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A GREAT VAIL VALUE II: Townhome W/ Gorgeous Views On Gore Creek, Free Bus, WF

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,350 sq. ft.
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights


About the property

Townhome, 3 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

No matter the season, this quiet, secluded location with trees, mountain views, and the sound of Gore Creek, located only 20 feet off the back deck, will fit the bill for your next vacation. You can ski any of eleven Colorado resorts (Vail, Beaver Creek, Copper, Breckenridge, Keystone, A-Basin, Steamboat Springs, Aspen's three mountains, and Ski Cooper) and still drive home for the night to a cozy fire and comfortable king-size beds.

This is a property with only 38 townhomes, many of which are lived in by permanent residents. The covered bus stop for the free Town of Vail Shuttle is only a two-minute level walk from the front door. A three-minute ride gets you to the Cascade ski lift; ride a little longer and get off at Lionshead or the Vail Transportation Center and Vail Village itself, offering numerous quality restaurants, night spots, and incomparable shopping.

If you choose, however, to stay in, you will also be content. This newly remodeled unit boasts a kitchen with granite counter tops, rustic cherry cabinetry, and new appliances. It is furnished down to the wine glasses! The glass-topped dining room table seats six, but there is also a second table in the sunken den which seats four. Turn the gas fireplace on to take the chill off of an early morning or to quickly warm up the home and mood after a day of outside activity. The spacious upstairs front bedroom and creek-side bedroom boast comfortable king-size beds and flat-screen TVs and the middle bedroom has a queen-size bed with TV/VCR/DVD player. The unit has a ladder to the loft above the stairs. It has a queen mattress and desk lamp on a bench. Finally, the den couch is a sleeper sofa which adds to your sleeping options.

In the winter, walk or take the free shuttle to the Safeway or City Market; other seasons, you may choose to bicycle. We are within a couple of minutes from the Vail Recreation Trail, a fun path where walkers, runners, and bikers can enjoy a jaunt into Vail along beautiful Gore Creek or perhaps a ride all the way to Avon or Breckenridge. The summer outdoor pool and year-round enclosed hottub are a one minute walk across the parking lot from the front door.

Rates are lower for this unit due to owner management. Owner management is visible throughout the unit in a friendly, cozy environment, rather than a sterile cut-out cookie. Art work, mirrors, and bathrooms with intricate tile work all point to ownership who also enjoy their visits here!

Free highspeed wireless and ethernet connection, HDTV and Flatscreen TVs


Keywords: Townhome

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Jim and Signe Donaldson
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 21, 2017

About Jim and Signe Donaldson

We have been married since 1976. I am a 1974 United States Air Force Academy grad, who, after pilot training, served a total of seven years. I have flown for USAirways since 1983. Signe is a 1972 graduate of Baylor University. She taught high school English, drama, speech and debate classes until 1983. We have three sons; one a 2003 USAF Academy grad and infantry major in the Marine Corps with four combat tours (3 Iraq, 1 Afghanistan); one a 2011 UCLA Law School grad working for a California law firm; one a 2012 West Point grad and lieutenant in the U.S. Army with one combat tour in Afghanistan.

Jim and Signe Donaldson purchased this townhome in 1990

Why Jim and Signe Donaldson chose Vail

I have loved the Rockies since I went to school in Colorado. A roommate's parents lived in Vail so I skied there and other ski areas as a cadet. I have skied all over the country and in Europe and have found Vail to be, in my opinion, the finest ski resort . Signe and I loved the charm of the village and surrounding area when we visited Vail together. Finally, we thought it would be a place where our children would always look forward to vacationing with us, no matter the season of the year. It has been true. We have purchased the next-door Unit 16 vrbo 499342 for our future retirement home. We are also renting unit 16.

What makes this townhome unique

If you are looking for accomodations for up to 15 people, we also own and rent Unit 16 vrbo 499342 Our townhomes' position on Gore Creek is one of the most charming benefits of this property. The backs of the units have stunning views of the creek. The view and sound of the creek change with every season. The gas fireplace in 15 makes having a fire at any time, effortless, safe and pleasurable. The Unit 16 fireplace is traditional woodburning. The units are comfortable, quiet and very well appointed, requiring little more than your own foodstuffs. Finally, location is an asset. Vail's free shuttle stops 125 level paces from the front door. It is a three-minute ride to the closest ski lift and a 10 minute walk, if you choose, to the Safeway and City Market grocery stores, among other businesses (hardware, gas, fast-food, restaurants, wine/liquor, etc.). The beautiful Vail Rec path close to Gore Creek is just a three-to-four minute walk away!

