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“Worth the trip to the top”

Vail Mountain Resort
Ranked #1 of 74 things to do in Vail
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Offering more than 5,289 acres of downhill and cross-country trails, Vail is considered one of the best all-around ski mountains in the world.
Reviewed 14 October 2013

We took the gondola to the top and spent quite a bit of time wandering around up there and taking pictures. I could have stayed all day! A picnic lunch, a blanket and a book would have been a great addition.

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Reviewed 30 September 2013

Yes, Vail is very plastic, commercial, and upscale. Parking costs a fortune, as does eating anywhere on the mountain or in the village. But the skiing is great. Not a TON of steep terrain, but enough to keep experts entertained. Lots of fun stuff hidden in nook and crannies. Northwoods is a great place on a pow day. Fun trees in Blue Sky Basin. The back bowls and Blue Sky Basin are great for intermediates and aspiring experts. There's no better place to be on a bluebird powder day.

I have to say though that it is not the best mountain for beginners. While the map does show a lot of green runs on the front side, most of them are catwalks which are often crowded -- not great for beginners.

Also, if you're skiing on the back side, make sure you don't tire yourself out completely before heading back -- start back before you're completely done, because it can take a lot of skiing to return to the base.

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Reviewed 29 September 2013 via mobile

Took the gondola up from Lionshead on the last weekend open in fall.Ticket for bothways was $26 but after got up there, it was worth it.We hiked off the beaten path back where the bowls are.Saw the biggest buck I have ever seen and lots of changing aspens and beautiful views back toward the bowls.Forget the wimpy Aspen loop unless you are pushing a stroller and walk the backwoods.Lots of trails to follow.If you are tired you can ride the gondola back down.Also food and restrooms at the top of the gondola.

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Reviewed 17 September 2013

This is a world class resort! I keep trying to see how much vertical I can ski in a day... just really can't seem to go to a part of Vail, then want to leave- not bad lines, great snow! I've skied in Europe, etc... but Vail just ROCKS!!!

Thank 150Alisa
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

With a lightning delay for the Wedding we attended the trip up and down the mountain was pretty quick! We did see deer, elk and a hawk on a wire from the Gondola. Wedding Deck was a great spot for a ceremony. Have a morning ceremony and get better weather!

Thank Gopher-Vol_Fan
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