if this is your first season then Vail is going to be wayyy too much for you
I've never been to vail but I've never been to a mountain that doesn't have groomed blue and green runs all over the mt. I thought blue groomers are what colorado skiing is all about, and looking good. Is it worth the $100+ a day when you can't ride the entire area? I don't think anywhere is worth $100 a day.