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Vail First Timer Questions

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Sorry for the newbie post, but me and my GF are going to Vail in Feb for a mini-vacation, probably skiing 2 days. A few items I need some advice on:

1. We'd like to stay someplace in the middle of the action, and it looked like Bridge Street Lodge or Vail Core Condos were the best available options. Any thoughts on which of those are better?

2. If we're only skiing 2 days, are there any options for discounted lift tickets?

3. What is the best approach for renting equipment? Is there anything we need to arrange prior to getting there?

Thanks.
post #2 of 9
Just 2 days, stay at a Hotel (Christiana, Marriott, Tivoli (if they open)), to name a few.

Rent off-mountain, much cheaper.

And most important,




















STAY AT LEAST 5 days!!!!
post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by goldenteepro
Sorry for the newbie post, but me and my GF are going to Vail in Feb for a mini-vacation, probably skiing 2 days. A few items I need some advice on:

1. We'd like to stay someplace in the middle of the action, and it looked like Bridge Street Lodge or Vail Core Condos were the best available options. Any thoughts on which of those are better?

2. If we're only skiing 2 days, are there any options for discounted lift tickets?

3. What is the best approach for renting equipment? Is there anything we need to arrange prior to getting there?

Thanks.
Also look into the Evergreen Lodge...I just stayed there for 99 bucks on a Sat. night. And its right there by Lionshead.

Not sure about the lift tix, but I am sure there are options....look around the internet.

I would rent in Frisco or Denver. I think the places up in Vail are pretty pricey, so if you don't mind stopping on your way up from DIA, I would pre-arrange a rental at one of the local ski shops...Colorado Ski and Golf, Garts, REI, etc.

Have a blast!!! I love Vail sooooooooooooo much!!!!
post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by DefJef
I would rent in Frisco or Denver.
I wouldn't rent in Denver because if something breaks it'll be difficult to get it resolved from Vail.

Steve
post #5 of 9
Rent near the mountain. There's some reasonably priced places, like Breeze/Max. Go in the night before and explain to the techs you'd like to rent for the next day. I'd be shocked if you got charged extra for going in the night before. The advantage is won't have to wait in a potentially long line the next morning. Also, techs at the end of the day usually take more time to fit you with better equipment. I'd suggest going in around 6pm.
post #6 of 9
There is a Garts off the next exit West of the Vail Village exit off the highway..It is on the North side of the highway and easy to find....

While I never rented or demo'ed there, prices on other stuff including mounting bindings were reasonable...I'd consider them.
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the feedback. We were planning on taking a shuttle from Eagle, so we'll be renting somewhere in Vail. Still looking at lodging options, but since we won't have a car, we'd like something that is easy to get to slopes and restaurants/bars.
post #8 of 9
Not sure how much concern price is for you, but if you really want to be in the middle of the action and have a top notch hotel, check out the Lodge at Vail. Its usually super-expensive, but occasionally they run specials. If you want to treat yourself, its one of the closest properties to the lifts and is truely 5 star.

Otherwise, if you're going mid-week there's a wealth of lower cost options, especially in Feb.

As far as lifts go, look for a ski/stay package at a hotel or snoop around the internet and check ebay. Lots of lower cost passes to be had for Vail.
post #9 of 9
If you can afford it there are plenty of options right in Vail Village. But if you're looking for something a little more reasonable, try Apollo Park Lodge. It's a short walk (5-10 minutes at the most) to the heart of Vail Village. It's not fancy but it's comfortable - and you can't beat the view from the balcony! It's almost impossible to get discount lift tickets for Vail so you may want to save a little on lodging.
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