A friend of the Park Rag sent a message about Vail that said… “yeah, cheap pass to get you in the door but then charge you for breathing on the mountain”. Our minds naturally went to the low hanging fruit of additional charges… parking. That led us to research what is charged for parking at or near a Vail resort:
- Vail: $25
- Breckenridge: $5-$20
- Keystone: mix of free and paid (gondola and certain parking lots paid)
- Heavenly: mix of free and paid (gondola parking paid)
- Beaver Creek: free
In the past, PCMR had an add-on to their pass that included underground parking. It wouldn’t be a leap for Vail to begin charging for the underground lot and the surface lot at PCMR. The same could be easily justified for Canyons. If you want to park all day at the lot at the Cabriolet lift, it may cost you. Of course free parking will be available at a not-too-far-but-not-too-close lot via a shuttle for free. If you see some parking lot construction equidistant from PCMR and Canyons, you’ll know we are on to something.
While any parking charges will likely be announced long after most of us have bought our Epic Passes, it wouldn’t surprise us to have to pay an extra $10 per day to use it.
h/t to ASM for suggesting this idea