Things to Do In Vail Pre-Ski Season

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The tail-end of summer is here, and that means fall is just around the corner. Before we know it, leaves will start falling to the ground, and the lush, green surroundings will slowly transform into a burnt orange color, marking the beginning of a brand new season.

While it might seem somber that the warm weather is on its last leg and ski season is still a few months away, there are plenty of things to do in Vail during the fall, and if you know where to go and what to do, you might hardly miss those summer days.

Vail is a beautiful town that boasts extraordinary natural surroundings, making it a perfect travel destination year-round. If you're looking for a fun trip with the family or with your significant other, here are a few events, activities, and ideas that will showcase why Vail is an awesome place to be in autumn:

Hike to a Beautiful Vantage Point and Witness the Changing Seasons

You'd be hard-pressed to find a better location to experience the wondrous color changes than in Vail. There are no shortage of trails to embark on, so whether the summit you're hiking toward is expert-level or easy, any peak will give you breathtaking views of the town as well as the vibrant golden aspens and the hue-changing foliage. With cooler temperatures in the fall, hiking during the day is ideal for those with aversions to sweltering heat.

As mentioned above, there are trail options perfect for all experience levels and preferences, no matter if you're an experienced hiker who would like to gain 3,000 feet in elevation to see the beautiful scenery of Booth Creek Trail or if you'd rather take it easy with a more accessible hike like North Trail. Regardless of the trail you choose, you'll be able to bask in the awe-inspiring sights that only autumn in the mountains can offer.

Side note: Remember that it often snows as early as October in Vail, so it may be best to plan your fall hikes for September to avoid cold and muddy terrain.

Enjoy Lower Rates While Scouting Your Next Ski Destination

Vail is famous for being an alluring ski hub; in fact, it's known for being one of the largest and most sought-after ski resorts in North America, so whether you're a pro on the slopes or a curious beginner, fall is the perfect opportunity to spend some time in Vail scoping out where you'll want to be when the snow piles up.

Ski season typically opens up in November, so September and October offer ample time to set your sights on some of the best features that Vail has to offer. While some restaurants and businesses are closed down until ski season begins, there is a bright side to visiting Vail during off-season; you can often score some awesome deals and reduced rates on certain restaurants and lodging, which is always a bonus. You can also talk to the locals and make a mental note of the best places to visit when you come back to ski. This will help your winter planning and booking go much smoother if you have an idea of where you'd like to go.

(Remember, if you're really wanting to streamline your next ski vacation experience, you can compare the best deals on ski and snowboard rentals, as well as get discounts, coupons, and deals from local Vail businesses, by using when ski season hits!)

Check Out Vail's Oktoberfest

If you're looking for a fun time fueled by Spaten beer, Bavarian food, live music, and fun contests/games/competitions, Vail is the place to be! Occurring both the weekends of September 8th-10th in Lions Head and September 15th-17th in Vail Village, the whole family can get together for Oktoberfest, as there are entertaining activities fit for children and adults alike.

This event may happen all over the world, but attending in Vail can't be beat. Vail's charming, friendly atmosphere paired with its insanely gorgeous backdrop will make it a true stand-out experience for everyone involved.

Trick or Treat On the Beautiful Streets of Vail

Halloween is the favorite holiday of many, and for a truly exceptional celebration, you can bring your kids to trick or treat while walking the illustrious streets of this beautiful mountain town. Big Jack O' Lanterns will highlight participating merchants so that your kids know where to pick up some goodies.

For more Halloween fun, the Vail Public Library will be reading spooky stories before the trick or treating takes place. It's a fun time for kids and adults alike, so don't be afraid to dress up and join the holiday spirit.

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As you can see, there are plenty of ways to enjoy yourself in Vail when we're in between pique travel seasons. The town will be less crowded than in winter, so it's perfect if you're wanting to experience what this charming mountain town has to offer in a more quiet and relaxing manner. Amazing adventures await you, so remember to have fun and travel safely!