Spring in Vail: the Season of Dreams

Feb. 2, 2017


Like a dream dressed in endless blues and whites. Like an adventure for the refined at heart. Like a fountain of youth for the soul. This is springtime in Vail, welcoming warmer temperatures, stellar skiing conditions, grilling out at various on-mountain decks and, of course, spectacular events.

Stellar Snowfall

Last year, Vail Mountain saw 73 inches of snow fall in March alone, primarily between March 15th and the 31st. With 156 inches that have already blanketed the slopes as of January 27, spring skiing is looking to be nothing short of perfect this year. 

Video showcasing the snow conditions last march.

Diverse Decks

When the weather is sunny on Vail Mountain, there is no better place to sit during your lunch break than one the many decks and grills offered at Vail. Some are easy to find, others are out of the way, but each one has its own unique reason to drop by, if anything just to sit down for a second and enjoy the scenery.

There are three decks outfitted with complimentary gas grills open to the public on Vail Mountain. Two of them are on top of the mountain, near Buffalo’s, and both are popular places to hang out on sunny days. Hawk’s Nest is located by the Blue Sky Basin overlook, just past the top of High Noon Express Lift (#5); Henry’s Hut, across Patrol Headquarters, is right outside the great warming-up yurt; and the other grill-served deck is in Blue Sky Basin’s Belle’s Camp, located at the end of the ride on SkyLine Express Lift (#37). This is one of the biggest decks on the mountain and has more cooking and sitting space than the others. On April weekends it can gather hundreds of festive skiers and riders–just remember to BYOBB (Bring Your Own Beach Ball).

If you have a dozen burgers to grill, it’s best to arrive early or late in the day, when the crowds are smaller and there’s still enough room to grill and sit, or you can also just join the party and take your time!

Exceptional Events

From culinary and film to music and athletic competitions, the events at Vail are as diverse as the colors of the rainbow, especially in the springtime.

The 35th Annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships return February 27th through March 4th and promise nothing but non-stop action for the duration. Catch Olympic-level slopestyle and halfpipe snowboarding competitions in Golden Peak by day, and enjoy free live concerts from headliner acts by night. While snowboarding enthusiasts are surely drawn to the athletic competitions, music fanatics won’t want to miss out either, as past concert lineups have included performances by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Big Grams and GRiZ.

Donn your best pink and come out to support the breast cancer battle on Vail Mountain. Pink Vail™, held on March 25the, is the world’s biggest ski day to conquer cancer, where participants and spectators alike will enjoy live music, sponsor tents, costume contests, themed deck parties and the Celebration Ski Down. All ages and abilities can participate, and skiing is not required. 100% of the proceeds benefit patient care and survivorship programming at Shaw Regional Cancer Center.

Taste of Vail, April 5th through the 8th, showcases more than 30 of Vail’s finest chefs and restauranteurs alongside the owners and winemakers from nearly 50 of the countries’ top wineries. From the Debut of Rosé and Mountain Top Tasting to The American Lamb Cookoff and Grand Tasting, this event intrigues the palate in more ways than one.

Spring Back to Vail, the annual spring bash celebrating the close of the winter season, will have events throughout the weekend that are sure to create a positive, long-lasting memorable experience for our guests. Enjoy a jam-packed weekend of action including the World Pond Skimming Championships, live music, sponsor expo village, on-mountain luaus, bags tournament and aprés parties. End the season in style with some serious fun under the sun at Spring Back to Vail.

The Burton U.S. Open .

Awesome Après

Definition: Après-ski (French: after skiing) refers to going out, having drinks, dancing, and generally socializing after skiing. Skiers often stop at bars right after their last run of the day while still wearing all their ski gear.

Kicking back after a day on the slopes with food and drinks is a time honored tradition in ski culture. At Vail, the après scene is as varied as the terrain. Grab a beer and watch skiers and snowboarders make their way down the last run of the day at the slopeside decks of Garfinkels, The Chop House, or Tavern at Arrabelle in Lionshead or Los Amigos looking up at Pepi’s Face from Vail Village. A trip to Vail isn’t complete without a slice at Vendetta’s and a sing along with live music at The Red Lion. You could spend an entire month at Vail and not visit all the options!

Delectable Dining

From the views of the 10th at Mid-Vail to the unique setting of Game Creek, on mountain dining at Vail is as varied as the mountain’s terrain.

Game Creek Restaurant, nestled just below Eagle’s Nest and in Game Creek Bowl, is truly an exceptional experience. The gondola ride up out of Lionshead and snow cat ride down into Game Creek allude to just the unique experience you are looking for, even before you step foot through the chalet doors. From the gourmet prixe fixe menus and five-star wine list to the superior service and plush velvet seating arrangements, this is one on-mountain dining experience you won’t want to miss.

Named after the view of the fourteen thousand foot Mount of the Holy Cross, Bistro Fourteen offers casual, sit-down dining with a full bar at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola. Perfect for lunch, après, or a post-Adventure Ridge appetite, Bistro Fourteen’s variety of menu items has something for the whole family, including a full $10 kid’s menu.

Situated at the heart of Vail Mountain, The 10th redefines on-mountain dining. Overlooking the majestic Gore Range, The 10th hosts a sit-down, fine dining experience for lunch. With a superlative interpretation of classic alpine dishes, The 10th is simply: Modern. Alpine. Inspired. Guests access The 10th via ski-in ski-out or by riding the state-of-the-art Gondola One.

Adventurous Activities

Play in the afternoon and well into the night at Adventure Ridge with ski bikes, kids snowmobile track, a slippery slope of rip-roaring tubing lanes and more. Located at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola, Adventure Ridge is a snow park the size of a football stadium, complete with family food favorites like Bistro Fourteen. The Eagle Bahn Gondola runs from breakfast till night. Drink hot chocolate and watch the sun set over the bowls.

Guides Galore

Want a way to experience a mountain like no other? Look no further than Vail Ski & Snowboard School. Learn a new sport, improve your technique, or explore new possibilities. From Family Privates and Small Group Workshops to Ultimate Four and women’s-specific programs, Vail caters to the beginner just as much as the advanced skier or rider.

Clearly springtime in Vail is where hearts beat faster, eyes open wider, smiles come easier, and memories live longer. This is Vail. And it’s like nothing on earth.