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21st Annual Vail Labor Day Jazz Party Sep 3-7

The Vail Jazz Festival concludes over Labor Day Weekend with a grand finale filled with world-class musicians during the 21st Vail Jazz Party. Showcasing over 35 headliners with a multitude of group performances, Jazz greats, jam sessions, tributes to Jazz legends and more, the weekend party attracts not only musicians, but jazz lovers from all over the world. It truly is the premier Labor Day weekend event in Vail, Colorado, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate and say farewell to summer.

The Vail Jazz Fest has grown to become one of the largest festivals of its kind in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and is presented by the Vail Jazz Foundation.  The Vail Jazz Foundations is a non-profit organization based in Vail, Colorado. Through six unique performance series and three signature educational programs, Vail Jazz perpetuates jazz with a focus on young musicians and young audiences. For tickets and event details, visit www.VailJazz.org.

Looking for the perfect place to staycation over Labor Day weekend?  An exciting array of adventure and activities awaits you at Vail Cascade Resort, a warm, inviting Vail mountain resort. As the area’s only ski-in ski-out resort, Vail Cascade is a favorite among ski and snowboard enthusiasts for its premium access to Vail Mountain. However, in the summer, the perfect Colorado weather creates a haven for outdoor enthusiasts with Vail’s best infinity-edge pool overlooking Gore Creek with easy accessibility to hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking and more amidst the stunning scenery. Plus, with Vail lodging and spa deals to dining deals, dive-in movies, and KidVenture, Vail Cascade Resort makes the most out of your end of your summer season.

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Vail's Atwater on Gore Creek Featued in USAToday.com and About.com

Located at Vail Cascade Resort, Atwater on Gore Creek, Vail’s signature creek-side restaurant, is an authentic Colorado grill offering a journey through the world of creative cuisine, handcrafted brews, customized beer flights and artisan food pairings.

Atwater was recently featured in a roundup article on USATODAY.com, highlighting the “10 must-do things from Breckenridge to Steamboat”. The article spotlights Atwater’s Colorado-grown beef and expert wine and beer pairings. In addition to USATODAY, the journalist, Aimee Heckel, also wrote an article in About.com, listing Atwater as one of the top “5 best restaurants in Vail, Colorado”.  We couldn't agree more, Aimee!

Read Aimee's articles below.  

USATODAY.com article (10BEST):
http://www.10best.com/interests/travel-features/summer-road-trip-a-sunshine-splattered-tour-through-colorados-ski-towns/

About.com article:
http://gocolorado.about.com/od/things-to-do-colorado/fl/5-Best-Restaurants-in-Vail-Colorado.htm

For reservations at Atwater on Gore Creek, dial 970.479.7014 or book your reservation online.

 

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Will El Niño Be the Hero of the 2015-16 Ski Season in Vail?

What Can Colorado Skiers Expect if El Niño 2015-16 is anything like El Niño of 1997-98?
Winter will be here before we know it, and those of us in the Colorado high country want to know…will El Niño allow us a longer and snowier 2015-16 ski season?  All we can say is BRING IT ON!  We're wating with bated breath.

Most of the predictions from NOAA (National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration) indicate that the 2015 El Niño is shaping up to be an epic climactic event. They even suggest it could be the “Bruce Lee’ of El Niños. Yes, it could be even stronger than the 1997-98 El Niño, dumping  record-breaking snow across parts of North America, including Colorado. 

What is an El Niño?
According to NOAA, El Niño is characterized by unusually warm ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific, as opposed to La Niña, which is characterized by unusually cold ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific. El Niño is an oscillation of the ocean-atmosphere system in the tropical Pacific having important consequences for weather around the globe. 

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center states: “El Niño conditions are present. Positive equatorial sea surface temperature (SST) anomalies continue across most of the Pacific Ocean. There is a greater than 90% chance that El Niño will continue through Northern Hemisphere winter 2015-16, and around an 80% chance it will last through early spring 2016.”

