A travel journal
to Vail by monkeyrob
Quote: Vail is a blast for any season. Sure, the skiing is amazing, but visit in any other season and enjoy a whole different set of adventures!
Attraction | "Cycle Vail Pass"
The scenery is beautiful as you wander up a paved bike trail to the top of the pass. Lakes, wildflowers, and the marmots will be there to greet you. If you feel your legs can take more, zoom down the hill to Copper Mountain Resort. Get a snack, then head back up the hill. Its just as steep, roughly 7 miles of climbing on each side, but the sense of accomplishment and views are worth it. Plus, it's a tough ride. Bragging rights are awarded upon completion.
Here is a tip if you enjoy the downhill part of most bike rides: Have a friend drop you off at the top and ride TOWARDS COPPER MOUNTAIN. The decent is easy, scenic, and a really good time! For a 15-plus-mile cruising decent, continue to Frisco. Have your ride pick you up. And you have ridden over 15 miles and pedaled (maybe) four times.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 28, 2006
Mountain Biking: Downhill Thrill or Easy Does it?
Attraction | "Ski China Bowl"
China Bowl is reached via Sun Up Lift, Tea Cup Express Lift, and Sourdough Lift. The high-speed quad servicing the terrain is wonderful. From the top, survey your options. Maybe take a run down the groomed Poppyfields east to check out the bowl. Next run, try a steeper route where the snow looks good. Any of the bowl terrain is wonderful on a powder day, bumped up after those days.
Searching for powder? Hit the glades and explore. It's in there, even when the rest of the bowl is powder-free. Don't push yourself hard, but try new things. The best way to become a complete skier is to become familiar with a variety of terrain and conditions, all of which are offered up in the China Bowl.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2006
Vail Ski Resort
Vail, Colorado 81657