I enjoyed reading your TR, glad you had a good experience.
On the Vail website,, there is information about the free parking lots. We always use the one at the Nordic Center; the bus from there drops us off at Golden Peak (where we like to start skiing because it's centrally located)--the walk from the bus stop to the lift is very short. We've never tried the Donovan lot because we stay in Frisco and are coming from the east. Sorry you didn't see that information.
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