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Monday, February 9, 2015

Ski Championships venue reminder for Feb. 10

On Day 9 of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, the fun moves to Golden Peak Stadium in Vail for the Nations Team Event. Gates will open at noon. Seats will be limited, so plan to arrive early or be prepared to stand on the snow for this exciting event.

The Nations Team Event is the only team race in the World Championships program. Teams of 4 athletes (2 men, 2 ladies) compete on a parallel GS course in head-to-head match-ups. Each skier gets a chance to race on both lanes of the parallel course, after which the team with more head-to-head wins advances to the next round. The event has a maximum of 16 teams.

Spectators are reminded that all bags will be searched prior to entering the Golden Peak Stadium. For important information on the bag screening process, visit the Event Venues page at

Please note that Vail Valley Drive will have traffic restrictions in place on Feb. 10 from noon to 4:30 p.m. Residents should approach from the east. ADA parking and drop-off is available at the Golden Peak Lodge and the Golden Peak Children’s Ski School.

Free parking will be available in Avon at the Elk, Bear and Rodeo lots with free shuttles to Vail on the Vail/Beaver Creek Express. There are approximately 2,500 close-in parking spaces available at Vail’s two parking garages. The parking spaces, 1,800 of them covered, allow skiers and snowboarders quick and easy access to Vail Mountain via Gondola One in Vail Village, Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead or Riva Bahn ski lift at Golden Peak. The $25 all day rate is good seven days a week for a 24-hour time period, which begins when entering the structure. Cash and credit cards (Visa/MasterCard) are accepted.

The Frontage Road will be used as overflow parking when all other lots are filled. Please refer to the variable message signs located at the Main Vail off ramps at exit 176 to make sure the overflow parking option is legally available upon your arrival. Hosts at the parking garages will be on hand to advise you about available parking options. Once the Frontage Road has been released for overflow use, park on the I-70 (north) side of the roadway, leaving as much shoulder area as possible for your safety; avoid blocking driveways; and leave plenty of space, as much as 50 feet, at intersections. Perimeters on the Frontage Road which prohibit parking will be clearly marked. During overflow situations, this parking is free and available until 11 p.m.

Free outlying parking is available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. All areas listed below are serviced by the Town of Vail transportation system. Bus frequency varies from 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on the time of day. Red Sandstone Park (15 spaces); North Frontage Road (70 spaces); West Vail, across from the West Vail Mall. For directions, call 970-479-2104.