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Parking at Vail Nordic Center or Donovan Park?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

I have been researching about free parking at Vail and found out that there are two options: Vail Nordic Center and Donovan Park. I plan to head there during the weekdays on the first week of March. Seem like both places are available for free parking according to the calendar below:

 

http://www.vaileventparking.com/calendar/2014-03



My questions:


I will be traveling from Frisco and will be at Vail only during the weekdays first week of March.
 

Which is better option for fast access to the back bowls and Blue Sky basin?  Do the parking lots get filled up? If so, what time does the parking lot fill up? 

If I park at Vail Nordic Center: It seem like the parking is actually at the golf course club house?  Then I will have to take the golf course route bus (yellow) to Golden Peak which run every 30 minutes during the peak period so I will probably have to time my arriving quite precisely.

If I park at Donovan Park: It seem like the closest bus stop is Spruce creek? but I will have to walk further back to get to the bus stop. Seem like I can also just walk from Donovan Park to Cascade in about 10 minutes or so?

post #2 of 15

Cascade lift is about as far from the goods as you can possibly get at Vail and that's saying a lot.

post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

Seem like Vail Nordic Center is a better option then?  Does the parking get filled up? What time should I get there on the weekday?

post #4 of 15

North Frontage Road in West Vail is a good free option too, and can hop on the bus to the Village.

post #5 of 15

Hi, if you don't mind paying for parking, what's the best place to park?

post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by flatcountry View Post
 

Hi, if you don't mind paying for parking, what's the best place to park?

In the Solaris. 

post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by flatcountry View Post
 

Hi, if you don't mind paying for parking, what's the best place to park?

I 've been told that parking at Golden Peak is the shortest walk to the lift. (plus fastest access to the back bowls / blue sky basin).  I parked in the village before and it's quite a long (but nice) walk through the village. By long, I mean 10 minutes walk.

post #8 of 15

I will drive to Vail next week, will update the free parking info :)

 

But, in the weekend, you have to get earlier, maybe get breakfast at Vail, or just inside your car. And, at Sunday, you have to leave earlier.

 

Last sunday, we drive from Frisco I-70 203 to 205, only 2 miles, 30 mins !!! And Vaill pass was closed from 5:30 PM for 6 or 7 hours.

post #9 of 15
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I will drive to Vail next week, will update the free parking info :)

 

But, in the weekend, you have to get earlier, maybe get breakfast at Vail, or just inside your car. And, at Sunday, you have to leave earlier.

 

Last sunday, we drive from Frisco I-70 203 to 205, only 2 miles, 30 mins !!! And Vaill pass was closed from 5:30 PM for 6 or 7 hours.

 

Can you elaborate on why the pass was closed?  Avalanche?  We're staying in Dillon and plan to go to Vail on the 24th.  I've been keeping an eye on traffic via Google Maps, but am interested in whatever information since we could always opt for a different resort such as Copper, although we're kind of wanting to ski Vail just because we've never been before.

post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 

I think Vail Pass closes more frequently than a lot of us would have liked -- usually when there is a snow storm. Not sure what's the reason to leave early on a Sunday. There is a chance that you won't be able to drive back in the evening if Vail pass closes.

post #11 of 15
What is the name of the lot which has about 10 spaces just west of the walk way over I 70. I have parked in this Free lot a few times . iT is a couple hundred yards walk up a hill to the over pass over I -70 then maybe a qt. mile down into LIonshead. Maybe a 10 min walk total. a bit of exertion involved.

Last year there were contractor vans inthe spaces when I got there at a little after 7 AM and I could not get a space.
post #12 of 15

Golden Peak is a great way to access Vail, less crowded than the Village and the bus takes you right to the lift.  There's a lodge there as well.

 

If you park there you're extremely close as well.  Parking is very expensive there, not sure what it is, but a lot.

 

Parking in the Transportation Center lot is less expensive, but if you do you'd either take the short bus ride to Golden Peak or walk through the Village.

post #13 of 15

Yesterday, we went to Vail.

 

Parking at Donovan Park for free. We leave Wildernest at 7:20, arrive Vail at 8:00. Of course, a lot of space. We leave at 8:55, still more than 40 spaces.

 

Walk on the left side, out of Donovan Parking, turn left, only 40 meters, turn right and cross a small bridge, cross the road, on the right side, it's Free Bus Station. Totally, 3 mins.

 

(Just at S Frontage W Rd, there is bus station, someone told me that it's for pay bus, $4.)

 

The second stop is Cascade Lift. Very close. Only 1 min you can reach the lift.

 

Cascade Village Lift (Cascade Village #20) is a little low, not fast as "Express". Then, you could take Pride Express Lift #26, Game Creek Express #7, and then visit back side or down to Chair 4.

 

Actually, if at GoldPeak or Lionshead, you have to line up for 10 mins at least. It's crowded at Tuesday !!! If at weekend, you could image.

post #14 of 15

We stay Wildernest from 7 Feb, after 12 days, they close Vail Pass three times.

 

In my opinion, someone drive too fast, even though they are not over speed limit , considering of vary road conditions.

 

Most lifts of Vail close at 3:30 PM, not 4:00 or 4:30, so if you drive your car and leave before 4:30, I think it's more easy to pass Vail Pass and reach the tunnel.

post #15 of 15

We just returned from a 3 week Colorado trip.  Made it over to Vail one day.  Vail Pass was closing at least every other day due to avalanche work, gusty winds, impassable road conditions. The one day we did venture over, traveling was very tricky.   Download the free app CDOT and you can stay up date on the closings....came in very handy for us!  Well worth it!

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