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Affordable Creekside Gem has Hot Tub, WiFi, Free Bus. Great Winter Dates Open!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,342 sq. ft.
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Beautiful 2 Bed/Loft -2 Bath Townhome: Many Amenities In a Stellar Location!

A top value In Vail, and one of the very nicest updated Ptarmigan units!

You will love this exceptional townhouse only minutes from the vibrancy of the downtown village area. The secluded location in a great neighborhood assures it will be quiet and relaxing when you arrive to your "home away." Delight in the space and luxury of a very nicely appointed home for less than the price of a single slope side hotel room.

Take a moment, and take in the spectacular views of Gore Creek from the large living room windows. In spring, summer, fall, and warmer winter days you can relax on comfortable patio furniture, perfect for your morning coffee or evening cocktail. The gas grill on the deck is great for barbeques all year round.

Both bedrooms are on the upper level, each with premium king size beds. A cozy sitting area between the two bedrooms has a full pull out sofa/futon. The low ceiling loft "fortress," furnished with a comfortable queen mattress, is recommended for children. Here they will find books, games, and a small video TV with a selection of movie classics. Up to 6 people, a maximum of 4 adults, will find very pleasant accommodations.

Johnson Ski House is thoughtfully furnished with all amenities you expect: quality contemporary furniture, 3 new large flat screen TVs (in the living area and in each bedroom), a Blue-Ray/DVD player, private Wi-Fi, Bluetooth unit, full sized washer/dryer, luxurious linens, and a fully equipped, newly renovated kitchen. Kitchen updates include new top quality stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. An ecological, easy switch on gas log fireplace provides instant warmth and ambiance on frosty mornings and evenings at home as you savor your Vail hideaway.

The nicely landscaped Ptarmigan grounds include a well maintained, heated outdoor summer season swimming pool with new upscale loungers, tables, umbrellas, and chairs. Ptarmigan's shared year round indoor hot tub is available for a relaxing soak after your day on the mountain - or after exploring the many tempting shops, galleries, and boutiques of Vail and Beaver Creek.

Two free parking spaces are located just out your front door. Literally steps away is the free bus stop where you can catch short rides into the heart of Lionshead and Vail Village multiple times each day and on into late night. Approximately 3 minutes away in West Vail are grocery and liquor stores, sporting goods, gourmet coffee options, fast food, popular bars, restaurants, and more.

Legendary winter skiing is a given, but do not overlook the wonders of summer and fall in Vail. Choose Johnson Ski House and enjoy concerts, art, music and dance festivals, farmers' markets, golf, tennis, fly fishing, horseback riding, sublime restaurants, fascinating and eclectic shops, biking, hiking, rafting, scenic gondola rides, zip lining, scenic drives, and more. Gore Valley Bike/Recreation Path is accessible right next to the Ptarmigan complex. It shadows the river to nearby Donovan Park, or venture only a bit farther into Lionshead and Vail - or for miles and miles in either direction. Vail has an abundance of gorgeous hiking trails to experience beautiful summer wildflowers, breathtaking vistas, and splendid autumn colors.

In winter, the unparalleled Vail ski slopes are moments away. Other snowy activites include ice skating at a choice of several dazzling indoor and outdoor venues, snow mobile tours, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, and horse drawn sleigh rides. Johnson Ski House is the perfect base camp for all of this, or for simply snuggling by the fire and enjoying board game night or a movie on the large living room TV.

Because we personally manage Johnson Ski House from Vail our rates lower than comparable homes. We charge No management fees, No resort charges, and No credit card usage fees so common in nearby properties. As long time locals we know and love this wonderful area and are happy to pass along recommendations to our guests to ensure you get the most from your time in our beautiful mountains.

We invite you to make wonderful Vail memories at Johnson Ski House. It's the perfect spot for a family vacation, couples retreat, girls get together, or weekend escape!

More Details

Kari Johnson
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 19, 2017

About Kari Johnson

Our roots are in Minnesota and Nebraska. We now have 3 generations of our immediate family living in and loving the Vail area, a nearly perfect place to enjoy unparalleled cultural, entertainment, sports and recreational activities all year round. As the familiar story goes, we came for one winter, stayed for the summer, and never left! We enjoy sharing our great affordable destination home and this wonderful resort area with others.

Kari Johnson purchased this townhome in 1971

Why Kari Johnson chose Vail

We had been enjoying yearly ski vacations in Vail, and absolutely fell in love with the town and the spectacular mountains. We knew we wanted West Vail for the convenience to local shops and services, away from the noise and night time party atmosphere of main Vail. The scenic recreation path you access right next to the complex makes it easy to walk or bike safely into the village. We invested in Ptarmigan specifically for the prime location, the well managed grounds, parking, and pool/hot tub available on premises. The two level layout of our home works great for us, providing privacy via separation of the living and sleeping areas. The bedrooms are quite spacious compared to other condos we looked into before choosing Johnson Ski House. The quiet, established neighborhood and mature landscaping with large beautiful pines made our decision easy!

What makes this townhome unique

Gore Creek! This iconic mountain stream is visible from the kitchen, dining, and living areas of our home. If you love fly fishing, you can't beat the ready access to prime gold medal water only steps off the patio. The decks allow us to enjoy the outdoors and the relaxing sound of the creek flowing by. The rec path is so convenient for a scenic walk into the village. It's a biker's dream! Our neighborhood feels very safe and "small town," yet fabulous Vail and Beaver Creek amenities are minutes away. (Did someone mention skiing?)

