Likely Parking Rate Changes for Vail’s 2022-23 Ski Season

Ski resorts across the country are increasingly turning to paid parking. Park City is set to require paid parking reservations this season, Stowe charges $30 for weekend and holiday parking, and many other resorts have either required paid parking or paid lots in option for better locations. Whatever your thoughts surrounding the practice, it happens.

The City of Vail already charges drivers for the majority of their parking, but this season things could change even more. according Summit Daily. Parking in the last season was not easy and there were often overflow days on the city roads. The Vail City Council is looking to have only 15 days per winter of extra parking while trying to meet certain greenhouse gas reduction targets.

To achieve these goals, the city would need to reduce parking by 300 to 400 cars per daywith a further overall reduction of 10% in order to meet the greenhouse gas reduction targets for 2025. Although several recommendations have been launched, it is likely that parking prices will be the only aspect to be see changes this coming season.

A dynamic pricing model, changing pricing based on the day, is the most likely pricing change. With this model, weekends, holidays, and some more unique weekdays (such as days starting or ending with three-day weekends) would be more expensive than normal weekdays, with a total of 50 peak days throughout the season. The current free parking of zero to two hours may also be reduced, with the price now applied to 30 minutes. Three hours of free evening parking after 5 p.m. was also offered, rather than the current 3 p.m. early evening time.

Again, whether you like it or not, resorts will charge more and more for parking. Yes, it’s sad that there is After fees are introduced into skiing, but honestly, if mountain resorts and towns offer alternatives like solid shuttle routes so those who actually live in town don’t have to pay for parking, then that’s ‘is it. The city of Vail, in this case, seems to offer a pretty solid bus system, so in theory this price increase would only heavily affect those going to the mountain for the day. I don’t really see that as a bad thing. It would be wrong if a mountain with few villages to know started charging for parking on every lot without excluding employees, but that’s not what’s happening here. Also, I know a lot of people love to hate Vail Resorts, but I really want to make it clear that it’s the city of Vail’s choice to increase parking, not the resort’s!

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