Recommended itinerary to a perfect spring day in Vail
7:30am – Enjoy a leisurely morning with coffee and breakfast to fuel your day. For a quick breakfast spot, Yeti’s Grind in Solaris (Vail Village) is a perfect spot for specialty lattes and breakfast burritos. Similar, in Lionshead, the French Deli offers breakfast sandwiches and hot drinks. For a more extravagant “sit down” breakfast experience, Vintage is a French brasserie serving an incredible Champagne Brunch (Friday – Mondays) including their Huckleberry Bacon French Toast, signature smash browns and half-a-dozen variations of Bloody Marys.
9:00am – Vail Mountain opens at 9:00am starting February 22, as this gives the snow a little extra time to soften up from the overnight freeze cycle that can happen during the spring evenings. Head up either Gondola One or the Eagle Bahn Gondola to start your day.
Spring skiing route
In the morning, stick to the groomers on the front side of the mountain. Areas off Avanti Express (Chair 2), Mid Vail Express (Chair 4) and Northwoods Express (Chair 11) will have many groomed run options for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders. Game Creek Bowl is also a nice bowl option, but stay on the northern facing runs like Dealer’s Choice, Lost Boy and The Woods, as the south facing runs could be icy until the sun hits them.
Blue Sky Basin opens at 10:00am and that is certainly an option, as the north facing runs like Big Rock Park, The Star and Grand Review will be fantastic options. In the Wuides, if groomed, will offer nice terrain and conditions as well.
Grab lunch at one of the incredible on mountain decks. There are more “primitive” decks all over the mountain if you want to pack in a picnic. Or head to an on-mountain restaurant with outdoor seating and views for miles, plus delicious food.
Afternoon – Follow the Sun
As the sun gets higher and sits on the bowls, the afternoon is the time to head back! The warm temperatures cause the snow to become soft and a slushy as the day progresses. The Slot, Rickey’s Ridge, Milt’s Face, Poppyfields, Emperor’s Choice, Genghis Khan and Forever are some of the spring-time favorites in the back! The key is to follow the sun! And, once the sun starts going down and the temperatures start dropping, head back to the front side of the mountain until the lifts close at 4:00pm! A popular route down into the village is Lindsey’s, all the way down the infamous Pepi’s face. If you’re headed down to Lionshead, Simba is a fantastic last run of the day.
Apres Ski Time
To celebrate your day on the mountain, après ski is definitely in order on a sunny spring day! In Vail Village Los Amigo’s has the prime location at the base of the mountain. Or walk into the village for après action on the decks of the Red Lion, Pepi’s or Vendetta’s. In Lionshead, Garfinkle’s can’t be beat with a huge deck at the base of the mountain. Or for live music, the Chophouse is ideal. No matter where you are sunning yourself, listen for the daily Après bell ringing at 4pm throughout the villages, along with pop up live music. And, the 3rd Friday, join in the après ski celebration at après parties at a specific location each month.
recharge before the evening
It’s easy for après to run right into dinner time, but assuming you take a break to change out of your ski boots and ski clothes, we suggest you hit your properties’ hot tub and/or pool scene. Grab a big bottle or water, relax and recharge before venturing out for the evening. Or this could be the perfect window of time to enjoy a wonderful spa treatment at one of the many spas in Vail.
Dinner On The Town
Enjoy a wonderful dinner at one of the many world-class restaurants throughout Vail. We do suggest making a reservation in advance of your spring vacation so you don’t miss out dining at your favorite spot.
late night action
If you’re up for it, after dinner, check out one of the many bars for late night cocktails, music, dancing or just a quiet nightcap. But, don’t stay out too late, so you can have another amazing day on Vail Mountain tomorrow.