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Treat long time pass holders like just a commodity. I have been a season pass holder for 15 years. Last year my husband lost his job and so we bought the season pass insurance just in case financesfot really bad...which they did. Vail calle me in the fall to request the remainder fo the pass fee. I explained that my husband had still not found a job and did not want to go through with the transaction. They told me to go ahead a pay for it and then file a claim, I was assured by the employee (Scott) that I would be able to get my money back. The next months were filled with docs being faxed back and forth and in the end the insurance would not pay up as there was no change in circustances. I called Vail back and asked to talk to Scott to have him make good on his promise. He had left their employment and they would not honor his promise. They were totally unsympathetic and this is not how a long time customer should be treated. So they (Scott) lied and it ended up costing me $525. There are plenty of other ski areas out there and this year going forward, I will go to Copper.
Worst Customer Service Ever Experienced. BEWARE! Just received the worst customer service from Vail Resorts. Their customer service reps are giving out wrong information that just cost me $840 and management wouldn't do a thing to remedy the situation. Shame on you Vail. Very disappointed (former) lifetime customer.
The granddaddy of American skiing is the largest resort in the United States..
Take away the chichi shops and malls, the top-notch dining and the charming village atmosphere, Vail would still have a megalithic resort with World Ski Championship terrain. There are 5,289 acres within three distinct mountain experiences: the Front Side, the Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin. The runs that orbit Vail terrain include very challenging Back Bowls. Speedy skiers can test their skills on the dual giant slalom course for an extra fee.
Vertical drop: 3,450 feet
Base elevation: 8,120 feet
Top elevation: 11,570 feet
Number of trails: 193
Skiable acres: 5,289
Beginner terrain: 28 percent
Intermediate terrain: 32 percent
Expert terrain: 40 percent
Snowboarding: Full facilities
Diverse terrain, lots of lifts, easy access from Denver.
I stopped in B. Creek/Vail for a day while passing through CO right after the "big one" of '06. I've skied Vail several times an chose to ski BC for the first time because I had two dogs with me and there is a place called "Walkin The Dog" in Avon that will entertain your dogs for the day. If you have dogs I HIGHLY recommend placing them there for day camp so you can ski an not concern yourself that your pets are nervous amidst the unfamiliar surroundings.
The snow was great, the skiing was great (unless you're an intermediate as most of terrain is beginner/advanced), but I found the other skiers a bit snooty - especially the ones who owned permanent vacation homes there. That put me off a bit.
I lived in Aspen for a year and found that the social climate was much more egalitarian in spirit than Vail. If you have little or a lot of money, Aspen ecompasses more of an inclusive environment, more diversity in terrain, and a much more interesting city.
Nevertheless, both Aspen and Vail are over-priced -- where else do you have to shell out $22 for a cafeteria-style lunch? -- but even at $85 for a lift ticket, that's less than $20 an hour for a winter wonderland thrill that will give you wonderful memories for years to come.
The worst thing about Vail is sleeping next to a freeway. To truly get away, try Aspen, Steamboat, Jackson Hole, Alta, or Squaw Valley. Vail is fantastic, but the U.S. has better.
You get what you pay for. I lived in Vail for five years; one before college and three after, and I can't say that Vail is percect. However, after skiing all over the continent and in every resort in Colorado, Vail offers something for everyone. Nice people (the locals aren't the rich ones), great terrain for all abilities, and wonderful nightlife. There are certainly better ski towns with lesser mountains, and vice versa, but Vail offers the entire package in style. You do have to know the mountain well to find all of the expert terain, but it is certainly there, especially with all of the backcountry access from China bowl. Enjoy!
Best Mountain in North America. Unbelievable! I've skied all over North America and Vail is by far the best mountain I've found. The mountain is huge. You couldn't ski the entire mountain in one day if you tried. there are stashes of powder after a week of no snow. the nightlife ids great and they have an awesome transit system. there truly is no comparison.
The Complete West Coast Ski Vacation II.
I recommend taking a lesson with an expert ski instructor, he will act as a personal guide, and will take you to all the best runs, fresh powder, and away from crowds.
Vail village& Lion's Head are undergoing an exciting multi-million dollar face-lift. Improvements in housing, transportation, and dining, will accomodate more guests then ever. They are also creating another entry point to the mountain.
The nightlife scene is perfect for apres' and evening enjoyment. I recommend Terra Bistro, Vendettas, and Sweet Basil. In Lions Head, grab lunch at Moe's, this delicious& affordable BBQ shop began as a small kiosk, make sure you try their tasty sweet tea.
Vail is a beautiful piece of land, devoted to the care& protection of its skiiers and the natural beauty it embodies. Enjoy the weather, the majestic scenery, and the quality time spent with friends and loved ones.
Not extreme, but the best compromise. Great for all abilities. Mixes it up. If you can put up with the high altitude and the high price, the Game Creek Chalet (10000 ft) is the best on-the-mountain experience around.
Vail has Everything!. Hands down the best resort I've ever skii'd. My favorite mountain. So much terrain, you could find whatever your looking for. The got cool beginner bowls over by Lionshead. The back bowls are great for the the advanced skiier. Pretty decent blue skiing for people into that sort of thing. Can't really comment on the greens. The only negative thing I can say about this mountain is that it could use some beefing up in the terrain park area. If your into sausages eat at the 2 mile high cafe. Have fun at this mountain because you will realize long after you ski it that it will be most likely the best mountain you've ever skii'd.
Their Is AReason Vail Is Always Rated #1. Vail! This is the place to come to ski. It beats anything in the West or East Coast. Nothing like Rocky Mountain Snow. It is a bit of a drive for us in Denver considering Vail Pass and it's changing weather but what fun. Great skiing and terrrain which can be too much for some. Vail is big and it can take time to treverse from East to West and visa versa. Great night life and restaurants. I have skied here and other places over the last twenty years (while in College too), but nothing matches Vail with it's Village and Covered Bridge. It is pricey but worth it
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