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Vail Parking Pass Sales Begin Oct. 26 with Incentive for Early Purchase

  • 23 October 2020
Vail Parking Pass Sales Begin Oct. 26 with Incentive for Early Purchase

Season parking passes will be ready for purchase beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26 on the lower level of the Vail Municipal Building, 75 S. Frontage Road, with an added incentive for those who make their purchase early. The first 500 buyers will receive a voucher good for a free day of parking to be redeemed any time during the season, a value of $30. The free voucher is good for individual customers and is being offered for the fourth season to help reduce last-minute crowding. The offer is good for new pass purchases only and does not apply to bulk purchases. Adding money to an existing Value Card, for example, would not qualify for the free voucher.

Paid parking in the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures will coincide with the start of Vail Mountain’s 2020-2021 ski and snowboard season which is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 20.

Vail’s winter parking pass rates and related policies were adopted by the Town Council at its Oct. 6 meeting after reviewing recommendations from its citizen-based Parking & Transportation Task Force. This includes no price increases for season pass discounts or hourly parking. The only change will be discontinuation of the Green parking pass which had been used during non-peak in Lionshead. The pass has been eliminated due to completion of the Vail Health parking structure and availability of the Red Sandstone parking garage.

Also returning this season will be continuation of two-hour free parking in the Vail Village and Lionshead structures, plus free parking upon entry after 3 p.m.

There will be five discount season parking passes available this winter, plus an incremental rate structure for value cards. Rates for value cards 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. Monday through Friday throughout the winter. Descriptions of the available parking passes and qualifications are as follows:

2020-2021 Discount Season Parking Passes

  • Pink Pass, $200. For employees of eligible Vail business license holders, good for parking at gated lots at Ford Park and soccer field, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Available to Vail Village or Lionshead-based Vail business license holders’ employees working a minimum of 30 hours per week. Proof of employment is required. Parking spaces are serviced by the existing transportation system. All lots may also be restricted for other events during the season. Use outlying free lots during closures.
  • Red Pass, $450. For employees of eligible Vail business license holders, good for parking in the Red Sandstone garage 7 days a week. Also good for access to Ford Park and soccer field lots from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Available to Vail Village or Lionshead-based Vail business license holders’ employees working a minimum of 30 hours per week. Proof of employment is required. Parking spaces are serviced by the existing transportation system. See pink pass description for parking restrictions at Ford Park and soccer field.
  • Blue Pass, $1,250. For Vail property owners, residents and employees of qualifying Vail business license holders, good for parking in the two structures with restrictions. Good 7 days a week at Lionshead structure and Monday through Thursday at Vail Village structure except for the restricted days of Dec. 24-Jan. 3; Jan. 18 and Feb. 15. Available to Vail Village or Lionshead-based Vail business license holders’ employees working a minimum of 30 hours per week. Proof of employment is required. Proof of residency or proof of property ownership is needed for residents or property owners.
  • Silver Pass, $2,000. Available to qualifying business license holders in Vail Village and Lionshead with guaranteed parking in one structure. Limit one pass per business. This pass must be purchased using the credit card or checking account of the business.
  • Gold Pass, $3,300. For guaranteed parking in the two structures. No eligibility requirements.
  • Vanpool Pass. Any employee vanpool (vans with seven or more passengers) registered with the town can get either a $200 Pink Pass or receive discounted guaranteed space. Call 970-479-2349 for details.

2020-2021 Hourly Parking Rates

Hourly parking rates approved by the Town Council for the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures are as follows:

0 to 2 hrs. Free
2 to 3 hrs. $10
3 to 4 hrs. $20
4 to 15 hrs. $30
15 to 24 hrs.  $50

2020-2021 Value Card Discounts

The incremental rate structure for value card holders calculates the locals discount based on a percentage of the hourly drive-up rate. Qualifying Vail and Eagle County card holders receive 50 percent and 40 percent discounts, respectively, during non-peak, and 20 percent and 12 percent discounts, respectively, during peak. The peak periods include Dec. 24-Jan. 3; Jan. 18 and Feb. 15, plus all Fridays and Saturdays. The pricing schedule is as follows:

Vail Value Card Rates

Sunday-Thursday (non peak) Friday & Saturday, plus holidays (peak)
2 to 3 hrs. $5 2 to 3 hrs. $8
3 to 4 hrs. $10 3 to 4 hrs. $16
4 to 15 hrs. $15 4 to 15 hrs. $24
15 to 24 hrs. $25 15 to 24 hrs. $40

Good for employees of qualifying Vail business license holders working a minimum of 30 hours per week, Vail residents and Vail property owners.


2020-2021 Eagle County Value Card Rates

Sunday-Thursday (non peak) Friday & Saturday, plus holidays (peak)
2 to 3 hrs. $6 2 to 3 hrs. $9
3 to 4 hrs. $12 3 to 4 hrs. $18
4 to 15 hrs. $18 4 to 15 hrs. $26
15 to 24 hrs. $30 15 to 24 hrs. $44

Value card holders from the previous season will be able to confirm carryover balances from the prior winter season and load value on their cards by using pay-on-foot stations in the Vail Village and Lionshead parking garages, contacting the Parking Pass Sales Office at 970-477-3461 or stopping by the office in person. The re-certification process has been waived this season to accommodate public health protocols.

Vail Transit

To coincide with the start of paid parking, Vail Transit will be increasing bus service on the Ford Park, Lionsridge Loop and West Vail Express routes beginning Nov. 20 prior to implementation of the full winter schedule Dec. 14.

Free Satellite Parking

As an additional option, the town offers free parking in satellite areas serviced by the town’s free transit system. The inventory includes the following locations available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.: Gore Creek Trailhead, East Vail Interchange Trailhead, Pitkin Creek Trailhead, Booth Falls Trailhead, Spraddle Creek Trailhead, Red Sandstone Creek Trailhead, Buffehr Creek Trailhead, Davos Trailhead and Red Sandstone Park. Parking availability is limited and some spaces are restricted to three-hour trailhead use.

Free parking will also be available at Donovan Park with 90 spaces on days when the pavilion isn’t in use. A sign will be used at the park’s entrance to indicate availability each day. Parking availability for Donovan Park will be updated regularly on vaileventparking.com.

In addition, first-come, first-served free parking, 50 spaces, will be available on the North Frontage Road across from the West Vail Mall as well as an additional 80 spaces on the North Frontage Road west of the West Vail roundabout. All 130 spaces will be available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Free emergency parking along the South Frontage Road will again be activated in overflow parking situations this season. Easily identified bus stops will be in use along the Frontage Road for added convenience. Real-time parking structure counts for the structures are available at vailparkingcounts.com or download the free Vail app.

Visit the town’s website at vailgov.com/parking or call the parking pass sales office at 970-479-2104 for additional information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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