Fantastic Events, Spectacular Skiing and Riding, On-Mountain Picnics, and Après are Some of the Many Signs of Spring in Vail

09 March 2015
When most people think of spring, things like birds chirping, bees buzzing and flowers blooming might come to mind. At Vail the signs of spring are a little different. Spring in Vail means powder days in between bluebird days, sun-filled afternoons on the snow, goggle tans from on-mountain picnics, barbeques and après, great events and even better deals. And, while we may be biased, spring is truly one of the best times to be in Vail.
Spectacular Skiing and Snowboarding
Sure it’s technically not the middle of winter anymore but March and April typically still bring snow storms to Vail, and in between the great weather and sun-filled days springtime often offers plenty of powder days as well. Combine great conditions with the variety of Vail’s terrain that remains open through April, and it makes for a fantastic time on the mountain.
On-Mountain Picnics and Barbeques
Springtime offers the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the warmer weather and one of seven scenic decks located across Vail Mountain and open for public use throughout the ski day. Pack up a picnic lunch and enjoy the scenery at Windows Deck, located near Wildwood Barbeque with views overlooking Sun Down Bowl, or Jebbie’s Deck, a great family-friendly spot located off the Avanti trail just above the EpicMix Race Course. If the spring season has you yearning for a backyard barbeque, why not make it a mountaintop barbeque and utilize the complimentary gas barbeque grills located at Hawk’s Nest Deck, Henry’s Hut or Belle’s Camp in Blue Sky Basin. There is no better springtime activity than skiing or snowboarding at Vail followed by a barbeque with friends at 11,000 feet above sea-level.
Spring is THE time for Après
Après is great any time of the season, but if après had an official time of year it would definitely be spring! Enjoy the extended hours of daylight provided by Mother Nature this time of year, and sit outside and soak up the sun at one of Vail’s many great après spots. For on-mountain après, The 10th is open Tuesdays through Saturdays featuring a south-facing outdoor deck to catch the afternoon rays, drink specials and live music every Friday and Saturday afternoon. And new for this spring, enjoy a taste of the tropics on mountain at The Beach at Vail, located outside Sarge’s Shelter at Mid-Vail. The Beach at Vail is open daily from 12-3 p.m. through closing day, April 19 and features an outdoor tiki bar and tropical drink specials, plus music from DJ Ramona every Saturday afternoon. At the base of the mountain, Tavern on the Square has the best outdoor patio in Lionshead and the bacon bloody Mary’s are a must-try. Plus, classic spots like Garfinkel’s, Red Lion, Los Amigos and Vendetta’s offer a happening après scene. No matter what your après style, Vail has you covered.
Extended Hours on the Mountain – March 28 - April 11, 2015
During the two week period from Saturday, March 28 through Saturday, April 11 at Vail Mountain guests can put in their nine-to-five hours on the slopes instead of in the office when the resort adjusts operating hours to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vail’s Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin lifts will close according to their regular schedule during this time while most Front Side lifts will remain open until 5 p.m. Beginning Sunday, April 12 for the final week of the season, operating hours will shift to 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Taste of Vail – April 8-11, 2015
In its 25th year, the Taste of Vail is the nation's premier spring food and wine festival, held at several venues throughout North America's favorite ski resort. During the annual three-day event, upwards of 5,000 people are able to "taste the Vail Valley lifestyle" which showcases Vail's world-famous resort village set against dramatic mountain vistas. Participants at the Taste of Vail experience the Vail Valley's world-class restaurants, fine wine poured by winemakers and winery owners from top wineries around the globe, along with interactive seminars, auction and dance, the Colorado Lamb Cook Off, après ski tasting and the popular mountaintop picnic sensory extravaganza at the top of Vail Mountain.
Spring Back To Vail – April 17-19, 2015
Join the biggest end-of-season bash in the Rocky Mountains this spring with Vail’s annual closing weekend party, Spring Back To Vail, featuring free live concerts by Portugal. The Man, Trampled by Turtles and The Greyboy Allstars. Closing day also brings the annual World Pond Skimming Championships, a spectacle entailing floatable (and sometimes sinkable) athletes launching themselves off an on-snow jump onto an icy pond in attempt to successfully exit the pond on both feet.
SUN.SNOW.SKI... Save big in Vail this Spring!
Aside from sunny blue skies, spectacular snow conditions and legendary terrain, spring also brings incredible late season deals at luxurious ski-in, ski-out and premier village accommodations at The Vail Signature Collection. To book your spring getaway visit or call 844-504-2733 to take advantage of these incredible savings and make it a spring season to remember!
EpicDay Express: For the Ultimate Convenience and Savings on Lift Tickets
With the implementation of a new mobile ticket platform, guests now have the ability to purchase daily lift tickets online and on their mobile devices, in advance or up-to-the-minute before enjoying the mountain at the guaranteed lowest price – as much as 25 percent off the lead rate. In other words, bypass the normal ticket window and get on the mountain faster than ever! Existing hard card lift passes may be instantly reloaded, allowing skiers and snowboarders to head right to the lift. For guests who need a new hard card, an express lane will be available at ticket windows for added convenience.
About Vail Mountain
Coveted as one of the largest ski resorts in the world with more than 5,200 acres of skiable terrain, seven legendary Back Bowls spanning seven miles, and the most groomed terrain on the planet, Vail has been an extraordinary winter vacation destination for passionate skiers and snowboarders for more than 50 years. It is home to world-class athletes during the U.S. Ski Team early-season training sessions in Golden Peak, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships and the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. Under blue skies more than 300 days each year, friends and families reconnect and celebrate here from year to year and generation to generation. The vacation experience is exceptional, from the Vail Ski & Snowboard School to events, activities and festivals, shops and spas, abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail’s founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail is a mountain resort like nothing on earth.  
About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Park City and Canyons in Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is and consumer website is


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