23rd: A few inches of powder but really hard bumps underneath, everywhere. Didn't get much sleep so the bumps took their toll on me. The Siberia Bowl was the best spot, sans the cat track at the bottom. Constant snow and low visibility all day.
24th: A reported 9" but felt like much more. Still bumps underneath, but nice lines were to be had in the bowls and Blue Sky. Again, constant snow and low visibility. Cold and windy, a little crowded.
25th: A reported 10" but felt like up to 18" if you knew where to look. Wind drifts as deep as your chest. It was sunny, too! And because it was Monday, the crowds remained minimal all day. Got in the 5th chair up Skyline Express for fresh tracks in Blue Sky. In the afternoon it got cloudy again with flurries but overall it was a great day. Dragon's Teeth was great for bombing cliffs well into the afternoon; few people were hitting it so there was untouched 12" snow at the bottom of the cliffs all day.
I got some more photos too if you guys want to see them.
I was riding on K2 Public Enemies which I absolutely love (not sure why... I like how they 'pop' out of every turn... makes skiing really fun, especially on groomers) and my new Atomic Bent Chetlers. The BC's are obviously powder skis with 121mm underfoot. The rocker was effective and the softness of the skis made powder much less of a leg workout. I'm the one in the plaid from top to bottom.
One thing that bothered me about Vail was how flat the runs are. I would assume that a black run would be sufficiently steep for nice, flowing powder turns, but many of the "black runs" were too flat for my liking. In powder I would often times spend too much time straight-lining it for enough speed to get some turns going. Most double-blacks had great pitch, but single-blacks I felt were a little overrated.