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A GREAT VAIL VALUE II: Townhome W/ Gorgeous Views On Gore Creek, Free Bus, Wi-Fi"""

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,380 sq. ft.
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights


About the property

Vail Luxury At Out-Of-The-Village Prices

No matter the season, this quiet, secluded location with trees, mountain views, and the sound of Gore Creek, located only 30 feet off the back deck, will fill the bill for your next vacation. You can ski any of the 11 Colorado resorts (Vail, Beaver Creek, Copper Mt., Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe 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 full-time residents. The covered bus stop for the free Town of Vail shuttle is only a two-minute level walk from the front door. (The pool house hot tub is even closer!) A three-minute ride gets you to the Cascade Ski Lift (a quick and easy place to start and/or end your ski day); ride a little longer and get off at Lionshead or the Vail Transportation Center and Vail Village itself, offering all of the shopping, eating, and fun places that only Vail can offer.

If you choose, however, to stay in, you will also be content. Upon entering, you will know immediately that this is a premium unit. Being an end unit means that most days, natural sunlight fills this home. From the first view of the antler chandelier to the custom made natural wood bedroom furniture, you experience a 'mountain home' feeling. Owners intend to retire here themselves, so great care has gone into choices such as furniture, artwork, and window coverings. A modern kitchen, replete with all of the cooking and serving items you should need, opens onto a dining area furnished with a dining table that seats six. The wood-burning fireplace is a centerpiece for a spacious and comfortable living area. There is plenty of seating space, but two comfortable leather recliner/rockers will quickly become favorites while reading, watching television on a big-screen high-definition television, or just watching Gore Creek flow by off the back deck. In the summer, enjoy the large deck in comfortable deck furniture and cook meals outside on a convenient gas grill (grill relocated to home's front sunny, covered area during winter). A powder room and large utility room with full-size washer and dryer complete the downstairs. Go upstairs and find yourself in a lovely sitting/television area that can transform into a third bedroom if needed. The day bed, constructed specifically for this room, can, with the trundle, either make out to a king size bed or two twins. An antique armoire in this room makes a great place to unpack your bags. In the back bedroom, you will immediately be drawn to the view from a wall of windows overlooking Gore Creek; crack one of the casement windows open to hear the stream quietly running all night long. This is an especially large bedroom as it has been remodeled to include the upstairs deck space that was once there. The front bedroom has the advantage of being 'ensuite,' with its own private full bathroom. There are two full bathrooms upstairs, with excellent large soaking tubs and modern showerheads. Bars have been installed in the tubs to aid in getting in and out if needed. All three bedroom areas have their own flat-screen TVs; the center area also has a VCR/DVD player.

In the winter, walk or take the free shuttle to the Safeway or City Market; other seasons, you may choose to walk or bicycle. The townhome is a three to four minute walk to the Vail Recreation Trail, a fun path where walkers, runners, and bikers can enjoy a trip into Vail along beautiful Gore Creek. Bikers may choose to ride all the way to Avon or over Vail Pass to Copper Mt., Dillon, or Breckenridge for a good workout. The outdoor pool is seasonal, but the enclosed hot tub is year-round and only a one-minute walk across the parking lot.

Rates are lower for this unit due to owner management. Owner management is visible throughout the home in a personalized, cozy environment, rather than a sterile cookie-cutter appearance. Signature furniture pieces, personal artwork, and luxurious bathrooms all point to ownership who also enjoy their visits here!

Please, no smoking indoors and no pets.

Sales Tax License 2831833-0002

More Details

Jim and Signe Donaldson
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 11, 2018

About Jim and Signe Donaldson

Jim first fell in love with Colorado as a cadet at the Air Force Academy in the 1970s. He brought Signe, a Baylor graduate and high school teacher, here before they married in 1976. After seven years in the USAF, Jim separated from the Air Force and went to work as an airline pilot. When we realized that we always wanted our three sons to want to go on vacation with us, it seemed the ideal move to buy a vacation home in Vail. It was the right decision. The boys loved Vail as children, and now as grown men with families and friends, it is our favorite place to congregate as a family!

Jim and Signe Donaldson purchased this townhome in 2013

Why Jim and Signe Donaldson chose West Vail

We purchased Ptarmigan Townhome #15 (vrbo 118805) in 1990 and have enjoyed it ever since then as a place for ourselves and our friends as well as a vacation rental. From the very beginning, we knew that if #16 ever went on the market, we were interested. It was an end unit, therefore having more windows and receiving more light than interior units. It had been owned by a Vail/Beaver Creek builder and he and his wife had remodeled it and in doing so, given it a uniqueness. When it went on the market in the summer of 2013, we moved quickly to purchase it. Then we began to add our own touches to the property with furnishings that spoke to us -- signature pieces that reminded us of the Colorado mountains and our home.

What makes this townhome unique

We have loved Unit #15 (vrbo 118805) for over 20 years, but at times have needed more space for extended family and friends. Having Unit #16 makes it possible for us, as well as guests, to enjoy the mountains in larger groups and be right next door to one another.

We have furnished #16 together with furniture built specifically for the home and signature one-of-a-kind pieces. Each room is special to us; and we believe that you will feel the love and care that we feel for and have put into this home.

Lastly, being located on Gore Creek always makes for beautiful views, no matter the season.


