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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thinking about going to Vail in a couple weeks.  Never been.  Can anyone suggest a good hotel that would be really convienient to the lifts and some nightlife.  I'm probably not going to have a car available to me (just public transportation and car service only) so the more I can walk to (skiing, bars, restaurants, etc.) the better.  The Marriott Mountain Resort has great deals going on but I'm just not sure how close they are to the mountain and village. 

 

Thanks

post #2 of 16

Went to Vail last year for the first time.  Look at the village maps available when you google "Vail Village".  Almost everything in village is walkable for all that you're looking for -- but you will pay a price.  Perhaps this time of year things will get cheaper.  Don't get a car: it's simply a pain in the a$$.  Vail is set up to be a walking town, and while if you were to go from extreme east to extreme west it would be perhaps a 25 minute hike in street shoes, you can easily get around on foot or shuttle. 

Don't get too caught up in which hotel is "closest".  Relatively speaking, they're all close as long as you stay in the village itself.

 

post #3 of 16

The Marriott in Lionshead is a very good location and would meet your criteria.

post #4 of 16

I've never been inside it, but the Marriott Mountain Resort you are considering looks to be well situated in Lionshead reasonable walking distance to the Gondola.  This is not the main village, but Lionshead Village has been upgraded recently and would be a good choice with some of its own restaurants and free bus service to the main village.

 

As tch said, anywhere IN the main village is a reasonable walk to the Vista Bahn lift and other amenities. 

 

Check the Epic Gathering thread for a link to last minutes discount lift tix.  

post #5 of 16

Keep in mind Vail closes April 24.  And they are offering a spring pass good the last 2 weeks for $199. 

post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies!  I booked the trip and will be staying at the Marriott in Lionhead.  Couldn't resist $129/night.  Seems like the only deal they have for me on lift tickets will be online prepurchase.  The rates change (lower for late season) starting one of the days I'm there.  The one thing I'm surprised at though is transportation to and from Denver.  I can have a van take me for (quote I got) $92 each way which is $184 total or I can rent a car the entire time I'm there for $125 (an Impala...not a tiny toaster on wheels).  Should I get the car?  How is the parking situation?

 

Thanks again!

 

David

post #7 of 16

It is $25/day to park at the structures...call the hotel and ask about parking as it is likely that they charge also- I am not sure if any of the free remote parking would let you keep it there overnight.  Another transport option that would be cheaper, but more of a hassle would be to take a bus from DIA to DT Denver- it drops off right across the street from the Greyhound station and costs $6 or $9 IIRC...it makes a few stops at some of the remote parking lots that the airport employees use, but is mostly direct after that.  Then you can take the Greyhound (1 stop in Frisco) to the Vail Transit center (Main Village, Not Lionshead) for about $20 or so, then catch the free Vail bus to Lionshead.  You would have to look at the Greyhound schedule to see if the times work for you.

 

If you are skiing enough, call Vail and ask about their $199 Spring Fling lift tix that is good for the last 14 days of the season.  Otherwise, try last minute travel.com (http://www.lastminutetravel.com/Activities/Vail/The-Colorado-Ticket-1220685-Overview.aspx?s=1) as other bears have found good deals there.  Most of these tix give the option to ski Beaver and Breck also (in which case the car would be handy).


Edited by MEfree30 - 3/28/11 at 3:04pm
post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 

Now looking at lift tickets....  Is buying Vail tickets online in advance the way to go?

 

How does it work?  Just go to the vail.com site?

 

Also, my first day I get in at 10AM so I'm trying to decide if I should buy a ticket for that day or just spend some time exploring and getting acclimated to the altitude.  Any opinions?

post #9 of 16

Daily Vail lifts are now $100+ so buying 3 or 4 day on-line gets you down to $90ish level.  Have you tried Liftopia.com?

post #10 of 16

Not sure what "get in at 10:00" really means -- arrive at the airport?  

If I were doing it (and I live in CT also), I'd take some time to acclimate.  Vail is so big that you'll only really scratch the surface if you start much after noon, plus, you will need time to let the altitude settle in.

Just my $0.02.

post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 

I get to the resort at 10AM.  Vail looks huge and I'm not even sure I will be able to fully explore it with my 3 full days.  I was just wondering if I should take the first day as a half day.  Adjusting to the alititude is something I was wondering if I should do.  Seems like a good idea.  Basically the half day will cost me $77 when I average the price of the lift ticket over a 4 day advance purchase.  So I guess the bottom line question is whether a half day is worth paying $77 to ski without acclimating.

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I get to the resort at 10AM.  Vail looks huge and I'm not even sure I will be able to fully explore it with my 3 full days.  I was just wondering if I should take the first day as a half day.  Adjusting to the alititude is something I was wondering if I should do.  Seems like a good idea.  Basically the half day will cost me $77 when I average the price of the lift ticket over a 4 day advance purchase.  So I guess the bottom line question is whether a half day is worth paying $77 to ski without acclimating.


That's a lot of daylight to let go to waste on a relatively short 4 day visit.  So I'd say use it to ski.  Did you decide to rent a car?  If so, then you might consider stopping at Loveland on your first day.  It's on I70 about 70mins from DIA airport and on the way to Vail. Has a variety of terrain including lots of pretty intermediate bowls/runs. Free parking there with close access to slopes and tickets are relatively inexpensive; available on Liftopia.com at about $50, or they sell a 4 hr ticket at the window for less, might be late season deals in effect too depending on your dates.  Just go easy when skiing on same day as arriving from sea level, drink water, and consider cheap prescription for Diamox to help with altitude adjustment for short visits to high CO resorts.
 

 

post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 

Did it....got the 4 days....I'll drink lots of water and take it easy.  Equipment will already be at Vail so unfortunately I can't make a detour.

 

Thanks for everyone's input!

post #14 of 16

FYI, I have stayed at that Marriott and it was definitely nice and close to Born Free/Eagle Bahn. 

post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 

In less than a week I'll be at Vail...yay!  So pretty much the last thing on my list is to get some info on the local Non-skiing fun stuff.  Any one have suggestions on great restaurants, bars, hangouts? 

 

I'm more of the 30s-40s crowd vs. the 20's spring break scene.

 

Thanks - David

post #16 of 16

well, iff'n things haven't changed too much

The Hong Kong would be a fine place to get totally *sh#t-faced' for apres/apres.

crowd used to be mostly local, with the addition of a few choice import clowns and foolz... like me  beercheer.gif

 

time spent there used to turn the covered bridge walk (to the bus stop) into a double black diamond...

 

sure bet - when weather is anything better than a Blizzardin storm - Los Amigos Patio from about 3:00 PM on...

or get there early for all the fun

say hello to rita...

 

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