Stats on Sweet Vail Snow
As the official slogan goes, Vail is like nothing on earth. The 50th anniversary season is approaching its grand finale but the legendary ski resort is showing no signs of slowing down. But the last day to ride the runs is April 14th, so if you’re wanting to get out there sometime before November now is your time to shine!
Vail grooms between 1300 and 1600 acres each day. Vail’s seven legendary Back Bowls spanning seven square miles are blanketed with an average of 29 feet of snow each year. Last year, Vail scored a huge 38 feet of snow! This year, writing on the vernal equinox (or first day of Spring), there’s been a total of 18 feet of snow. Cross your fingers or pray to the snow gods or whatever you do, maybe just tune into the weatherman tell tales every now and then, and we might see enough snow in the final days of the snow season to catch up the average. Were you wondering what month is the snowiest? Can you guess? It’s January, at 65 inches. Were you thinking January?
One of the best aspects of skiing the resort is all the space you have to yourself. On an average day at Vail, there are only two skiers per square acre, and on a busy day, only four. At other ski resorts, you’ll be jockeying for space, elbow to elbow, with long lines to ride the chairs and gondolas. Not so at Vail, where the sun shines upon the glorious abundance of awesome snow.
As of March 28th, there are 5,163 acres out of the total 5,289 acres of skiable terrain open for your exploration. That’s 190 out of 193 runs. And all 31 of the lifts are open.
Free Vail Mountain Tours
Complimentary Mountain Ski/Snowboard Tours
If you really want to get out there and learn all about the best runs and the secret spots, there’s no better way than a complimentary tour. Check in with Community Guest Service where volunteers provide free tours of Vail Mountain for skiers and snowboarders that are comfortable with blue runs and higher.
General Mountain Tours
If you want to get know the general layout of the mountain, sign up for a Familiarization Tour. They leave every morning at 10:30 am from both the Game Creek Desk at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola and the Mid Vail Ski School Desk at the top of Gondola One. Get there early to sign the waiver form and the tours last about two hours.
The Blue Sky Basin
These tours explore the Blue Sky Basin and leave every morning at 11:00 am from Henry’s Hut at the top of Chair 4. Get here early to sign the release form and make sure your skill level is high-intermediate or above.
50+ Ski With Us
These all-day tours are specially designed for skiers aged 50 or older. Four guides provide four skiing tours that explore the entire mountain with a stop for lunch. The tours leave Monday mornings at 9:30 am sharp from Gondoly’s Pizza at the top of Eagle Bahn Gondola. Sign the liability release form and enjoy a great day with other new friends on tours from advanced intermediate to expert levels of skiing. Come for part of the day or the full day and experience the magnificence of Vail.
Best Places to Stay in Vail, Right Now
Westin Beaver Creek
Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa is a luxurious ski-in/ski-out resort just steps away from the Riverfront Express Gondola – or the wonderful nearby golf courses. Swim some laps or float in the infinity jacuzzis. Come find out for yourself why Condé Nast named this hotel Best Hotel 2010 and Best Spa 2012.
Low Season Rates
Travel: Apr 1 – 6, 2013
Rates from: $269/night
Travel: Apr 7 – 14, 2013
Rates from: $149/night
The Vail Cascade Resort and Spa is legendary for its phenomenal location and unrivaled amenities. Enjoy a session in the massive 78,000 sq. ft. fitness facility and ski-in/ski out access (for the next three weeks). Then spring and summer kick off and Cascade keeps pumping out the good times.
Low Season Rates
Travel: Mar 31 – Apr 14, 2013
Rates from: $89/night
Lodge at Vail
The Lodge at Vail is an elegantly tranquil resort, blending past and future in a distinct and powerful present. Found right in the center of it all in Vail Village, you’ll love the classic alpine charm with wood-burning fireplaces and sensational views from your suite’s balcony. Perfect for the spring and summer.
Travel: Now – Apr 14, 2013
Rates from: $220/night