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Vail Parking Suggestions??

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
hey all,
I am new to this what appears to be most excellent forum. I recently moved from Leadville CO to Gypsum (about 35 miles down valley from Vail) I am getting a great deal on a season pass and will be riding Vail/Beaver Creek this season..I have skied Copper for the last couple of seasons and never had to worry about free parking

I have only skied Vail a couple of times in the past and played the part of the weekend gaper when it came to parking (ie pay through the nose )

I don't want to pay 20 bucks for parking every time I go skiing..I usually get 70+ days in...so if any one out there has parking tips for Vail I would really appreciate it

thanks
CTC
post #2 of 17
As you already know, Vail sucks for free parking. They won't allow you to park along the frontage road until the pay parking garages fill up. I'm usually there before the lifts open, which means I'm forking over the $16 to park. I'd be interested in finding some free, stealth parking spot. I've always had to pay.:
post #3 of 17
There used to be an obscur "locals lot" near Gold Peak. When they built on it, I stopped going to Vail.
post #4 of 17
There's a $10 lot close to the Marriott. Still a rip-off, but better than $16.
post #5 of 17
Can't you park for free at the park beyond the Vail Village parking structure? So when you get off at the exit, drive past the structure about 3/4 of a mile. I think a shuttle leaves from there.

I could be completely wrong. The times I've parked there have been because the structure is full.

You used to be able to go the Marriot, open the gate from the inside, and park. Not sure if you can do that any more. We used to do it on a powder day when we only wanted to ski for a few hours.
post #6 of 17
Tons of free parking at the Beav ...as you well know. Yes, there are free opportunities around Vail ...but it's limited and requires a hook-up.

Here's my best suggestion:
Park free in Minturn by the Saloon.
Take the bus to Vail.
Ski Vail all day and end it with a run down the Minturn Mile.
Have chips and beer at the Saloon.
post #7 of 17
Park in one of the hotel lots in West Vail where there they don't give out parking passes that need to be displayed and take the bus. The Roost Lodge has a decent size lot in West Vail. Park down below the hotel in that part of the lot, don't take a primo spot in front of the hotel. Its about a 100 yd walk from there to the shuttle stop and a 5 min. ride to the Vail Transportation Center.
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by roundturns
Park in one of the hotel lots in West Vail where there they don't give out parking passes that need to be displayed and take the bus. The Roost Lodge has a decent size lot in West Vail. Park down below the hotel in that part of the lot, don't take a primo spot in front of the hotel. Its about a 100 yd walk from there to the shuttle stop and a 5 min. ride to the Vail Transportation Center.
Good advice. The reason I've never had much luck with finding free parking is due mostly to the fact that I'm usually only skiing Vail on pow days and I'm not going to drive around looking for options when I get there. I'm just too anxious or in a hurry to get to a lift ASAP. You would think that I could have figured something out in the 11 seasons I've been skiing there?:
post #9 of 17
The buddy I usually go with to Vail parks in East Vail at some condos (I'm trying to remember the name) and then we just took the 5 min. bus ride to Vail Village. I don't remember needing to display any kind of parking permit.
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the tips!!

CTC
post #11 of 17
Is the parking deck $16 now? Two years ago (the only time I've been there) it was $8. Criminy...
post #12 of 17
The Saloon in Minturn sounds like the ticket. How often do the buses run?
post #13 of 17
Hi:
Forget a car in Vail- too much hassle.

We use HIgh Mountain Taxi when we fly into Eagle.
www.hmtaxi.com

It's a private taxi and better than any shuttle. They pick you up any time you arrive and whenever you want to leave.

All the best

Murphy
post #14 of 17
One option is to drive there on a non-powder day. Find a primo lot with cars displaying passes, take a photo of one, go home and make a fake one, and use it all season. Not that I'd ever do such a thing. I've just heard it's been done.

Steve
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by murphy
Hi:
Forget a car in Vail- too much hassle.
Did you even bother to read the thread? He lives in GYPSUM. Besides, normal humans, and certainly not locals, don't pay $140 to travel between Eagle and Vail.
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by JimL
The Saloon in Minturn sounds like the ticket. How often do the buses run?
There's the catch - every 90 mins. Schedules here:
http://www.eaglecounty.us/eco_transit/index.cfm

(winter one will be up when it goes into effect)
post #17 of 17
I wouldn't plan on skiing the Minturn Mile back to the saloon before Christmas.
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