So what does this mean for Colorado?
If you’re hoping for heavy pow-pow, the odds may be in our favor for 2015-16. We're certainly overdue. Years where there have been strong El Niños, we’ve seen major snowstorms in the Denver metro area and in the mountains. Out of the top ten snowstorm totals recorded in Denver, four of them happened during El Niño years. Climatologists and meteorologists say there are many factors that could determine how much snow Colorado sees this winter. Still, El Niño is something to definitely keep on your radar as we approach winter!  It could very well shift where the heavier precipitation falls, and if you’re a skier, we hope this shift includes the mountains, not just Denver!

All that being said, Colorado could go either way. We just don’t know. The southern mountains could be the big winner, but again, so could the central and northern mountains of Colorado.  One thing is for sure…we hope VAIL will be the beneficiary of El Niño this 2015-16 ski season. We’re keeping our fingers crossed and we’ll start doing our snow dance rituals come October in plenty of time for ski season.

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Get Your Pilates On at Aria Athletic Club

Aria Athletic Club & Spa offers Pilates classes for students of all levels. Each class is designed to strengthen your core foundation and enhance your flexibility, helping you feel fit and energized.

Start your week and morning with Jayme and Pilates Circuit Mondays at 7:30 am in our Pilates Studio.

Looking to change up your workout? Curious about Pilates? Join Jayme for an early morning circuit workout on Pilates Equipment! This is a great opportunity to challenge your coordination, core strength and flexibility while getting a full body workout. Class is complimentary to members and $15 for non-members. Please sign up at the Club front desk. Six spots are available!

Congratulations to Adryen Goldstein on her continuing Pilates Certifications. She recently took her Level 1 & 2 exam on Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels for STOTT Pilates Certification. She is always looking for students to help her achieve her continuing success in her Pilates Journey. Schedule a private lesson with Adryen today.

Lara Shapiro, Pilates Supervisor, and the team at the Aria Athletic Club & Spa will recommend the classes that meet your personal fitness goals. Whether you prefer group or private classes in Pilates mat or equipment, you will find our teaching staff to be knowledgeable and enthusiastic. By emphasizing proper technique, each of our teachers will challenge your body and focus your mind...helping you build long, lean and strong muscles and joints.

We offer many Pilates Classes at Aria Athletic Club & Spa.

August 2015 Pilates Class Schedule

Monday
Pilates Circuit: 7:30am with Jayme
Pilates Group Equipment: 4:30pm with Lara        
Pilates Mat: 5:30pm with Lara

Tuesday
Pilates Mat: 9:15am with Amie

Wednesday
Pilates Group Equipment: 12pm with Jayme
Pilates Group Equipment: 4pm with Lara
Pilates Mat: 5:30pm with Lara

Thursday
Pilates Mat: 9:15am with Amie
Pilates Barre: 10:30am with Jayme

Friday
Pilates Mat: 10:45am with Lara
Pilates Group Equipment: 12pm with Lara

Stop in our beautiful Pilates Studio at Aria or call us at 970.476.7400 today to arrange a free Pilates Class to get your program started today!

We look forward to seeing you in the studio and on the mat!

Happy August!

Laura Shapiro
Pilates Supervisor
Aria Athletic Club & Spa

 

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Welcome to August in the Vail Valley

Welcome to August in the Vail Valley….there is no better time to be in the mountains! Warm days, cool nights and so many fun activities going on in the valley!

Here at Aria Athletic Club & Spa, we hope you are staying fit and getting outdoors to enjoy the beautiful summer weather! Check out both our indoor and outdoor fitness classes. This month, you can join Rife Hilgartner for an outdoor mountain bike ride.

Membership Information
Pool Season is here and now is the time to change your Individual Membership to a Family Membership if you are going to bring the family in for tennis and/or a swim. We do have Free Member Guest Days on the 15th and 30th of every month.

Outdoor Mountain Bike Ride
Join Rife Hilgartner Saturday, August 29 at 8:00am for a mountain bike ride. Meet at the Aria Athletic Club Desk. Depart Aria and ride up to Chair 10 on Vail Mountain. Be sure to bring a helmet and water bottle.Enjoy free coffee and muffin in the Market Cafe, post ride.

