Vail Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Vail

The best times to visit Vail are December to March and June to September. However, December through March marks the ski season, and as such, you can expect to encounter crowds and exorbitant hotel rates. The summer months are becoming an increasingly popular time to visit, and the prices this time of year are fairly reasonable. For the best deals on hotels, consider a visit during the shoulder seasons; however, melting snow can put a damper on a spring visit, while chilly weather can easily freeze autumn exploration.

Weather in Vail

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December-March

Boasting several thousand acres of meticulously groomed runs, this small Colorado town is one of the most notorious winter destinations in the country. Average high temperatures range between the mid-20s and the low 30s. And hotels fill up fast despite the skyrocketing rates. Count on booking your room at least two months in advance to lock down a semi-reasonable rate.

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April-May

Spring is characterized by chilly temperatures  average highs ranging from the high 40s to the high 50s  but not chilly enough to keep the snow from melting. Visitors during this shoulder season will find Vail in a state of sogginess. However, there are a few perks to visiting during these months: Several interesting festivals take place, and hotel rates are at their lowest.

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June-September

Although it doesn't see the same magnitude of visitors as winter, Vail's summer season is experiencing a surge in tourist activity. Activities like hiking, biking, whitewater rafting and horseback riding are quite popular in this region. Average highs hover around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Plus, modest room rates make summer stays even sweeter.

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October-November With the summer crowds long gone and skiers still on their way, late autumn tourists have Vail (and its low hotel rates) to themselves. However, be prepared for frosty weather  average highs range from the low 50s to the mid-30s  without the guarantee of snow.

Popular Times to Visit Vail

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Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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