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How is Vail in Early April?

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Thread Starter 
I noticed the room rates take a nose dive in April at Vail. But how's the snow in early April? Is it a safe bet to book a room now?

Thanks in advance for the replies!
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While the snows usually great in Vail come Spring, there's no reason to book any rooms now. Spring finds deals in Vail and everywhere else in Colorado. I'd wait till mid Winter and see what the snow cover looks like then book. There will still be plenty of places available.
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post #4 of 13
Vail is nice in the spring because of all the different exposures. The back bowls aren't really steep enough for deep powder, but they are great for high speed corn cruising.
You will get the best deals on rooms if you wait until the last minute.
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That's a VERY tricky time of year for Vail, especially if you have to book in advance. Vail goes to garbage FAST, almost faster than any other hill I can think of. As a general rule of thumb, you'll have sloppy conditions down low with potentially really nice conditions up top the first week in April. The second week in April will completely suck. I've skied Vail a lot in April; I wouldn't try to plan a vacation around it without a backup plan. I'd say the next closest area, Copper, is a pretty safe alternative. Their extra 1000' of base elevation helps a lot.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks guys. I was sent a teaser email with "discounted" room rates to 2 5 star resorts nearby for the first week in April. The prices were in the neighborhood of $300 per person for three nights. Could I get rooms of that caliber walking distance from the lifts if I book last minute?
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Had one of the great ski days of my life at Vail this year in late, late April, final Friday before closing (think it was April 20 ...)

Coverage was great. Snow was great. I'd imagine you'd be fine in early April.
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Magnus,

There are all kinds of discount deals on lodging that are advertised in the spring. I'd wait until March before you decide to commit. You might want to do some research to decide which places you might like to stay, and start calling them for discount rates for April part way through the season.

I agree with Vinn. Spring conditions can sometimes be iffy at Vail, especially down low. That said, April is still my favorite month for skiing, and if Vail proves not to be so good there are a lot of other options not far away, including Copper, A Basin, and Loveland.
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Originally Posted by Magnus_CA View Post
Thanks guys. I was sent a teaser email with "discounted" room rates to 2 5 star resorts nearby for the first week in April. The prices were in the neighborhood of $300 per person for three nights. Could I get rooms of that caliber walking distance from the lifts if I book last minute?
I doubt you can beat that rate at the same class of hotels last minute, unless snow is really bad.

Baring really unusually warm winter, Vail should still have plenty of coverage 1st week of April. However, what condition those snow is in is a different matter, due to its low elevation.

Question becomes, do you prefer to ski soft snow and stay in a 5* hotel for 3-4 days? Or do you prefer to ski nice snow and stay in a 3-4* for the same price?
post #10 of 13
Last year was great at Vail in April. In fact, the snow in Summit county was better in April then in March. There was no one on the slopes either.

Other years though, I have had family come in April and the conditions at Vail were horrible. Barely skiable and lots of dirt..I'd say its almost 50/50 on good/bad conditions in April.
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not to change the subject but is that ssh going over the handlebars?


About Vail in April, I think i've had better ski trips to colorado in April than in January over the past 20 years. I don't however, stay at Vail. We usually stay in Frisco where we have more options of ski areas. Whereas, if Vail is sketchy, ABasin, Copper and Breckenridge will still have excellent coverage.
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Vail goes to garbage FAST, almost faster than any other hill I can think of. I wouldn't try to plan a vacation around it without a backup plan.
So true. If you are set on CO, then Aspen is a better bet. I've skied closing day at Snowmass for the last couple of years and it has been much better than Vail at the same time of year.
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Originally Posted by mogulman1 View Post
Last year was great at Vail in April. In fact, the snow in Summit county was better in April then in March. There was no one on the slopes either.

Other years though, I have had family come in April and the conditions at Vail were horrible. Barely skiable and lots of dirt..I'd say its almost 50/50 on good/bad conditions in April.
Totally agree, Vail can be amazing or horrible by April. Last season skiied it mid April and it rained most of the night, but up top they got 10". Granted it was heavy but hey it's April.....and the slopes are usually empty and if the skiing sucks you can hang out in the sun and drink a few beers in a t-shirt.
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