Gretch6364 - couldn't agree more!
Vail is a great place for some mellow skiing. Not much to scare the pants off you, but enough to entertain for a long time. And I love seeing the dropped-jaw looks on the faces of my friends who've skied "regular"-sized ski areas (especially from the East Coast) when they stand at Patrol Headquarters and see the back bowls for the first time on a bluebird day.
The bowls are just tempting enough to get intermediates to try them. This past season I got several of my intermediate friends to try many firsts at Vail: their first black (Headwall in Sun Up Bowl), off-piste (everywhere on the back side), trees (in BSB; although it is kind of a stretch to call BSB tree-skiing, it is a good intro to it -- they ended up doing "proper" trees later on), jumps (in BSB), and small moguls (under Earl's Express in BSB).