Shrug. OK. Let me re-phrase:
I can't believe no one else may plan to go cat skiing next year. You know you want to.
To quote Warren Miller:
"If you don't do it this year, you will be one year older when you do."
If you're thinking of spending thousands of dollars to go to Vail, why not spend thousands for a week of cat skiing? In Canada. Currently offering a 20% discount to Americans.
Or don't. Have fun standing in line at Vail. Enjoy the great powder in the back bowls, until they get skied out. In 20 minutes.
... And regarding that 20 minutes, how long do you think it takes one to get through a line like this? And yes folks, that is a real picture, and that is at Vail. Welcome to the world of a weekend powder day on I-70.
Even if you aren't quite ready to do the cat skiing thing, consider this.
Add up what you would spend flying into DIA getting to Vail, lodging and buying lift tickets for your group at $160 per adult ticket this year.
Then consider pricing out one of those trips to the "out of the way" places you discarded because airfare was more expensive than flying into DIA. I'll help you with some window ticket prices.
Wolf Creek- Adult $63 dollars per day (2014/2015), with 15 days during the season where it is $41 to all comers. With 4 adults, you save $388 every day you ski to spend on those additional transportation costs. Not to mention that lodging will be MUCH CHEAPER as well.
Taos- $82 per day. 4 adults save $312 per day.
Bridger Bowl- $54 per day as we learned from the infamous Schlasman's freakout video this year. Save $424 per day.
Whitefish- $71 per day. Save $356 per day.
Grand Targhee- $73 per day. $348 savings per day.