Here's wishing we had enough snow for tree wells in Summit County.
It is snowing some, though.
Vail has very little free parking. If you are really early, go to the East Vail commuter parking lot and ride the bus. Except on powder days, you can typically park at the Golf Course/Cross Country center and ride a bus, to.
Breck has lots of free lots although many are small. There is one large one North of town off of Airport Road, another at the ice arena on the South end of town. Other smaller lots on French Street. All serviced by free buses.
BC has free parking off of CO 9, then free busses. You can drive up and pay to park. They have escaltors to move you from the busses to the slopes, and brass and marble bathrooms! If you stay to near closing, free warm cookies as you leave.
Keystone has a big free lot that is hard to miss. Copper's is just past their entrance at the light. Again free buses.
For all the above, check town and mt. web sites for bus schedules. The routes will lead you to the parking.
Loveland is all free parking, as is the Basin. No buses (not needed) unless you are in the overflow lot at Loveland.
Loveland is your best bet for the weekend, Breck or Keystone will be fine mid-week. At Breck, avoid the lifts that service the base. They are busier all the time. Stay on the upper lifts.
PM me your dates and maybe
we can hook up. January is busy for me coaching at races away from Summit.
This is not really what you asked for but if you want a taste of yesteryear, and want to add some variation in driving terrain, try Ski Cooper. Its off the beaten path, about two hours from Denver. You could drive a loop and see more of CO as well. All terrain is natural (no man made), two fixed grip chairs, a base lodge full of 10th Mt. Division memorabilia. Spend a night at a motel/hotel in Leadville for cheap and hang out. Great prime rib (Fridays?) and fillet mignon (rest of week) at Quincy's. $1.75 G&Ts. You order the size of the piece of the meat and whether you want butter and sour cream for the potato. Very limited menu but great if you want excellent CO beef. Have a beer across the street at the Silver Dollar. You'll feel like you are in a John Wayne movie! If you did Vail or the Beav on one day, this could be the other of a two day, one night, circle loop. You could cross or go under 5 mt. passes in two days.
Oh, Ski Cooper's parking is free! Woo hoo!