To introduce myself: I'm Dad, family of 5. I would classify myself as a rusty, intermediate level skier. I am comfortable on any groomed slope, but have little mogul experience and it's been years since I skied powder (we had almost 24" of powder the day we arrived in Vail (Christmas week then too) in 1983 (I think that was the year)). My wife won't ski, but will hang out in the condo and enjoy walking the town, reading etc. She'll love all the scenery and is almost as excited as I am! My 3 children have skied a few times, but living in the South, we only get to ski if we head West, and 2 of the 3 kids want to take up snowboarding this trip. Me, I'm to selfish to spend 2 or 3 days learning a new way to get down the mountain.
We are skiing for 6 days starting the 27th. It's all booked and planned except for a few minor details (staying in Vail village) The last time we skied Vail was spring break several years ago and the lift lines were always less than 5 minutes, even though the back bowls were mostly closed. Prior to that, I was in Vail for two different Christmas weeks in the early 80's, and as best I can remember the lift lines were 5-15 minutes.
I have a couple of questions which I hope you fine folks can help with:
1) How long would you expect the lift lines to be (in minutes)?
2) Any strategy for minimizing wait times?
We have a private lesson booked for the first day on the slopes, which I hear will allow us to get in the short line.
I'm hoping the bowls will be open, but would love to know your answers assuming bowls open vs bowls closed.
We're all in no matter what, and if the lines are really long, we'll have more time to make a new friend or two. I'm just curious what to expect.
To borrow a term from y'all, I'm really STOKED!