Discover the Best Time to Visit Vail

We know skiing is best in Vail, but with a long winter season, when should you plan your trip? We’ve done the research and uncovered the best time to visit Vail. Plan your trip right and you can score the best deals during the leading time of year. Don’t get caught in the masses during this year’s ski season—start planning your trip today. For additional tips on how to enjoy the best of Vail, be sure to access our exclusive Vacation Guide!

Plan Your Perfect Trip

The Best Time to Visit Vail, Colorado

While Vail is stunning throughout all four seasons, let’s put the debate to rest—the best time to visit Vail is during ski season. But let’s get to the specifics. We’ve torn the Vail on the best way to score deals without sacrificing any of the appeal.

Plan Your Visit Between December and March

Weather-wise, the best time to visit Vail is between December and March. Highs spike in the low 30s and by Christmas time just enough snow has hit the slopes to provide a buttery ride down the hill. Keep in mind that even though Vail provides world-class snow grooming, the heavy crowds that flock to Vail each year make it difficult to maintain the pristine landscape.

Avoid these times:

  • Christmas holiday
  • President’s Day
  • Spring Break

The second and third week of January may, arguably, be the best time to plan your Vail vacation. With the financial burden of the holiday season just past us and tax season lingering in the near future, the month of January is a sweet spot for Vail lovers. Enjoy all that our town has to offer without the chaos of the clusters. 

How to Score the Best Deals in Vail

Plan ahead. The most efficient way to keep your money in your pocket is by pre-planning everything from lodging to lift tickets. Budget your vacation throughout the year so that you have nothing to stress about when it’s finally time to enjoy your vacation. 

  • Book Lodging First 

Prioritize where you’re going to stay. Find your vacation rental before the snow starts to fall and you’ll guarantee the lowest prices. Take advantage of our book early package and earn 15 percent off your stay. 


  • Purchase an Epic Pass

Even though lift pass prices won’t fluctuate much, it’s wise to work that expense into your vacation budget. An Epic Pass will gain you unlimited, unrestricted access to 69 of the best ski resorts in the world, including Vail. If you plan on having your gnarliest ski season yet, you’ll want this pass. 

If you’re looking for something a little less, purchase your lift tickets online. The more days you book, the more you’ll save.


  • Plan Your Dining Budget 

The Swiss-inspired town of Downtown Vail boasts some of the best culinary experiences in the country. From the iconic Sweet Basil to the charming Almresi, your tastebuds will be inspired long after your vacation comes to an end.  

Complete Your Trip With a Stay at Gore Creek Properties

mountain meadows 8 gore creek propertiesResorts are busy this time of year—don’t get caught in the hustle and bustle. Book your stay in one of Gore Creek’s premier vacation rentals. 

Enjoy the tranquil backdrop of Mountain Meadows #8 townhome. The three-bedroom, three-bath condo comfortably sleeps up to eight people and features 1750 square feet of living space. When you’re ready to explore Vail’s winter wonderland, simply hop aboard the free shuttle that picks up in front of the complex. You can truly have your cake and eat it too with a stay at Gore Creek Properties.