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Vail: car rental recommended or is a shuttle from Denver fine?

post #1 of 11
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Normally I like to have a car on my ski trips out West.  But the group I'm planning for is starting to swell to at least 7.  That's a lot of gear from the airport, even for a Suburban with a ski/snowboard rack.  Maybe when push comes to shove we just rent two vehicles, but I'm wondering how the shuttle is (I assume there is one) once we're in Vail?  If we took an airport transfer from Denver, will we be fine for the week we'd be at Vail?  I've never been.

post #2 of 11

Might find some useful ideas in this recent thread for Beaver Creek.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/142632/beaver-creek-drive-or-shuttle-from-den

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Normally I like to have a car on my ski trips out West.  But the group I'm planning for is starting to swell to at least 7.  That's a lot of gear from the airport, even for a Suburban with a ski/snowboard rack.  Maybe when push comes to shove we just rent two vehicles, but I'm wondering how the shuttle is (I assume there is one) once we're in Vail?  If we took an airport transfer from Denver, will we be fine for the week we'd be at Vail?  I've never been.


The short answer is probably yes. Depends on exactly where you are staying as to just how handy the bus will be. Vail can be a very good walking town with an extensive free bus system. Many of the condos have their own shuttle busses to get you to the lifts and grocery store.

post #4 of 11
Offsite ACE Rental has full size vans. Statistically much more dangerous than a car, so put your best driver behind the wheel.
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 

There's a tempting thought (passenger van).

 

Probably a better topic for a new thread, but since I have some Vail-ites' attention, and know nothing about Vail, if I didn't care about slope$ide accommodations, where should I look in terms of lodging, keeping an eye to shuttles, busing, etc.?

 

When I run a VRBO search, it's returning 7 regions for "Vail Valley":  Avon, Beaver Creek, Cordillera, Eagle, Edwards, Minturn, and Vail.  Presumably I should narrow those to Vail? 

 

VRBO also has a little map listing the following Vail Valley locations:  West Vail, Sandstone, Cascade Village, Lionshead Village, Vail Village, Golden Peak, Vail Golf Course, and East Vail.

post #6 of 11

I think the decision about a car rental also depends on where you are staying,  Many hotels do not provide parking and you are forced to pay for it your entire stay.

post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by kitchener View Post
 

There's a tempting thought (passenger van).

 

Probably a better topic for a new thread, but since I have some Vail-ites' attention, and know nothing about Vail, if I didn't care about slope$ide accommodations, where should I look in terms of lodging, keeping an eye to shuttles, busing, etc.?

 

When I run a VRBO search, it's returning 7 regions for "Vail Valley":  Avon, Beaver Creek, Cordillera, Eagle, Edwards, Minturn, and Vail.  Presumably I should narrow those to Vail? 

 

VRBO also has a little map listing the following Vail Valley locations:  West Vail, Sandstone, Cascade Village, Lionshead Village, Vail Village, Golden Peak, Vail Golf Course, and East Vail.

There isn't really a ton of slopeside in Vail anyway, but what do you care most about? Do you want to walk to dinner or take a bus? 

post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

I think convenience to civilization would be nice -- but if the buses run regularly, that's okay, too, other than not really looking for a 30 minute bus ride to the nearest lift in the morning.  Then again, I did that last season up in Banff and it wasn't really terrible.

post #9 of 11

We have stayed in this place the last two summers, with my daughter's 3v3 soccer team. I'm not sure what your budget is, but for walking distance within Vail, and ability to accommodate people, it's really quite inexpensive. Two condos joined by a large door, so you get four full bathrooms, two (small) kitchens, and two living areas. I've always thought it would be great in winter. Nothing fancy, but nice enough, and the bathrooms are new. They usually give us discounts, too -- although I don't know how much they do in ski season. No elevator, and it's the top two floors of the building (bedrooms are on the bottom, kitchen/living on top)

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Originally Posted by kitchener View Post
 

There's a tempting thought (passenger van).

 

Probably a better topic for a new thread, but since I have some Vail-ites' attention, and know nothing about Vail, if I didn't care about slope$ide accommodations, where should I look in terms of lodging, keeping an eye to shuttles, busing, etc.?

 

When I run a VRBO search, it's returning 7 regions for "Vail Valley":  Avon, Beaver Creek, Cordillera, Eagle, Edwards, Minturn, and Vail.  Presumably I should narrow those to Vail? 

 

VRBO also has a little map listing the following Vail Valley locations:  West Vail, Sandstone, Cascade Village, Lionshead Village, Vail Village, Golden Peak, Vail Golf Course, and East Vail.

Avon, Beaver Creek, Cordillera, Eagle, Edwards, Minturn

Forget these, you want Vail. The others a REAL bus rides away from Vail (some are fine for Beaver Creek).

 

West Vail, Sandstone, Cascade Village, Lionshead Village, Vail Village, Golden Peak, Vail Golf Course, and East Vail

Cascade Village, Lionshead Village, Vail Village, Golden Peak - These are walking distance to lifts. The rest are free Town of Vail Bus System rides or condo owned shuttle rides.

post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 

Great feedback.  Thanks.

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