As Vail's Bob Parker tells the story, the only difference between the early days of Vail and those of the mining towns in Colorado nearly a hundred years earlier was that Vail's gold was white. Otherwise the scene was similar-the streets were dirt covered, the bars were rowdy, buildings were being constructed everywhere, and the same self-starting and chance-taking spirit prevailed. If you are new to Vail this book should serve as a guide to the trails and special features that you'll find here. If you've been to Vail before, it's possible that you've missed a run that might be perfect for you or a special feature that will help complete your skiing day. If you're an old timer, there may be new programs you're not aware of or perhaps a secluded part of Vail Mountain you haven't discovered.
Acknowledgments, Introduction, Skier Ratings and Directions, Mountain Sense, People You'll Meet and Things You Should Know About Vail Mountain, The Northeast Bowl, The Golden Peak, Mid-Vail and Environs, The Central Mountain and Vail Village Runs, Lionshead, Game Creek Bowl, The Back Bowls, Tree, Lift Line, and Out-of-Bounds Skiing, The Summer Mountain