Vail to enforce skier drop-off rules |

Vail to enforce skier drop-off rules

Lauren Glendenning
Vail CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Councilwoman Margaret Rogers is tired of saying no to people, but that’s what the Vail Town Council is deciding to do with initial approvals of plans to build a new Lionshead Transit Center.

The council agreed Tuesday that it wanted to build four bus bays along the north side of the Lionshead parking structure, just off South Frontage Road, as well as add an entrance and exit to the structure on the west side for skier drop-off.

Rogers said she wanted to build skier drop-off where people have done it illegally for years – at the loading and delivery zone next to the Lionshead bus stop – because that’s where people want the drop-off to be.

“We want to be as friendly as we can possibly be to our guests and allow them to do what they want to do instinctively and welcome them,” Rogers said. “People have been dropping people off in this area for 30 years, and they’re going to continue to do it. Reprogramming people is an incredibly difficult process.”

The design options presented created few options for skier drop-off at that area, though, other than designing what looked like miniature parking lots right at the entrance to Lionshead.

Councilwoman Kim Newbury said she’s tired of people doing what they’re not supposed to do and said drop-off in the parking structure shouldn’t be such a big deal for people.

“Really, they can’t walk an extra 40 feet from the parking structure,” Newbury said.

The council agreed the town would need enforcement officers standing by to direct people into the garage and away from the illegal drop-off area.

“I think we need to stop letting people get away with what they shouldn’t be doing,” Newbury said.

The council voted to move forward with the bus bays and skier drop-off entrance and would look at rebuilding the so-called auxiliary building at the Lionshead parking garage – the building where Subway is – possibly in 2011.

The budget for the entire project would be in the $14 million to $16 million range, with about $5 million in federal money going toward the project. The town would pay for the rest with tax increment financing, meaning it likely won’t incur any debt to build the transit center.

Pot-shop moratorium passes

The Vail Town Council unanimously approved a 180-day moratorium Tuesday on processing permits and licenses related to medical marijuana dispensaries.

The town’s current regulations prohibit the operation of medical marijuana dispensaries in Vail. The moratorium enables the town staff, town attorney and Town Council to investigate the town’s regulatory authority over medical marijuana dispensaries as they relate to recent court decisions throughout the state.

Community Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at or 970-748-2983.

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