What You Need to Know About Vail

Population: Vail: 3,700

Elevation: 8,150 ft.

Time Zone: Mountain Time zone: (When it is 11:00am in New York City; it is 9:00am in Vail) Daylight saving time is observed from April-October)

Weather: 303-398-3964 for hourly updates

Average Temperatures:

Month High Low
January 35F 17F
February 42F 23F
March 53F 30F
April 65F 40F
May 75F 49F
June 86F 57F
July 93F 64F
August 89F 62F
September 81F 54F
October 67F 43F
November 50F 28F
December 38F 20F

When to Go

If you’re a skier, you will want to spend as much time as possible on the slopes in Vail. Vail’s snow has a reputation for being some of the lightest and fluffiest anywhere. Whether or not you are a skier, you may also wish to visit this breathtakingly beautiful country when temperatures are warmest and wildflowers are at their peak in July and August. In summer, more and more ski areas are opening their chairlifts to mountain bikers. There are numerous trails winding through the mountain passes. Bargain rates are often available in spring and fall, but the weather is especially uncertain at that time, and there may be unexpected snow. snow. September is a favorite time to visit when the changing aspen leaves turn the hillsides to gold.

Weather: Northwest Colorado is a place of sudden weather changes. One minute it may be sunny and the next, snowing, and later raining. Summer attractions may even be closed due to snow. Most mountain towns shut down after the ski season until mid-June and again from Labor Day until the new ski season starts. Always call ahead to avoid disappointment.

Sunscreen is essential at high altitudes.

Business Hours

Most banks are open from 10 to 4 Monday through Friday. Many are open for several hours on Saturday. Most businesses in Vail are open Monday through Saturday, from 9 or 10 AM to 6 or 9 PM. Many others, including shopping centers, are also open Sunday from noon to 5 or later.

Arriving in the United States

contact the U.S. Customs Service inquiries, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20229, 202/927-6724


The U.S. electrical standard is 110 volts/60 cycles AC. Foreign visitors traveling with dual-voltage appliances will not need a converter, but they will need a plug adapter. The standard U.S. electrical outlet takes a plug of two flat pins set parallel to one another.


Ambulance 911. Fire 911. Police 911.

Hospital Emergency Rooms

Vail Valley Medical Center 181 W. Meadow Dr., Vail, 970/476-2452.

Telephones The country code for the United States is 1. The area code for Vail is 970.


At restaurants, a 15% tip is standard for waiters; up to 20% may be expected at more expensive establishments. The same is true for taxi drivers, bartenders, and hairdressers.

Church Services:

The Chapel at Beaver Creek

33 Elk Track Road, Beaver Creek


Mount of The Holy Cross Lutheran Church

19 Vail Road, Vail


Trinity Baptist Church

The Chapel at Beaver Creek

33 Elk Track Road, Beaver Creek

Vail Interfaith Chapel

19 Vail Road, Vail

Edwards Chapel

90 Lariat Loop, Edwards


St. Clare of Assisi Parish

0053 Old County Ln., Edwards


New Life Assembly of God

461 Main St., Minturn


Edwards Chapel

90 Lariat Loop, Edwards


Calvary Chapel

Berry Creek Middle School, Edwards


Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration

Vail Inter-Faith Chapel


Vail Interfaith Chapel

19 Vail Road, Vail


Sanctuary International

4327 Streamside, East Vail


Gracious Savior Lutheran Church

33520 Hwy. 6, Edwards


Vail Bible Church

39209 Hwy. 6, Eagle-Vail


St. Patrick’s Parish

476 Pine, Minturn


Annointed Christian Fellowship

480 Nottingham Road, Avon


Presbyterian Parish

191 Main St., Minturn


National Holidays:

New Year’s Day Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day last Mon. in May

Independence Day July 4

Labor Day 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve Dec. 31.

Arriving By Air

The Vail Valley is served by Eagle County Regional Airport EGE Gypsum, 970/524-9490, 35 miles west of Vail. American, Continental, and America West fly here year-round, and during ski season, Delta, United, and Northwest offer nonstop flights from several gateway cities.

Flying times to Vail: 40 minutes from Denver, 2 1⁄2 hours from Dallas, 3 hours from Chicago, and 4 1⁄2 hours from Newark.

Transfers Between the Airport and Town

By Bus

Airport Transportation Service 970/476-7576, Colorado Mountain Express 970/949-4227 or 800/525-6353, and Vans to Vail 970/476-4467 or 800/222-2212 offer service from the airport into town.

By Car

From the airport, take Interstate 70 east 35 miles to Vail.

By Bus

Greyhound 800/231-2222 provides service from Denver to Vail.

By Car

The Vail Valley is 120 miles west of Denver on I-70, which bisects the state east to west take exits 173, 176, or 180. If you’re entering Colorado from the north or south, take I-25, which intersects with I-70 in Denver.

Getting Around

By Bus

Vail Transit 970/328-8143 has free buses throughout the Vail resort area. Avon Beaver

Creek Transit 970/949-6121 runs shuttles the length of the valley, daily, between 7 AM and 2:30 AM, every 20-30 minutes,

Road Conditions

For information on road conditions throughout the state of Colorado call 303/639-1111.

By Taxi

Vail Valley Taxi 970/476-8294.

From the editors of WCT, a division of Travelocity.comLP