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which resorts allow sleeping in vehicles in their parking lots?

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Current active thread about sleeping in vehicles got me to thinking it would be useful for us dirtbags to know which resorts last year were allowing people to sleep in their vehicles in any of their parking lots. Also if someone can add locations near ski resorts where such is legal that would work too.

In winter in mountain regions where snowstorms are frequent, there are often restrictions to parking alongside roads or in ski area parking lots during storms due to the need to plow. Please indicate if such applies to whatever place noted. However some areas allow parking even during storms. At the area I have a season pass at, sleeping in vehicles at one out of the way maintenance lot is unofficially allowed. Rsidential cabins are in that area and those folks often have their guests park there too. In other words, the ski area wants to allow the local residents and local dirt bags to do so without lettting the public aware of it.

In the Sierra are the Caltrans highway department has Snowpark permit areas that allow access for backcountry skiers, snowmobilers, snowcampers etc. One needs to purchase a permit and they do have a seasonal pass. Some of the lots don't allow sleeping in vehicles while others do especially if it is an area that snowbilers frequent like Hope Valley. If interested just do a search for info.

...dave
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Most resorts need to plough their parking areas at night, so you generally need to move down the hill a bit, not such a bad thing. Some areas, especially in canada, have RV hookups, power to your caravan and toilets and sometimes showers available,most civilised.
You might want to maybe look up "RV" facilities for the district you're headed to, as that might indicate where people can overnight in their vehicle.
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sleeping in the car

places that are open all night---grocery stores, walmart, hospitals, usually are better than the parking lot
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Originally Posted by duke walker
places that are open all night---grocery stores, walmart, hospitals, usually are better than the parking lot
Yep that works well. I use trail head parking from time toi time and have been known to ask permission from a farmer to crash out of the way somewheres on their property.
I have actually never been told no by a farmer in VT once I tell them who I am and what my intentions are.
Im not a dirtbag though, I am there to ski and that is all that matters to me. I prefer to keep my cash in the bank. Funny though how people look at me like I am crazy for doing that (family members) among others. But I look at it as an adventure. I am warm, comfy, self contained. Gives me more rideing time.
I only stay in the truck 2 nights at most. Maybe I should buy a sun shower and hang it on the farmers tree. Might offend the Mrs. though but then again, maybe not
Most resorts will kick you out of thier parking lot. Trust me.
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Originally Posted by huckingfellers
Most resorts will kick you out of thier parking lot. Trust me.
I didn't do so last season, but I've camped in the parking lot at Arapahoe Basin on a few occasions. They crank up the cafeteria pretty early there, too, which gives you a good place to hang before the lifts open. They even provide a convenient microwave oven.
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Originally Posted by mountaingirl1961
I didn't do so last season, but I've camped in the parking lot at Arapahoe Basin on a few occasions. They crank up the cafeteria pretty early there, too, which gives you a good place to hang before the lifts open. They even provide a convenient microwave oven.
Thats cool. I should of said most north eastern resorts will kick you out.
But a couple dont mind if your off out of the way. Mad River Glen never put the boot to me and it is kind of a weird parking setup there.
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Originally Posted by huckingfellers
Thats cool. I should of said most north eastern resorts will kick you out.
But a couple dont mind if your off out of the way. Mad River Glen never put the boot to me and it is kind of a weird parking setup there.
Oh, most of the "corporate" resorts in Colorado have big "no overnight parking" signs up. A-Basin hasn't managed to lose its soul just yet. The last time I was camping a guy with an RV and a blender had margueritas going... nice way to sit out the storm waiting for AM freshies.
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Here in the PNW almost every ski area will let you stay the night and most have designated areas. Bachelor is one of the best since the RV area is in a good location/easy walk to the lift.

Mark
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