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Thread Starter 

Hi Guys,

 

Any recommendations on where to stay in Vail?  I'm looking at VBRO and see alot of  1 and 2 bedoom lodgings, but location is always key.  East Vail vs. West Vail.... I really don't know the difference.  We (my son and I) will have a car and are planning to be there on President's week....about 4 days (generally, we like to ski open blues). Many sites say close to the free shuttle bus, but then "close" is a relative term and I hate carrying skis and poles, etc. for too far!  Thanks for any tips.

post #2 of 14

If you have a car and the lodging doesn't already have its own free shuttle to Lionshead, then don't worry too much about the local bus shuttle. What I have seen is people will drive their car and park at the bus stop. There's a stop on the north side of the interstate out in W Vail by the Safeway. People will park their car on the shoulder of the frontage road or just park in the Safeway lot.

 

Not familar with East Vail, have only stayed out in W Vail. But they have 2 grocery stores right there near the W Vail exit on the north side.

post #3 of 14

East Vail is on the Denver side of the Golden Peaks part of the mountain...You have the golf course and Ford park in this general area...I haven`t spent much time there as it is mostly residential.  Golden Peaks offers a lift with easy terrain and you also would have the option to take the bus on to the Main Village (or ski there after unloading at mid station on chair 6).

 

West Vail is going towards Beaver Creek/Eagle/Glenwood, etc. and seems to have more commercial activity nearby.  It is west of Cascade village (a lift you could take up and connect to chair 2, but no easy blues back to it so one the way home, you would likely catch the bus from Lionshead (or Main Village/Golden Peaks if that is where you ended up)

 

I would ask the VRBO owners how far it is to the bus stop and/or get an exact address and check it out on google maps.  With street view, you could try to verify how long a walk it might be.  

 

Driving to the bus stop might be an option, but good parking near the bus stop will fill up early on Pres weekend, so I wouldn`t count on it.  You are much better off to stay near an actual bus stop.  This shows the bus routes http://www.vailgov.com/docs/dl_forms/busmap72.PDF

 

The schedules can be found here http://www.vailgov.com/subpage.asp?page_id=162

 

Vail is not huge, and parking should be free at the Main lot and Lionshead after about 3 pm, so for dinner you could take your car anywhere without much issue if you don`t want to take the bus. 

post #4 of 14

When I skied Vail 2 winters ago I took the West Vail exit and on the south side there is some free parking at I think a rec centre called Donovan iirc. Bus stop for free shuttle is less than a block away. Had to get there by 8am or 830am to get a spot.

 

For good eats I recommend Gondola Pizza in Avon, especially their all you can eat pizza buffet lunch if you have a non ski day. Coin laundry a couple of doors away as well.

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When I skied Vail 2 winters ago I took the West Vail exit and on the south side there is some free parking at I think a rec centre called Donovan iirc. Bus stop for free shuttle is less than a block away. Had to get there by 8am or 830am to get a spot.

 

For good eats I recommend Gondola Pizza in Avon, especially their all you can eat pizza buffet lunch if you have a non ski day. Coin laundry a couple of doors away as well.

Yes, that's right. It's just past the Cascade area.

post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thank you for all the good advice.  I don't know any other site that has this number of well-informed participants and helpful voices!  Michael

post #7 of 14

I agree with MEfree.  Parking is a PITA in Vail.  Stay somewhere close to town or a shuttle stop and leave the car at the condo.

 

IMHO:  I like East Vail a lot more than West.    East is all residential and below the highway grade, less noise. West is mostly strip malls right along side I-70 and gives Vail the truck stop feel.

Plus I'd rather access the hill via Golden Peak, fastest way to the goods.

post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks Shredhead....but Golden Peak is on the west side, no?

post #9 of 14
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Thanks Shredhead....but Golden Peak is on the west side, no?

No...it is on the East side towards Denver...from East to West it is Golden Peak, Main Village, Lionshead, Cascade.

post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 

Ah..... thank you!  I guess I assumed the trail map I was looking at was the traditional N-S-E-W

.; instead it's S-N-W-E!

post #11 of 14
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So Shredhead....where would the Lionshead Inn be...on the East or West side?  Where does the east side start and end?

post #12 of 14

I consider Lionshead to be central Vail although it is a bit West of Center Village.  It has several lifts coming out of it so you would not need to take the bus (but I see that the Lionshead Inn is very close to the bus stop, so it would probably be easier to hop the in town bus (rather than drive your car and have to park) to go to Vail Village (or Golden Eagle) https://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF-8&q=lionshead+inn+vail&fb=1&gl=us&hq=lionshead+inn&hnear=0x876a7005515dcf07:0xc9ccc01f7e9aa3c4,Vail,+CO&cid=0,0,12223194304976072051&ei=rMqFUOazBMLfyAGmoICACQ&ved=0CKMBEPwSMAA

 

I am not familiar with the property itself, but it would be involve a short (200-300 yard) walk to the gondola.  It is close to I-70.  Lionshead Village is almost as lively as Vail/Center Village...way different than East Vail. 

post #13 of 14
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Does anyone have an opinion (or heard anything about) the Vail Racket Club as a place to rent (from an owner)... location, the property itself, proximity to other amenities, relative price, etc?  Thanks alot!

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Originally Posted by Michaelfahlund View Post

Does anyone have an opinion (or heard anything about) the Vail Racket Club as a place to rent (from an owner)... location, the property itself, proximity to other amenities, relative price, etc?  Thanks alot!

On the bus route, but nothing else going on there.  You'll need to go to Vail Village/Lionshead for any nightlife.  The buses run quite regularly.

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