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Vail Cascade Offers Special Ski Conditioning Weekends in November

VAIL, Colo. – Sept.– As the winter season approaches, skier and snowboarders have an opportunity to shape up at altitude in the backyard of the largest single-mountain ski resort in North America as the Vail Cascade, managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, offers two special Ski Conditioning Boot Camp weekends in November.

During the weekends of Nov. 6-8 and Nov. 13-15, 2009, skiers and riders can shape up for the season with the resort’s Ski Conditioning Boot Camp lodging package starting at $99 per night. The offer includes a one-night hotel stay, access to Aria Spa & Club, admission to unlimited ski conditioning and athletic yoga classes at Aria, and continental breakfast. Guests can also enjoy 40 percent off of treatments at Aria Spa; the ideal remedy for soothing newly relocated ski and snowboard muscles.

During these two special weekends, Aria Club is adding six ski- and snowboard-specific conditioning classes, four ski conditioning classes and two athletic yoga classes to an already packed schedule of training opportunities.

“Vail Cascade’s Aria Club has become known locally as the best place to get in shape for the season,” said Dan Timm, general manager of Aria Spa & Club. “Our ski conditioning classes have become legendary. We wanted to open these classes and our expertise to anyone interested in fine-tuning their training technique to maximize time on the mountain this winter.”

Aria Club is the fitness facility of choice for Vail Valley residents, visiting guests and professional athletes. In addition to an extensive list of athletic pursuits, including high-tech machines, an indoor running track, tennis courts, racquetball and squash courts, a basketball gymnasium, an outdoor swimming pool, and a calendar full of unique classes, the Club’s training staff sets this gem apart.

“The Ski Conditioning Boot Camp package is ideally timed for those hoping to be physically ready for opening day at Vail Mountain on November 20,” added Timm.

In addition, Aria Spa is offering 40 percent off all spa services (excluding Songs of the Mountains packages and waxing) and 20 percent off all nail services from Sept. 16 through Nov. 15, 2009. Aria is recognized locally and nationally as one of the top spas in the Vail Valley and in Colorado.

For information or to book at Ski Conditioning Bootcamp weekend getaway visit the website at www.vailcascade.com or call 800-420-2424 and refer to booking code: VCSKICON2.

The 292-room Vail Cascade offers 27 suites, more than 80 spacious condominiums and private homes to choose from. The resort recently completed a comprehensive $30 million renovation featuring: a complete transformation of the creek side decks and patios, including an Infinity edge pool and hot tub, and three outdoor fire pits, all overlooking Gore Creek and Vail Mountain; a new restaurant, Atwater on Gore Creek, featuring contemporary American cuisine and a sleek new design; a remodeled and updated porte cochere; a new café serving grab-and-go meals and beverages; an update for the Fireside Bar; remodeled spa locker rooms; additional meeting space bringing the resort’s total to over 45,000 square feet; and a furnishings update and the addition of air conditioning to each guest room.

Nestled at the base of Vail Mountain, Vail Cascade is Vail’s only ski-in/ski-out AAA Four Diamond resort. Guests can easily access Chair 20, the Cascade lift, to explore Vail Mountain, the largest single-mountain ski resort in North America. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, an abundance of off-slope activities abound in the winter including snowmobiling, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, dog-sled rides, winter fly-fishing, ice climbing, indoor and outdoor ice skating, hot air balloon rides and hut trips.

Vail Cascade features the 78,000-square-foot Aria Spa & Club. The Spa offers more than 10,000 square feet of rest and relaxation found in 14 treatment rooms. Guests also can train and take advantage of one of the fitness center’s many programs from group classes to personalized instruction. After an afternoon of working out at the fitness center or in nature’s playground, guests can refuel at the new Atwater on Gore Creek restaurant, which opened in December 2008.

Vail Cascade is one of more than 30 independent, upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, which is consistently rated one of the top 10 independent hospitality management companies in the United States. To protect and preserve the unique communities in which the company operates, Destination launched Destination Earth, an environmental sustainability program in 2008. New for 2009 is the 582-room Terranea Resort situated on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in southern California, which opened to the public in June. The 102-acre ocean front resort features a 25,000-square-foot destination spa, three swimming pools, three ocean view restaurants and a Todd Eckenrode-designed par three golf course. In addition to Terranea in the greater Los Angeles area, Destination operates properties in key metropolitan areas and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Palm Springs, Houston and Lake Tahoe. Destination is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises.  For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com or to join the company’s loyalty program for the best offers available, visit www.destinationdelivers.com


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For high resolution, downloadable images of the Vail Cascade, please visit www.leonardo.com/destination


 

Media Contacts:
Emily Jacob McCormack, for Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, (970) 331-6145, emily@hulacommunications.com
Kristin Yantis Mettler, for Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, (775) 831-4422, kmettler@malenandmettler.com

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