More parking for Vail skiers? |

More parking for Vail skiers?

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” Skiers may soon be able to park at Vail’s Donovan Pavilion, a move that town officials hope will help keep some cars off the Frontage Road on the busiest days at the Colorado resort

The Vail Town Council said it wanted to open 70 spots for skiers in the lot along the South Frontage Road seven days a week. Skiers would be able to take the bus from the Matterhorn bus stop to the mountain.

Previously the parking wasn’t open to the skiing public because the town did not regularly keep it plowed. The lot is one of the last priorities for Vail snowplowers, said Public Works Director Greg Hall.

“It’s crazy to have these spaces open and not plow it when parking is one of the biggest problems in this town,” said Vail Town Councilwoman Margaret Rogers.

If the lot is opened, it would cost the town an additional $15,000 a year to keep it plowed. Council members suggested a charge, such as $10, to park at the lot in order to cover the costs of plowing. All said they would rather charge than have the lot go unused.

Also, the lot would be closed about 20 of the remaining ski season days due to special events at Donovan Pavilion.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or

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