Winter 2013/14: the snow so far

Jan. 11, 2014

Snow in ColoradoConditions on Friday, January 10th

Winter 2013/14 has been very good to Vail with over 13.3 ft/ 4 meters of snow falling so far this season, including an early January to remember! 

It all started with signs that we were in for a great year in mid-October, when the first major snow storms coincided with peak fall colors:

Vail snow conditions Open SnowWe launched into December with consistent, weekly storms throughout the month that made for a great mix of snowy and bluebird days that offered up soft natural runs and velvety groomers.

All that snowfall made for some of the earliest Back Bowl and Blue Sky Basin openings we’ve seen: Ski Patrol dropped ropes on Game Creek Bowl December 5th, followed in quick succession by Sun Up, Sun Down & China Bowls December 13th and Blue Sky Basin December 19th.

The week leading up to Christmas brought day after day of accumulation with many skiers and riders raving that the snow was skiing more like mid-February than early season. The storm broke the morning of December 25th, making for a perfect bluebird Colorado Christmas Day.

As has become the standard so far this season, a few days of sunshine were followed up by yet another round of snow. In the first week of January alone we posted accumulations 44% above our average snowfall and we’re in the midst of yet another group of winter storms that have already dropped 21″ of snow in 3 days. And then, between Jan 12 and 13, an additional 9 inches of light soft snow fell. 

We’ve been going out and talking to guests about conditions every other week in our video series, “Vail Unscripted”. Hear what people have had to say about their experiences at Vail in our first three episodes: Opening Weekend, Mid-Week Skiing and Riding and Holidays in Vail.

Haven’t been to Vail yet this season or just looking for the best conditions to plan your ski trip this year? Vail’s terrain and coverage is some of the best in the country – even the world. Book your lodging and lift tickets today!

Snowfall in Vail, COPhoto from December 27, 2013