My Vail FavoritesI first skied Vail in 1975. The resort and town has morphed into a giant, yet still keeps getting better. I am returning there for the week after Christmas. To keep it affordable, we will stay at the Comfort Inn in Avon and use their free shuttle to Vail and Beaver Creek.
Here are my all time favorites by type of run and section of the mountain.
Morning warmup: Avanti or Northwoods or Ricky's Ridge or Born Free
Powder AM: Forever or Campbell's, then Ghengis Khan or Shangrila, then....
Midday relaxation: Riva Ridge to the Village for lunch or Grand Review and In the Woides before lunch at 2 Elk. Maybe even Dueces Wild before lunch at Mid-Vail.
Afternoon powder stashes and less travelled places (my favorite time of the day): Inner Mongolia Bowl Ridge glades, The Divide, Roger's (one the best and least skied runs at Vail), Seldom Glades, and of course Prima.
Fun with my wife and kids: Chaos Canyon, the Kid's Adventure Zone Glades and fooling around in the Big Rock area of Blue Sky Basin.
Places to avoid: Mid-Vail at Mid-day. Game Creek Bowl in the afternoon. Ruder's Run at the end of the day.
I am really looking forward to expanding my exploration of Blue Sky Basin this season.
We went to SLC last year and I was unimpressed by DV (except for the great tree skiing there), turned off by the blandness and facilities of Alta, and dicovered a gem called Snowbasin. I'll go to Utah as a second choice to the the Vail and Beaver Creek combo menu.
So far, the early season sounds and looks (aren't webcams great!) very good for Vail. We can we hardly wait to get back there.