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Veterans Day Promotion in Atwater on Gore Creek

The U.S. Armed Forces is considered one of the world's largest militaries, comprised of countless service men and women that dedicate their lives to serve and protect the red, white and blue. To show gratitude for their fearless contributions, Vail Cascade Resort's Managing Director John Garth invites all active and retired service personnel to enjoy a FREE dinner entrée on Monday, November 10 or a FREE breakfast, lunch or dinner entrée on Tuesday, November 11 in Atwater on Gore Creek, the hotel’s signature restaurant.

Soldiers know firsthand that a home cooked meal is hard to come by when deployed. While Garth recognizes that the Vail Cascade cannot singlehandedly make up for the number of missed meals, the hotel aims to do their part to narrow the margin one meal at a time.  

“Our nation is a beacon of freedom thanks to the millions of men and women who have fought and continue to fight to protect our rights, liberties and independence, said Garth. “We are eternally grateful for their years of service and look forward to now serving them at our Vail hotel on Veteran's Day."

To make a reservation, please visit Atwater on Gore Creek or call (970) 479-7014.
Valid military ID is required. One entree per personnel. No other purchase is required and all taxes are included. Gratuity and alcoholic beverages are excluded and advanced reservations are recommended.

Photo credit: Veteran's Day promotion in Vail, Colorado.

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Vail Cascade named Top 10 Most Popular Après Ski Hotels

Each season, millions of travelers come to Colorado to enjoy our epic winter playground and thousands choose Vail Cascade Resort as their base camp to mountain adventure. With a full-service ski concierge, Charter Sports rental shop, lift ticket box and Chair 20 lift access, it's no wonder named Vail Cascade as a "Top 10 Most Popular Après Ski Hotels".

Check out the full story here.

To book your winter vacation in Colorado at Vail's premier ski-in/ski-out resort, check rates and availability now. Great hotel rates and ski packages available.

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Vail Cascade Resort, A Destination Hotel, Announces Promotions & Team Hires

As the Vail Valley's largest hospitality employer, Vail Cascade Resort, a Destination Hotel understands the role each associate plays in maintaining one of the region's top TripAdvisor ratings. One of its key efforts to retaining talent is creating a work environment that gives associates the opportunities to advance and diversify their career paths. As such, John Garth, managing director at Vail Cascade Resort, A Destination Hotel, announced four promotions and one new hire. Carly Mietzner was promoted to Spa Manager; Chris Bates was promoted to Executive Chef; Jonathan Seidt was promoted to Director of Banquets and Outlets; Jolene Sandoval was promoted to Executive Meetings Manager and Angie Sheehan was hired as National Sales Manager.

"Our associates are a large part of our commitment to customer service excellence," said John Garth. "It is because of their unwavering dedication and everyday support that we are able to serve our guests. In turn for their loyalty, we are thrilled to reward them with career advancements and opportunities to continue to grow in our family and succeed in their professional lives."

Carly Mietzner, Spa Manager
Carly Mietzner was promoted from spa supervisor to spa manager. With 14 treatment rooms, five manicure and pedicure stations, a private sanctuary and a medley of other spa experiences, Carly takes the reins of one of Vail's largest award-winning resort spas. In this new role, Carly is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Aria Spa, including managing the spa's finances, employees, and menu development and guest services. Additionally, she will work closely with promotional and product partners to outfit the spa's retail store with the best in apparel, accessories and beauty and skincare products.

Chris Bates, Executive Chef
Chris Bates was promoted from sous chef to executive chef. In this position, Chef Bates will oversee all culinary operations for our AAA Four Diamond resort, including banquets, Atwater on Gore Creek, The Market Cafe, poolside and in-room service and offsite group and event functions. His key responsibilities span hiring, training, menu development, providing support and cooking alongside his team in the kitchen. As a celebrity chef for Food Arts and Gourmet magazine and guest chef at food and wine events throughout the country, Bates is culinary maverick with the business skills necessary to lead and inspire his team.

