Season parking passes will be ready for purchase beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31 on the lower level of the Municipal Building, 75 S. Frontage Rd., 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 $25. The free voucher is good for individual customers and is being offered this season to help reduce last-minute crowding. The offer does not apply to bulk purchases.
Paid parking in the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures will coincide with the start of Vail Mountain’s 2016-17 ski and snowboard season which is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 18. 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 from Feb. 21 through March 10 to accommodate staging needs for the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships.
To coincide with the start of paid parking, Vail Transit will be increasing bus service for the East Vail, Sandstone, Golf Course and Lionshead Loop routes beginning Nov. 18 prior to implementation of the full winter schedule on Dec. 12. West Vail service will be provided as demand and construction allow with increased service once the frontage roads return to two-way traffic in early December.
There are five discount parking 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. Monday through Friday throughout the winter. Descriptions of the available parking passes and qualifications are as follows:
2016-17 Season Parking Passes
- Pink Pass, $150. 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. Note: Beginning Feb. 21 through March 10, the soccer field parking lot will be closed to accommodate staging needs for the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships. Use the Ford Park lot during this closure.
- Green Pass, $500. For employees of eligible Vail business license holders, good for parking in the Lionshead structure Monday through Thursday with the exception of the restricted days of Dec. 23-Jan. 3; Jan. 16 and Feb. 20. 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. Note: Beginning Feb. 21 through March 10, the soccer field lot will be closed for parking.
- Blue Pass, $1,100. 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 with the exception of the restricted days of Dec. 23-Jan. 3; Jan. 16 and Feb. 20. 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, $1,800. 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, $3,250. 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 $150 Pink Pass or receive discounted guaranteed space. Call 970-479-2349 for details.
The incremental rate structure for value card holders calculates the locals discount based on a percentage of the 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. 23-Jan. 3; Jan. 16 and Feb. 20. The pricing schedule is as follows:
2015-16 Vail Value Card
Sunday-Thursday (non peak) Friday & Saturday, plus holidays (peak)
2 to 3 hrs., $7.50 2 to 3 hrs., $12
3 to 4 hrs., $10 3 to 4 hrs., $16
4+ hrs., $12.50 4+ hrs., $20
Good for employees of qualifying Vail business license holders working a minimum of 30 hours per week, Vail residents and Vail property owners.
Eagle County Value Card
Sunday-Thursday (non peak) Friday & Saturday, plus holidays (peak)
2 to 3 hrs., $9 2 to 3 hrs., $13.20
3 to 4 hrs., $12 3 to 4 hrs., $17.60
4+ hrs., $15 4+ hrs., $22
Good for employees of qualifying Eagle County businesses, residents and property owners.
Previous value card holders are required to recertify their cards for the new season by stopping by the parking sales office in the Vail Municipal Building to show proof of employment, residency or property ownership. Pay-on-foot stations in the Vail Village and Lionshead parking garages enable pass holders to add value to their cards at any time once the card has been certified or re-certified by the town’s parking sales office.
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. Vehicles are permitted to re-enter the structures after 30 minutes. Re-entering prior to the 30-minute period, or “looping” is a violation of the Municipal Code.
Hourly drive-up rates during the season will be $15 for 2 to 3 hours; $20 for 3 to 4 hours; and a $25 all day cap for 4-plus hours during the same day. There will also be a $25 charge for RVs and other over-size vehicles using the Charter Bus Lot east of the Lionshead parking structure. Failure to pay owed parking fees upon exit will result in a parking citation. Charter bus parking will remain free.
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 skier parking, 50 spaces, will be available on the North Frontage Road across from the West Vail Mall seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Additional free skier parking, 100 spaces, will be available on the North Frontage Road west of the West Vail roundabout on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 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.
Call the parking pass sales office at 970-479-2104 for additional information.