About this listing
Amazingly reviewed 1 bed, 1 bath ski condo on free bus route with great amenities like HD LED TV, free WiFi, keypad lock (no key exchange), ski racks, and natural gas grill overlooking the Gore Creek from a private patio. Can sleep 3 comfortably.
Come relax at the Vail Spot. Mid to late Summer is an incredible time to visit Vail, with world class cultural experiences including East Coast symphonies and the International Dance Festival. The hiking can not be beat and several amazing trails are very close to this property. The hummingbirds are less active, but still around, and the Gore Creek is a treat to observe from my private patio. If you want more info about any time of year and Vail, please let me know.
This amazingly reviewed condo, located at the Vail Racquet Club Mountain Resort and hosted by an Airbnb designated Superhost, is being privately rented, read below for more information about this.
Lucky guests have access to 24-7 self check-in, full kitchen, bathroom shower and tub, Aeron desk chair and desk overlooking creek, WiFi, BluRay, HDTV and more!
Leave your car in a free parking spot and take the free bus to the mountain.
Bedroom features a handmade pine queen bed with memory foam mattress and two zone heated mattress cover. Closet storage, luggage racks, bluetooth speaker and professional artwork round out the bedroom.
Take the free bus into Vail Village or Lionshead and enjoy shopping, dining or the largest ski resort in North America. Two bus stops are a short walk away! You can leave your car in a free parking spot steps from the unit.
An olympic sized heated swimming pool and hot tubs and workout facility is right next door *for a daily fee*. Laundry facilities are right around the corner.
Entrance way storage includes cubbies for helmets and boots and racks for skis and snowboards.
Professional photography complements the design of this unit.
Hiking right out the front door and several parks nearby.
Kitchen is stocked with helpful cooking items like gourmet olive oil, vinegar, tons of spices, pots, pans, and Williams & Sonoma small appliances (Breville toaster and blender; Hot chocolate machines). The patio grill overlooking Gore Creek runs on natural gas and operates at any outdoor temperature.
Summer notes: The hammock can be assembled in about ten minutes. Disc golf, frisbee, football, basketball and tennis (two rackets) supplies are in the bedroom. (Tennis court access requires additional cost).
Hummingbirds! Yes, the hummingbird feeders do get visitors, but you have to be watching carefully. Bighorn Park is a short walk away. Parking is free in the summer at the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures.
Great location for hiking or biking, at the base of Vail Pass, the US Pro Cycling Challenge has raced right by the front door several years in a row. Booth Falls and Deluge Lake Trail hikes are close by.
Winter notes: Grill works in the cold, ski storage locker available, outdoor ski rack on patio, snowshoes and poles available to borrow (his and hers), cozy up on leather couch with a board game or watch from DVD library. Heat will be on for your arrival, no waiting in the cold.
Burton US Open (2/29-3/5 2016)
Korbel American Ski Classic
Vail Film Festival
Taste of Vail
Spring Back To Vail
GoPro Mountain Games (6/4-6/7 2015)
Vail Lacrosse Tournament (6/15-6/18 2015)
Vail International Dance Festival (7/27-8/10 2015)
Bravo! Vail: Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic (7/1-8/6 2015)
Vail frequently holds FREE concerts, contact me for more information, recent artists include:
Michael Franti, O.A.R., American Authors, Bare Naked Ladies, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The Wallflowers (Jacob Dylan), Rusted Root, Capital Cities
Private rental information regarding Vail Racquet Club Mountain Resort:
The Vail Racquet Club Mountain Resort is a fabulous property spanning over twenty acres of Vail, Colorado. It provides a true Colorado experience, with hikes and outdoor activities just steps off property, and is a short free bus ride to the hustle and bustle of Vail Village.
When you rent my unit you have full access to my individual one bedroom one bathroom unit, but do not get full access to all resort amenities. For example, if you have a question about Vail, I am your concierge, email or call me, or check online with the free WiFi. Please do not go to the front desk. If you use the guide I provide upon booking, and communicate with me you will get the benefit of long time local knowledge.
Access to the unit is through a single door with an electronic lock, you get a door code and come and go as you please, no key exchanges. You will get your door code about a week before your visit, it activates automatically at your communicated arrival time and deactivates at your departure time.
