I’m going to let you in on a little secret: The season immediately after the ski lifts shut down, before the biking trails are clear from snow may be a sad time for the rest of the world, but to locals, it is an exceptionally wonderful time of the year. Called “mud season,” because the snow is melting, leaving lots of mud, this time of year is a celebration for locals living in ski towns. The biggest reason: With less visitors, it allows everyone to truly enjoy where they live by exploring different trails, finding a new restaurant to try, or searching for a new brewery. Here are a few ideas of things you can do during mud season in Vail and Beaver Creek, Colorado.
Try Ice or Rock Climbing
While much of the valley is melting, the ice takes a while to disappear. This is a great time to try ice climbing with Apex Mountain School. They provide ice climbing trips for beginner and advanced skill levels. The climbs range from 30 to 100 feet high, and are located in East Vail. And, if the ice is too far gone, you can try your hand at rock climbing with Apex. Either way, you’ll love the unique view of the valley both activities provide.
Stay at a Luxurious Hotel
Mud season has another perk for travelers: During this time, you’ll find the cheapest hotel rates of the year. While you may not be able to ski, you can enjoy the beauty of Vail, and stay in a luxurious hotel. Sipping wine in your room before heading to dinner and finishing off your evening with a soak in the hot tub: Nothing could be more relaxing. Be sure to check out our Vail and Beaver Creek lodging listings to find great hotels and rates.
Fly Fishing: Enjoy a Different Perspective of the Valley
When people visit Vail and Beaver Creek, they are usually there for the spectacular mountains. Most people don’t think of enjoying the beautiful rivers that flow through the valley. But, there’s something wonderful about fly fishing: It is a truly relaxing experience you have to try. And, spring is a great time to try fly fishing: The weather is getting warmer, and spring runoff hasn’t gotten out of hand. Check our regularly updated fishing report for Gore Creek, the Colorado River, and the Eagle River.
Mud Season: A Great Time to Enjoy Beaver Creek and Vail
There are many things to do in Vail in April – you just have to change your perspective to one of a local. Many restaurants run mud season specials, and there are many ways to enjoy the changing of winter into spring. Whether you give ice climbing a try, stay in a great hotel at a discounted rate, or wile away the hours fishing, you’re sure to enjoy all the things to do in Vail in April.