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Old 01-13-2015, 06:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Going with the family to Breckenridge and Vail next month, trying to do it on the relative cheap.

Parking, and Food.

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Looks like you're riding a shuttle no matter what, so not worth the coin to park in close. Opinions?

Anywhere with rental lockers?

Anywhere on the mountain where you can get indoors/warm up and eat a picnic lunch (without buying anything)?
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Can't speak for Vail I'll let Argo chime in.

But for Breck, you can eat in every cafeteria if you bring your food. I recommend the top floor of Vista Haus, 10 Mile Station or the top of peak 10, and there's the new warming hut on peak 6.

If you can shuttle, it's better than driving in Breck. If you can get something that is ski in/ski out, that will make things ideal. If you want to park close be prepared to either pay, or poach a spot and get booted/towed.
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Old 01-13-2015, 06:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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We'll be driving in from Denver every morning, so it'll be a shuttle at Vail no matter what.
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I was at Vail last year. Most of the people in my group brought their own food and it was no problem. A woman in our group even brought Mountain House packs for lunch she had no problem getting hot water for it.

Vail was very spread out, if you guys separate it may be better to plan on meeting back at the end of the day instead of for lunch. More flat traversing than Breck or Keystone. But definitely some really nice runs. I think I paid $25 to park close in. Might be worth it for a family trip if you drive instead of shuttle.

To save a little money, consider riding Keystone. And some advice you didn't ask for, we carried 2-way radios in addition to phones. Easier to handle with mitts on, batteries last longer, and everyone hears you at once.

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You can park in Lionshead or Vail village parking lots for $25. They also have lockers at both areas but why bother with a locker if you have your car in the lot 30' from the locker. The lift is a short walk from either parking structure, no shuttle. You can also park in West Vail on the frontage road by the City Market/Safeway for free and bus in. Those spots fill up quickly so be there before 0730 to park and catch a bus in, they come every 20 minutes or so. Personally I would just pay the parking. I pay to park at Breck too.... Gondola lot there is $7 car pool over 4 people or $12 regular.

You can bring your food with you, there are public gas grills set up on the mountain too. You can eat in the cafeteria/lodge areas in eagles nest(top of gondola 19), mid vail(top of gondola 1), Two Elk Lodge(the nicest area on top of chair 14/china bowl), Belles Camp(top of skyline express in Bluesky Basin). There is also a small area called Henrys/Buffalos on top of chairs 4/11/5 that have minimal seating and also on top of chair 3 there is seating/tables in wildwood lodge. The gas grills are in Bluesky/Belles Camp and in the Buffalos/Henrys hut area on top of chairs 4/11/5.
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But for Breck, you can eat in every cafeteria if you bring your food. I recommend the top floor of Vista Haus, 10 Mile Station or the top of peak 10, and there's the new warming hut on peak 6.
Which on mountain places (other than those mentioned) are cafeteria style? We'll likely need someplace for the kids to veg out an play on electronics occasionally while the wife and I keep riding, plus places to hang for lunch.

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