Based on snow, terrain (seven miles wide!), and a rich role in snowboarding history, Vail should be much higher on this list. But that "$102 Vail/Beaver Creek adult ticket at window" knocked them down a few pegs. (Get one of the Beav's legendary cougars to pay for you, maybe?) Head into the woods to find some of unusual/off-map features Vail's famous for. Stay out of the OB East Vail Chutes, though, unless geared up and experienced.