Vail parking passes on sale Monday

VAIL — Season parking passes will be ready for purchase beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday on the lower level of the Vail Municipal Building. There are five discount pass types available, plus an incremental rate structure for value cards. Rates are unchanged from the previous season. The town’s parking pass sales office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays throughout the winter.

Paid parking in the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures will coincide with the start of Vail Mountain’s 2014-15 ski and snowboard season, which is scheduled to begin Nov. 21. Once the new season is underway, satellite lots at Ford Park and the soccer field east of Golden Peak will become permit parking for employees. There will be additional adjustments mid-season when the soccer field parking lot will be closed to accommodate staging needs for two major events. An alternative parking area on the North Frontage Road across from the Middle Creek Apartments is currently being explored for the displaced permit holders.

To coincide with the start of paid parking, Vail Transit will increase bus service across all routes beginning Nov. 21 prior to implementation of the full winter schedule on Dec. 15.

In addition to the discounted parking pass and value card options, the town will continue to provide free entry after 3 p.m. in the two parking structures. Also, parking will be free for the first two hours in the garages upon entry at any time.

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Following installation of new parking equipment, which includes a license plate recognition feature, the Vail Town Council has asked that the parking staff collect information on re-entry practices to determine if adjustments are needed. Per town ordinance, vehicles are permitted to re-enter the structures after 30 minutes. Re-entering prior to the 30 minute period, known as “looping,” is a violation of the municipal code.

For more information, go to or call the parking hotline at 970-479-2104.

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