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Least crowded days during Feb 15-19?

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Least crowded days during Feb 15-19?

This will be our first trip to Vail so we're hoping to make the most of it by avoiding crowds. What are the least crowded days to ski at Vail between Saturday 2/15 and Thursday 2/19? What parts of the mountain attract the biggest lift lines?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Least crowded days during Feb 15-19?

You've picked one of the most crowded times of the year to ski Vail. We find that Beaver Creek is less crowded. Pride chair is better than Mid-Vail. Ski during normal lunch time. Friday and Monday may be better than Saturday or Sunday.

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2. Re: Least crowded days during Feb 15-19?

Thanks

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3. Re: Least crowded days during Feb 15-19?

Also, to what Andee says, avoid chair #4 MountainTop unless very early, and chair #11 Northwoods after 2 PM as Blue Skyers are exiting that area and want to get back to the top of front side.

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4. Re: Least crowded days during Feb 15-19?

Tips above are spot on. Get to the lift early --even just a few minutes before they start loading the first chair--carry a granola bar or other snack in your pocket and ski through lunch. Stay ahead of the "wave" by working your way over to Blue Sky and by 1pm you'll likely have skied much more than if you had shown up even a few minutes later in the morning and then battled the "wave" at lunch and after. For perspective, the return from Blue Sky after 2pm can get into the 45-60 min range just waiting in line. When I ski Vail, by 2pm I'm usually somewhere between a bowl of salsa and chips and a tremendous burrito at La Cantina or settling into a choice spot for apres and watching the "wave" roll in.

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5. Re: Least crowded days during Feb 15-19?

All your comments and tips are much appreciated! Thank you!

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