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Hi, I am planning a trip out west. It will be our first trip out west though we have skied a lot on the east coast. We are planning to stay in the town of Frisch and plan on driving to the mountains with all our gear. Typically out on the east coast we get into the lodge and change into ski boots etc. I am being told this is not possible at breck/vail. That there are no changing facilities and an extra cost for storing stuff in lockers? Is this true? Many thanks for your input. It will help me decide wether we should just stay on the mountain if staying off mountain makes the logistics very tough.
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Hi, I am planning a trip out west. It will be our first trip out west though we have skied a lot on the east coast. We are planning to stay in the town of Frisch and plan on driving to the mountains with all our gear. Typically out on the east coast we get into the lodge and change into ski boots etc. I am being told this is not possible at breck/vail. That there are no changing facilities and an extra cost for storing stuff in lockers? Is this true? Many thanks for your input. It will help me decide wether we should just stay on the mountain if staying off mountain makes the logistics very tough.

 

There aren't really locker rooms per se but there are certainly areas you can change into your boots. Yes lockers do cost more but most people just leave there shoes under a stairwell or in a corner no one will mess with them. When I go to Breck I usually ride up the gondola in my shoes and just put my boots on at which ever base area I get off at. You can always change at the car and walk to the gondola in your boots.  

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I visited Vail for the first time last Feb, and pulled into the first parking lot I could find.  After putting $25 into the parking lot machine, I ended up walking about 1/2 mile in my ski boots before I got to any snow.  Had to walk back in the evening too.  Lordie, I would not do that again.  For $25 there should have been a moving sidewalk.

 

Most of the upscale resorts will have lockers - for a fee.  Just pay the fee and don't clump around in ski boots like I did.  It might be cheaper to wear some beat up sneakers and ditch them under a bench or snowbank on the way in.  If they are still there when you get back, you won!

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Vail really want you stay on property and ride the shuttle bus with your ski boots on. That is probably the primary reason they don't provide decent boot up areas in their lodges.

 

If you want to boot up in comfort at the main Vail village, there are lockers adjacent to the bathrooms that service the ski rental. Right next to the bathroom is a self service cafe area with a large fire place and comfortable chairs. We usually just put our shoes and packs over the lockers. Never had any issues.

 

At Golden Peak, go to the children ski school building. The lodge area is very comfortable and generally empty. Good place to change out. Just remember to take your stuff down to the locker area. We just leave thing under benches and never use the lockers. Bonus - baskets of free granola bars for the taking at the ticket counter.  

 

Lions Head - There is an alley across from the ski school meeting area with lockers and a bench for changing out. There is no roof in the alley. Really sucks when it snows. BTW, everyone there put their stuff in the lockers, but very few bother to pay. Think of them as free cubbies with doors. :D

 

Have fun at Vail.     

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Lonewolf &spikedog tx for your comments. Helpful. Kinda wild that they havent set up basic tourist infrastructure. We are a family of three and usually show up with a boot bag and ski bag each. Jam the ski bag into the boot bag after emptying out the skis,boots,goggles,helmet, gloves, glove inners and neckie. So we leave behind three boot bags at the lodge when we go out skiing. From your responses this is clearly not feasible. At the very least we have to pack lighter for the mountain. Or just stay on it.
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there are lockers at Breck, never used them, and never looked at Vail.

For Breck we are daytrippers mostly and boot up in the gondola parking lots, don't worry shoes, just ensure the cat tracks are on the bottoms of the boots and tighten them up at the base of the lift after getting off the gondola, not really a long walk at all.

 

For Vail I think, again never looked, there are lockers near at least Lionshead Gondola, would need to google it.  It is a longish walk from either parking structure to the Gondolas, agree, not too much fun in boots, less fun at end of day tho!

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Thx kingrump! So there is still hope at vail at least. Tx for the tips. Will do. If some one has tips for breck kindly post.
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Lonewolf &spikedog tx for your comments. Helpful. Kinda wild that they havent set up basic tourist infrastructure. We are a family of three and usually show up with a boot bag and ski bag each. Jam the ski bag into the boot bag after emptying out the skis,boots,goggles,helmet, gloves, glove inners and neckie. So we leave behind three boot bags at the lodge when we go out skiing. From your responses this is clearly not feasible. At the very least we have to pack lighter for the mountain. Or just stay on it.

It's not that the destination resorts in the Rockies aren't set up for "tourists," it's more that the infrastructure in a few places is designed to encourage the type of tourists who prefer to stay slope side.

