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Is Vail snowsure?

The snowiest week in Vail is week 4 of March. There are typically 4.3 snowy days during this week with 34cm of snowfall. Check out the Vail Snow History graphs below. Select any week of the year to see the typical Ski Conditions, Snowfall Amount and Temperature based on nowcast weather data over the last 11 years.

Average monthly snow in Vail

MonthSnow amount (week)Snow days (week)
December22cm3.6 days
January20cm3.5 days
February27cm4.5 days
March24cm3.7 days
April25cm3.6 days

Average Snow and Weather Conditions in Vail during October (week 4):

The average snowfall forecast during week 4 of October for Vail is 10 cm. There are typically 2.0 snowy days during this week. Vail prevailing weather and snow conditions during the last week of October at the middle elevation of the ski area at 2986m, based on historical averages over the last 10 years: At this time of year the mean freezing level (3166m) is very near the mid altitude of Vail. Based on long-term averages, there are two days with snowfall per week in Vail at the end of October with a rainy day during this week of October occurs about one year in two. Forecast model average snowfall for the week is 10cm. Daytime temperatures at the mid altitude in Vail during week four of October usually get above freezing (average maximum is 2.6°C) but nightime temperatures typically fall to -0.9°C degrees so expect freeze-thaw cycles. Usually there are four days per week when the sun comes out at this time of year. Generally light winds (average 10km/h).


Snow History: Compare Resorts


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Snow Depths

Recorded snow depths for the upper and lower slopes in Vail and (2007 – 2018).

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Summer

Vail

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Lower Slopes
Upper Slopes
Fresh Snow

Average Snow Conditions in

Best ski days per week in Vail and (2007 – 2018)

Winter
Summer

Bluebird Powder Day
(Fresh snow, mostly sunny, light wind)
Powder Day
(Fresh snow, limited sun, any wind)
Bluebird Day
(Average snow, mostly sunny, light wind)
Very windy days
(>30km/h)

The most cherished days on the mountain in Vail are Bluebird Powder days when it is mostly sunny with light winds following very recent snowfall. Poorer weather conditions may prevail on Powder days when the visibility can be limited but the snow is significantly deep and fresh for keen powder-hounds. Bluebird days can suit many skiers that aren’t necessarily hunting powder but want to enjoy the snowy mountains in sunnier conditions and light winds.


Average Snowfall in

Graph showing the average precipitation (snow/rain) in Vail and (2007 – 2018)

Winter
Summer

Snowfall amount
(bar chart)
Days with significant snowfall.
(>5cm)
Days with significant rainfall.
(>5mm)

The snowiest weeks of the year in Vail are shown but also bear in mind the number of days that it typically snows each week if you want regular fresh tracks. The risk of a rainy day is shown but be sure to switch between elevations to see if lower lifts are rain affected or higher lifts remain snowy despite any rain further down the mountain.


Average Temperature in

Graph showing the average temperature and freezing level at Vail and (2007 – 2018)

Winter
Summer

Average temperature
Maximum
Minimum
Temperatures
Above freezing
Below freezing
Freezing level
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The highest and lowest temperatures averaged for each week of the year in Vail are shown. Check out the risk of freze-thaw conditions prevailing at different elevations for any given week. We also show the extremes of temperature (blue/red dots) that reveal the chance of unusually warm or cold conditions.