We can understand the excitement of America's largest, and consistently best-ranked ski area firing up the lifts on a bluebird Colorado morning, but this may not be the best day to go to Vail.
First, everyone else will be at Vail.
Second, almost every other ski area that's open has more snow. Copper Mountain has more than twice the base (31 inches) and is a half hour closer. That means more skiing and fewer rocks.
Breck's base isn't so bad either, and it's an hour closer.
Bottom line, there are lots of options for skiing, either today or this weekend. Check out www.snowandrideguide.com for more info.