We got back from Vail late last night, after a whirlwind 5 days. This trip was my annual business trip to Mountain Travel Symposium, which is held in various destination ski resorts each year. Having never been to Vail, I was curious to see what it was like. Call it competitive research.
The mountain (or mountains) is huge, with lots of gentle, interstate wide groomed runs. We timed our trip with new snow, and found lovely light Colorado powder in Blue Sky Basin. Not a lot of challenging terrain per se, but the conditions made even the nearly-flat runs fun. But I have to admit that the I-70 is hardly a great backdrop for a place that’s considered a world-class ski destination. Lake Tahoe has the advantage when it comes to scenic beauty.
It being Vail, we knew we’d be able to eat very well, and among our various meals out, the one at Centre V Brasserie stood out for its kick ass mussels and awesome cheese plate (it’s not easy to find Reblochon and Tomme de Savoie in Tahoe). It may have been a contrived Rock Resorts planned experience, but I’m not going to complain.
Our last night, the town of Vail had a big outdoor reception at the new Arrabelle Square in Lionshead Village for all MTS attendees, including food & drink (which embarrassingly enough ran out within the first hour and a half – more embarrassing because the Vail folks were bragging about how well stocked they were for the event. They obviously do not know the mountain travel industry that well!). It was supposed to showcase the 4 seasons at Vail, and involved odd mixings like ball room dancers and acrobats. Oh, and a live performance by Super Diamond, which was awesome in its kitschy ode to the great one.
Overall a fun trip, but I’m not planning a return visit on my own dime. There are too many other great resorts out there to try.