Jonathan Seidt, Director of Banquets and Outlets
Jonathan Seidt was promoted and expanded his role from director of banquets to director of banquets and outlets. As a full-service resort with 45,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space, the Vail Cascade Resort, A Destination Hotel, is a venue of choice for special events, weddings and group meetings. In this role, Jonathan is responsible for working with his team to deliver the attention to detail, service and capabilities to ensure every event is flawlessly executed. As Director, he will also take a more active role in budgeting and forecasting, working closely with management to explore new practices to make staff as efficient as possible. 

Jolene Sandoval, Executive Meetings Manager
Jolene Sandoval was promoted from reservations manager to executive meetings manager. A newly created position, Jolene will work with the resort's sales team to meet the significant short-term demand the resort is experiencing from smaller meetings and conferences. In this role, she will be responsible for both the sales phase prior to arrival, as well as event services to the group once onsite. During her 4 year tenure at the resort, this is Jolene’s third promotion and a complete new venture into sales from her previous roles in reservations.

Angie Sheehan, National Sales Manager
Angie Sheehan joins the sales team as a new national sales manager. Based in the Vail office, Angie is responsible for working with conference group planners in healthcare and medical. Prior to joining Vail Cascade Resort, A Destination Hotel, Angie worked in the conference service office at Keystone Resort, where she was promoted to a national sales role with Keystone Resort in 2005 and continued there until moving to a sales position at The Sebastian-Vail in 2012. She is an active member of Destination Colorado and MPI, and has strong relationships with the team at the Vail Valley Partnership.


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Rebalance Life with a Meditation and Yoga Retreat at Aria Athletic Club’s Yoga Studio

Om. Om. Om is an idyllic way to begin and end a yoga or mediation session and align yourself with the harmonic resonance of the universe. As we head into the hectic pace of the winter season, the yoga team at Aria Club invites you to take the time to care and nurture yourself. Escape to Vail Cascade to rebalance, restore and recharge the mind, body and spirit. 

Mountain Yoga Retreat. On Nov. 7-9, join yoga instructors Charry Morris and Elena Georgouses as they lead a yoga and meditation weekend. Featuring a mix of sessions, the retreat combines practice, meditation, group and restorative work to realign the mind and the body's energy flow. Full package retreat is $260 with room rates starting at $109. Call now to physically check-in and mentally check-out at Vail Cascade.  Learn more

Yoga at Aria. Escape to the serenity and beauty of yoga at altitude at Aria Club. Aria's expert yoga instructors will help you connect mind, body and spirit while you become more flexible, energetic and at peace - even in the midst of everyday stresses. Choose from Aria Club's expansive variety of yoga classes, special yoga workshops and wellness weekends. 

Your Yoga Guide. At Aria Yoga Studio, we believe yoga is a life-altering discipline that is only as effective as the instructor leading the session. Libby Maio, yoga supervisor, elevates yoga instruction through her unique style of teaching that uses Pranayama techniques, Bahnda locks, chanting, and guided meditation. Libby Maio, along with her team, offer a variety of yoga experiences purposely designed for all levels of yogis and ages. 

Call 970-476-7400 to register for the Mountain Yoga Retreat. For lodging reservations at Vail Cascade, book online or call 800-282-4183 and reference promo code VCYOGA2014.

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Welcome to the beginning of winter! 

We have already seen a considerable amount of snow up in the Vail Valley, and all projections are for an amazing, snowy ski season. Given the rainy summer, it seems like it would be easy to have an epic snowfall year. Cheers to that!

At Vail Cascade we’re ramping up with new winter menus, fall pumpkin beer specials, and preparing for menu development tastings for the Avery/Dogfish Head and Papago/Van Steenberge dinners at the Big Beers Festival in January. It’s all coming up faster than you can believe!

There's a different menu tasting for the opening weekend of Vail Mountain, however, and we’re excited to welcome Matt “Truck” Thrall, Head Brewer at Avery Brewing Co., and his team for a special Opening Brewmaster’s Weekend.  As is traditional, we will host Truck and team for Meet the Brewmaster on Friday in Fireside Bar and the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing on Saturday in Atwater on Gore Creek.

Come on up November 21 & 22 to get first tracks for the ski season & enjoy some great beers! On Friday after you’re done skiing or snowboarding, sample a variety of Avery goodies, and discuss craft beer with Truck from 4–7pm in Fireside Bar. This is a complimentary tasting, and you can simply stop in anytime to visit.

