We should call this “Ode to Spring Skiing” because that’s how much we love it! It’s not about the snow or the skiing, it’s more about the ambiance and your state of mind. We’re here to tell you why we love spring skiing in Vail so much and how to take it on like a local.
What to Know About Spring Skiing in Vail
The sky is a vivid blue; we like to call these Colorado bluebird days. Temps are warm and balmy. You pull out the lightweight hat, lightweight gloves, lightweight jacket, lightweight everything, and ditch the gaiter for good. Cruise through soft corn snow, find a deck on the mountain to hang with your friends, and do runs at your leisure.
Call it an early afternoon to find a sunny deck back in town and enjoy a local restaurant. We recommend Garfinkel’s, Vail Chophouse, Los Amigos, and The Red Lion. We’re not kidding; this is some of the best deck weather you will ever experience! However, it can get cooler and winter snowstorms are still a possibility. Watch the forecast and adjust accordingly.
Local Tips for Spring Skiing in Vail
Some parts of spring skiing are not so great – like the hardpacked snow in the mornings (soft snow freezes again overnight in the spring) – so we’ve put these handy tips to help you better navigate this wonderful time of year.
- Sleep in and hit the mountain anytime between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. This gives the snow a chance to soften up in the sunshine.
- Wear lightweight layers that can be easily stripped. It’s going to get warm.
- Have a short-sleeved shirt ready for deck time.
- Layer on the sunscreen and reapply every few hours. Snow and high altitude make the sun’s rays much stronger here.
- For really good soft snow, ski the back bowls mid-day to afternoon.
- Pack a picnic for lunch at a deck on-mountain or take advantage of the outdoor grills at Blue Sky Basin (bring your own grillables.)
- If it starts getting too slushy or “grabby” (you’ll know) at the bottom of the mountain, ski the higher aspects and download on the gondola at the end of the day. You might even save yourself an injury too.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate while on the mountain.
Stay Close to the Slopes with Lodge at Lionshead
Now that you’ve been enlightened, get out there and enjoy springtime in the mountains. Not only is Lodge at Lionshead just a short walk from Vail’s lifts and gondolas, our property also features great amenities like a sauna, hot tubs, a fitness center, and top-of-the-line Concierge Services. We provide our guests with luxury rentals in different sizes ranging from studios to four-bedrooms.
Browse our accommodations and start planning your trip to Vail!