Exactly what I expect in a ski lodge
I’ve been a regular guest at the Park Meadows Lodge for the past six ski seasons, and have developed quite an affinity for this funky place. It has become the traditional lodging choice for my son, (now 17 years old,) and my Christmas week ski trips, and I’ve been fortunate enough to make another journey, either with my son, wife, another friend, or solo during each of the past several years.
This is I believe the third season that the lodge has been under the management of its’ “new” owner, and while I always enjoyed staying there from our very first visit, I’m particularly fond of the current staff. They have been in all instances friendly, courteous, helpful, cheerful, and truly seem to value my business. Any issue that has ever arisen during any of my stays has been addressed quickly, efficiently, and to my complete satisfaction. (Case in point, during our most recent stay upon checking in to our room, my son discovered that the TV was not working properly. Within 10 minutes a replacement set was located, installed and running up to snuff.) On another occasion, I inadvertently left my laptop computer behind as I rushed to catch a very early flight home. No worries. One quick phone call to the staff resulted in my computers’ safe return via FedEx.
Perhaps the strongest appeal of PML for me is the value it offers. Clean, comfortable accommodations within walking distance of the lifts, free parking, free shuttle bus service to and from the Lionshead base area and lifts, small but efficient kitchens, (large enough for me to make food for approximately 40 guests during last years’ Christmas party,) and free Wi-Fi are some of the reasons that we keep returning. Other amenities include a hot tub, game room, big-screen TV with video games, tremendous fire-place in the main lodge, and what I refer to as the “Amazing Insto-Coffee, Latte, Cappuccino, Hot Chocolate Dispenser” in the lobby. PML is also located far enough from I-70 so that the night is not dominated by the thunder of the semi-tractor’s muffler breaks as they rumble along on their way up the Vail Pass. The relatively low cost of PML, coupled with the capability of cooking in our room, saving on daily parking fees, and the Epic Pass has allowed us to spend more time in the mountains than we could otherwise. More bang for our buck.
PML is as far as I know, the last of the old time ski lodges in Vail. While you could easily spend all of your time cozily sequestered in your rooms, part of the great appeal of the lodge are the communal areas. Through the years my family and I have had the pleasure of hanging out with loads of our fellow guests around the fireplace. Many of these are young seasonal workers who hail from all around the world. Others are ski addicts who know where to find a great value in Vail, or families who know how to stretch their vacation dollars.
PML is not at all luxurious, and is a far cry from the new, swanky, Disney/Alpine style that predominates most of Vail Village. It offers comfortable accommodations in a convenient location at what I believe is a better than fair price. It is in fact exactly what I expect in a ski lodge.