If you want to use the Resort's gym you will have to pay a daily fee, like any other resident of Vail who is not a member. You get access to two outdoor hot tubs an olympic size heated pool, modern gym and classes like Yoga, Spinning and Pilates for no extra charge. The daily fee is $25 per person per day, but discounts might be available, contact me.
Of course you can enjoy the grounds at the resort including large fields perfect for games of catch, walk along the Gore Creek, etc. (Harder in the winter snow than the summer)
Note about getting scheduled surgery in Vail: I have had many happy visitors who visited Steadman Hawkins or other amazing health resources in the valley. There is a single flight of stairs to my unit on the exterior you can see in the pictures. Once inside there are no stairs and there is a bathtub. The hospital parking lot is approximately a 10 minute drive away.
★ Artisan Olive Oil and other cooking sundries in Kitchen
★ DVD library includes Dumb and Dumber, Life of Pi and others on BluRay as well as: Raiders of the lost Ark and Matrix trilogies, SuperBad, Knocked Up, The Princess Bride, Guardians of the Galaxy, Memento and Usual Suspects and a dozen others. Also surfing, snowboard and ski movies.
★ Pull out bed is best money can buy with a real 5" mattress for incredible comfort for a pull out (available memory foam pad addition makes it even better!)
★ Living area stereo is comparable to a Bose Wave system with great sound and bluetooth connectivity
★ Home automation system allows unit to be warm on arrival and self check in (electronic lock)
★ Dyson vacuum cleaner for those who like to clean
★ Phone and tablet charger that can charge three devices at once with adapters for all types of devices (micro and mini USB, and various iOS)
★ Many coffee options - Keurig machine, refillable K cup, coffee bean grinder, regular drip machine
★ iGrill2 digital meat thermometer with bluetooth for iPhone and Android
★ Vail local to call or email for advice and questions
A note on pets:
Pets are not allowed, this is an HOA rule and I can not be flexible on it, the best I can do is refer you to a local Kennel, sorry.
Dining and groceries note:
There is a restaurant called Blu's on site, there is an incredible selection of restaurant's in Vail Village which has free parking after 3PM in the winter and parking is always free in the summer. There is a small but well equipped market called Sim's with a small liquor store a couple of minute drive away from the unit. There are larger grocery stores about a 10 minute drive away.
When you have a confirmed reservation you will get a fifteen+ page condo guide which has been correctly described as "very comprehensive" by guests. It includes everything from specific restaurant ideas to the number of forks to expect in the kitchen to instructions for connecting to the bluetooth audio system and much more. It will come by email, usually within 24 hours of booking. It will help you plan for the best possible vacation to Vail, Colorado one of the best places on earth!
The following drive times assume normal road conditions and are approximate:
1 minute - Trailhead for Vail Pass and Deluge Lake Trail
3 minutes - Sim's Market and Liquor Store
8 minutes - Vail Village Parking Structure (Gondola One access)
10 minutes - Lionshead Parking Structure (Eagle Bahn Gondola)
12 minutes - West Vail Grocery Stores (City Market and Safeway)
15 minutes - Downtown Minturn (also Meadow Mountain trailhead)
16 minutes - Native Roots, medical and retail Marijuana dispensary
17 minutes - Super Walmart and Home Depot in Avon
20 minutes - Beaver Creek free parking (Bear lot, has 10 minute bus ride to Beaver Creek Village and slopes)
90 minutes - Denver or Aspen
You have access to everything in the unit that you can see pictured. There is a small bedroom owner's closet that is not accessible (locked). All cooking supplies, including lots of spices, artisan olive oil and vinegar etc, pots pans and cookie sheets, immersion blender, you get the idea ... laundry detergent for the laundry facilities around corner ... DVD library, games, bluetooth stereos for the living room / kitchen, bedroom and even shower supplies are up for grabs. The on property hot tubs, pool, tennis courts, gym and spa are only available with an additional payment to the adjacent Health Club.
Interaction with Guests
Guest interaction is totally up to the guest. I am not present during your stay but am almost always available by cell and email. I have traveled around the world with Airbnb and know what its like when you have a quick question, so I'll always have a quick answer for you! You use an electronic keypad to enter the unit 24/7. Some guests interact very little after the initial exchange of a 15 page condo guide, some get lots of advice about restaurants, ski rentals, hiking trails, etc. Some people like to ask about amenities in advance, others want to know about transportation options. I'm always open to questions and will respond with local expert knowledge.
