The Perfect Spot
December 13, 2016
Vail and Beaver Creek have parking spots and lots for different budgets
Visitors to Vail and Beaver Creek guard their parking spots with the same fervor as their secret powder stashes on the mountain, and although figuring out a convenient parking option for the day can be difficult, both resorts have options aimed at hitting different time commitments — and budgets — on the mountain.
If you find yourself commuting in to hit the Beav's slopes from elsewhere in the valley, both the Town of Avon bus and ECO Transit buses have stops at the Bear and Elk lots, along with the Covered Bridge bus stop in Beaver Creek. Although, if having a car nearby is a must, there are options for parking near the resort.
Ford Hall Garage and Villa Montane Garage are both in Beaver Creek Village, and offer covered spots for resort guests, with different pay rates during the day. Free parking in both garages is offered before 5pm for 60 minutes, or after 5pm for 2 hours. During daytime hours, guests can use either garages for up to three hours for $10, up to four hours for $25, or for $35 for more than four hours. If hitting the slopes is a higher priority than finding the best deal, valet parking is available for a $50 flat rate at the Vilar Performing Arts Center.
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Resort guests can opt for less expensive parking at the Bear and Elk Lots on Highway 6. Each lot has a daily flat rate of $10 per vehicle, although guests can opt for a 10-day punch pass for the lots for $75. A complimentary shuttle drops skiers at Beaver Creek Village.
The Town of Vail transit system operates free buses linking West and East Vail with Vail Village and Lionshead Village, but there are several other options if you don't nab a spot along the Frontage Road — or at a friend's house — on a powder day.
Skiers can park at either the Lionshead Parking Structure or Vail Village Parking Structure for $25 all day — with lesser rates available for less time — or try for a spot at one of the privately-owned garages located in Solaris, Manor Vail Lodge, or Cascade Village. Keep in mind that the prices for privately owned garages fluctuate throughout the year, and might be more expensive on a Saturday than on a Wednesday. Parking at both the Lionshead and Vail Village structures is free between 3 p.m. and 3 a.m.
Although they can be hard to come by — especially on weekends — free spots can be found streetside and in certain lots around Vail that are serviced by the Town of Vail bus.
• Red Sandstone Park, 725 N. Frontage Road. 15 spaces available 7 days a week.
• North Frontage Road across from the West Vail Mall. 50 spaces available 7 days a week.
• North Frontage Road west of west Vail roundabout. 100 spaces available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
• Donavon Park, 1600 S. Frontage Road. 90 spaces available when pavilion is not in use (signage indicates when the lot is open).
Overflow parking on the South Frontage Road is also free, and vehicles must be moved by 11 p.m.
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