Guestbook comments from the owner

...Even better than the pictures. Just like a model, only cozy!
Jun 2014
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West Vail Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1342 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Resort
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • Additional sleeping space in full pull out futon/sofa in sitting area and a queen mattress in loft. Areas between the two king bedrooms are open and only partially private. These sleeping quarters are suggested for and just great for children/teens. No more than 6 guests, a maximum of 4 adults, except by express permission from owner.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
A starter supply of paper products, soaps, and detergent is included. Additional supplies are the guest's responsibility. Housekeeping during your stay may be arranged.


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Affordable Creekside Gem has Hot Tub, WiFi, Free Bus. Great Winter Dates Open!
average rating of 4.9310346 based on 60 reviews
Broomfield, CO

Charming, comfortable & clean little getaway spot!! Very nicely appointed and decorated. Enjoyed it!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely spot and we enjoyed the season’s first snowstorm! Cozy and comfortable, beautiful setting with the creek. Only downside is I-70!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had fun in Vail and got to enjoy a little of 2 fabulous seasons! I-70 is the only way to Vail, but fortunately the plows are right on top of it and get the lanes cleared quickly even after epic snows. Thanks again for the wonderful 5 Star rating and for choosing our home. Please come back soon!
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Great Vail Home!

  • 5 of 5

This place was even better than the pictures, if you can believe. It was all we had hoped for and more for our Vail getaway. Can't recommend this place highly enough, except that I want it to be open next time we come to the mountains! Comfortable and super convenient to all the area has to offer. Thanks for sharing your home with us, Kari.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you had a great time in Vail with Johnson Ski House as your home base. Thank you for the great review! Please do come again soon.
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Peaceful Townhouse By The Stream

  • 5 of 5

This is a very peaceful place to relax and enjoy the outdoors, but at the same time be very convenient to everything in Vail. Kari was very helpful and checked on us to see if we needed anything, The townhouse was very well stocked with anything you might need. The beds were very comfortable and the place was very clean. Being from the South, the only thing I found to be an issue at all, was the circulation of air upstairs. I realize that most places in Colorado do not have air conditioning, and we were there in July. There were a few fans provided, but it still was a little stuffy at night. We would definitely stay here again if we needed a place in Vail! Thanks Kari!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We thank you for the kind review. It nearly always cools off at night, and with the windows open is comfortable. Thanks for the heads up; perhaps we need to add a couple more fans. We invite your lovely family back and hope you are enjoying your Vail memories!
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Cozy, convenient, and welcoming!

  • 5 of 5

This creekside townhome was perfect for our long weekend in Vail. It was removed enough from Vail Village and Lionshead but still easy to access via the free shuttle that was literally steps from the door. And speaking of steps from the door, the back deck is yards away from Gore Creek. We regretted not having brought fishing poles! Neighbors from the other town homes will often pass right by, as the grassy area is shared. Despite being just off the I-70 frontage road, the highway noise was barely noticeable - masked by the sound of the creek. We could hear the water rushing by as we sat inside in the morning enjoying our coffee.

Nothing seemed to be lacking - the kitchen, while small, had whatever we needed and it was easy to find spare sheets and blankets for the futon, extra towels, and even a pair of scissors that we unexpectedly had need for. Bathrooms were well stocked as well, with shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. The bedrooms were equal size and similarly appointed, though one had a balcony overlooking the creek and the other just overlooked the parking area and pool. Everything felt clean and well cared for.

Kari was great to deal with; friendly and accommodating and pleasant. We'd definitely come back here the next time we head to Vail.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for the wonderful appraisal. We do try to anticipate our guests' needs and supply all you will need for a comfortable stay. Please come back soon for another fun filled Vail vacation!
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The perfect place to stay in Vail!

  • 5 of 5

We were so happy to stay here by the beautiful Gore Creek and be so near to Vail Village. The unit is close to the grocery store, deli, restaurants, bus stop and Lion's Head. It is also equipped with everything you need to cook, relax and be very comfortable. The pool and hot tub are just across the parking lot and we had them to ourselves most of the time. Our host, Kari, who lives nearby, welcomed us with chocolates and snacks and helped us with advice on where to hike, eat and what to do. We loved sleeping with windows open and hearing the creek at night and sitting out back watching the water and birds. We look forward to coming back soon for another relaxing vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Enjoying the beautiful Rocky Mountains in the Vail area is just about as good as it gets with Johnson Ski House as your home base. We are delighted that you had a great time and were able to take advantage of the unique creek side features and cool mountain evenings here. Thanks for the glowing review and for your extra good care of our home. The welcome mat is always out for a return visit!
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North Richland Hills, TX

This is a very wonderful place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

This unit is so clean and has everything you will need. The owners are SO very helpful and respond quickly when needed. The sound of the river is an added bonus. Loved it!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's hard to beat Vail in the summer, and we are very happy you chose our home as a comfortable base to relax and spend time with family. Thank you! Please come again soon.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 9.8%

Town of Vail Sales Tax Account Number/Business License #5448

Guests staying 30 or more nights are not required to pay tax.

*No more than 6 guests, a maximum of 4 adults, except by express permission from owner!*

Rates subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

We do not charge credit card usage fees back to our guests. Exception: When using non-US credit cards we do deduct the foreign transaction fees from guest deposit.

No smoking, No pets, No parties, No large gatherings.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.