Vail, Colorado 

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Climate in Vail, Colorado

Vail, Colorado gets 18 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Vail averages 108 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 247 sunny days per year in Vail. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Vail gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 100 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. In order for precipitation to be counted you have to get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure.

Weather Highlights

Summer High: the July high is around 77 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 2
Rain: averages 18 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 108 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Vail is 5.8 (10=best), which means it is one of the least comfortable places in Colorado.

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Summer   /   Winter
July, August and June are the most pleasant months in Vail, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Vail, ColoradoUnited States
  17.5 in.38.1 in.
  108.0 in.27.8 in.
  100.0 days106.2 days
  247 days205 days
  8189 ft.2443 ft.


Many people confuse weather and climate but they are different. Weather is the conditions of the atmosphere over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere is over long periods of time.

Weather is how the atmosphere is behaving and its effects upon life and human activities. Weather can change from minute-to-minute. Most people think of weather in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind, and atmospheric pressure.

Climate is the description of the long-term pattern of weather in a place. Climate can mean the average weather for a particular region and time period taken over 30 years. Climate is the average of weather over time.

July is the hottest month for Vail with an average high temperature of 77.4°, which ranks it as cooler than most places in Colorado. In Vail, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Vail are July, August and June.

In Vail, there are 0.3 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is cooler than most places in Colorado.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Vail with an average of 1.9°. This is one of the coldest places in Colorado.

In Vail, there are 237.1 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is one of the coldest places in Colorado.

In Vail, there are 37.1 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is one of the coldest places in Colorado.

Humidity is very low in Vail, so low that the dry air may be uncomfortable for some people. There are few days during the year when the humidity is even noticable. A very dry climate can lead to cracked, itchy skin and dry eyes.

April is the wettest month in Vail with 1.8 inches of rain, and the driest month is January with 1.2 inches. The wettest season is Summer with 28% of yearly precipitation and 21% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 17.5 inches in Vail means that it is about average compared to other places in Colorado.

August is the rainiest month in Vail with 9.8 days of rain, and October is the driest month with only 6.6 rainy days. There are 100.0 rainy days annually in Vail, which is rainier than most places in Colorado. The rainiest season is Autumn when it rains 26% of the time and the driest is Winter with only a 23% chance of a rainy day.

An annual snowfall of 108.0 inches in Vail means that it is snowier than most places in Colorado. February is the snowiest month in Vail with 20.5 inches of snow, and 9 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Reviews for Vail    5 Reviews
    Vail - 8/13/2007
    Vail..pros/ cons Pros 1. beautiful town 2. very low crime Cons 1. Ungodly expensive and that's an understatement 2. unless you are rich and beautiful, this isn't... Read More

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    vail girl - 2/27/2006
    Vail is beautiful year round. Fabulous skiing, hiking, fishing, shopping, restaurants, etc. However, the price you pay to live in a resort town is extremely high cost... Read More

    Vail Environment - 7/26/2005
    Vail is very different that other areas of the U.S. I have lived in Seattle, Los Angeles, Orange County, Austin TX, Monterey CA... and it is another world here. World... Read More

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