those of you hating on vail need to slow your roll a bit.
There is a reason why Vail has been the number one resort in North America for most of the past 10 years. Vail is an amazing mountain.
As for nearby, there is Beaver Creek (everybody hates it too, makes me happy, less people getting my fresh tracks) and then you have Copper, Breck, Keystone and A-Basin all within about 45 minutes to an hour away.
Oh, did i mention you can go to all of them except Copper on the same lift ticket (granted you buy it in Vail or Beaver Creek)
Colorado is awesome, Whistler is awesome, Utah is awesome, none of these places suck by any means.
...he died doing what he loved. He will always be rememberd as a great snowboarder, but more importantly as a great friend.
In loving memory of Josh Malay.