5 Reasons to Come to Vail November thru mid-December

Sep. 11, 2014

Vail opening
You want in on a little secret here in Vail? We LOVE early season. What’s “early season” you ask?

It’s that delightful period from opening day, Friday, Nov. 21, right through to the start of the holiday season, around Sunday, Dec. 21.

Here’s a quick rundown of why we love early season so much:


1) Have the Mountain to Yourself

Many people don’t even consider taking a ski trip until holiday-time or after, which means that November thru mid-December in Vail features shorter lift lines and trails that can be virtually empty.

Terrain offerings vary depending on natural snowfall, but with the help of Vail’s highly efficient snowmaking system and team, it’s not out of the question to see over a 1,000 acres of terrain opening weekend and ropes dropping in quick succession thereafter. By mid-December, we’re usually skiing the vast majority of the Front Side with over 3,000 acres at your ski-tips. We’ve even seen a Back Bowl or 2 open at this time of year, too. No promises but we always keep our fingers crossed!

early season conditions

2) Events

There is always something happening in Vail no matter the time of year, and from the high-energy fun of opening day Friday, Nov. 21 to the ever-present après scene, you are sure to find yourself a good time. Early season is also headlined by two great events: Snow Daze and Holidaze.

Snow Daze, which is held this year from Dec. 12-14 and 19-21, features free concerts, expo villages at the base of Gondola One with demos and fun swag as well as sponsored après parties.

Vail early season events
Holidaze, Dec. 16-22, is all about getting you and your family in the holiday spirit with ice skating performances by Olympic and world champions as well as the Village menora lighting, Christmas tree lighting, caroling and more.

vail ice skating

3) Lodging Deals

Fewer people in town means great deals on lodging! Search properties in Vail now – you’ll be amazed at how affordable the rates are. This is a great time to experience Vail’s incredible properties at a fraction of holiday-season rates.


4) The Town Experience

Early season may mean the pace is slower, but the Village and Lionshead are as vibrant as ever. Shops are open, Christmas decorations are being put in place and the general excitement that the winter season is here is infectious!

And if you are the kind of person that makes dinner reservations at the last minute, if at all, then you’ll definitely benefit from coming in early season. While Vail’s world-class restaurants can book up well in advance in the height of the season, early season means you can call your favorite restaurant the day-of or even just stroll around in the evening to find your dinner spot. If you’re lucky, there might even be an early-season special to entice you in the door.

vail early season
5) Get Your Ski/Snowboard Legs Under You

With wide-open slopes and great lodging deals, why not spend a few early season days at Vail, building up your ski/snowboard legs for your next visit? If you’re planning to be on the mountain 4 or more days this season, one of our Epic Pass products might be right for you. These passes are only on sale for a limited time so be sure to buy soon! If you only plan to get out there a few days this season, just be sure to buy online at least 7 days in advance to get the best deal.


Although these are all great reasons to come to Vail in early season, you already know that any time is a great time to be in Vail. From taking in the spectacular views on top of the mountain to wandering the pedestrian Village and Lionshead, you really can’t pick a bad time for a trip to Vail.