5 Reasons Why You Should Be in Vail This Spring
We’re heading into one of the best times of year to be in Vail. World class events, free concerts, the typically snowy first few weeks of March, the longer, sunnier days of April; a variety of reasons make this time frame a favorite for all types of skiers and snowboarders! Here are just a few reasons why you should be here this spring:
Whether your style leans more toward sipping champagne on the top of the mountain or watching the best snowboarders in the world show off their athletic prowess, there’s an event you’ll love to attend at Vail this spring.
You don’t have to be a snowboarder to enjoy the fun of the longest-running snowboarding competition in the world, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships March 2 – 7. Watch the incredible athletic and technical feats of the best riders in the world on the slopestyle and halfpipe at Golden Peak either from the base area or as you ride/ski by on Ruder’s Run. You’ll recognize many of the riders as medalists from the Olympics and X-Games, including Shaun White, Danny Davis, Mark McMorris, Kelly Clark, Torah Bright, Jamie Anderson and more. Beyond the snowboarding competitions at Golden Peak, you’ll also find an interactive sponsor village, the first annual US Open Broomball Tournament at Solaris and free concerts by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Girl Talk.
Then revel in the culture of the 11th Annual Vail Film Festival March 27th – 30th, 2015. Festival activities include film screenings, panel discussions, live music, nightly galas, and the filmmaker reception.
April 8 – 11 enjoy the fine cuisine and beverages of Taste of Vail, the nation’s premier spring food and wine festival. During the annual four-day event, upwards of 5,000 people are able to “taste the Vail Valley lifestyle” which showcases Vail’s world-famous resort village set against dramatic mountain vistas. With a mix of exclusive events and local favorites, the Colorado Lamb Cook Off and mountaintop picnic, this is a fantastic way to experience Vail with all 5 senses.
2. SPRING BACK TO VAIL
Spring Back to Vail April 17-19 brings our season to an end in style with free concerts, artists to be announced soon! Perhaps the biggest highlight of the weekend is Vail’s Closing Day tradition: The World Pond Skimming Championships. Crazy skiers and riders in even crazier costumes try to make it across a pond of icy water…to varying degrees of success and epic failure.
3. LONGER DAYS
As daylight extends with each passing day, Vail accommodates with our current spring hours: most of the front-side lifts close at 4 p.m., the Back Bowls and Game Creek Bowl will close at 3:30 p.m. and Blue Sky Basin will close at 3 p.m. That’s an extra ½-hour on average to make the most of your favorite mountain. For 2 very special weeks this spring, we’re changing it up even further: March 28 – Apr. 11 we will keep the mountain open from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., giving you that much more time to enjoy the incredible snowfall that we tend to receive in spring as well as soak up the sun on Vail’s many decks.
4. LODGING DEALS
Shhh…we’ll let you in on a little secret. While many people don’t even think about planning a ski trip past February, March and April can not only hold some of the best snow of the season but are also 2 of the most affordable months to visit. With world-class events, great snow and even better weather, the beach can wait when you’re having this much fun.
5. OUTDOOR DINING IN THE ROCKIES
Nearly all of our on-mountain dining locations offer beautiful decks and picnic tables to take a break from skiing while enjoying the views. From the daily fresh squeezed cocktails and wood fired pizzas at The 10th to a world famous pulled pork BBQ sandwich at Wildwood, views of the Gore Range at Two Elk to Mount of the Holy Cross at Blue Sky Basin, you really can’t go wrong. Want to bring your own food to grill? Check out one of Vail’s decks, many of which are equipped with complimentary grills.
So bring your sunscreen, your powder skis and your sense of fun and join us this spring in Vail!