Maybe CSU students just have a thing for fine, white powder. Or maybe they just have a thing for adrenaline.
Regardless, the students have spoken, and out of the plethora of world-class ski resorts in Colorado, Vail Mountain was proclaimed the winner in this yearâ€™s â€œBest of CSUâ€ poll.
â€œWhat makes Vail awesome? Thatâ€™s a loaded question,â€ said John Oâ€™ Neill, a senior journalism major and lifetime Vail skier. â€œThe big thing is that itâ€™s absolutely huge. You can ski at Vail for two weeks and not do the same run twice.â€
Vail is the largest single-mountain resort in the U.S., with more than 5,000 acres of skiable terrain. On an average day there are only two riders per skiable acre.
In addition to size, Vail also offers variety, with 193 classified runs, ranging from well-groomed greens to powder-filled back bowls.
â€œWhether youâ€™re just beginning to connect turns, in search of perfect corduroy for cruising or looking to conquer the legendary terrain in one of Vailâ€™s seven Back Bowls, skiers and snowboarders will find no shortage of mountain to explore here,â€ said Vail representative Sara Lococo in an e-mail to the Collegian.
The best time for cash-strapped college students to visit Vail, according to Lococo, is the month of April, where a special pass will offer two weeks of unlimited skiing for $199. This pass must be purchased at least seven days in advance via www.vail.com and is valid from April 10-25.
Coinciding with this offer is Vailâ€™s end-of-the-season bash, Spring Back to Vail.
â€œSpring Back To Vail, which features free concerts from national headliners including Train, on-snow events and street parties, is the perfect time for students to visit Vail,â€ Lococo said.
Regardless of what students are looking for, sources agree that Vail offers fantastic skiing and snowboarding, as well as a welcoming atmosphere.
â€œItâ€™s got everything that you could ever want,â€ Oâ€™ Neill said. â€œAnd you donâ€™t have to deal with those snobs from Aspen.â€
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Adult lift ticket prices for the 2010/11 season
$99 for one day
$198 for two days