After two months of fairly consistent snowfall dating back to just after Thanksgiving — and now an above-average snow pack after a slow start in November — the Vail Valley is coming up for air this week, basking under sunny, bluebird skies for an early taste of spring skiing at Vail and Beaver Creek.
Then on Saturday, Feb. 4, forecasters say snow will return with 3 to 6 inches, followed by a possible northwest flow of snow that may dip just far enough south to get the Vail Valley back into the powder cycle starting Monday, Feb. 6. Here’s the forecast from meteorologist Joel Gratz of Opensnow.com:
“Enjoy the sun and warmer temperatures this week. The next storm should deliver 3-6 inches on Saturday, February 4th, and then we’ll head into a prolonged period of northwest flow from about February 6-9th. If the storm track sags just a bit south, the northern mountains of Colorado should do well. If the storm track stays a bit north, Colorado may just miss out on significant snow. It’ll be a game of a few miles one way or the other!”
And here are some spring deals and events from Vail Resorts that you may want to get in on now:
Vail Mountain Announces Spring Season Offerings
VAIL, Colo. – Jan. 30, 2017 – With snow continuing to blanket the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, insiders know that this spring will be one of the best times to visit Vail. Skiers and snowboarders who visit this spring can take advantage of some of the best lodging rates – up to 25 percent off – along with excellent snow conditions, warmer temperatures and world-class, signature Vail events. Book your stay for this spring at www.Vail.com/Offers and enjoy the very best of Vail.
Secret Season Savings
Looking to visit mid-week and during off-peak timeframes? Enjoy the “Secret Season”, which means bigger savings and more of Vail’s legendary mountain to yourself, all combined with world-class dining, shopping and events. Save up to 40 percent on lodging during the Secret Season with rates starting at $349 per night.
Please call (855) 655-2506 to make your reservation, inquire about rooms, or to learn more.
Carnivail – Feb. 25-26
Vail gets hit with a spicy taste of New-Orleans-style fun when CarniVail returns to Vail this February. Guests will enjoy Mardi Gras merriment and all the Cajun fixin’s from a legendary crawfish boil to live music and après parties galore. CarniVail is certain to be the ultimate Mardi Gras celebration at 8,150’.
Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championship – Feb. 27-March 4
The 2017 Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships returns to Vail Mountain this February, bringing with them the best snowboarders in the world competing to win the most prestigious Halfpipe and Slopestyle titles in snowboarding. The action continues off the snow with an epic sponsor village, nightly concerts in Vail Village, and The U.S. Open of Broomball Tournament at Solaris Ice Rink.
Pink Vail – March 25
Sport your pink in the world’s biggest ski day to conquer cancer. Enjoy live music, a costume contest, themed deck parties and the Celebration Ski Down on Vail Mountain. All ages and abilities can participate in Pink Vail, and skiing is not required. 100 percent of the proceeds benefit patient care and survivorship programming at Shaw Regional Cancer Center.
Vail Film Festival – March 30-April 2
Festival activities include film screenings, panel discussions, live music, nightly galas, and the filmmaker reception. The Colorado Film Institute’s primary initiatives are to promote the art of film by providing a screening platform for aspiring filmmakers and by providing a gathering place for film enthusiasts.
Taste of Vail – April 5-8
Taste of Vail is an idea, a platform for promoting the Vail lifestyle via the community’s ever-evolving culinary and beverage assets. After a full day on the mountain, join Taste of Vail’s signature events, including the Debut of Rose, Lamb Cookoff, Mountaintop Picnic and Annual Grand Tasting. Elevate your palate at Taste of Vail.
Spring Back to Vail – April 14-16
The annual spring bash celebrating the close of the winter season, returns to Vail for its fourteenth year. Enjoy a jam-packed schedule of action including the World Pond Skimming Championships, live music, the Bud Light Bags Tournament, sponsor expo village, an on-mountain luau, après parties, giveaways, and so much more. Vail Mountain’s closing day for the 2016-2017 is April 23.
For additional information please visit, www.vail.com.