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Affordable Creekside Gem W/Pool, Hot Tub, Free Bus. Best Winter Dates Open Now!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,342 sq. ft.
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 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:
July 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
  • 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 W/Pool, Hot Tub, Free Bus. Best Winter Dates Open Now!
average rating of 4.9259257 based on 56 reviews

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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Great place!!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the Johnson Ski House. The kitchen was well stocked with everything one would need to cook and enjoy a nice meal. Nice dishes, cooking equipment and all the condiments!! The furnishings and beds were comfortable and the house is well maintained. Kari even left us a welcome card and nice chocolates that were yummy with our wine!!

We also really enjoyed the porch by the creek, nice place for an afternoon nap. We were a little concerned when we saw how close the main road was but the creek does drown out most of the road noise when you're sitting on the porch.

I'd recommend the Johnson's place to my friends.

Pat from Houston

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're thrilled that you enjoyed your stay at Johnson Ski House! Many thanks for the great evaluation. We loved having you and hope to see you again soon.
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Everything I had hoped for in a Vail townhome.

  • 5 of 5

This property was perfect for two couples, both bedrooms have king beds. Staying right next to the river was amazing. The owner was extremely responsive, left us a welcome note and some goodies, very thoughtful. The kitchen was well stocked, including spices and some condiments. With the bus stop right outside the door, a winter vacation here would be hassle free. We will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You would Love Vail and the convenience of staying at Johnson Ski House this winter! Of course we would be honored to host you again. Thank you very much for the great review and for being absolutely awesome guests. Enjoy your summer Vail memories.
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Duxbury, MA

Terrific stay

  • 5 of 5

The condo very comfortably accommodated our party of 4 adults, and it was well outfitted. The roaring river feet away from the back of the unit was wonderful to listen to in the evening. Kari (Owner) was welcoming and provided us with lots of recommendations for restaurants and activities. The location was great in West Vail, and the shuttle bus to the village is steps away from the bus stop. We'd definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our pleasure to have such very nice people stay in Johnson Ski House. Thanks for the 5 star rating and the kind words! We are glad Vail treated you well and that you enjoyed the home. Please do return soon!
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Kari was an exceptional host, providing us with an unforgettable trip to Vail!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here in Vail for a weekend wedding, in large part due to the comfortable and beautiful property they have created here. Its closeness to much of the hustle and bustle of the city while also being more set apart and serene was the perfect combination of convenience and seclusion. The hosts were welcoming, leaving us treats and ample recommendations of eats/activities for our stay, many of which we tried and were very pleased with our picks. The highlight of the property is the creek running right behind the property and the spacious porch, perfect for a morning coffee or an afternoon read. Our hosts left detailed instructions on the property to help our stay be more comfortable and were easy to contact with any questions. We would love to come back in the near future and would recommend to anyone visiting the Vail area.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We would happily welcome you back to Johnson Ski House any time! Thanks so much for taking the time to write such an awesome review. We are very happy you enjoyed your time in Vail and at our home, and thank you for your fine care while you were in house. Enjoy the rest of the summer and your Vail memories!
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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
Best of Summer
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/New Year in Vail
Dec 16 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
Apres Ski Season
Apr 23 2018 - May 24 2018
2 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 25 2018 - Jun 29 2018
2 night minimum stay
Celebrate Independence in Vail
Jun 30 2018 - Jul 5 2018
4 night minimum stay
Wonderful Summer Days 2018
Jul 6 2018 - Sep 21 2018
3 night minimum stay
Autumn/Oktoberfest 2018
Sep 22 2018 - Oct 21 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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