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Going to Vail next week for the first time.

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

First off all, I am new to this forum, posting for the first time, so bare with me.

 

I am booked to go to Vail next week for 3 days on the slopes.  I have never been out west to ski.  I do about 20 days on the snow each season on the east coast, either at Killington or Mont-Tremblant, so I have no idea what to expect.

 

I have been reading the weather reports for Vail for the past week, and if it was an East Coast trip, I would be scrambling to change my plans.  Weather in the low 40s and high 30s, and no significant snow for weeks.  So, anyone out at Vail, or who has been out there consistently, can you please let me know if it's worth making the trip out for a couple of days, or should I wait until later on in the season?

 

Also, I have never been at such high altitude, and am concerned that I may loose a day of skiing trying to get used to the altitude.  Any though?

 

Lastly, I am an OK skier, but no expert.  I ski mostly blue, and some groomed black runs.  Again, is it worth coming out to Vail for only 3 days of skiing next week for someone who is not a hardcore skier.

 

Thank you all in advance for your replies.

 

Igor

post #2 of 10
Vail is really nice and they hit 150 inches already. Be sure to check out China bowl and blue sky basin. Eat lunch at 2 elk. Beautiful view! We like to start in lions head. If the gondola is full you can take the lift next to it any get up faster.
post #3 of 10

No time like the present.  Lots of terrain open and decent forecast, go for it.  I like to stay for longer periods when I get in an airplane, but you should be fine.  Vail is actually lower than many nearby Colorado resorts.  The variety of intermediate terrain will blow your mind.

 

 

Terrain Report

Acres Open: 5270 of 5289
Lifts Open: 31 of 31
Runs Open: 193 of 195

 
Weather forecast:

From Saturday, January 10th through Wednesday, January 14th, a series of weak storms may bring anything from flurries to heavier snow showers each day, but it's impossible for me to provide any additional details at this point. I do not expect any big powder days during this time, but we might see enough snow to freshen up the runs.

post #4 of 10

Based upon what you are looking for, Vail is going to be able to deliver RIGHT NOW.  Let us know how it goes.

post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by IgorSkiBum View Post
 

First off all, I am new to this forum, posting for the first time, so bare with me.

 

I am booked to go to Vail next week for 3 days on the slopes.  I have never been out west to ski.  I do about 20 days on the snow each season on the east coast, either at Killington or Mont-Tremblant, so I have no idea what to expect.

 

I have been reading the weather reports for Vail for the past week, and if it was an East Coast trip, I would be scrambling to change my plans.  Weather in the low 40s and high 30s, and no significant snow for weeks.  So, anyone out at Vail, or who has been out there consistently, can you please let me know if it's worth making the trip out for a couple of days, or should I wait until later on in the season?

 

Also, I have never been at such high altitude, and am concerned that I may loose a day of skiing trying to get used to the altitude.  Any though?

 

Lastly, I am an OK skier, but no expert.  I ski mostly blue, and some groomed black runs.  Again, is it worth coming out to Vail for only 3 days of skiing next week for someone who is not a hardcore skier.

 

Thank you all in advance for your replies.

 

Igor


Welcome to EpicSki!  Did you happen to find a recent thread about a beginner from the southeast who spent a few days at Vail during the busy holiday week?  He had a ball.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/130470/new-skier-vail-bound-in-late-december

 

Poor conditions in the Rockies beat average conditions in the northeast by a long shot IMHO.  Also, it's very hard to get accurate weather forecasts for the ski areas themselves.  When I first started skiing out west as a working adult without much vacation time for ski trips, I stuck to blue groomers.  It was well worth the travel effort.

post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by IgorSkiBum View Post
 

 I ski mostly blue, and some groomed black runs.  Again, is it worth coming out to Vail for only 3 days of skiing next week for someone who is not a hardcore skier.

 

 

It's absolutely worth coming out!    The groomed runs will be fantastic regardless of the weather.   These guys will make sure you have a good time:

 

post #7 of 10

Definitely go.  I was there last weekend, conditions are great and conditions are likely to remain very good (conditions at Vail do not deteriorate as quickly as they do out east)

post #8 of 10
You'll love it. Actually that weather forecast sounds awesome. Great thing about west, great skiing without freezing to death. Enjoy, I'm heading there in end of Feb
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks to everyone who replied.  Based on all of your replies, I am planning on going out there next week after all.

 

I will let you know how it went when I get back.

 

Igor

post #10 of 10

Also check out this thread for some Vail tips and links...

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/131248/vail-skiers-guide

 

I'll be out there for the first time in February, so I'd love to know what you think when you get back!

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