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New parking fees at Vail!

post #1 of 12
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Another new cost will hit those coming to Vail... on 24 days this season, the parking structures were filled and cars were allowed to park for free on the Frontage Road. CDOT and the Town of Vail are working on ways to charge those cars parking on the frontage road in the future...

 

So if you were one of those that played the game re: parking, do not expect the same rules to be in effect next season.

 

FYI- remember that parking is controlled by the Town of Vail, not by the ski company!

post #2 of 12

Its unbelievable how they keep finding ways to charge people.  It reminds me of the airlines.  I ski regularly in UT and Colorado and--across the board--CO is so much more expensive.  Its just amazing how they keep finding ways to squeeze people in this economy.  

 

Do you think Vail will either hold the line on lift ticket increases--much like pro sports teams are doing this year?  I think I know the answer.  Will Vail be the first to break the $100 threshold for a 1 day ticket next year?

 

I do like skiing there but, as each year goes by, I get more and more turned off by it. 

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 Will Vail be the first to break the $100 threshold for a 1 day ticket next year?


It's really strange that one-day ticket is so expensive while a season pass is so cheap.

post #4 of 12

They are trying to GET you to buy the season pass.  They want their money upfront.  With the Epic Pass or Colorado Super Pass Plus, anyone can do it.

 

Anyone who pays the one-day ticket price is just plain lazy.  There are ways around it.  Namely, just be friendly and approachable to a season pass holder.  They can buy you a buddy pass ticket.  How hard is that?

post #5 of 12

I don't live in CO...so getting an Epic isn't an option for me.  If i'm skiing with a group, I would have to find mutliple season passholders willing to buy multiple tickets.  Its not a bad idea in theory and I do have a friend who is a passholder but its not easy for everyone to avoid paying full price.  If you contrast it to Alta...which is IMHO a better resort...full price-mid season is $62.   The difference is stark.  

post #6 of 12

I guess that if they are having trouble finding places for people to park, the price of day tickets is not exactly keeping people away. 

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I don't live in CO...so getting an Epic isn't an option for me.


You don't have to live in Colorado or even in the USA to buy an Epic pass.  You can buy them online now from your nearest computer.  Same is true with the Super Pass Plus.  Have your credit card handy.

 

Alta is a small family joint that doesn't offer the option to use the pass at multiple resorts.  Loveland and A-Basin are pretty cheap here.

 

 

post #8 of 12

Good point.  Confused Epic with the passes available to locals.  Remind how much that pass is.  How many days must one ski to break even on it?

 

My only real point here is that Vail is one of the worst offenders of consistently squeezing every nickel and dime out of its customers.  It certainly is their prerogative to run the business as they choose.  I just think its disappointing.  You are right about Alta...I ski there quite a bit (much more than Vail) but you can add the Snowbird option to your ticket and ski both resorts at a cost cheaper than skiing Vail for 1 day. 

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Good point.  Confused Epic with the passes available to locals.  Remind how much that pass is.  How many days must one ski to break even on it?

 

My only real point here is that Vail is one of the worst offenders of consistently squeezing every nickel and dime out of its customers.  It certainly is their prerogative to run the business as they choose.  I just think its disappointing.  You are right about Alta...I ski there quite a bit (much more than Vail) but you can add the Snowbird option to your ticket and ski both resorts at a cost cheaper than skiing Vail for 1 day. 

Don't know the prices off-hand.  Depends how you want to calculate the break even too. 

 

No argument with me about the policies at Vail.  I don't ride there much anymore.  Too many hassles.  They are free to maximize profit as they see fit.  Capitalism at its finest.  I do know some co-workers who went to instruct there this season because they could make more money there and get more consistent work.  They got better tips too.

post #10 of 12

Epic Pass is currently sitting at $599 so approximately 6 days to break even.  If you buy the buddy passes for friends/family and get them discounts then less than that. 

 

I've given up on paying for parking at Vail, I use the free lots and take the bus. It's quite easy. 

post #11 of 12

At the small local hill, they charge (the lift operating company) 2 € for a day parking at the park area near the

cable car station.

At 0830 it's already full and police closes the access road and re-route the traffic to the town parkings, which are free. And a shuttle bus service is offered to those who need to go to the lift.

At 29€ for a day ticket, if they weren't to do this (free parking+free shuttle bus), no one would go there.

post #12 of 12

Madesimo tried paid parking for a while, but apparently couldn't find enough people willing to work the lots. No ski bums up there, and the locals are all too rich from the value of their homes to need to work much.

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