Editorial: Parking a mess in Vail, Beaver Creek | VailDaily.com

Editorial: Parking a mess in Vail, Beaver Creek

Matt Zalaznick
Vail Daily Editorial Board
Vail, CO Colorado

Arguments about parking in Vail and Beaver Creek often focus on either how convenient ” or inconvenient ” it is for tourists or whether there is enough parking for people to spend money in Vail Village businesses.

We worry about the visitor’s experience if they have to park miles down the Frontage Road from Vail Mountain, and then either have to ride a bus to the lift or slip and slide down the icy shoulders streets. We worry, on behalf of merchants, if shoppers will get too frustrated about parking and not shop at their stores.

Those are certainly valid concerns. We all want to keep the economy rolling along. But parking seems so bad lately ” both on the frontage roads and on Highway 6 ” that it’s also becoming a quality of life issue for the locals.

Driving into Avon and or Vail on the weekends is becoming much like trying to leave a stadium after a football game or a rock concert. We crawl up the Frontage Road, trying not to clip a skier whose boots are sticking out into the road as he crams equipment into his trunk.

We certainly aren’t advocating allowing fewer skiers over Vail Pass. We just need better places to put them. Vail Resorts and the towns ” Vail mainly ” talk constantly about increasing skier visits, but haven’t planned for the hoped-for and finally realized increase. And just imagine if the new Epic Pass is a real hit.

The towns, the county and the ski company have to get together and figure out where to build parking lots and parking garages. Not only does the parking problem make it hard for locals to get around town on the weekends, but it’s just plain ugly.

The mountains are a little less scenic and majestic when, down on the valley floor, the cars parked on the shoulder of every road make the Vail Valley look like the entrance to Woodstock.

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