Vail weather and snow conditions

Vail weather and snow conditions


The climate in this region of the Rockies can be described as either alpine or sub-arctic. From late November through to late February, it’s unusual to see temperatures above freezing even in the valleys, with the mountains loaded with around 350 inches of snow in season and road closures a regular occurrence during and after heavy snowfalls. As with the rest of the Rocky Mountain chain, the area around Vail has its own micro-system which determines its weather patterns.

Vail’s record for natural snow is exceptional and includes both the on and off-piste ski areas. Regular grooming is common on most of the on-piste areas with the exception of the seven expert-level treeless Back Bowls, which mostly remain un-groomed. Here the snow surface can deteriorate rapidly in strong sunshine. The best snow is usually found in Blue Sky Basin and on the steep double black diamond runs on the mountain’s front face, giving incredibly fast cruising when groomed.