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Vail/BC/Breck parking?

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Got ourselves Epic passes and will be staying in Silverthorne Christmas week (12/26-1/2), with plans to ski each of these areas once before starting to choose our favorite. Can anyone give me some tips for parking? Not looking forward to paying $25 (or more?) but don't want to hike 1/2 an hour from parking to lifts, either. Thanks

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Parking prices are obviously a function of convenience and popularity.  Christmas week will be very busy so get there early.  The later in the morning the more likely lots will be full.

 

Breck:

http://www.breckenridge.com/mountain/mountain-information.aspx#parking#Top

 

Gondola lots are the most convenient as its walk right on to the Gondola to get up to Peak 7 & 8.  $12/day is not a bad deal.  If you have 4 or more people in your car you get a carpool discount (I believe they still will knock $5 over the holidays).

 

The airport lot is free, on Route 9 north of town, however it requires riding a bus.  A trade-off of convenience/time versus $$$.

 

Vail:

http://www.vail.com/town/parking.aspx

 

Garages in the Village & Lionshead are $25/day, but can walk to the lifts.  The garages will likely fill-up by mid-morning, then you will have to park along the I-70 frontage roads.

 

There is free parking along the North Frontage road in West Vail, but this will require using the bus.

 

There a few "secrets" in each area, but I'm not going to disclose those on an internet forum since spaces are extremely limited and will probably be full or not available anyways.

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Originally Posted by sr31aj View Post

Got ourselves Epic passes and will be staying in Silverthorne Christmas week (12/26-1/2), with plans to ski each of these areas once before starting to choose our favorite. Can anyone give me some tips for parking? Not looking forward to paying $25 (or more?) but don't want to hike 1/2 an hour from parking to lifts, either. Thanks

I know at BC, they have free parking lots(Bear) and they have a free shuttle that will take you up to beaver creek. From the bus drop off you walk a short distance and then take the escalators up to the level of the lifts.

 

Not sure about Vail, cuz our resort provides a free shuttle to Lionshead. But I've seen people park at the safeway grocery store in West Vail where there's a bus stop and take the free bus to either Lionshead or Vail Village. However, at either location, there will be some walking, more than what you have at BC, from where the shuttles drop you off to where the lifts are.

post #4 of 7

Another option if you are staying in Silverthorne is to drive to the Frisco transportation center, behind the Safeway and take a free Summit Stage bus to either Breckenridge or Copper.  The schedule is here:

 

http://www.co.summit.co.us/index.aspx?NID=360

 

All areas except Vail have free parking with, in most cases a shuttle bus to the lifts.  There is a free lot at Keystone near the Mountain House, with access to the Peru Express lift but it will fill quickly in the morning.  All parking at Loveland and Arapahoe Basin is free. 

 

There are still "early season" conditions here, so beware of rocks, stumps, bare spots and the Usual Gang of Idiots going Warp 3 in slow zones. 

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When I was at Vail 2 years ago I took the West Vail exit and had free parking at the Donovan ( I think that is the name) parking lot, with a free shuttle bus a half block away. Get there by 8:30 as it is a very small lot.

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I know some people who always park at the Vail golf course (free parking, or at least it has been in the past) and take the golf course route (I forget the route color) shuttle bus to Golden Peak.  From where the bus drops you it's about a 25 yard walk to a set of steps that takes you right to the Riva Bahn chair.  If you take a shuttle to the Transportation Center, or park at the Transportation Center garage, you have a considerable walk, mostly uphill, to the gondola.  If you take a shuttle route that goes to Lionshead, or park in the Lionshead garage, the walk to the Lionshead gondola is shorter than the walk from the Transportation Center to the new gondola, and downhill, but still considerably longer than Golden Peak.  Coming from the east parking at the golf course really makes sense.

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Honestly, Breckenridge is very convenient, lots of parking next to the gondola and the price is not bad BUT, all the good terrain is closed and its crowded. Bad combination.

 

The situation at A-Basin is similar except its basically EMPTY since they have not opened a lot of the terrain yet but what is open should be skiing very well since there is not a lot of people skiing it.

 

Vail is a madhouse right now with every inch of the open terrain absolutely demolished by the crowds. Good groomers can be had in the mornings though. For about 1 hour or 2 max. 

 

Beaver Creek is also pretty thin in coverage I hear but decent. 

 

This time of year it can get quite icy at Beaver Creek and also the frontside of Vail (and Blue Sky) unless there is powder, then its nice and soft for a while obviously! while Breckenridge might ski softer into the afternoon due to aspect if its hard pack / MMG. 

 

So its a tough call but I would go to A-Basin and when you get bored of it go to Breck and try to find some space.


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