Timely notifications and announcements to help you plan your season.
Season parking passes are available for purchase on the lower level of the Municipal Building, 75 S. Frontage Road. Paid parking in the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures begins Friday, Nov. 16.
Vail’s winter parking pass rates and related policies were adopted by the Town Council at its Oct. 16 meeting after reviewing recommendations from its citizen-based Parking & Transportation Task Force. This includes the return of two-hour free parking, no price increases for season pass discounts or hourly parking, and introduction of an additional employee pass option for access to the new Red Sandstone parking garage which will open next month.
The new Red Pass is priced at $450 and will be sold to eligible employees of Vail business license holders. The garage is located at 559 N. Frontage Road W. and will provide up to 120 spaces for pass holders Monday through Friday and will expand to 160 spaces on Saturdays, Sundays and school holidays.
Another change this year will be restoration of the two-hour free parking period in the structures. This was shortened to 90-minutes last season to create more turn-over of spaces and make it harder for abuses by those who routinely move their vehicle to avoid paying for parking. However, the town fielded numerous complaints indicating the 90-minute period didn’t allow enough time for shopping, dining or enjoying activities at the library or Dobson Arena.
Also returning this season will be free parking in the structures upon entry after 3 p.m. This program was introduced in 1996 to encourage après ski vibrancy and has become popular with guests and residents.
With the addition of the Red Pass, there will be six discount season parking passes available this winter, 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:
2018-2019 Discount Season Parking Passes
2018-19 Hourly Parking Rates
Hourly parking rates approved by the Town Council for the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures are as follows:
2018-19 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. 21-Jan. 2; Jan. 21 and Feb. 18, plus all Fridays and Saturdays. The pricing schedule is as follows:
Vail Value Card Rates
Good for employees of qualifying Vail business license holders working a minimum of 30 hours per week, Vail residents and Vail property owners.
2018-2019 Eagle County Value Card Rates
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.
To coincide with the early opening of Vail Mountain, Vail Transit will be increasing bus service on the Ford Park, Lionsridge Loop and West Vail Express routes beginning Nov. 14 prior to implementation of the full winter schedule on Dec. 10.
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 100 spaces on the North Frontage Road west of the West Vail roundabout. New this season, all 150 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.
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