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Dare to Dream Awake with the Vail Cascade’s Winter Bucket List Experience in Colorado

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Vail’s 50th anniversary provides the perfect backdrop to commemorate personal milestones.

VAIL, Colo. – July 9, 2012 – Life is full of wishes that often go unrealized due to a myriad of reasons, be it family, work, money or time. But what if for two days, life revolved around you and not around what you needed to, or where you needed to be? What bucket list wish would you have come true? Dream no more with the Vail Cascade Resort’s Blue Sky, Cloud Nine winter awakening. With this package, skiers and snowboarders alike will enjoy the perks and pleasures of a white carpet experience in Vail. Blue Sky, Cloud Nine guests will enjoy presidential accommodations; First Tracks Vail Mountain adventure; VIP lift access with private ski guide; hot stone massages; food and beverages and valet parking. While the package itself delivers an experience of a lifetime, Vail adds its own signature flair with its 50th anniversary celebration that kicks of the first day of the 2012/2013 ski season, Friday, Nov. 16. Blue Sky, Cloud Nine is available the entire ski season and starts at $9,760.

The Vail Cascade Resort’s experiential package is part of Destination Hotels & Resorts’ ‘Destination Dream List,’ a nationwide, multi-property initiative designed to inspire purposeful travel. Charting a route to the Rockies, the AAA Four Diamond Vail Cascade Resort combines the grandeur of the mountains with the luxuries of an award-winning mountain resort to set the stage for one of life’s most memorable milestones. 

The White Carpet Experience

For many, skiing or snowboarding is more than just a pastime, it’s a passion and these individuals know that there is no bigger rush than laying down the first tracks on a mountain. With Blue Sky, Cloud Nine, snow enthusiasts will access Vail Mountain* directly from Vail Cascade Resort via the Cascade Village Lift (#20), Lionshead or from the new gondola in Vail Village and be the first to exclusively ride Vail Mountain’s pristine white powder for one hour. Once the euphoria of First Tracks subsides, guests can continue swooshing down the mountain in style with a private ski guide and VIP lift access that eliminates wait time and maximizes ski time. 

Guests will enjoy a breakfast buffet atop Vail Mountain and then after a day of adventure, they can head back to Vail Cascade for après ski craft beer flights in the Fireside Bar and dinner in Atwater on Gore Creek. On their second day, guests can visit Aria Spa for some muscle pampering with hot stone massages and lounging in the spa’s Sanctuary. Guests have the option to stay on property and enjoy the resort’s various amenities or head out to Lionshead Village or Vail Village for world class shopping, dining, entertainment and cuisine.   With the Vail Cascade Resort’s Blue Sky, Cloud Nine package, guests can opt to experience the on-mountain component of the package solo, as a couple or with friends. Guests will enjoy:

  • Two nights’ accommodations in Vail Cascade’s presidential suite for two
  • One hour exclusive First Tracks Vail Mountain experience departing from the Cascade Village Lift (#20) or transfer to Lionshead or Vail Village (Valid for up to 40 friends)
  • All day VIP, no waiting lift access with private Vail Mountain ski guide (Valid for up to six friends)
  • Two adult all-day lift tickets to Vail Mountain (Ski rental equipment not included)
  • Breakfast buffet at an on-mountain restaurant (Valid for up to 40 friends)
  • Two 50-minute hot stone massages in Aria Club & Spa
  • Craft beer flight and dinner for two in Atwater on Gore Creek
  • Valet parking for two nights

The starting rate for the Blue Sky, Cloud Nine package is $9,760, exclusive of taxes, fees and gratuities. This experiential package must be booked at least 14 days in advance online at www.vailcascade.com or via phone at 866.808.8834 using promotion code vcbluesky. This package is available Dec. 17, 2012 – Mar. 31, 2013 (not valid Mar. 10-23 due to daylight savings) and certain rules and restrictions may apply.

More reasons to head to the Rockies While Vail’s ongoing anniversary celebrations will be a main draw in 2012/2013, the Rockies beckon bucket list makers with its collection of notable sites, experiences and natural wonders. For a complete list, visit the Colorado Tourism Office.

  • The Dwight Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel is the highest auto tunnel in the world. Bored at an elevation of 11,000 feet under the Continental Divide, it is 8,960 feet long.
  • Colorado is home to 54 14,000-ft mountain peaks, more than any other state in the United States.
  • Colorado has more microbreweries per capita than any other state. 
  • The world’s largest flat-top mountain is in Grand Mesa.

About Vail Cascade Resort & Spa

Vail Cascade's ideal location and breathtaking mountain surroundings create the perfect natural playground for all-season adventure. With pleasantly warm summers and cool falls, you can enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, strolling through the Villages and soaking up sun poolside. Frosty winter and springtime temperatures transform the hotel into a snowy wonderland with true ski-in/ski-out access.  Just like the hotel itself, dining at Vail Cascade is truly an event to be savored. Atwater on Gore Creek, the hotel's signature dining venue overlooking Gore Creek, fuses modern style with the region's natural elements. Locally inspired and delightfully enjoyed, Atwater serves creative American cuisine in a stylish yet comfortable environment for an exceptional dining experience.  A world of wellness awaits you at Vail Cascade's 78,000-square-foot Aria Spa & Club - the largest spa and fitness facility in the Vail Valley. From the moment you arrive, you feel the inviting warmth and healthy energy of a true mountain retreat. Focusing on all-encompassing wellness, Aria Spa & Club brings mind, body and spirit into balance with pampering treatments, invigorating workouts and a focus on a healthy life.  Visit www.vailcascade.com and call 800.282.4183 for more information.

About Destination Hotels & Resorts

Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held hospitality management company headquartered in Colorado. With nearly 40 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, Destination is the fourth largest hospitality management company in the country. The company’s portfolio features more than 9,300 guest rooms, 18 golf courses and 16 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Chicago, Seattle, Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Portland, Palm Springs, Palos Verdes, Maui and Lake Tahoe. The company is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises. For a complete list of properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com.

Media Contact: Lupe Hirt, MindSpeak PR, 303.859.1762, lupeh@mindspeakpr.com

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