thought of that. Why even have a forum, you can google every subject on the planet
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Is that a Chicago Blackhawk icon?
I grew up in Brookfield and my first skiing experience was at Four Lakes.
Vail is very different. However, I've only skied there twice. It offers a lot to explore.
Without knowing your skiing level or the type of skis you use it is tricky to make recommendations.
If you are fortunate enough to get a true powder day you should consider demoing some fat new powder skis. You might also consider a powder lesson if things don't feel wonderfully comfortable.
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Yes sir, blackhawks fan! We're both strong intermediates. How about places to eat? Wings and beer?
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When you tire of the frontside just drop into the Bowls, if you aren't crazy about the conditions, just keep going into Blue Sky Basin.  Lift lines typically are not a big issue during the week but on weekends try to avoid Mid-Vail around 10-11:30, Orient Express around 3ish, and Northwoods Express around 3-4
 

As for food, the best and very inexpensive Mexican food is actually in the Vail Village transportation center (1 level down from top).  In Lionshead, definitely go to the Little Diner for breakfast or brunch, the Blue Moose for pizza and don't forget the gelatto place down past the skating rink.

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BTW, the Burton US Snowboarding Open is at Vail that week

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Yes sir, blackhawks fan! We're both strong intermediates. How about places to eat? Wings and beer?

As a strong intermediate, you will really like Vail.  Some the greens at Vail may be closer to blues where you are used to skiing.  Take the Gondi up from Lionshead and warm up by either going back to Game Creek and taking Lost Boy or take some of the front side greens down to chair 2 or 3.  Once you are comfortable on the greens, look at the trail map and start hitting some of the blues.

 

Bart and Yetis is a favorite Lionshead apre ski of some Bears for Wings and beer.  Lots of options for good places to eat including Sweet Basil in the Village. 

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Great info, thanks guys
post #10 of 14
Love Game Creek! Spent several hours there my first day at Vail. Also the runs that drop into Lionshead are a blast. Simba, Safari, Cheetah are all great runs. Check out Vail Daily on Vimeo if you want any inspiration for trips. He's been putting up videos all season from Vail. We're headed to CO next week too! Man I can't wait!
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Me and my brother are headed to vail on the 25th for a week, neither one of of have ever skied west of the Mississippi. Never been in powder. We are staying in lionshead. Any useful tips on anything would be great, thanks

Forgot to mention that the Burton US Open is the same week you are there (practice started Monday 2/25 with finals over the weekend)- all the events are being held at Golden Peak (chair 6)...saw some pretty big air yesterday!

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Avoid Mid Vail, especially at noon.

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Had a great first day, it was easy to get away from the crowds.
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On our way there. Six inches of fresh stuff. Should be nice.
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