Saturday’s Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing event is more formal, starting at 6pm in Atwater on Gore Creek, and featuring a guided tour of the food & pairing inspirations by the Atwater culinary team, and stories about the specific Avery beers, ingredients and brewing processes by Avery’s Head Brewer. Truck will lead the discussion in advance of each of the four courses, and the chefs will tag team as the courses are served. I would encourage you to reserve your seats for this Small Plates event, as we anticipate filling up quickly. Seats are $35++/person, and you can call 970-479-7014 or email Laura to reserve your seats.

I would also like to formally thank David Zuckerman and his family for coming up to host the Boulder Beer Brewmaster’s Weekend in September. We had a delightful weekend, with a really busy tasting evening on Friday night and delicious pairings on Saturday. There were several guests that were new to the Brewmaster’s Weekend adventure, and all were excited and pleased to be there.

Thank you all for your support of the Vail Cascade Brewmaster’s Weekends. They are really fun to put together, and there are just an amazing number of talented brewers creating amazing craft beer for us to bring to visit. The chefs at Atwater on Gore Creek simply revel in the opportunity to create “out of the box” flavor combinations to showcase both the beer and the food; it’s really a treat for them.

Save the November 21 & 22nd weekend for Avery Brewmaster’s Weekend, and we’ll look forward to seeing you! Please remember that valet parking is always complimentary for our guests in Fireside Bar and Atwater on Gore Creek. I’ll update you with the beer selections next, and then with the final menu as we get closer.

In the meantime, let it snow!

Laura Lodge
Owner/Consultant Customized Craft Beer Programs, LLC  

Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival
Vail, CO l January 8 - 10, 2015

Distribution Insight for the Craft Brewer by Laura Lodge


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“Every day we are engaged in a miracle we don’t even recognize”
- Thich Nhat Hanh

What is being mindful? Being mindful is recognizing that we are already what we seek. It’s an understanding and nurturing of our relationship to ourselves. Being aware of our actions and bringing peace and joy into them. How you treat yourself is how you approach life. We just need to be aware and mindful enough to see it.

Aria's student of the month is Jan Sackbauer. Jan has been practicing yoga for over two years. After experiencing three lower back injuries, Jan decided to try yoga to heal her body. Like most of us, she realized that she needed to stretch regularly in order to continue to enjoy her outdoor recreational activities like hiking. AND, like most of us, Jan discovered that she did not have the motivation to spend needed time daily to stretch on her own. Jan's favorite poses are any of the lunge poses, as they target tight hip flexors, and strengthen and stretch hamstrings. She notices her body literally says "ooh, and ahhh..." when she practices lunge! Jan has grown to love practicing regularly at Aria located at Vail Cascade, which has a profound sense of place. She likes looking out the windows during class...watching the seasons change as she works on balance poses. Jan appreciates a general enduring feeling of well-being which she attributes to her yoga practice.

Join Aria Athletic Club & Spa for a “Love Your Hips” yoga workshop series, taking place this fall. Aria will be hosting two hour hip opening, strengthening and restoring workshops every third Sunday of the month from 11am-1pm. The series begins September 21 and runs through December 21.


  • “Clear, guided instruction". - Dan Timm, Aria Athletic Director
  • “The 2 hours went by so quickly. Great way to spend a Sunday as opening the hips also helps activate our lymph system keeping us healthy". - Jan Livergood, Yoga Instructor
  • “I floated out of the studio". -  Libby Maio, Yoga Supervisor

Schedule: Every third Sunday
October 19, Instructor: Tara Goike
November 16, Instructor: Chelsea Winters
December 21, Instructor: Nicola Farrer

Aria is welcoming all community members to the event.
Members: $20 per class
Non-Members $25 per class
Early Bird: $15 per class if you sign-up for all four classes

November 7-9, 2014, Charry and Elena will be teaching a yoga and meditation practice to guide you toward clarifying purpose and creating deeper meaning for your existence. Bolster your abilities to face life’s transitions in this time of great personal and global change. Sign up to attend the entire retreat for $220 or “a la carte” at $30 per 1.5 hour yoga practice.

