5 Reasons Why You Should Be in Vail This Spring

Feb. 8, 2013

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We’re heading into what many people consider to be the best time of year to spend time 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 to be here this spring.

1. BURTON US OPEN
February 25-March 2, snowboarders and skiers alike can enjoy the longest-running snowboarding competition in the world: the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships. Visitors to Vail can check out both slopestyle and halfpipe competitions featuring some of the most talented names in the world of snowboarding, including Shaun White, Mark McMorris, Kelly Clark, Torah Bright, Jamie Anderson, I-Pod and more. In addition to the spectator events, there will be free outdoor concerts by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on Friday, March 1, and Santigold on Saturday, March 2!

pond skim2. SPRING BACK TO VAIL
Spring Back to Vail brings our 50th anniversary season to an end April 8-14th with free concerts from Sublime with Rome, O.A.R. and Jimmy Cliff, as well as Vail’s Closing Day tradition: The World Pond Skimming Championships. You don’t want to miss out on this amazing week of fun closing out our 50th anniversary season at Vail!

3. LONGER DAYS
As the daytime hours extend with each passing day, Vail will keep our lifts open later to accommodate the extended daylight!  Beginning Friday, February 15, most of the front-side lifts will 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.

4. FAIR WEATHER
February and March have historically been the snowiest months in Vail. Say goodbye to the blustery cold days in December – with the signature Colorado sun shining in bright blue skies in March and April, you have the recipe for some of the best conditions of the year.

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. So bring your sunscreen and take in the great outdoors.