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a fantastic week! Great accommodations and wonderful weather. This place is so awesome. We were close to everything and appreciate how well stocked you keep your home. It sure made our trip easy and convenient.
Mar 2001
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West Vail Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1350 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • River
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs off hallway between front and back bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Downstairs, fully-tiled, glassdoor shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2, Middle - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3, Back/Creekside - 1 king
    Loft + Den - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen mattress in loft and in den sofa
    Bedroom 1, Front - 1 king
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2)
  • Audio Tape Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Shared Hot Tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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A GREAT VAIL VALUE II: Townhome W/ Gorgeous Views On Gore Creek, Free Bus, WF
average rating of 4.7727275 based on 29 reviews
Amarillo, Texas

Family Birthday Gathering

  • 5 of 5

We wanted to go to Vail to celebrate my 75th birthday, and as we were going to have family with us, we needed a place with at least 3 bedrooms. We chose this beautiful townhome on Gore Creek and were not disappointed. Although this home did not offer the Book Now feature, the dashboard was available. We simply contacted the owners and they made the entire process an easy one. (It also saved us VRBO's booking fee.) Working with them was convenient; they were always available by phone or e-mail if we had a question. Two reserved parking spots right in front of the ground-level entry home made it very simple to unload and then load again. The setting backing onto the creek is enjoyable at any time of day. (And as a bonus, I could fish there when I didn't feel like driving to other fishing destinations.) This particular home had a gas burning fireplace, so even though it was summer in Vail, the early morning temperatures made a morning fire an easy and nice touch. We were three couples and we found the home to be spacious and comfortable. You can tell that much care has been taken with the furnishings. The beds were very comfortable. We had many of our meals there and the kitchen was great. We found everything that we needed to fix any type of meal. The grill on the back deck is a nice addition. We will definitely return!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dick, thank you for taking the time to review your stay. We are happy to hear that you, your family and friends enjoyed your time at Ptarmigan! It is a very beautiful and unique location in Vail, a quiet townhome complex with many units just feet from Gore Creek. We hope the fishing a few feet from our back deck was successful. This portion of Gore Creek has been designated a part of Colorado's Gold Medal Waters. Happy 75th; we look forward to your making many returns!
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Littleton, CO

Good value, okay place

  • 4 of 5

This place was fine. Loved the river out the back door, the bus stop at the end of the parking lot and the hot tub. It was clean, everything worked, no problems.

I should have looked a bit closer at the 2nd bedroom. It's tiny and has an accordion door across one whole wall. Also, all 3 upstairs bedrooms, share one bath. Though, there is another on the first floor. It's all their in the owner info if you look it, but it eluded me.

I have no regrets about renting the place, just wanted to point out the info re the bedroom configuration.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, Casey. Guilty as charged: great location and view of Gore Creek, convenient bus stop, nice hot tub, clean and neat condition, good working order, two bathrooms, two large bedrooms and one small. All Ptarmigan units were initially built with the same floor plan with two large upstairs bedrooms. The middle sleeping area did not exist. The second floor was open from the ground floor dining room area through the second floor to the vaulted ceiling and skylight. Over the years most units have dropped in a floor above the dining area, usually creating a sleeping area. Some have also added a permanent wall and some nothing at all, leaving the area open to the hallway. We installed an accordion door to give some privacy and, if desired, to allow the hall to be a part of the room space. Regardless, it is a small area, but we feel it is well represented in our pictures, picture narratives, video, etc. The middle bedroom fits much in the limited space with a dresser, hanging rack, bedside table with reading light, flatscreen TV and DVD player. Thank you, Casey, for also pointing out what really makes Ptarmigan Townhomes a great value: its location. The bus stop at Ptarmigan's entrance is a three-minute ride to the non-congested Cascade Lift bus stop and then a two minute walk from the free bus to the lift. If you do not get off at Cascade, the next stop gets you into Lionshead and then into Vail Village. We have repeat guests who stay for a week to a month and do not rent a car because of the bus option and walkability to stores, restaurants, etc.. Finally, Ptarmigan nightly rates are significantly less than Vail Village prices. Our location on Gore Creek is frosting on the cake!
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Chattanooga, TN

A Great Place to Stay)

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect place for a vacation with my 2 daughters! The condo had everything you could possibly need and was very well equipped. Great location, beautiful surroundings, and very inviting. I would highly recommend and plan on coming back.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review! Our goal is to maintain a vacation home that will make guests want to come back again. Summer Vail is a beautiful season!
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Milwaukee, WI

Perfect Vail Ski Condo. Absolutely Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect choice for our ski trip to Vail. There are 3 full bedrooms upstair plus a sleeping loft, so there's lots of room for a group or family. The bathrooms are nicly finished and there was plenty of hot water for showers. The condo was perfectly cleaned when we arrived and stocked with linens and paper goods for our stay. The living room on the main level (and the back upper bedroom) has a fantastic view of Gore Creek only 30 feet outside the big glass door. Probaby the biggest selling point for this condo is that there is a Vail bus stop right at the driveway entrance! On that bus to the Vail Cascade Lift is only about 5 minutes, and only another 5 minutes to Lions Head Village. The front door is locked with an electronic combination so no one needs to carry keys. That makes for an easy day for people to ski, shop, eat, or whatever else on their own schedules. Everyone can come and go independently and have access to the unit. The owners are nice, professional, and super-easy to work with. I have no hesitation in recommending this rental, I will certainly put this as number-1 on my list when I visit Vail again.

