Where To Park Breckenridge Ski? [Updated!]

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Welcome to the ultimate guide to parking at the legendary Breckenridge Ski Resort!

For decades, the only parking option at the resort was the garage. But with the implementation of the Village Garage initiative in 2018, it’s now possible to park in the village as well. This groundbreaking program encourages residents to leave their cars at home and take the train or bus to the slopes instead. It’s also possible to park at a nearby municipal lot for $30 a day.

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a return client, you’ll have to decide where to park before you make the journey to Breckenridge. In this article, we’ll discuss the various options available for car and RV parking, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each.

The Traditional Garage Park

Long before the Village Garage program, Breckenridge offered one of the most popular car parks in the country. Dubbed the “garage”, the lot is adjacent to the Main Street and has grown with the resort. While it provides convenient parking, the lot is not ideal for those aiming to stay fit since it’s nestled in the middle of the resort. Also, guests staying at onsite hotels have to make arrangements to let their vehicles enter the garage, as all the onsite parking spaces are occupied.

The Mountain Village Garage

After the success of the Village Garage program, the mountain village decided to join the party and offer their own car park. Named the “Mountain Village Garage”, this space gets its own dedicated entrance off of Main Street and provides direct access to the train station, hotel and ski-in/ski-out accommodations.

The downside to the car park is that it’s located at the base of the mountain, so it’s much more crowded and expensive than other options. Also, since it’s at the feet of the resort, it gets very wet during the wet season and very cold in the winter. Lastly, the village garage is for sale and has been the venue of many an illegal activity, including drug use and theft.

The Summit Metro Garage

One of the biggest and most popular resorts in North America, Squaw Valley, offers one of the most convenient and ideal car parks in the country. Conveniently located right next to the train station, the Summit Metro garage offers guests quick access to the Squaw Valley Village and Snowflake areas. This upscale, residential neighborhood provides a premium experience unmatched anywhere else in the valley.

The downside to the Summit Metro garage is that it’s a bit far from the Main Street area, which makes it a bit more difficult for tourists to get around. Also, the train stops here frequently, creating havoc with the parking options for guests trying to get away from the crowds.

The Village Express Garage

Another option a bit further down Main Street is the Village Express garage. This multigenerational garage provides the conveniences of a parking space and an indoor toiletry area, in addition to the outdoor picnic area. The downside to the Village Express garage is that it doesn’t provide a premium experience like the other options and it can only be accessed via a shuttle bus, which only runs once an hour.

Where To Park In The Village?

If you stay at one of the five-star resorts located in the immediate area or the downtown area, you’ll have no problem finding a spot in the village. The village is home to many upscale resorts and hotels, which offer direct access to the Main Street area. There are also many municipal lots located around the village that you can park in for $30 a day. However, if you stay at a less-frequent visited resort, you may not find much parking in the village. In that case, guests have to make the trek to the garage or find a spot at one of the nearby hotels. While it may be tempting to save money by parking at a cheaper nearby resort, it’s not always the best idea.

Where To Park In The Town?

If you stay in the town, you’ll have to look for a parking space near the library, brewery, distillery, and many other attractions. It also gets hilly here, so you’ll have to find a parking space that has a lift ticket. The downside to the town car park is that the services and amenities are inferior to those at the nearby resorts.

Where To Park In The Country?

If you stay in the country, you’ll have to find a spot at a remote parking lot, near the entrance to the ski area. It gets a bit hilly here as well, so you’ll have to find a parking spot that has a lift ticket. The downside to the country car park is the lack of any services or amenities, apart from the parking space.

Overall Advantages And Disadvantages Of Each Type Of Park

So, let’s examine the advantages and disadvantages of each type of park.

Garage

Garage: Advantages: Conveniently located near the train station, hotels, and ski-in/ski-out accommodations. Disadvantages: Located in the center of the resort, it’s crowded and expensive. Also, guests staying at onsite hotels have to make arrangements to let their vehicles enter the garage, as all the parking spaces are occupied.

Mountain Village Garage

Mountain Village Garage: Advantages: Conveniently located near the train station, hotel, and ski-in/ski-out accommodations. Guests staying at onsite hotels have direct access to the slopes via the gondola. Disadvantages: Since it’s at the base of the mountain, it gets very wet during the wet season and very cold in the winter. The garage is for sale and has been the venue of many an illegal activity, including drug use and theft.

Summit Metro Garage

Summit Metro Garage: Advantages: Conveniently located right next to the train station and the Squaw Valley village, which provides guests quick access to the slopes. Disadvantages: It’s a bit far from the Main Street area, making it a bit more difficult for tourists to get around. Also, the garage is a bit expensive.

Village Express Garage

Village Express Garage: Advantages: Conveniently located near the train station and the Squaw Valley village, which provides guests quick access to the slopes. Disadvantages: The services and amenities are inferior to those at the nearby resorts.

Village

Village: Advantages: Over 30 on-site restaurants, bars, and shops; 9,000+sqft of galleries, theaters, and other attractions; 18+holes golf course; marina with kayaks and canoes; 5 swimming pools (including an outdoor, heated pool); tennis and basketball courts; 5 kilometers of running and cycling trails; shuttle buses to ski-in/ski-out accommodations. Disadvantages: Since it’s located in the middle of nowhere, it gets very crowded during the day. It can also be dangerous to walk around at night, especially if you’re a female.

Country

Country: Advantages: Over 40 on-site restaurants, bars, and shops; 17,000+sqft of galleries, theaters, and other attractions; 15km of running and cycling trails; 9.5km of snowmobile trails; 1.5km of sledging run; outdoor ice-skating rink; marina with kayaks and canoes; tennis courts; swimming pools (including an outdoor, heated pool); golf course. Disadvantages: There is no direct access to the slopes, so guests have to find a way to the top of the mountain.

Where To Park If You Plan On Visiting Other Resorts

If you plan on visiting other resorts, there are a few options you can consider, depending on how long you’ll be gone and how much driving you’ll have to do. For example, if you’re staying overnight at a four-star resort and plan on driving to a three-star resort the next day, you may have to find a spot at the three-star resort during the day. While it’s not ideal, it’s still better than finding a spot at a four-star resort and missing out on some great turns because you couldn’t find a parking spot at the three-star resort.

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