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Vail Marriott Mountain Resort

715 West Lionshead Circle · Vail, Colorado 81657 USA

Vail Winter Weather Guide

Covered in majestic mountains, twinkling lights and snowy pines, Vail is ideal for explorers and adrenaline junkies alike. Whether hitting the slopes for the first time or the hundredth, this guide will ensure that you're ready for everything this city has to offer.

Like No Place On Earth

Vail's slogan is, "Like No Place On Earth". See for yourself when you explore the exquisite nature and captivating charm that surrounds Vail Marriott Mountain Resort.

Best Time To Vacation

December through March tend to be the best times for those interested in conquering the slopes in style.

Know Before You Go

Make your Vail getaway this winter as fun as possible by making the necessary preparations and reservations in advance:

  • Ski and Snowboard Rentals: Don't have your own gear? Vail Sports, conveniently located on our Vail hotel's property, rents out a variety of skis and snowboards for all ages and abilities, as well as snow shoes and helmets.
  • Clothing Rentals: For those not interested in purchasing hundreds of dollars of ski clothing for one vacation, Mountain Threads has a rental program just for you. Get mountain essentials like coats, pants and goggles shipped to you, or save room in your luggage by having your gear delivered right to the resort.
  • Sunscreen: It's not just for the beach anymore. You might not think about getting a sunburn while you're all bundled up, but it happens to skiers and snowboarders every day. Protect any skin you have exposed with a high SPF sunblock before heading up the mountain for the day.
  • Difficulty levels: It's important to know what level you're at before jumping on a ski lift and heading up the mountain. Use a complimentary trail map and plan the slopes you're going to hit ahead of time based on the following designations you'll encounter up the mountain:
  • Green Circle: Outside of the bunny slope, these are the easiest slopes.
  • Blue Square: These indicate average to intermediate levels.
  • Black Diamond: The most advanced slopes. Some mountains will feature double black diamonds, indicating even higher difficulty.

While Vail is famous for snow sports, you'll find plenty of other fun things to do once the sun goes down or your legs grow sore. Explore the rest of our recreation module for more information!

Snow Conditions

Vail is North America's third largest ski area and offers snow conditions that compete with the best of them.

Late November - December (pre-holidays): The beginning of ski season is often known for having limited terrain and less snow than others, but can be the perfect time to soar down uncrowded slopes during good snow years.

December (holidays): A time period notorious for attracting large crowds, late December opens a majority of the meticulously groomed runs just in time for the start of the year.

January - early February: Often the coldest part of the season with weeks remaining as low as 0 degrees, you'll definitely be thankful for your extra layers. But don't be discouraged. The constant snow fall brings some of the best skiing and snowboarding opportunities during this nearly crowd-less time.

Late February - March: Covered in fresh, powdery white snow with high peaks and opportunities for new snow, there's a reason these months attract the largest crowds, especially once schools are out for spring break.

April: While April is known for producing more wet and slushy snow, surface conditions fluctuate highly based on the weather. Regardless, you can often enjoy having the whole mountain to yourself.

Winter Weather

While often beautiful and sunny, don't forget to pack your long underwear. Vail's winter weather conditions present visitors with average temperatures between 5 and 30 degrees Fahrenheit.

Are you driving in? Check out the Road Conditions

It's true what they say - you can't predict the weather. The same goes for the road conditions in Vail. Stay on top of the latest travel conditions and alerts by visiting COTrip, which regularly updates with information on traffic, accidents, closed highways and areas with heavy snow fall.

Otherwise, you can opt for a transportation service like Colorado Mountain Express who look at the road conditions for you so you can relax and enjoy the scenery while being transported to the mountain.

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