Village Parking & Mountain Access Guide

Learn the basics of navigating Vail, both on and off the slopes. 

First Time Visiting?

If you are new to Vail Mountain, it can seem daunting to find your way around.

See below for the basics of navigating Vail including

  • Where to park
  • How to access the mountain
  • Where to purchase or redeem your lift ticket or season pass
  • Ancillary and free parking options
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Village Under Gore Range Mountains In Vail, CO.
Vail Village

Mountain Access: Gondola 1

Parking Access: Vail Village Parking Garage

Walking Time to Lift: 7 Minutes

Ticket Office Location: Yes

If you've ever seen a picture of Vail, you've likely caught a glimpse of the iconic pedestrian village. Many of its buildings were originally built by Vail's founders in the early 60s with a nod to classic European alpine architecture.

Vail Village retains a peaceful, small-town ambiance even with its world-class restaurants, shopping, cafes and late night hot spots. The heated streets make for an easy walk up Bridge Street to Gondola One.

The dining scene is amazingly diverse and one of Vail's main attractions, with Matsuhisa Vail, Elway's, Larkspur, Sweet Basil and many more.

Vail Village is also home to some of the most famous boutique and luxury hotels, including The Lodge at Vail (Vail's original hotel), Hotel Gasthof Gramshammer (better known as Pepi's), The Sonnenalp,The Sebastian, Four Seasons Resort, Austria Haus and Tivoli Lodge.

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Mountain Access: Eagle Bahn Gondola & Born Free Express Lift

Parking Access: Lionshead Parking Garage

Walking Time to Lift: 5 Minutes

Ticket Office Location: Yes

The beautiful and friendly Lionshead village is completely closed off to cars and buses, offering a short walk to the Eagle Bahn gondola (Gondola 19), Chair 8 (Born Free Express), Lionshead Children's Ski School, the Arrabelle Square outdoor ice rink (with skate rental), and numerous shops and restaurants.

Originally built in the late 60s, Lionshead was recently renovated in Austrian-inspired style. Long-time favorite restaurants Bart & Yeti’s and Garfinkel’s (Garf's to locals) anchor the diverse culinary scene. 

Also, the walk between Lionshead and Vail Village only takes 10-15 minutes, or there is a complimentary In-Town bus that runs regularly, all day long and well into the evening.

Lionshead lodging features hotels such as the Arrabelle at Vail Square, Antlers at Vail, the Ritz-Carlton, the Lodge at Lionshead and the Vail Marriott.

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Mountain Access: Riva Bahn Express Lift

Parking Access: Vail Village Parking Garage

Walking Time to Lift: 7 Minutes

Ticket Office Location: Yes

Just a 7-minute walk east of Vail Village, Golden Peak is the local's portal to the mountain, and strongly advised to avoid larger volumes at Vail Village and Lionshead Village. 

The base is home to the Riva Bahn Express Lift (Chair 6) just below Northwoods (Chair 11—a favorite area for skiers and riders alike), the Golden Peak Ski School, and is the main access point to Vail's Golden Peak Terrain Park.

There are fewer properties in Golden Peak than in Vail Village, but great options nonetheless such as Manor Vail Lodge (directly across the street from the Golden Peak base area) and The Wren (which offers complimentary skier shuttle service).

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Mountain Access: Chair 20

Parking Access: Guests only, or via Bus Stop

Walking Time to Lift: N/A

Ticket Office Location: No

The intimate Cascade Village is home to the Grand Hyatt and offers dining and mountain access from Cascade Lift (Chair 20). Cascade Village is also a wonderful base area access portal that offers bus access for guests arriving from West Vail. 

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Twilight view of Vail Village and Vail Mountain in Vail, CO.

Vail Village Parking Garage: Access to Vail Village & Golden Peak

241 E Meadow Dr, Vail, CO 81657

Lionshead Parking Garage: Access to Lionshead Village

395 S Frontage Rd W, Vail, CO 81657

Winter Parking Rates:

up to 2 hours free,

2 – 3 hours $10,

3 – 4 hours $20,

4 – 15 hours $30

15 – 24 hours $50.

Free parking in the structures for vehicles ENTERING AFTER 3:00pm until 3:00am. Vehicles parked at 1pm will be charged the 2-3 hour rate.

Summer Parking Rates:

Summer daytime parking is free and overnight parking is $35.

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Lodge exterior in Vail, CO.

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.:

  • Frontage Road Parking - will be used as overflow parking only when all other lots are filled.
  • 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
  • 725 N. Frontage Rd.
  • North Frontage Road in West Vail, 

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Useful Resources

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Lift Tickets

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Operating Hours

Current operating hours of Vail Mountain

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Trail Maps

Winter and Summer trail maps

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On Mountain Dining

Details about our On Mountain Dining Options

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Village Dining

View a curated list of all the village dining options

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Snow & Weather Report

The latest weather conditions on Vail Mountain

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Grooming Report

Updated daily

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Lift & Terrain Status

Terrain, Trail and Lift information

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