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post #31 of 40
People, do not go to Vail!!!
post #32 of 40
I find Vail great. Sure it may not have the steepest of steeps but enough to keep you busy. Bowls at Vail are some of the best wide open skiing around. Tree skiing at Vail can be excellent. Being that its so large you sure can find a lot of neat little things(ie: nice little 10ft rock drop) skiing around. Though I do agree with many that it can be expensive as hell from all aspects.

Generally speaking many of your big name resorts in all honesty are great and keep you busy for days without any problems. I'm not sure there is just a perfect mountain.
post #33 of 40
I skied Vail and Beaver Creek 15 years ago. I had a good time, but I doubt I will be back. I am happier skiing the "local" hills and would much rather return to a place like Snowbird which gets more snow and has better terrain. Vail doesn't suck, but it doesn't rank high on my list of resorts.
post #34 of 40
Never been to Vail, mainly because it costs way too much to stay there and it's a longer drive from Frisco--where I stay when I fly to CO.

I might try it some day, but the high costs for everything kind of shy me away from it. Going to Copper is cheaper and for the terrain I ski, Vail really offers just more room, nothing different. In fact, Copper is all I need to get my fix when I go out West. Keystone is usually too crowded and most other places are too far out of the way. If I am on a four day trip, Copper offers more than enough to keep my interest.

$67 a night at the Holiday Inn Express compared to $300 at Vail. Bag of lunch meat, snacks and fruit from Costco in Frisco=$20 and it lasts the whole week for lunches and the hotel offers free breakfast. The only thing I need to spend money on is dinner and a souvenier. 

If I go to a place like Vail, the bill suddenly skyrockets. Might as well just buy a new pair of skis than waste 4 nights in a Vail room for $300 a night.  Then again, when I go to CO, I go to ski and I would probably just sleep in a tent..lol. Skiing is cheap -- lodging is a big drain on cash.
post #35 of 40
The decent terrain Vail does have does not make up for the hassle of getting to it. The parking, the drive, etc. Carving groomers I can get anywhere why go through the hassle that is Vail? If I want to cruise groomers I will just stay at my home resort and ski my own work. If I want to ski bumps I will go to Mary Jane. If I want steeps I will look at going to A-Basin. Park I will stay at home again. Pipe Copper is always good. Trees I would stay at my local resort.

If I was traveling to CO Copper would probably be my choice. We used to ski Breck for our family vacations and I honestly never liked the place. Now when friends come they go to Copper and everyone in the group(10+ people) seems much happier. A few from our group of friends over the years have gone to Vail and they honestly saw no reason to go back. Since skiing Copper less people have spent days trying other places.

So no when it comes to skiing Vail does not suck. Now when compared to everything around it drops down the list pretty quickly. This argument is not much different than the east coast skiing sucks thread(minus the kid getting too upset). Vail=East Coast and the other resorts are the rest of the country.

Besides everyone knows the mountain that really sucks in the area is Keystone.
post #36 of 40
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Originally Posted by guroo270 View Post




Lobster trap speed control?  please ellaborate.
 

I probably have 300 days at Vail, but I also haven't skied there in over ten years.  The use to set up snow fences to try to slow people down, but it actually just funneled everyone into smaller areas and caused more accidents.
Personally, I just don't have any desire to ski Vail anymore.  

Coming from Grand Junction, Aspen and Telluride are probably just as close as Vail and offer better experiences.  Next year you should pickup a Classic Pass and whatever discount Telluride offers and just avoid the whole front range cluster fest. 


PS: Get a MTB and head out to Fruita!
 

post #37 of 40
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Originally Posted by stroller View Post

Take Skyline express into Blue sky basin, go on the left and drop somewhere around "Steep & Deep"
 


 
would you describe this run on steep and deep a little bit.  i remember skiing by that sign and "hmmmmmm-ing."
post #38 of 40
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I probably have 300 days at Vail, but I also haven't skied there in over ten years.  The use to set up snow fences to try to slow people down, but it actually just funneled everyone into smaller areas and caused more accidents.
Personally, I just don't have any desire to ski Vail anymore.  

Coming from Grand Junction, Aspen and Telluride are probably just as close as Vail and offer better experiences.  Next year you should pickup a Classic Pass and whatever discount Telluride offers and just avoid the whole front range cluster fest. 


PS: Get a MTB and head out to Fruita!
 

they still do that on the front side, but when i was there i only spent 5 seconds on the front side.  now, what's an MTB?  i had beef with people that called it fruit-ah at first when i moved here, being from california, that word is pronounced froo-ee-ta, but after seeing what froo-ee-ta looks like, i call it fruit-ah.
i will have to check out telluride and aspen, but when family has a place to stay in vail, don't all of the complaints about this place come crumbling down?
post #39 of 40
I've been on this site for 10 years now and every year we have the same stinking discussion about Vail. Every year a rash of newbies come in here and sqawk about Vail sucking. Who freakin cares. If you think Vail sucks why comment? Let people decide for themselves if it sucks or not.

Personally, It's not my favorite but it's still a great place to ski if you know your way arround, the ins about where to park, which lifts to avoid, what runs to ski, how to get a discount pass. It's all relative. No I wouldn't spend $92 to ski there. But then I wouldn't pay that to ski anywhere. But, when it's part of a season pass deal and you can ski for peanuts, Vail becomes a good choice. I get 10 days at Vail or the Beav free with my pass deal.

Usually the people who say Vail sucks relate to a bad experience. Personally, I don't think they know WTF they're talking about.
post #40 of 40
Thread Starter 
it seemed like there was quite a bit of conversation on the topic as i searched for "vail overrated" and over 1000 threads came up.  i don't like sifting through all of these threads, just wanted my question answered.  thanks everyone.
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