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Breckenridge Parking Lot (and fee) Changes

post #1 of 15
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A lot of folks have been waiting to see how Breckenridge would handle parking (free versus paid) with the new gondola terminal building being constructed in the general locale of the town's parking lots. The Summit Daily News featured a story about it in today's paper:

http://www.summitdaily.com/article/2...NEWS/110110063
post #2 of 15
Vail Resorts obviously sees paid parking as another way to extract more money form the same number of skier visits. I was appalled at the $17 a day parking at Vail when I went back there after 10 years.
post #3 of 15
Thanks for the link Nancy. Although I shouldn't be surprised as Vinn and others warned this was coming last season, it still amazes me the lengths these places will go to to squeeze another nickel out of people.

I really like Breckenridge and although my plans for skiing this season are pretty much set, this will likely mean I spend significantly fewer days at Vail owned resorts in future seasons.
post #4 of 15
I saw that this morning too. I ski at least once a week during the winter if not more and there is no way I'm going to pay to park everytime I go up there. I just couldn't afford it. How many times I ski Breck this year is really going to be dictated by how easy it is to get in a free parking space. I'm sure the people that are vacationing out there will probably pay it but I bet a lot of us who ski often and have other choices will choose to go elsewhere.
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by MattL View Post
Vail Resorts obviously sees paid parking as another way to extract more money form the same number of skier visits. I was appalled at the $17 a day parking at Vail when I went back there after 10 years.

Let's be a little accurate here.....the Town of Vail owns the parking lots in Vail I believe. So your $ 17 went to the town and not Vail Resorts.

giddyup....I guess you are right there. Cube and I have already altered plans for the season to ski much more at Beaver Creek, Keystone, Loveland and the Basin to avoid paying for parking. I suspect I'll still opt for the season parking pass knowing I won't hit 40 days in the parking lot and Cube can use it when I'm not in town.

So my pass was $ 379 and now $ 99 more for parking. At $ 469, it's still well under the pass rates for most mtns.
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by Dan5252 View Post
I'm sure the people that are vacationing out there will probably pay it.......
Most have for years...many of the condos there charge for parking in their own complexes...others are free...those vacationing there won't pay for the Tailings and Miners lots....they are already parked at their condos.....this only tags the locals, Denverites and people like me who drive across the country to go there, and stay outside of Breck.
post #7 of 15
I was really referring to the people who are staying outside Breck in Dillon, Frisco or one of the other resorts around there. People on vacation are a lot less price sensitive to many things than people who are up there every weekend. If you only ski 5 days a year it's only an extra $50 but if ski every weekend that is a heck of a lot of money to pay to park. I agree though that it's really going to hit people that are a lot more price sensitive, the locals, Denverites, and the people who stay outside of Breck, who probably do so to save money.
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
I have a CO pass as well as a Loveland pass. With Loveland's free parking, they'll be getting more of my business this season. I live in Dillon, and Dan, I agree with you in terms who will be feeling this the most. Now, all we need is snow!
post #9 of 15
I think the "psychological effect" is the worse part. Not really a financial deal-breaker, but there goes a free lunch. And everyone wants a free lunch.

The gondola is not that great. It just dumps you at the bottom of 8.

The parking charges should pay for this improvement themselves. Frankly, I'd rather do free buses.

So is there any free parking at Breck now????
post #10 of 15
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So is there any free parking at Breck now????
Yeah, its in Denver.:
post #11 of 15
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Not really a financial deal-breaker, but there goes a free lunch. And everyone wants a free lunch.
HUH ???

Nobody told me....I think it's still on for 4/06/07.

(but you will have to pay to park at Vail that day)
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
Focus, UL, focus. Is this the free lunch you're thinking of? (post #3)
http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=44111

BTW Unc (aka "Mr. Technology"), your laptop really won't catch on fire if you right click!
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese View Post
Yeah, its in Denver.:
That would be one long walk to the lift.
post #14 of 15
Oh great I've gotta go all the way through town to the freakin' skating rink to get to free employee parking? :

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Originally Posted by Fair Usage excerpt from Summit Daily Article
McCarthy said he doesn’t think the new parking plan will have a huge impact on employees.

“Our parking guys have been looking at this all summer. We’ll still have red-flag days and green-flag days,” he said, referring to a system of notifying resort workers as to the daily availability of close-in spots.

“Some days there will be room at Peak 8, most days there will not,” he said. “Some days there will be room at the gondola lots, other days there won’t,” he said, adding that many employees begin their work day before the gondola begins daily operations.

The resort will continue to provide shuttle service for employees from various free lots around town, including near the ice rink, he said.

“My sense is there will be some changes, but we needed to take over management of our lots,” he said. “We need to make sure we maximize parking for our guests who are coming here for skiing. That’s the primary basis for what we’re doing,” McCarthy concluded.
I *did* just have to have signed up to work only red-flag days this year instead of fixed days Guess I'm getting up earlier!

Should be great for our guests though, and probably will get a lot more folks checking out Peak 7 runs. On another note, I wonder if the gondola is going to change the proportion of people who start/end their day at Peak 8 rather than Peak 9?
post #15 of 15
From reading this thread, I am loving this new parking policy more and more. First, no frontrangers go to Breck because its too crowded. Now, it's too expensive to park. Can it get any better?
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