March 2015

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, George. We are happy that you enjoyed many of the benefits that we enjoy in our Ptarmigan units. The views of Gore Creek can't be beat and we work very hard to guarantee that the inside of the units equals the outside. And you are correct, the location and accessibility of the free shuttle and ski slope is perhaps the biggest plus. We hope you will return in future years!
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Great Location...Very nice owners

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time renting in West Vail, and both the location and the condo were great! The bus stop is right at the entrance of the Ptarmingan Development (about a 2 minute walk) and a couple of stops past the Cascade Village area. Very convenient to the food markets also. Staying in this area really added to our Vail vacation experience.

The beds were very comfortable and there was lots of good lighting, especially for reading. Plenty of storage area for clothes in the bedrooms. The kitchen area was well stocked with cookware, plates, glasses and silverware. Additionally there was plenty of soap and laundry detergent supplied. The laundry room had space for the skis, boots and poles.

The owners made renting the unit a very easy experience and were very responsive. They even provided a humidifier for us while we were there, which is a life saver. They definitely have put thought and care into the property even though it is a rental. Plan to rent again!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always happy to hear that guests have enjoyed their stay In our townhome. The complex's location and access to Vail's free bus is something we too enjoy. We plan to retire in our rental unit next door. We do strive to keep the unit well stocked and to be responsive to the questions and complaints of our guests, which we solicit. Even though we live in Philadelphia, one or both of us visits our units every three-to-four weeks during ski season (I work for an airline) to restock, repair, etc.; things our maid doesn't have on her list of things to do during the quick turn-arounds of the ski season. Our guest's comments help us know what to address. We look forward to having Evelyn and her group return!
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Awesome condo! Perfect for having friends in town

  • 5 of 5

This place was great! Had everything you needed: ample sleeping room, hot tub (shared with condo community, but we were the only ones who used it), 30 second walk to shuttle to slopes which is about a 5 minute ride. IF you are having friends in town or just want to have a place of your own for a weekend at vail this place is perfect, tremendous value for the price per night. Only downside were the thin walls to the neighbors condo, we were listening to music at a very reasonable level at about 8:30pm and the neighbors asked that we turn it down. I think it was just that the speakers were up against the shared wall. Nonetheless, friendly and polite neighbors, wasn't an issue we were just conscious of our noise level the rest of the time.

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mike, thank you for your review. Yes, we also love the hot tub and the convenience of the free shuttle. Growing up, our sons loved the freedom of venturing around Vail on foot and on the shuttle. It allows everyone the option to start and stop their day/night at different times, if needed. Noise through the walls? Yes, we are community living. We own/rent that unit too; in a couple of years it will be our retirement home for the majority of the year. Hope to see you again!
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Vail Mountain Ski Resort
Gore Creek
Vail Nature Center
Red Lion
Ore House Restaurant -- CLOSED
Car: not necessary

Easy access to walking, running and biking on the beautiful Gore Creek Recreational Path. Heading east, this path goes to Cascade, Lionshead, Vail Village, East Vail, over Vail Pass (10,600 ft.), down to Copper Mountain, through Ten Mile Canyon to Frisco and Dillon, finally ending in Breckenridge.


Rates & Availability

West Vail Townhome Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 2 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2016
Sep 5 2017 - Nov 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Ski Season
Nov 17 2017 - Dec 18 2017
3 night minimum stay
Holiday Ski Season
Dec 19 2017 - Jan 5 2018
6 night minimum stay
January Special
Jan 6 2018 - Feb 9 2018
3 night minimum stay
Prime Ski Season
Feb 10 2018 - Mar 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
Spring Ski Season
Mar 31 2018 - Apr 22 2018
3 night minimum stay
Apr 23 2018 - Jun 1 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $140
Tax Rate 9.8%

REDUCED RATES: Contact owners for reduced rates for stays of 2, 3 and 4+ weeks. NO TAX on stays of 30 or more nights. Longer stays require final balance be paid earlier. Date for full refund for cancellations will match final balance payment due date.
NO SMOKING, NO PETS ALLOWED $450. per Violation Minimum, $500 refundable security/damage deposit may be required, depending on rental history and form of payment. Credit card information remains on file for security/damage deposit.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Full refund minus our costs, ie. minus the 2% of amount charged to date that we have paid for credit card processing (no loss if paid by check), if cancellation made 1 month or greater before beginning of stay, 2 months for Holiday Ski Season and stays of 10-20 nights and final balance due date for stays of 3+ weeks. Cancellations made after balance due date, you will be refunded funds collected from rerenting cancelled nights minus any loss we incur, i.e. our costs for special feature advertising (filling unit on short notice), loss of rental income by having to offer property at a special rate. Town of Vail Sales Tax Account #3618

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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