Kevin H nailed it on the head.
Vail bashing is real popular with militant skiing types, who by the way, always seem to demonstrate inferior skills. Great. Stay away. More of the mountain for me.
Blue Sky Basin is beautiful and great skiing. The Beav is wonderful.
I've said it before, I'll say it again. Many first time Vail skiers leave with a bad impression. The reason why is that they don't go there with someone who knows the mountain. I see so many tourists at Vail who spend thousands to come here, then stand around looking at the map saying, "Let's go over here, it looks good". I mean, what a joke!
Every time I ski with a Vail "rookie", their story is always the same. The first chair up they're like, "Ah, this place isn't that great - it's overrated". Then, by about 2 o'clock, they're like, "Now I know why people love this place".