Vail Snowfall Totals & Snowstorm Averages

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This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Vail, Colorado has snow.

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Vail usually gets. There are also monthly and yearly counts of the days that Vail normally has heavy snowstorms. Plus there's information on when the ski resort can expect its first and last snowfalls of the season.

All the numbers are averages, based on weather data gathered at Vail from 1985 to 2010.

How Often it Snows in Vail

This first table lists monthly and yearly totals for amount of snow and how many days it snows at least 0.1 inches (0.25 centimetres).

Average total snowfall and days with fresh snow in Vail
Days   Inches Centimetres
11.8 January   35.2   89.4
11.6 February   36.0   91.4
  9.1 March   26.3   66.8
  7.6 April   21.2   53.8
  2.3 May     4.8   12.2
  0.2 June     0.3     0.8
  0.5 September     0.9     2.3
  3.0 October     7.2   18.3
  9.8 November   28.9   73.4
10.2 December   29.2   74.2
66.1 Year 190.0 482.6

These averages don't show how much the snowfall in Vail varies from year to year.

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 36 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive 16 inches or less for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 39.6 inches, while the lightest years get 19 inches at most.

New snow for February ranges from over 52.4 inches in heavy snowfall years to under 22.3 inches in light years.

When Vail Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of autumn usually arrives in Vail during October. The season's last snowfall typically happens in May.

Occasionally an extra early skiff of snow lands in September, or a late flurry in June.

Vail is normally free of fresh snow every year during July and August.

How Many Snowstorms Vail Gets

Most days of snowfall in Vail result in at least an inch of fresh snow left on the ground. For 24 days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals three inches or more.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur ten or eleven times annually. Two or three of these on average are major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day.

Number of days per month and year on average in Vail with a total snowfall of at least 1, 3, 5 or 10 inches
1 inch
2.5 cm
3 inches
7.6 cm
  5 inches
12.7 cm
10 inches
25.4 cm
10.1   4.6 January   1.9 0.5
  9.3   4.3 February   2.1 0.5
  7.9   3.1 March   1.3 0.2
  6.3   2.9 April   1.5 0.3
  1.8   0.6 May   0.2 0.0
  0.1   0.0 June   0.0 0.0
  0.5   0.1 September   0.0 0.0
  2.5   1.2 October   0.3 0.0
  8.5   3.5 November   1.9 0.3
  8.5   4.0 December   1.7 0.4
55.5 24.3 Year 10.9 2.2
Reference

National Climatic Data Center. NOAA's 1981-2010 Climate Normals.

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