I was at Vail today (3.12.14) and loved it. My GF does not ski (she broke her ankle badly, first day on the snow - I was not with her back then). She wants to visit Vail w me, but... where can she go while I ski? I did not see any base lodge near Gondola 1 in Vail Village. Can you suggest a place to hang out?
At mid-Vail they have Mid Vail Village. I didn't go in, but I think it;s just a restaurant & ski school office and I don't know if you can just hang out and read a book there.
They have a fancy restaurant "The 10th" at mid-Vail and that's about it. They have a Scenic Ride Ticket: $32 for adults, $20 for kids just to take the gondola to mid-Vail, and a Scenic Ride & Dine 0Ticket for $40 w/ a $20 food voucher. Where the heck do you go if you want to wait someplace they won't chase you out if you don't buy something?
I plan to park at the Vail Village garage (for $25) and she wants to stay in that area. This is one of my bigger concerns w Vail...Your reply is most welcome...