5 Reasons Why You Should Be in Vail This Spring
We’re heading into the midst of one of the best times of year to be in Vail!
Spring in Vail means powder days in between bluebird days, sun-filled afternoons on the snow, goggle tans from on-mountain picnics, barbeques and après, great events and even better deals.
Whether your style leans more toward sipping champagne on the top of the mountain or watching the crazy antics of pond skimming, there’s an event you’ll love to attend at Vail this spring.
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.
We close out the season with our signature end of season party, Spring Back to Vail. April 17-19 enjoy, special après and of course the Closing Day celebrations! This year’s free concerts from Trampled by Turtles, Portugal. The Man, and Greyboy Allstars. On Sunday you can watch – or even take part in – 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.
2. SPECTACULAR SKIING
Sure it’s technically not the middle of winter anymore but March and April typically still bring snow storms to Vail, and in between the great weather and sun-filled days springtime often offers plenty of powder days as well. Combine great conditions with the variety of Vail’s terrain that remains open through April, and it makes for a fantastic time on the mountain.
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. SPRING IS THE TIME FOR APRÈS!
Après is great any time of the season, but if après had an official time of year it would definitely be spring! Enjoy the extended hours of daylight provided by Mother Nature this time of year, and sit outside and soak up the sun at one of Vail’s many great après spots. For on-mountain après, The 10th is open Tuesdays through Saturdays featuring a south-facing outdoor deck to catch the afternoon rays, drink specials and live music every Friday and Saturday afternoon. And new for this spring, enjoy a taste of the tropics on mountain at The Beach at Vail, located outside Sarge’s Shelter at Mid-Vail. The Beach at Vail is open daily from 12-3 p.m. through closing day, April 19 and features an outdoor tiki bar and tropical drink specials, plus music from DJ Ramona every Saturday afternoon. At the base of the mountain, Tavern on the Square has the best outdoor patio in Lionshead and the bacon bloody Mary’s are a must-try. Plus, classic spots like Garfinkel’s, Red Lion, Los Amigos and Vendetta’s offer a happening après scene. No matter what your après style, Vail has you covered.
Want to bring your own food to grill? Check out one of Vail’s decks, many of which are equipped with complimentary grills.
5. LODGING DEALS
Shhh…we’ll let you in on a little secret. While many people don’t even think about planning a ski trip in March and April, these months can not only hold some of the best snow of the season but are also two of the most affordable months to visit. Check out the late season deals at luxurious ski-in, ski-out and premier village accommodations at The Vail Signature Collection with the Sun.Ski.Snow offer – just call 844-504-2733 to take advantage of these incredible savings or click on the image below:
So bring your sunscreen, your powder skis and your sense of fun and join us this spring in Vail!
Don’t forget – buy online in advance and save yourself both time and money with EpicDay Express. With the implementation of a new mobile ticket platform, guests now have the ability to purchase daily lift tickets online and on their mobile devices, in advance or up-to-the-minute before enjoying the mountain at the guaranteed lowest price – as much as 25 percent off the lead rate. In other words, bypass the normal ticket window and get on the mountain faster than ever! Existing hard card lift passes may be instantly reloaded, allowing skiers and snowboarders to head right to the lift. For guests who need a new hard card, an express lane will be available at ticket windows for added convenience.