Beaver Creek winter parking options take shape
October 27, 2016
BEAVER CREEK — Winter is coming, and so is paid parking at the lower lots of Beaver Creek.
Skiers and snowboarders across the valley are gearing up for another winter season, and they're also planning how they will get to Beaver Creek while waiting to see what the town of Avon and surrounding businesses decide to do.
"It's not our job to fix Vail Resorts' problem," Mayor Jennie Fancher said at an Avon Town Council candidates forum earlier this month.
In July, the resort announced it will start charging $10 per car for parking at its Elk and Bear lots. Those lots will be free after 1 p.m. daily.
Beaver Creek is offering a reloadable 10-day parking pass for $75. Passes will be sold at most Beaver Creek ticket office locations beginning in mid-November. The pass is unrestricted, has no blackout dates and offers a 25 percent discount off of daily parking fees.
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Parking at Arrowhead will continue to be a free parking option as it has in the past. The status of the lot will be provided via signage along U.S. Highway 6 and access will be strictly enforced.
Parking at the structures in the village, Villa Montane and Ford Hall will continue to be free for one hour, $10 up to three hours, $25 for three-four hours and $35 for more than four hours. After 5 p.m., there will be free parking for two hours.
Avon currently has 460 free public parking spaces near the center of town, with access to shuttles as well as the gondola at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa. These spaces are located at the Town Hall parking lot and Lake Street on-street parking (123 spaces); the recreation center east lot (93 spaces); West Beaver Creek Boulevard on-street parking (20 spaces); the Mikaela Way Public Lot (36 spaces); East Benchmark Road on-street parking (21 spaces); and the Traer Creek Plaza parking garage located near Wal-Mart (170 spaces).
Fancher said that a parking structure is in the town's master plan, with a possible location at the current Town Hall building if it eventually moves to the Skier Building.
Visit http://www.avon.org for more information about parking in town.
The Wolf Lot will be reserved for Beaver Creek employees, merchant employees and lodging employee parking. This will be the first time Beaver Creek has provided a dedicated, free employee-only parking location. Employees living in Avon are encouraged to use the gondola at The Westin to access the shuttles at the landing.
The Little Bear Lot will be reserved for Bachelor Gulch employee parking.
ECO Transit buses depart throughout the day from the Elk Lot, Bear Lot and the Covered Bridge bus stop in Beaver Creek Village. ECO Transit provides service to Vail, Eagle-Vail, Edwards, Eagle and Gypsum.
Visit http://www.eaglecounty.us or call 970-328-3520 for schedules.
Town of Avon buses depart throughout the day from the Elk Lot and the Covered Bridge bus stop in the village.
Visit http://www.avon.org or call 970-784-4120 for schedules.
Businesses take parking very seriously, as the lack thereof can drive customers away and can also leave a sour taste in a visitor's mouth if they have to go through the experience of removing a boot from their car.
Some booting companies in Avon watch the property to see if someone parks and leaves the property, which they will then proceed to boot the car. Getting out of your car in your ski garb is a clear sign to those watching.
See Avon's list of free public parking areas to avoid getting the boot.
Surrounding apartment complexes and neighborhoods are also preparing for the winter parking scene.
At Sunridge, residents are getting new electronic parking permits to help the booting company that surveys the area and make it easier on tenants.
"There's a lot of unknowns," said Jeff Lineback, Sunridge property manager. "You plan for the worst and hope for the best. We're hoping that it will just be business as usual and it won't cause us to increase patrol."
In Avon, five candidates are running for three open Town Council seats, and parking has been one of the most talked about topics leading up to the election on Nov. 8.
"Many of us knew it was coming," candidate Amy Phillips said.
Reporter Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2915 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill.