Best Time To Go
Now that Vail offers summer and winter pastimes, there's no bad time of year to visit. The town itself is quite small, so plan on spa days or excursions to nearby hot springs for days you'd rather not spend outside. The best time for winter sports junkies to visit Vail is from late November to March, when the snow is plentiful. Summer sports-and-nature enthusiasts can enjoy the mountain from May to August. Prices peak during the holidays, so avoid that time of year if you’re traveling on a budget.
Many regulars fly into Eagle County Regional Airport; it's by far the closest point of entry, but it only serves commercial flights from 11 U.S. cities. (The airport's private landing strip expands its reach considerably—this is Vail after all.) For better prices and a greater range of itineraries, fly into Denver. It's a beautiful, two-hour drive whether you choose to rent a car or take the Colorado Mountain Express shuttle, which costs up to $100 per person and runs on the hour. Once you’re in town, you won’t need a car. Instead, take advantage of the free buses that run between Vail Village and Lionshead.
January and February offer the best chances for fresh powder, but temperatures can be quite cold on the mountain—average lows are in the single digits, and that's before you hit the lifts. Weather is dry and comfortable all summer long, with high temperatures topping out at 76°F (24°C) in July.
Know Before You Go
Vail's EpicMix app is a must-download for visitors. It will help you plan a day on the slopes according to your athletic ability and how much of the day you want to spend on skis, then track your vertical feet and other stats as you zip around the mountain. Bonus: you can use the interactive trail maps to keep tabs on other members of your group, so it's easy to split up for a few runs and meet up in time for lunch or cocktails.
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