First off, what is mud season?
“Mud season” alternatively known as shoulder season is a time in the mountains after the resorts have closed and winter activities are sunsetting, but it’s still too snowy and “muddy” to enjoy summer activities like mountain biking and hiking on the trails. During this time of year, many businesses close and hard-working employees enjoy well-deserved time off. It’s a time for rest and relaxation before a summer busy season, but a well-kept secret is that it’s actually a WONDERFUL time to head to the mountains. Here’s why:
1. SKIING IS STILL A THING
Hit up Peak 8 at Breckenridge Ski Resort until May 31 or go beyond the resort with a glorious slush-filled uphill skin. Check out Baldy Mountain in Breckenridge featuring breathtaking pano view of the ski resort, Golden Peak – North in Vail, for a quick yet challenging uphill tour or Vail Pass’ Uneva Peak – the perfect in-between Breckenridge & Vail!
2. DEALS, DEALS, DEALS!
Retail stores are changing the guard from winter gear and apparel to summer, and it’s the perfect time to stock up on winter goods for next season! Keep in mind, shops may close here and there during mud season so be sure to call ahead or do a quick hours search on Google to make sure your favorite shops are open!
Another thing to love about mud season deals are the ones restaurants offer! At Cabin Juice Elevated Eatery & Bar inside Gravity Haus Breckenridge is currently running a BOGO special on apps, entrees & drinks.
In Vail, Slope Room at Gravity Haus is offering a 4 course tasting menu for only $49, special discounts on wine and lunch too! Check out all the specials here.
3. MULTI-SPORT DAYS ARE ABUNDANT
After putting around, take to the two wheels and explore a paved recreation path in Vail or bike from Breck to Frisco and enjoy a refreshing brew at Outer Range Brewery before catching the bus back to Breck.
4. POCKET EXTRA CHANGE FROM YOUR HOTEL STAY
With lower occupancy levels come lower hotel rates. Mud season is prime time to pocket extra cash for your activities or shopping sprees at local stores. At Gravity Haus Breckenridge and Vail, members receive an additional 50% off already low rates, plus a $100 gift card for stays of 3 nights or longer! Learn more about Gravity Haus membership here and our special lodging offers here.
5. Parking is free!
Mountain towns are notoriously known for their parking challenges, which is not the case during mud season. In Breckenridge parking in May is completely free on the streets and in all town-owned lots. Learn more all about which lots qualify here.
Let’s all take a moment to put our hands up for Vail because parking is free in Vail Village and Lionshead, all-summer-long! Get the scoop on all parking options in Vail here.
Are these 5 reasons to visit Breck + Vail in mud season enticing you to visit? Bottom line: any time is a good time to visit the mountains, but we hope to see you this mud season!