 

There are plenty of ways to store a boot bag at resorts out west without paying.  Have learned where to do it at Aspen, JH, Alta, Snowbird, Big Sky, Sun Valley, Squaw, and Alpine Meadows in the last 5-6 years.  However, I've very rarely seen anyone carry their skis in a ski bag from the parking lot.

 

Where do you ski most often in your home region?

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Thx kingrump! So there is still hope at vail at least. Tx for the tips. Will do. If some one has tips for breck kindly post.

 

Breck wants you to boot up in the gondola lot. If your paying to park there it's really not far from parking lot to gondola to snow. There is a cafeteria with some lockers at the base of peak 8. Like KingGrump said lots of people just put there shoes and bags over lockers or under benches. Again I've never had a problem, though I tend to take my shoes/bag up to the peak 8 restaurant and leave it there so that I can make the call to ride the gondola down, ski down or head to another peak to leave depending on what's going on. The ski teams used to just pill their gear under a stairwell at one of the on mountain restaurants though I haven't seen it in a few years. I suspect the Resort told them to cut it out or they moved to a different restaurant. I have never had any gear issues and I leave m bag full of spare googles/lens, gloves and layers. I've never heard of anyone having an issue either.  

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Marznc we ski mostly in NH. Eith some side trips to VT ME thrown in. And you are right ski bags are kinda just my peculiarity even out here. Thnks for the input.
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Marznc we ski mostly in NH. Eith some side trips to VT ME thrown in. And you are right ski bags are kinda just my peculiarity even out here. Thnks for the input.


I have skied that many places in NH, but it's fair to say that the scale of the base areas is much smaller than destination resorts such as Vail and Breck.  Even Sunday River seems pretty small in comparison to Squaw or JH.

 

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Lonewolf &spikedog tx for your comments. Helpful. Kinda wild that they havent set up basic tourist infrastructure. We are a family of three and usually show up with a boot bag and ski bag each. Jam the ski bag into the boot bag after emptying out the skis,boots,goggles,helmet, gloves, glove inners and neckie. So we leave behind three boot bags at the lodge when we go out skiing. From your responses this is clearly not feasible. At the very least we have to pack lighter for the mountain. Or just stay on it.

Just lock your boot bags to the ski rack thought the zipper pulls with a standard ski lock. Everything inside should stay safe and dry and you can even use it to store layers and gloves the kids take off. It's like having your own personal locker right next to the base lift. We have done this for years and never had any security issues.
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I skied Breck about seven times as a day-visitor in 2015. I always parked in the free lot a couple miles north of town and took the shuttle bus to the base of the Breck/Connect Gondola. This works well. I usually booted up at my car and brought a small backpack with extra clothes or food with me. I either skied with the backpack all day or left it under a remote table at one of the on-mountain lodges and returned to it during or at the end of the ski day. I never locked the bag, but kept nothing more sacred in there but some food/drinks and an extra shirt. As others have said, you could stay in your street shoes, catch the shuttle and boot up at the building at the base of Connect Gondola or after riding the gondi boot up in lodges at base of Peaks 7 or 8 and leave your shoes in a corner of the lodge. If you must bring valuables in bags that must be locked I believe there are lockers at the base of Peak 8 in the Ski Hill Grill for $10 a day and possibly in other lodges on the mtn. BTW, you can ride a free shuttle bus from Frisco to Breck and do the same thing; wear street shoes on bus and carry ski boots and some supplies in a small inexpensive bag to stow for free in a quiet corner of a lodge while you're skiing.

You'll have fun, Breck pictorial: http://www.epicski.com/a/breckenridge-co-a-pictorial
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I usually stay in Dillon and when skiing at Breck, park in the gondola lot and change to boots in the car.  It's a short walk if you get there early on weekdays.  There is a decent locker room at the base of Peak 8 in the Ski Hill Grill, but they are not cheap - smallest is $10.  Unlike the east, they really don't make it easy to bring your gear in duffel and leave it in the lodge without paying for a locker.

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@JimH @MrGolfAnalogy @Jamesj many thanks to all three for the G2. I have booked a condo in Frisco. There seem to be enough options to be able to manage.

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@JimH @MrGolfAnalogy @Jamesj many thanks to all three for the G2. I have booked a condo in Frisco. There seem to be enough options to be able to manage.


Thanks for the update.  Hope to see a trip report.  :)

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