Vail snow report:

The Vail snow report is: Lifts open - unreported. Our model predicted 5 cm (2.0 inches) of snow fell over the last 6 days between Wednesday 12 of May at 12AM and Tuesday 18 of May at 12AM at the mid mountain level.


Fresh snow depth:

Long snow history
4cm
Tue 18 May
Origin:Report Origin

Last significant snowfall:

Ankle
4cm
Tue 18 May
Origin:Report Origin

Vail snow depths:

Mountain
Upper snow depth:Snow RadarTell us
Lower snow depth:

Vail resort conditions:

Our Snow Report for Vail brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Vail snow report shown below was updated on 18 May 2021. Snow Reports are provided regularly throughout the ski season courtesy of our own network of ski resort managers, the Skiclub of Great Britain and Skiresort Service International GmbH. In addition to the current report on ski conditions, we also provide webcams (including a 4 week cam archive), current live observations from nearby weather stations and also historical snow data for Vail.

Last snowfall:

4cm
May 10
4cm
May 11
9cm
May 12
4cm
Today

Resort report:

Resort Closed
Conditions piste
Piste conditions:
Tell us
Conditions off piste
Off Piste conditions:
Next snowfall
Next snowfall:
1cm Wed 19 May (AM)
Next significant snowfall
Next significant snowfall:
No significant snow is forecast
Lift
Lifts open:
Conditions runs
Resort runs:

Vail snow conditions

  • 0
    Bluebird Powder days
  • 2
    Powder days
  • 0
    Bluebird days

Snow Radar

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Latest snow reports near Vail:

  • 38 km away from Vail

    4 hour ago
    weather station observation

    Light snow reported from Leadville Airport at 9934 feet 5 miles S of Ski Cooper but it is probably falling as rain apart from near the top of the ski area from Ski Cooper

  • 38 km away from Vail

    5 hour ago
    weather station observation

    Heavy snow reported from Leadville Airport at 9934 feet 5 miles S of Ski Cooper but it is probably falling as rain apart from near the top of the ski area from Ski Cooper

  • 25 km away from Vail

    15 hour ago
    weather station observation

    Light snow reported from Red Cliff Pass Airport at 12073 feet one mile ESE of Copper Mountain Ski Resort from Copper Mountain

Vail Snow Depths:

Recorded snow depths for the upper and lower slopes in Vail 2020 - 2021. The long term average for the upper slopes is also shown for comparison.

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Snow reports for resorts near Vail

Find the best conditions for skiing and snowboarding near Vail using our Snowfinder page.

Resort
Issued: today 25km  away
Issued: on 19 May 32km  away
Issued: today 36km  away
Issued: today 38km  away
Issued: today 41km  away
Webcam
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Snow Depth
Upper
Lower
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-
Upper
Lower
125cm
5cm
Upper
Lower
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Upper
Lower
-
-
Upper
Lower
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-
Piste State
Piste
Old corn snow, Hard
Off Piste
Crust
Last Snow
Amount:
Date:
13cm
today
Amount:
Date:
18cm
today
Amount:
Date:
18cm
today
Amount:
Date:
7cm
today
Amount:
Date:
18cm
today
Next 9 Days
0-3
3-6
6-9
0cm
0cm
0cm
0-3
3-6
6-9
0cm
0cm
0cm
0-3
3-6
6-9
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0cm
0-3
3-6
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0-3
3-6
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0cm
3cm
Weather
Tue
clear
Wed
thunderstorm
Thu
clear
Mid station 3356m
Tue
clear
Wed
thunderstorm
Thu
clear
Mid station 3419m
Tue
clear
Wed
thunderstorm
Thu
partially cloudy
Mid station 3240m
Tue
clear
Wed
thunderstorm
Thu
clear
Mid station 3384m
Tue
partially cloudy
Wed
thunderstorm
Thu
partially cloudy
Mid station 3551m

Notes on the Vail Snow Report

The snow report describes the piste and off-piste ski conditions at Vail. You can submit an updated snow report here. Piste and off-piste are often different so we ask snow reporters to describe Vail piste and off-piste conditions separately. If these details are missing from the Vail snow report, you can predict off-piste conditions using the snow depth, the date of the most recent snowfall at Vail, the Vail weather report and the forecast.

Members can check the hindcast for a timeline of Vail weather conditions. This detailed weather log makes it easy to predict snow conditions at Vail, even when the snow report is too old to be useful. The hindcast shows when our weather model last predicted snowfall at Vail. It shows how much snow we think fell then, and the way freezing level, wind and weather have varied through time. You will be able to predict whether to expect off-piste powder, slush, spring snow, ice or wind crust.

If you see a report of powder or fresh snow conditions several days after snow last fell, there is usually a good reason. At crowded ski resorts, off-piste new snow will be tracked out within hours of a fresh fall but wherever crowds are light in relation to the accessible terrain, it will be possible to stay fresh much later, perhaps several days later. Alternatively, strong winds sometimes redistribute powder snow enough to cover old tracks, or it may simply be that the ski area was not fully open for some period after the snow fell, so fresh snow that fell a while ago has remained un-tracked until this report.

Whenever weather conditions change, Vail snow conditions will change too, so it is important to check the time and date of the Vail snow report and to guess what effect the weather will have had on snow quality between then and now. For example, the Vail snow report on Friday afternoon may indicate fresh powder but if Friday night is mild and rainy then ski conditions will be very poor on Saturday morning. Conversely, if the weather stays stable and cold, the same snow report can be valid for more than a week. We advise that you check the Vail snow forecast to see if conditions are likely to change before your visit.

Many skiers enjoy moguls and fast icy pistes but for off-piste skiers and free-ride snowboarders, fresh snow starts to deteriorate from the moment it settles. Wind, rain and periods of above-freezing temperature are the primary cause of the evolution from fresh powder to windslab, ice or slush. High altitude slopes that are shaded from the sun and sheltered from the wind preserve powder stashes longer after fresh snowfall. If the snow report mentions pockets of powder at Vail, study the Vail piste map in relation to the wind direction to determine the most likely locations.

We stress the importance of checking the date on the Vail snow report particularly around weekends. For example, the snow report for Vail on Friday may indicate powder after recent snowfall but following a sunny and busy weekend, when the locals hit the mountains en masse, the ski conditions (at any resort) can deteriorate rapidly and late arrivals may see very different ski conditions. Of course some people look for deteriorating conditions in the snow report for the likely development of mogul fields but for powder lovers and particularly snowboarders this can mean tracked out off-piste snow. Of course, this doesn’t always happen quickly after fresh snowfall particularly at quiet North facing resorts at high altitude where genuine powder stashes may be found days or even weeks later. It is worth checking the piste map for Vail (found in menu above) for the location of favourable slopes that may be described in the "Vail Snow Conditions" part of the snow report. In addition to checking the Vail snow report we recommend that you check the snow forecasts found in the menu at the top of the page along with our ski resort guide.