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Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships Return to Vail March 2-7, 2015

The world’s best snowboarders return to Vail Mountain to compete at Golden Peak for the title in Halfpipe and Slopestyle.  The Open will feature Olympic medalists like Mark McMorris, Kelly Clark, Ayumu Hirano, Jamie Anderson and many more, all competing to make snowboard history.

As the longest running premier snowboarding event, the Burton U.S. Open Championships presented by MINI not only highlight the sport of snowboarding, but the event also provides FREE concerts, an epic interactive sponsor village and new this year, and the first annual U.S. Open Broomball Tournament at Solaris Ice Rink! For those who don’t know what Broomball is, it’s a winter sport played on the ice with two teams consisting of six players on each side (a goalie, two defensemen and three forwards). Similar to hockey and soccer, the object of the game is to score more goals than the opposing team. A player uses a stick with a molded broom-shaped head to maneuver a ball up and down the ice. Players don’t wear skates, but wear spongy-soled shoes to gain traction when running on the ice. I don’t know about you, but this sounds like a really fun spectator event!

Of course, the U.S. Open Championships have always featured some awesome FREE concert events. This year’s lineup will not disappoint.

Wednesday, March 4, the events begin with the US Open Kickoff Party featuring Pickin’ with Andy Thorn & Friends on the Solaris Concert Stage.  Andy Thorn is a well-known Bluegrass artist and is best known for being a member of the Boulder-based band, Leftover Salmon. He’ll appear with several friends in an acoustic set that is sure to have you jammin’.

Friday, March 6 after the Slopestyle Awards, you’ll want to check out the Vermont-based DJ Cre8 who will get the crowd warmed up for headliners Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.  This LA-based group is known for their live shows at major music festivals including Coachella, Sasquatch and Bonnaroo. 

On Saturday, March following the Halfpipe awards ceremony, the night kicks off with Moon Hooch, a saxophone and drum-based trio with a rock’n’roll theme.  Girl Talk follows and is sure to deliver a dance party you won’t forget.  Gregg Gillis, aka Girl Talk has found global fame my creating mashup hits which he launches from behind his laptop.  His energetic stage presence has garnered him a large spectrum of fans. 

To top it all off, the US Open Closing event at Dobson Ice Arena, these legendary DJ’s (Grandtheft, DJ Maseo and Ali Shaheed Muhammad) take over to close out the Open with a rip-roaring finale.

Visit for a complete schedule of events.  For hot deals for the Burton U.S. Open, check out Vail Cascade’s ski packages.

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Got Quality? Aria Athletic Club Wants to Know!

I had a fantastic conversation with one of our hotel guests the other day about quality of life. This guest was an older gentleman from the east coast who visits here twice a year, once in the winter and once in the summer. He struck up a conversation with me by telling me that this was his favorite place to visit because of the people here at Vail Cascade Resort.

He told me everyone was so nice, that everyone was very fit and so passionate about the activities in their life. He went on to tell me that he had recently attended a retired surgeon's seminar on living a long and high quality life. He told me there were four things to focus on in life and the rest of the "stuff" in life is just "stuff". He had my attention and what he told me made a lot of sense. I wanted to share it with all of you.

1. Have a lot of friends and stay socially active with them. Our human experience in life is built on relationships; be a good friend and love someone or many people in your lifetime.

2. Stay physically active. Really stay physically active! Not just going for a walk or doing 20 minutes of cardio exercise a day, but work out hard and do high intensity cardiovascular exercise 5 days a week for 60 minutes or more.

3. Go to the doctor every six months. Modern medicine can cure, repair, replace and fix just about anything that goes wrong with the human body. The key is to be checked regularly and detect anything that is wrong with you before it is too far along.

4. Keep working…never retire. Plan your retirement job (what do you want to do when you grow up)? It can be a fun job, a volunteer job, or a once a week job, but whatever job it is it will give you purpose and keep your brain working!

Get fit, stay healthy!

