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Last time U paid 4 parking 2 ski

post #1 of 19
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Goofy question for a Sunday morning...when was the last time you paid for parking to go skiing?  Is it only the Vail and Aspen ski areas that require this on a large scale?  It's pretty much unheard of in the East unless you go for elite valet parking offered at a few places.  Just the thought of having to pay to park for a day of skiing is a turn off for me.  I guess if the resort is aiming for week-long destination visitors who stay in slopeside accommodations then maintaining large, free lots for day visitors is a nuisance they don't need?? 

post #2 of 19

I have never paid for parking at a ski destination.  Turn off?  Indeed!  That is one reason that I vastly prefer Mary Jane and ABasin over Copper, Breck, Beaver Creek or Vail.  Free slopeside parking is where it's at.  I don't even mind driving down a muddy road to get to it.

post #3 of 19

Doesn't Mt Tremblant have a paid lot and a free lot?

post #4 of 19

A lot of places have free lots as well as paid lots.  I've parked in free lots at the four I mentioned above.  They make it very inconvenient.  A bus ride and/or a long walk to the lifts.

 

Perhaps most peeps here don't see that as a big deal, but I really appreciate the convenience of skiing down to my car for lunch or to change skis or to add/shed a layer.  Friday I did three laps of the same run on three different skis.  Very fun experiment and I probably lost at most five minutes per change.

post #5 of 19

Never.

 

I do view it as pretty bad when they charge for parking.

 

post #6 of 19

I agree, paid parking is a HUGE turnoff.  And at some of the resorts that BF mentions, paying doesn't even mean convenience.

post #7 of 19

Courcheval

 

Parking and these three beers cost more than our room above the bar in the valley.  Needless to say, we didn't ski there much.

 

post #8 of 19

Most of us paid for parking at the Jackson Hole Gathering.  We grumbled, but we paid.  Of course, we car pooled so we split the fee.

 

I believe Bumpfreaq parked in the free lot, which required taking a shuttle.  I think he was the only one that did.

 

One day when he didn;t car pool, Wildcat arrived at the lot with no cash, only to discover the fee was cash only.  The attendent didn't want to let him leave his car there while got money from the ATM down by the stores!

 

post #9 of 19

 Never have, hopefully never will.

post #10 of 19

Never, and never will.

post #11 of 19

Never have either, though at Andermatt that cost me a parking ticket. I have sometimes had to pay for a seasonal spot in town at my hill, as there aren't enough spaces at our condo. Last couple of years have been free again.

post #12 of 19

Since the only free lot at Breckenridge is now a long shuttle ride from the gondola, I bit the bullet this year and paid to park in the $5 lot.  At least it wasn't $25 like at Vail - and is nice not to have to deal with a shuttle bus AND the gondola just to get to the Peak 8 base.

post #13 of 19

There was a $20 lot at BigSky.  We took the wagon ride from a lower lot and bought beer with the $20 savings.  Good trade off.

post #14 of 19

$15 per day at Steamboat last spring break.  Sometimes you just do what you have to do to make it easy on the family of 5...especially when my wife is not big on skiing anyway. 

post #15 of 19

Keystone is free.  And with four people in the car we got to park in the carpool lot.  Right up front!

post #16 of 19

 

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Since the only free lot at Breckenridge is now a long shuttle ride from the gondola, I bit the bullet this year and paid to park in the $5 lot.  At least it wasn't $25 like at Vail - and is nice not to have to deal with a shuttle bus AND the gondola just to get to the Peak 8 base.

Agree on this one.  SC and I cut one night out on the town in Summit this year saving about $ 75 on a nights dinner tab.  That was 15 days of parking in the $ 5.00 lot and jumping on the Gondola. We get off at Peak 7 and out of the congestion at the bottom of Peak 8.  I also had 6 days in the budget this year for parking at Vail.  I only paid 1 of 5 days there so far since I parked at the "Donovan" lot (thanks to VSP's post here) saving another $ 100.  That more than covers the additional parking tab at Breck I didn't budget for.

 

There is still a free lot at Breck,  but it is about a mile away.  Several from Epic park there, but at this time of year they cut back on the buses a bit.  To me,  it's pay the $ 5.00 and simplify or wait.  It's worth the $ 5.00.

 

 

post #17 of 19

 

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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post

Goofy question for a Sunday morning...when was the last time you paid for parking to go skiing?  Is it only the Vail and Aspen ski areas that require this on a large scale?  It's pretty much unheard of in the East unless you go for elite valet parking offered at a few places.  Just the thought of having to pay to park for a day of skiing is a turn off for me.  I guess if the resort is aiming for week-long destination visitors who stay in slopeside accommodations then maintaining large, free lots for day visitors is a nuisance they don't need?? 

A bit ironic that with all the empty land in the west, they have to charge for parking. While in the east, you can park for free most of the place.

 

I bet you're right about the cilentel though. In the east, day tripers are the mountains bread and butter so they're at least not singled out for extra fleecing.

Another ironic point, if I live by a resort close enough to drive to it, that means the extra cost of parking will make a difference of whether I ski there or not. While if I'm on vacation, the extra cost of parking is only a tiny blip on the total cost of the trip.

post #18 of 19

Whether trying to "score points" with the locals or not, I don't know, but the paper recently had an article about how the season passholders were the life blood of our resort.  I guess that's why there's no parking fee here except for one of the upper lots (which in my opinion isn't all that great a location, not sure why someone would pay). 

 

They are soaking us on our lockers, however.  $205 this coming year!!!!  God knows what the passes will be.....

post #19 of 19

Appalachian and a few others in NC charge for parking.  They charged a buck per day this season

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