New snow for Vail ahead of busy MLK weekend
Snow started falling on Vail and Beaver Creek
Wednesday morning, ushering in an active pattern of three storms ahead of and
just after the busy Martin Luther King Jr. three-day weekend. Parking
restrictions will be in place in the town of Vail for the MLK weekend.
Tuesday marked what would have been the 90th
birthday of the civil rights leader, and his legacy has never been more
important to a nation locked in a federal-government shutdown over a southern
border wall aimed at impeding immigrant
labor vital to Vail’s economy.
Snow riders should have excellent conditions for the
long weekend, with more than 150 inches of cumulative snowfall so far this
season and a settled base of 42 inches. A few more inches of snow should fall
by Friday, when a second and more impressive storm takes aim at Vail.
“Snow will … become
more intense over the northern and central mountains on Friday and Friday night
as the wind swings around to blow from the northwest,” Opensnow.com meteorologist
Joel Gratz reported on Wednesday. “Accumulations of 5-15 inches still looks
like a good forecast with the best powder for most areas on Friday and also
powder on Saturday morning for the northern mountains as northwest flow should
bring some accumulation after the lifts close on Friday.”
Then a third storm is
in the forecast for Monday night into Tuesday.
Here’s a Town of Vail press release on this weekend’s
Restrictions to take place during Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
season parking restrictions will be in place during the Martin Luther King Jr.
holiday. Adjustments include:
- On Monday, Jan. 21, Blue Parking Pass holders will be directed to the Lionshead parking structure and Green Parking Pass holders will use the Ford Park lot. On Tuesday, Jan. 22, the Blue Pass will also be good for entry again into the Vail Village structure Monday through Thursdays until the final peak period of the season on Feb. 18, while the Green Pass will be good for entry again into the Lionshead parking structure Monday through Thursdays.
- Value card holders will pay the peak rate Friday and Saturday,
Jan. 18-19, plus Monday, Jan. 21.
- Free parking will be available at Donovan Pavilion, 1600 S.
Frontage Rd. W., throughout the holiday weekend, as no events have been
scheduled for the pavilion during these times. The spaces will be available
from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. For parking
availability all season long, visit vaileventparking.com.
- Free parking along the North Frontage Road across from the West
Vail Mall and west of the West Vail roundabout is available daily throughout
the season from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. with easy access to the bus stop.
- Free parking is offered in the Village and Lionshead structures
for up to 2 hours all season long as well as free 30-minute parking for
drop-off and other short-term needs on the top deck of the Village structure
and the passenger drop-off in the Lionshead structure with entry and exit from
East Lionshead Circle on the west side. Also, enter after 3 p.m. for free
parking in both structures until 3 a.m. seven days a week.
- Free parking along the South Frontage Road will be available
when the two parking structures are full. Watch the variable message signs for
- Vail will add additional outlying morning buses and additional
outlying evening buses to supplement the scheduled routes during the holiday.
ECO regional transit is running its winter schedule as well.
- Never drink and drive. The town offers a DUI prevention program.
Under exceptional circumstances, complimentary parking may be requested for
vehicles entering the structure after 3 p.m. and exiting by 11 a.m. the next
day. Drivers must visit a staffed booth upon exit. Authorization receipts are
available from the Vail Welcome Centers, which open at 8:30 a.m. daily. While
this service is available for limited use, please remember to plan ahead and
ride the bus, take a taxi or have a designated driver.
- For Vail transit
information, call 970-479-2178; for ECO Transit, call 970-328-3520; or for
parking information, call 970-479-2104.