Dan Timm
Athletic Director
Aria Athletic Club & Spa

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Practice Loving Yourself at Aria Yoga Studio in Vail

Practice loving yourself. 

“Yoga is Self-love.” -  Swami Dayananda Saraswati

Deb started her yoga practice 20 years ago with Rodney Yee’s AM and PM Yoga video when she first had her children. She practiced at home because one of her sons had health issues so she couldn’t leave the house. As she followed Rodney on the mat, she found her son practicing alongside her. It relieved the stress and tension they were both feeling and created a special bond. He and Deb still have a dedicated practice today.

As yoga classes became more available in the Vail Valley, Deb started practicing with Sally at the Vail Racquet Club and found her practice advancing. Now she challenges herself by practicing with Libby at Aria's Yoga Studio, where she found her home. Deb is motivated to come to the mat because it makes her feel relaxed, relieves stress and creates calm and grounded energy. To quote Deb, “I notice when stress and tension build it is because I haven’t been to a yoga class.”  Deb plans on practicing yoga throughout her lifetime.


AcroYoga with Samantha Sunshine and Bronson Killpack
Sunday, March 8th at 11am

Experience what it is like to do yoga with another person! AcroYoga is a playful, relaxing and invigorating practice for the body, mind and soul. By supporting each other through a series of inverted postures, the compressive effects of gravity on the joints are reversed. By the end of this 2.5 hour workshop, you will know, first hand, the sensation of floating weightless through space and melting in a puddle of timeless, euphoric bliss. Facilitators Samantha Sunshine and Bronson Killpack will be focusing on teaching the restorative and therapeutic aspects of AcroYoga. Sunshine is a certified yoga teacher and massage therapist who specializes in AcroSage™ (acrobatic massage) and Thai massage. Bronson is a certified massage therapist and yoga teacher here at the Aria Athletic Club & Spa. Come check out an entirely different perspective of yoga! No prior experience required. No partner necessary.

COST: $30 for members/$35 for non-members

*For more information or to sign-up please contact the Aria Club front desk at 970-476-7400


Wednesday evening yoga will be cancelled until March.

Friday, February 13th at noon: Nicola
Tuesday, February 17th at 8am: Linda
Sunday, February 22nd at 5pm: Lindsea
Friday, February 20th at Noon: Nicola
Tuesday, February 24th at 8am: Karen

We hope to see you on the mat soon!

Libby Maio
Aria Yoga Supervisor
Aria Athletic Club & Spa 



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Atwater Beer Buzz February 4


I hope you are all enjoying the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships! What an amazing line up of international races, incredible athletes, and two weeks of music and entertainment in celebration of it all.

Did you know that Sierra Nevada made the official beer of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships? It's called Start House Ale, and it's on draft at Vail Cascade Resort throughout the Championships! Come check it out!

We will be hosting a special tasting of Start House Ale, along with a variety of Sierra Nevada beers on Wednesday, February 11 from 4-6pm in Fireside Bar. Join Becca from Sierra Nevada and the Vail Cascade team to celebrate with this complimentary beer tasting. And perhaps you'll be inspired to pair some of their tasty beers with small plates from Atwater on Gore Creek or even stay for dinner!

In other Vail Cascade craft beer news, the 2015 Brewmaster's Weekends schedule will be announced soon. We are looking at five events for 2015; in June, July, August, September, and November. Details will be coming as soon as we have finalized the schedule.

We hope to see you next Wednesday, February 11, 2015 to celebrate Sierra Nevada Start House Ale and everything the Chamionships stand for! Remember: 4-6pm, Fireside Bar...complete with complimentary valet parking for our Fireside and Atwater patrons.

See you there!

Laura Lodge
Owner/Consultant Customized Craft Beer Programs, LLC
970-977-0100 (cell)

Customized Craft Beer Programs
Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival, Vail, CO - January 8 - 10, 2015

Distribution Insight for the Craft Brewer by Laura Lodge

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