Parking updates for Vail and Beaver Creek, 2017-18 Winter Season

By Caitlin Row | Thursday, November 30, 2017

The eternal question for Vail and Beaver Creek skiers and snowboarders is: Where should I park?

Everything Vail Valley has answers for the 2017-18 Winter Season spanning free and paid parking options.

Vail & Lionshead

With a little knowledge there are lots of options for Vail Mountain skier parking.

According to a Town of Vail flyer, Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures offer free parking for the first 90 minutes. Then it's $5 for 1.5 to 2 hours; $10 for 2 to 3 hours; $20 for 3 to 4 hours; and $30 for 4 to 15 hours. Parking is free when entering the structure after 3 p.m. Both Vail Village and Lionshead structures offer convenient access to Vail Mountain. South Frontage Road overflow parking is available when both parking structures are full until 11 p.m.

Town of Vail additionally offers six multi-port electric vehicle ChargePoint charging stations. Five are located in the Vail Village parking structure, and one is available in the Lionshead garage.

The same flyer notes that 75 free spaces are available daily on N. Frontage Road, which is located across from West Vail Mall, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday only, 100 more free spaces open up on N. Frontage Road west of the West Vail Roundabout; these spots are available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Donovan Park (1600 S. Frontage Road W.) offers 90 free spaces when the pavilion is not in use from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Visit and look for signage if seeking to park at Donovan.

Free trailhead parking is also available, though spaces are often limited and sometimes restricted to three-hour use. Gore Creek Trailhead, East Vail Interchange Trailhead, Pitkin Creek Trailhead, Booth Falls Trailhead, North Trail Spraddle Creek Trailhead, North Trail Red Sandstone Creek Trailhead, North Trail Buffehr Creek Trailhead and North Trail Davos Trailhead all offer parking.

A free Town of Vail bus offers frequent pickup and drop-off times along a well-developed route. Learn more about the free bus at The winter route begins December 11 and runs from East Vail to West Vail.

Learn more detailed information at or by calling (970) 479-2445.

Beaver Creek

There are multiple parking options for skiers and snowboarders at Beaver Creek Resort.

According to the resort, valet parking is $50 a day and available during select weekends and holidays. 

Ford Hall Garage is located in Beaver Creek's main village before the skier bridge. Villa Montane Garage is covered and heated; it's located across the street from Vilar Performing Arts Center in the main village. Rates for covered parking are as follows: 60 minutes free before 5 p.m.; 2 hours free after 5 p.m.; up to 3 hours is $15; 3 to 4 hours is $25; and more than 4 hours is $35.

Shuttle-serviced parking lots offer less expensive options for skiers and snowboarders. Bear Lot is found at the west entrance base, and Elk Lot is located at the main entrance base. Up to 1 hour is free at both lots, then there is a daily flat rate of $10 for those who park before 1 p.m. After 1 p.m. both lots are free. A 10-day punch pass costs $75.

Call (970) 949-4911 for more information about Beaver Creek Resort parking.

About the Author Caitlin Row
Caitlin is a Vail local. She loves to ski, play in the snow (preferably with her dog) and taste all the Vail Valley has to offer.