We parked on the road at Vail and had to walk through the "village" to the mountain with our gear. It wasn't that bad, but was a bit of a culture shock for an east coast rider. No base lodge to speak of either, but a massive restaurant on top of the mountain. What?--you don't stick your boot bag under a communal table and come pick it up at the end of the day?!
Anyway, the one piece of advice that I feel comfortable giving is to take your time to learn whichever mountain you go to. We tried to hit too many mountains on a single trip--and it took almost a full day at any resort to learn where the good runs were. (Having a local guide would have sped up the process, no doubt.) As for Vail, the cat tracks killed me. The bowls were all chopped up with heavy snow when we were there--except for China Bowl. My best run was my last one down the groomers on the front face--but it was my last of the day--and we weren't coming back In retrospect, I would have chosen quality over quantity and stuck to one resort over multiple days.
"''planter ben red' can be put very simply into ''the board stopped freakin fast kinda on its own''--Bomber-member Pat