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First time in Vail - where do I start?

post #1 of 9
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We're going to Vail on Sunday for the first time and staying the whole week.
I'd like to have your suggestions for moderately priced restaurants in the Vail Village.
What else is there to do in Vail apres-ski?
What about Beaver Creek? Worth hanging out there at night?

About the trails... My only reference in the West is the Park City resorts (PC, DV, Canyons). How do the Vail and Beaver Creek blue trails compare to the PC resorts? Are they about the same, easier or more difficult?
For an intermediate skier like myself (I did all blue and double blue trails in PC), will the Back Bowls be too difficult?

thanks!
post #2 of 9
As for the trails, the blues are similarly pitched to those in the Park City area. I can't think of any blue trails at Vail that are as steep as many of the double blues at Deer Valley.

You should find plenty of suitable terrain in the back bowls. In addition to some intermediate runs that are readily groomed (pick up a grooming map), there are a number of easier black runs that you should enjoy. Generally speaking, the farther east you go in the back bowls, the gentler the pitch (with some notable exceptions). It's very open so you should be able to scout it out in advance. Great place--have fun.
post #3 of 9
I would start at the Red Lion with a few Fat Tires, but that's my personal preference. As for reasonable (but good) eats in the Village, Red Lion, Los Amigos and Pazzos.

As for skiing, you've got a whole week, so take your time and explore. Since the following weekend is Presidents weekend, I assume Vail crowds will start picking up late in your week. For blues, my preferred route is to take the Riva Bahn lift, then ski down a short way to the Northwoods lift and then ski down to China Bowl. At the bottom of China Bowl keep going to Blue Sky Basin. Once you get to Blue sky basin, take skyline express lift and ski down Cloud 9. Get on Pete's Express lift and then head over to Grand Review. I would bet you a six pack of Fat Tires that Grand Review will be your favorite run of the week. It's blue heaven.
post #4 of 9
Cheapest and the Best thing about Vail - is their FREE Mountain tour. I think it starts every day at 9 from all three bases (check the timings and locations - i maybe a little off on it). they are fantastic. and guess what - you get to cut through the lines.
post #5 of 9
[I'd like to have your suggestions for moderately priced restaurants in the Vail Village.
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Bart and Yetti's in Lionshead
post #6 of 9
Marty's right about the free mountain tours. We took the Blue Sky Basin tour last season and it was fun skiing with a group of people; plus, having a local show you around is always a good idea.

Another Vail tip from a fellow tourist. At the end of the day when you are tired, don't worry about skiing back to your starting point. Depending on where you go this can be miles of cat track skiing, Just head for the bottom and take a shuttle bus back to where you came from. Fast and easy on tired legs.
post #7 of 9
I agree that Grand Review is an excellent run in the less crowded Blue Sky Basin area. On the front side, Born Free and Simba are also excellent runs. Born Free is one of the best blue runs I've ever skied.
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by jalexc View Post
For an intermediate skier like myself (I did all blue and double blue trails in PC), will the Back Bowls be too difficult?
Never been to Park City, so I won't attempt to answer that. I visited Vail for the first time a couple weeks ago. I was really surprised that the Back Bowls are nowhere nearly as steep as I thought they would be. There are certainly steep sections back there, but I think any strong intermediate could explore back there without undo worry.

There are some groomed routes through the Back Bowls, but it's mostly ungroomed. I think the snow conditions are the reason for the "black diamond" ratings back there as oppossed to the actual steepness.

You can also always take a lesson, get some pointers, and bug the instructor for some good routes through the Back Bowls
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

thank you all...

... for the suggestions so far.
Keep them coming - I'll be reading them until I leave to the aiport on Sunday!
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