Friday, November 7, 6:30pm with Elena: Practice, meditation and group work
Saturday, November 8, 7:30am with Elena: Mindfulness Meditation
Saturday, November 8, 12:00pm with Charry: 1.5 hour Yoga practice ($30)
Saturday, November 9, 5:00pm with Charry: 1.5 hour Wind down/Restorative practice ($30)
Sunday, November 9, 7:30am with Elena: Mindfulness Mediation
Sunday, November 9, 10:15am with Charry: 1.5 Yoga practice ($30)

From October 13 through November 19, the Monday and Wednesday 5:45pm yoga classes will be postponed to accommodate the ski conditioning program.

Friday, October 17, Noon: Libby
Saturday, October 18, 8:30am: Nicola
Sunday, October 19, 5pm: Elena
Tuesday, October 21, Noon: Karen
Thursday October 23, 6am: Geordy
Friday, October 24, Noon: Geordy
Saturday, October 25, 8:30am: Libby
Sunday, October 26, 9am: Bronson
Sunday, October 26, 5pm: Linda
Saturday, October 31, 8:30am: Libby

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Aria Athletic Club at Vail Cascade Launches Its 27th Annual Ski & Snowboard Conditioning Program October 13

Get in peak shape before ski season in Vail, Colorado with Aria Athletic Club’s ski conditioning fitness program! Winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing are high-intensity activities that demand a certain level of advance preparation to avoid injury and minimize muscle soreness and fatigue. 

Starting on Oct. 13, Aria Athletic Club will launch its 27th Annual Ski Conditioning program, a six-week progressive fitness series that incorporates plyometrics, agility, leg and core strengthening, and dynamic stability exercises to tone and prepare the body for outdoor winter fitness.  The program is open to members and non-members, and offers four different enrollment options including: five days per week, three mornings per week, two evenings per week or single drop-in sessions.  The program will also include exclusive events, social gatherings and promotions courtesy of this year’s program sponsors, including companies such as Destination Hotels, Atwater on Gore Creek, Precor, Lucy, Push Pedal Pull, TRX®, SurefootGarfinkels, Skoop, Life Fitness, Kroenke Sports Entertainment, Gorsuch, Left Hand Brewing Co., and Odell Brewing Co.

For 27 years, Aria Athletic Club fitness experts have leveraged the skills, knowledge and training learned on-mountain to create real-life, pre-ski programs that can be executed indoors. Held in the award-winning Aria Athletic Club located at Vail Cascade Resort, Aria’s accredited coaches will direct the ski conditioning program, Monday-Thursday, Oct. 13-Nov. 20. Each session begins with a warm-up, followed by movement preparation exercises involving stretching and muscle activation techniques. Attendees will then be split into groups and rotate through four stations, each designed to focus on:

  • Plyometrics & Agility
  • Leg Strengthening
  • Core Strengthening
  • Dynamic Stability

Coaches will incorporate two fitness systems into this year’s training program. TRX® suspension training is a bodyweight exercise that develops strength, balance, flexibility and core stability. FitWall® is a vertical wall system that uses body weight for resistance, engaging and challenging all muscle groups to increase functional strength.  

In addition to training sessions, all participants are invited to sponsored events and social gatherings at Aria Athletic Club; October 13 (kick-off party) and November 19 (completion celebration). Participants will also receive exclusive promotions and giveaways courtesy of this year’s program sponsors, including product giveaways, hotel stays, sporting event tickets, dinner gift certificates, and spa packages.  

2014 Ski Conditioning Schedule

Monday:  5:30pm – 7pm
Tuesday:  6:15am – 7:30am
Wednesday:  9:30am – 10:30am, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Thursday:  6:15am – 7:30am

Pricing: Member/Non-Member

Full program: 30 classes $150/$399
Morning classes: 18 classes $120/$299
Evening classes: 12 classes $99/$199
Single Class:   $10/$30

For more information about the ski conditioning program at Aria Athletic Club or to schedule a facility tour of Vail’s best fitness center, please visit or call 970-476-7400.

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