The unit is located in a quiet neighborhood just far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Vail Village to have natural beauty, like the summer hummingbirds and the year round view of Gore Creek. It's close enough to be convenient to the restaurants and shops of Vail city center too. In the summer the location is great for hikes and bike rides. There is a huge park just down the road (Bighorn). Elk sightings are common during calving season. This is a great area in Vail Valley which has an incredible ski mountain, unparalleled dining options and frequent world class events.
There are two free bus spots within a 3 minute walk. Vail has the largest free bus network in North America, its incredibly convenient. Park for free (1 car) at the condo and take the bus! Many guests take CME shuttles from the airport direct to the unit and never have a car their entire stay. Others bring a car, usually only using it to pick up groceries. Its really easy to not use your car during your visit. If you need to park more than one car please communicate with me in advance and we can probably work something out.
Other Things to Note
There is an electronic lock, so you will get a 4 digit pin that will provide access 24-7, this also means you can check in whenever you want (people ask all the time about late check ins). I'm also very flexible on check in and check out time when there are not guests coming or going. This isn't like a hotel with 10AM checkout usually, stay until 8PM and avoid the traffic if driving to Denver on a Sunday!
Here are just a few of the amenities in this condo:
High Speed Inernet, Wired and WiFi
HD LED TV with HD Cable
BluRay and Netflix
Natural Gas Grill on private deck
Deck overlooks Gore Creek
Keurig K Cup Coffee Machine
Hot Chocolate mixer
Williams Sonoma Popcorn Maker
Memory Foam Mattress
Electric lock, no key exchange necessary 24/7 self check in
Castro Convertible Pull out
Have an amazing time in Vail! No shoes on carpet please. Help yourself to basic cooking supplies and sundries. Feel free to borrow his and hers snowshoes (in winter) or Tennis Rackets and other sports supplies (in summer) and from a small DVD and book library.
No pets at all, sorry. No smoking in unit (take a beautiful walk though!)
You are a private renter of my unit, this does not entitle you to the full services of Vail Racquet Club Mountain Resort. Please do not ask the front desk for concierge style assistance (ask me), and do not expect free access to the spa/gym/pool. On the other hand, expect an amazing visit, you will have a great time!
This is a great little condo. Mark has really got his place stocked well! Nice large TV, Keurig and coffee, full sized fridge, comfortable couch and bed. Great setup and nice view. You do however, have highway noise in the summer, but only with windows open. Nice sitting area next to creek.
My family really enjoyed our stay at Mark's condo. It was perfect. We cooked our own meals and barbecued on the grill. The kitchen and grill areas contained everything we needed and more. My daughter slept on the fold-out ottoman which worked out perfectly. More comfortable than any fold-out bed I've ever seen (I want to buy one as a guest bed in my house!). The main bed was just as comfortable. Mark was an awesome host. Although we never saw him in person, he was very accessible by text and email. Responsive and helpful. I will definitely return next time I visit Vail!
Mark is an excellent host! If you might have forgotten something, Mark, probably has it available for you. The apartment is exactly as pictured in a quiet condo area with the stream out your front door. Definitely recommend staying with Mark!
Mark is a great host who is very interested in making sure guests have a wonderful stay. He provides extremely detailed information about his condo and Vail, and he was very proactive in his communications.
Our stay at Mark's home was absolutely marvelous. Mark has put a lot of thought into his setup. Everything from parking to sleeping, from access to the apartment to entertaining, is all considered and designed for. He has clearly perfected his process over many (very happy) guest visits. Mark was very communicative throughout our stay and always available via text. He is also available to give recommendations for bike rentals or other information on Vail.
I would describe Mark as a great host. First, his apt is clean and as shown in his pictures. And second, he was very responsive in general and went above and beyond to help out with activities in the area.
The apt was better than expected. Once you arrive, stand on the porch and look at running water about 50 feet away, you'll realize this. Great neighborhood and the apt has everything you'd need.
Would highly recommend to all.
Everything about the description of the unit was very accurate, Mark communicated extremely well from the day of booking up until just hours before we were supposed to check in. The condo was stocked with everything you could possibly need and there were even extra incidentals in case you forgot something small, Overall my wife and I were very impressed with the entire experience and look forward to returning to the unit in the future.