Vail Resorts to pay $20,000 for overflow parking |

Vail Resorts to pay $20,000 for overflow parking

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – The Colorado Department of Transportation is asking Vail to pay for overflow skier parking on the Frontage Roads for the first time ever in the 2009-10 ski season.

The cost of 25 days of overflow parking is $20,000 – a check Vail Resorts has offered to pay for the town.

Vail Resorts spokeswoman Kristin Williams said the company realizes that most overflow cars on peak days are because of skiers, which is why it’s paying the tab.

“We recognize the town is moving forward to find long and short-term parking solutions,” Williams said.

Town Manager Stan Zemler sent a letter to the Colorado Department of Transportation Wednesday detailing the town’s plans for long-term parking answers. The letter is the beginning of an agreement between the town and the transportation department to formalize both the overflow parking and the paid parking passes for the Frontage Roads – a pilot program the Town Council approved last month.

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The agreement would also outline future talks about the Colorado Department of Transportation’s proposal to turn over the Frontage Roads to the town of Vail. The department offered the town $11 million for it to take over the roads, but the town’s study of what maintaining those roads would cost won’t be finished until September , according to the letter.

The town could also have other parking studies finished by September, which would allow it to outline long-term parking throughout the town, including plans for the Frontage Roads.

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