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Affordable Creekside Gem W/Pool, Hot Tub, WiFi, Free Bus - Choose Dates Now!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,342 sq. ft.
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights


About the property

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

A Top Value In Vail!

You will love this exceptional townhouse, 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." Savor 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 a very comfortable king size bed. 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. A 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:
May 25, 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. The scenic recreation path you catch 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, and pool and 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
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(45 traveler reviews)

Affordable Creekside Gem W/Pool, Hot Tub, WiFi, Free Bus - Choose Dates Now!
average rating of 4.911111 based on 47 reviews

May 2017 Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was wonderful the townhouse was clean and the location was just perfect. This time it was my husband and I but it would also work for our family get together. The sound of the water at night was so relaxing . I also have a bad back and after a few nights my back starts to hurt, I didn't have that problem at all the bed was GREAT! Thank you so much for a wonderful place to stay and we look forward to our next visit.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad to hear that you had a good stay in our Vail home. Our guests often tell us that they love our beds, and I'm glad you also found them super comfortable! Thanks again for choosing Johnson Ski House and for taking such wonderful care of our home. The welcome mat is always out! Please do come again.
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Relaxing escape located in the heart of Vail

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was wonderful and Kari was a pleasure.

The cabin was easy to find and, from the moment we walked in, was a sight to behold. The open kitchen and living spaces downstairs offered a direct view to amazing Gore Creek. The rest of the house was well designed and well supplied but it was the view, access to the city convinces and amenities such as the hot tub that sealed the deal.

Kari was a pleasure to rent from. She replied quickly, was flexible with our schedule and accommodating to all of those in our group. When we arrived, we noticed that she had also gifted us with a card a chocolates. All instructions were on one easy to follow page instead of a small book of rules like I've experienced before elsewhere.

If we ever have another large party joining us to the Vail area again, this spot is worth returning to--but this time, with plans to stay in the house and relax in front of a fire.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved having you! Thanks very much for the stellar review, and for taking fine care of our home. I'm so glad you enjoyed your time in Vail and in Johnson Ski House, truly a convenient place to relax and gather with friends and family. Of course you are invited to return soon. The fireplace awaits!
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Nice and cozy with a great view if the creek

  • 5 of 5

Had a great stay and this property is well maintained. Great access to the free bus with the stop nearly outside the door. Quiet and comfortable and would highly recommend! Thoughtful owner with good communication through entire process

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were honored to have your family as guests, and are so happy Johnson Ski House was a great fit for you during your Vail vacation. Thank you for the wonderful evaluation! Please do come again.
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  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for our family ski trip. It has so much room and could not be easier to to get to/from the mountain - the bus stop was just steps away. The unit was spotless and the kitchen well equipped.

The owner is fantastic!

We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for being such caring and respectful guests, and for the kind words about your stay in Johnson Ski House. We loved having you! Enjoy your Vail memories and come back soon.
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Awesome spot.....

  • 5 of 5

Super nice and clean house in a great location. Working with the owner is great and she makes it easy. Highly recommended....

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words! We do strive to provide an optimum vacation experience, and it was certainly our pleasure to host you. Please come again!
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  • 5 of 5

Our experience with staying at the Johnson's Ski House was amazing from the very beginning. The communication from Kari was professional, informative and precise. She was very helpful walking us through the process of renting their home. Her response time was immediate and she was very informative to our questions.

From the moment we walked into the Johnson Ski House we felt more than at home. It was clean, roomy and very comfortable. We enjoyed spending time on the deck listening to the river as it rushed by. It was wonderful having the kitchen stocked so we could cook meals. It was an extra convenience having a washer and dryer in the unit too! The bedrooms were big and both rooms had king size beds which were very comfortable. There was plenty of room for hanging clothes in the closets or one could use the dressers. The girls enjoyed hanging out and sleeping in the loft.

They thought of everything. This home had games, 4 tvs and a book shelf with lots of reading material. It was like having the convenience of home but being in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Who could ask for more?

The location was perfect. There were two grocery stores, restaurants and gas stations located across the highway, A convenience store was located within walking distance of the town home. We enjoyed walking along the path next to the river. It was relaxing and beautiful.

It was a wonderful mountain get away. We would highly recommend staying at the Johnson's Ski House! We would definitely come back in a heart beat.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the awesome review of Johnson Ski House. We are so happy you had such a great stay and enjoyed your time both in this wonder filled area and in our home. It was our pleasure hosting you. Please come again!
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Rates & Availability

West Vail Townhome Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apres Ski Season
Apr 24 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
May 26 2017 - Jun 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Independence Holidays
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Best of Summer 2017
Jul 6 2017 - Sep 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Colorful Autumn Days
Sep 20 2017 - Oct 13 2017
2 night minimum stay
Late Fall
Oct 14 2017 - Nov 17 2017
2 night minimum stay
Early Ski Season
Nov 18 2017 - Dec 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas in Vail
Dec 16 2017 - Dec 26 2017
6 night minimum stay
Happy New Year
Dec 27 2017 - Jan 1 2018
5 night minimum stay
Prime Skiing 2018
Jan 2 2018 - Mar 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
April Value Season
Apr 1 2018 - Apr 22 2018
2 night minimum stay

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.

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