West Vail Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1380 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No loud parties
  • No ski boots worn past entry hall and utility room
  • No pets allowed (also Ptarmigan Association rule for short-term guests). No visiting pets to be brought into or through the unit at any time.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Soaking tub, modern showerhead
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Soaking tub, modern showerhead
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , First floor level powder room
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Front Bedroom - 1 king , Private full bath. Flat screen TV.
    Creekside Bedroom - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , TV. Single roll-a-way in closet. Space for your Pack-n-Play.
  • Middle area between bedrooms is an open-area den with daybed w/trundle that can be made into two single beds or pushed together for a queen. The ceiling is vaulted and the floor-to-ceiling windows have attractive wooden blackout blinds. The second upstairs full bath opens off of this area. The room has an antique wardrobe for clothing, chair, reading lamp, flat screen TV and a DVD player. The room is well represented in the pictures.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • 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
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting


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A GREAT VAIL VALUE II: Townhome W/ Gorgeous Views On Gore Creek, Free Bus, Wi-Fi
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

A great find in West Vail within a few steps to the bus

  • 5 of 5

An amazing roomy, but cozy, ski home with a great view of Gore Creek just outside the sliding glass door in the family room. A nice fireplace with plenty of wood just outside the door. The hot tub is a few steps from the town home. We are a group of women who have been going to Vail for years and this is absolutely our favorite place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kay, Thank you for the kind review. Potential guests, Kay and her party have stayed with us for several years. Kay (the leader of this group) broke her leg during one of her first days of skiing! Bests wishes for a full recovery. Our two adjacent townhouse units are both on Gore Creek. They are quiet and in a quaint setting. The free Vail shuttle stops at the complex, making the Ptarmigan townhouses very convenient to Vail Village, Lionshead and the slopes without the in-town prices. We manage the units ourselves, which also helps keep our prices very competitive. Signe and I work hard to make it a place to which you will want to return!
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Terrific views and location on Gore Creek. Lots of amenities and very comfortable beds.

  • 5 of 5

Perfect for small family or 4-5 adults.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed the views and location! It is special to us too.
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Peaceful setting, convenient location

  • 5 of 5

The town house was even better in person than the pictures showed. It is furnished very comfortably and attractively. The beds were extremely comfortable with such nice bedding. There were 5 of us and we all slept very well (2 kids on the trundle bed).

The best part, as others have said, is Gore Creek right out the back door. Sitting out on the deck and just letting your mind wander is so relaxing. Lots of birds and ducks to watch as well. The creek can also be heard from the bedroom with the windows open, heavenly!

The kids would vote for the pool as one of their top amenities, very close by, with a hot tub as well.

The owners have thought of everything for their visitors - kitchen and bathroom are well stocked with all sorts of useful things - so considerate!

We had a wonderful time, and would definitely return.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Colleen, Thank you for your review. The Ptarmigan complex is a great out-of-the-village location and it has the amenities that drew us there 27 years ago. Yes, Gore Creek right off the back deck is frosting on the cake! Thanks again, Jim
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  • 5 of 5

What a remarkable place! The creek running by the condo was mesmerizing. The location was convenient to everything. Everything that was needed inside the condo was provided. We had the added bonus of meeting, Jim,

the owner. He is committed to making the place the very best! We liked it so much we have signed up for next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always happy to hear that guests have enjoyed their stay; we thank Gary for taking the time to send in his comments. Ptarmigan's location in Vail is unique, especially considering its out-of-village pricing. Gore Creek flowing just feet off the back deck is frosting on the cake that you cannot get in most village locations! Gary and his family were in our unit for a month. Our rental unit next door was changing out and was due a visit to restock/refurbish so I asked Gary if his unit had any issues (fortunately none except needing an understanding of the front door electronic deadbolt flashing lights), hence our enjoyable meeting. No one can guarantee a completely maintenance-free stay, but we do promise that we are just a phone call away from resolving any issues.
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Sitting by the river planning a return visit

  • 5 of 5

The highes recommendation I can give a place is that I don't want to leave. I am sitting on the deck of unit 16 typing this note and already planning our return visit. A wonderful home, fully equipped kitchen, and great beds. This place has truly provided the get-away we needed so badly. Thank you to Jim and Signe for their responsiveness to my questions, and for sharing their wonderful place.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kaye, we are so happy that you are relaxing at one of our favorite spots in the world -- the back deck of #16, with the sounds and the beauty of Gore Creek to enjoy! Thank you for your kind words; you were a joy to work with and we are happy that your friends could make it to join you. We will look forward to your returning some time, perhaps a different season next time. Each season has its own special beauty!
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Great property with everything you need

  • 5 of 5

This townhome backing to Gore Creek was terrific. Almost every day I would see ducks feeding in the creek from the rear windows: the secluded and natural setting added a lot to the experience. Jim and Signe were very prompt in responding to any questions I had, they were also friendly and helped when I needed a place to mount bindings and restaurant recommendations. The home also has a lot of natural wood in the window casements and upstairs beams, very attractive! I would recommend this to anyone coming to Vail, it's just a very nice place to spend your vacation.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We sincerely enjoyed interacting with Fred during his month's stay in our townhome and are happy that he enjoyed both skiing and relaxing in Vail. At retirement we look forward to being able to spend a month there ourselves! We offer our guests information sheets on restaurants, ski rental, getting to and from the Vail and Beaver Creek ski areas, maneuvering the mountains, free parking options, etc., and Fred added to those lists with some great finds. Just a note: stays of 30 or more consecutive days, are tax-free. In addition to that savings of 9.8%, we offer reduced rates for weekly stays and in most seasons, offer an even lower rate for a stay of 30 days or more.
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Eagle County
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Vail Golf Course
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Vail's Cascade Lift
Car: not necessary




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $140
Tax Rate 9.8%

REDUCED RATES: Contact owners for reduced rates for stays of 2 (-5%), 3 (-10%) 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 for cancellations made 60 or more days prior to the beginning of stay. 50% refund for cancellations made less than 60 but 30 or more days prior to the beginning of stay.
Town of Vail Sales Tax Account #3618

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.