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Vail - Parking logistics

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
We will be in summit county next week and we (family group of 12) are thinking about going to Vail (never been) on Wednesday. Can you give me some pointers on the best area to start out in for parking close to the lifts? Lionshead or Vail Village? Is it far to walk in ski boots or should we locker it?

Any help is appreciated!!

Thanks,

JPH

"Beer is gods way of showing us he loves us and wants us to prosper" Ben Franklin
post #2 of 22
IMHO the better parking at Vail is by Golden Peak (east side of Vail). Your still going to pay $17 for the Day. Theres a lot of construction going on in the Lionshead area & its about a 5 min hike from the parking area to the lifts at most of the Town pay lots,but I do think the lot by Golden Peak is closest.
post #3 of 22
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but I do think the lot by Golden Peak is closest.
I agree, and it also offers the quickest access to the Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin.
post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks, I appreciate the help!!
post #5 of 22
I've parked at Vail Village only the couple of days I went. It was $20. It was a hike through the village to the Vista Bahn chair. They do have lockers, but not many, and they are outside. Surprising to me, there wasn't a "base lodge". We're going back in early March, and I think we will take the advice above and go for Golden Peak.
post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks Kim,

I went to the town of vail map and they do not indicate parking by Golden Peak, only lots are at Vail Village and Lionshead. I am surprised there is no base lodge for changing, etc.

Cheers!
JPH
post #7 of 22
Anything in the parking garage is within walking distance of the lifts. About a five minute walk from Golden Peak where we usually go or about ten minutes from the Gondola at Lionshead. It's really not that bad either place. Prepare to gear up at the car and carry skis and poles. Why we like Golden Peak better is it's a quicker shot to the Back Bowls on a powder day. Also the daycare, and bathrooms are closer there. At the end of the day you can walk through all the shops and bars etc. over at the village for apre ski. BTW, when you park in the garage, make sure you park correctly. A parking ticket is $75. Been there done that.
post #8 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks Lars!! I appreciate the information.

Will have the little ones gear up in the parking deck and keep telling them that it's only one more block!! If gets out out of hand Arnold will appear "Stop Whinning.....You lack disipline".

Cheers!
JPH
post #9 of 22
Jph,
Your Vail ticket also works at Beaver Creek, Its worth the effort!
post #10 of 22
We parked on the other side of Lionshead for $10 a day. It wasn't much of a walk.You cut through the hotels and you are right there.
post #11 of 22
Keep in mind if you park at the East end of the parking facility, it's a closer walk to Golden Peak. Vail also has a very nice Bus system. So, if your day ends over by Lionshead, you can take the bus back to the garage. It's a big garage so remember where you parked.
post #12 of 22
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Jph,
Your Vail ticket also works at Beaver Creek, Its worth the effort!
Thanks, I like Beaver Creek also and will consider. The escalators might spoil the kids! I know they spoiled me!!
post #13 of 22
You can also park at the Vail Village parking structure and take the couple minute bus to Golden Peak. I haven't checked out the cost but there is a private garage by Cascade lift (west end). The ionshead garage is still an easy walk in boots to the gondola and quad (usually less busy but 2 lifts to top). Skied Wednesday, 5-6" fresh, awesome!
post #14 of 22
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Thanks, I like Beaver Creek also and will consider. The escalators might spoil the kids! I know they spoiled me!!
If you park at the lower lot at Beaver Creek it's free. The shuttle is a quick ride up the mountain and will drop you about 100 feet from the escalators.. One of the nice things about skiing with the kids at BC is they can ski at the top of the mountain. They love that!
post #15 of 22
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We will be in summit county next week and we (family group of 12) are thinking about going to Vail (never been) on Wednesday. Can you give me some pointers on the best area to start out in for parking close to the lifts? Lionshead or Vail Village? Is it far to walk in ski boots or should we locker it?
I agree that the Golden Peak area is where it's at if you want to ski the back bowls. You go in to the locker area, take the elevator to the main floor, and walk just a few steps to the chair.

You'll need to ski down to a second chair to get to the bowls, but it's the quickest most hassel free way that I know of.

It's also an easier ski trek back down to the paking lot at the end of the day. It's a lot less traversing than getting to the Gondola, which is esspecially important if a snow boarder is in your group.

Have Fun,
WW
post #16 of 22
Thread Starter 
I would like to thank everyone for their help. This was my first thread and it really worked out great. What a great website, glad I stumbled on to it via a google search.

Several of you discuss back bowls, I have green/blue skier ability (12 year olds) in our group, I see blue runs in the back bowls, how do they ski?

Cheers!
JPH

"Beer is living proof that god loves us and wants us to be happy" - Ben Franklin
post #17 of 22
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I would like to thank everyone for their help. This was my first thread and it really worked out great. What a great website, glad I stumbled on to it via a google search.

Several of you discuss back bowls, I have green/blue skier ability (12 year olds) in our group, I see blue runs in the back bowls, how do they ski?

Cheers!
JPH

"Beer is living proof that god loves us and wants us to be happy" - Ben Franklin
I would not be dragging a green/blue level skier to the back. More like a few runs on gold peak to start and some groomers on the front. Work your way from Gold Peak to the gondola and take a ride up that for something different.
post #18 of 22

Is ski school at Golden Peak

Just following this thread, Golden peak seems to be the best place to park but I have to drop my son off at ski school - is this at Golden peak or just Lionshead?

Freefall
post #19 of 22
Actually, there are some groomers down all the back bowls. Sometimes acessing them, it's necessary to ski some interesting terrain or long cat tracks to get there but once you do, they are all easy skiing for anyone that can link stems and controlled turns.

Vail is huge and there is a mass of variety for everyone. I've had many powder days there and while most people rush for the back bowls, some of my best powder runs have been on the front side.
post #20 of 22
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Several of you discuss back bowls, I have green/blue skier ability (12 year olds) in our group, I see blue runs in the back bowls, how do they ski?
As Lars mentioned, there are groomed runs in the bowls. Poppyfields in China Bowl is probably the mellowest, widest, and easiest. The only caveat is that it funnels down onto a somewhat narrow cat track with lots of skier traffic -- may be a bit intimidating for a green skier. The groomers in Sun Up Bowl may be a bit steep for a green-only skier.

A solid intermediate can enjoy a lot of the bowls.
post #21 of 22
There are Childrens Ski Schools in both Lionshead and Gold Peak. The GP location is much,much,much more convenient.

There is Valet parking at GP for $20.00 and there is a nice Lodge with lockers in the lower lever or basket storage in the ski rental shop.

The Larkspur Restaurant at GP also has great food. It is sit down service and the prices are not much more than Two Elk or Mid Vail. Best part ....you get a table !
If you've ever been to the other 2 restaurants you know what I mean.
My favorite on mtn. restaurant is Wildwood at the top of chair 3. Great food and the facility is smaller so it's much easier to find your family or friends.

Have a great time !
post #22 of 22
[quote=dtaski;662510]There are Childrens Ski Schools in both Lionshead and Gold Peak. The GP location is much,much,much more convenient.

There is Valet parking at GP for $20.00 and there is a nice Lodge with lockers in the lower lever or basket storage in the ski rental shop.

Thanks for the answer dtaski, never been to Vail before, looking forward to it. Is there only valet parking or is there cheaper park it yourself options. Would you know if I can register my child at the kids ski school at GP - sometimes they can be drop off only places and you have to register at another location?
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