If I am staying in Lionshead I will often take the gondola (Eagle Bahn) up because it gives me a chance to get my boots and gear adjusted. Sometimes the line is longer on the gondola than on 8, but it usually moves quite fast. 26 will not get you where you want to go- that is a chair to skiers L, and goes from about halfway down the extreme west part of the mountain back up to Eagles Nest. If you are taking the Cascade Village lift up (I have never done this) from West Vail, then I think you could do it that way, skiing down from the top of 26 over to 2 (Avanti) You want to keep going east. You don't need to go into Game Creek Bowl, however- you can also take Avanti to MidVail and 4 (Mountaintop) up to the top. Then you can ski into sunup or sundown bowl and work your way farther east if you like. depending on the time of day and the conditions, the lifts up from midvail can be more congested.