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A GREAT VAIL VALUE: Townhome W/ Gorgeous Views On Gore Creek, Free Bus, WI-FI

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


Sales Tax License 2831833-0001

Keywords: Townhome

More Details

Jim and Signe Donaldson
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2018

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 flew for USAirways/American from 1983 until retirement in 2017. 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 and partner in a California law firm; one a 2012 West Point grad and captain 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 West 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
  • seating for 12 people
  • 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
    Bedroom 1, Front - 1 king
    Loft - 1 queen , Queen mattress in loft
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , The couch in the den is a queen sleeper-sofa.
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa and loft (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: Townhome W/ Gorgeous Views On Gore Creek, Free Bus, WI-FI
average rating of 4.8 based on 32 reviews

Five Stars! We Loved This Property!

  • 5 of 5

This town home is practically on Gore Creek. I enjoyed getting up early and having coffee while the creek ran by just outside the back door.

We had a large group and also rented this owners other property, right next door. It made for easy coordinating and visiting back and forth.

The property has a hot tub house with showers and is great after a long day of activities. We have not stayed here in the summer but the pool is close and looks lovely.

Aside from the views, one of the best things about our stay was the easy access to Vail Village, Lionshead and other areas of Vail Resort. The shuttle owner posted a shuttle bus schedule which runs very regularly and is free. These shuttle buses accommodate skis and snowboards on the outside.

This town home has A LOT of room for relaxing, cooking, eating and sleeping. The bedrooms are quite large and there were plenty of blankets and extra beds for babies and children. The decor is lovely and comfortable.

I can't say enough - the price was right and we will definitely return!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Must be Mike or Cindy...thanks for the nice review and for finishing the ski season with us. I really can't add much to your thorough review. We love Vail and our Ptarmigan location and, now being retired, look forward to spending more time there ourselves! Come visit in beautiful summer or fall and use that pool (or maybe tube Gore Creek when spring runoff subsides). Remember the saying, "People come to Vail for the skiing in the winter but stay because of the beautiful summer and fall!" Thanks again, Jim
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We loved Ptargmigan #15!

  • 5 of 5

Spacious and Super clean! Our family loved the close location to the river. I would high recommend this location. The whole experience was seamless.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Eric, Thank you for choosing to stay in our townhome and for taking the time to write a review. It was our pleasure meeting you and your family. Signe and I spent about two weeks in our unit next door (VRBO 499342), refreshing both units and completing upgrades that we had been wanting to accomplish for years. Retirement does grant more free time. We hope you and your family become one of our many annual returnees! Best regards, Jim and Signe
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Multi-family trip - excellent

  • 5 of 5

We had a group including two couples with three total kids in April (along with five childless friends of ours next door who rented from the same owner), and all had an excellent time. The kids loved playing right outside the back door by the creek, and the townhomes themselves are very well taken care of. We also walked into town with the kids along a beautiful path, which was great - and when they're tired, the local (free) bus home is very convenient and a quick trip.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time to submit a review. Corey was our first of two groups of guests that took both of our two Ptarmigan units in April (not July). With the units being right next door and both on Gore Creek, it is a great way for large groups or multiple families to vacation together. Spring skiing is comfortable and this time of year often has sunny days where you can enjoy a walk into town on Gore Creek's rec path. There is possibly snow in the shade and creek flow is just a little higher than winter flow, safe for children to be close to the water's edge. May, June and early July flow is high from snowmelt. The sights and sounds are beautiful but all need to use caution when close to the creek. All this being said, you just might find a couple feet of powder from a Rocky Mountain spring snowstorm! Thanks again, Jim Donaldson
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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: August 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: December 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: August 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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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

Taxes and fees are additional

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, 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 if cancellation made 60 days or more before beginning of stay, 50% refund for cancellations of less than 60 days but 30 or more days prior to the beginning of the stay.
Town of Vail Sales Tax Account #3618

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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