Free Member Guest Days
Bring in a family member or friend on Saturday, August 15 or Sunday, August 30 for our free member guest day.

At Aria, we like to acknowledge our members and trainers for their accomplishments, and we have two outstanding individuals we're spotlighting this month!

Member Spotlight: Daniel Corona
Daniel is a Front Desk Agent/Trainer & Club Level Concierge at the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch. 

Weekly Training Schedule: No days off from the gym. "Yes, I am crazy about training. You can ask anyone that goes to Aria Athletic Club. I train every day in the sequence of chest day, back/tricep day, shoulder/bicep/traps day and leg day. Then it starts all over again. I may have one rest day per month."

Hobbies & Interests: "Of course I love to train the body and mind every day. I like to ride motorcycles and traveling. I like to read inspirational books. I would love to be able to flight a fighter jet such as an F-22 Raptor. My main interest is to better something small every day."

What motivated you to get in shape? "About 4 years ago I was going to go to the Air Force as an Officer/Fighter pilot. The recruiter told me I needed to lose weight fast to reach the application deadline. I lost 25lbs in a month and at the same time I was accepted to the MBA program at UTEP. I decided to pursue higher education instead. So I kept working out and losing more weight. I went from 240lbs to 155lbs just by running 8 miles a day and eating healthier. The past two years I have been weight training every day. I am addicted and keep pursuing a better physique every day to hope and inspire other people. I want other people to feel happy about their body and to learn the reward of weight training. It's more mental than physical."

Training Tips: "Take little steps to change your diet and training to have an incredible outcome (The Compound Effect). Have patience and do not give up. Perseverance is key. We can all achieve a desired physique. Research what works for you. We all have different bodies. Start and keep going. Before you know it, you will become addicted. It's a good addiction. Think that all the money in the world cannot buy a good physique. You have to earn it. If you can succeed in the gym, you can do anything. It's probably the most difficult thing anyone could do."

Favorite Food & Snacks: "Sushi, but I eat the same food everyday which is 4-6 chicken breasts, raw oatmeal with almond milk, mangos, bananas, apples and egg whites. I do have one big cheat meal per week. Not a cheat day, but one cheat meal such as an entire pizza or a triple meat burger."

Personal Trainer Spotlight - Meet Aria's New Personal Trainer, Johnny McCully a/k/a Johnny Mac
Johnny hails from New York, NY and is an Entrepreneur/Personal Trainer/Paddle Board Instructor.

Personal Training schedule/availability: Monday-Saturday 6am-7pm

Johnny’s Training Schedule: "I typically train 5 days a week for 1.5-2 hours each session".

Hobbies/interests: Paddle Boarding, surfing, skiing, snowmobiling, dirt biking, running and mountain biking.

What motivated you get in shape/become a trainer? "I have always enjoyed the process of pushing my mind and body, Staying in shape for me is a lifestyle. I became a trainer to assist my clients in developing consistent  workouts and healthy life habits. The key to fitness is consistency and healthy habits".

Training Tips: "Be consistent with workouts and develop healthy habits".

Favorite food and snacks: Sushi, Whey Good Yogurt and Whey Good Almond Butter.

Got SKOOP?
SKOOP is all natural, all organic, powdered supplements made from whole-food formulas. It is designed to help you get your super on. We sell all three SKOOP products here at Aria Athletic Club & Spa. SKOOP is a plant based product and comes in 3 varieties:

  • A-Game is a superfood green blend made from 41 organic plant-based ingredients, including probiotics, antioxidants and herbs. Having the nutrient density of 10 servings of fruits and veggies, it's great for fighting inflammation, increasing energy levels, and promoting healthy gut function. Mixed with water or your favorite milk, it can be taken at any time to fight stress and boost immunity
  • B-Strong is a plant-based protein made with brown rice and pea protein, with all amino acids including BCAAs, essentials and non-essentials. It's the perfect post-workout recovery that's non-GMO and whey-free, helping you to build lean muscle growth and recover quicker in between workouts! With 16 grams of protein and a tasty vanilla flavor, B-Strong is a protein for the masses. It's best taken after a workout mixed with water or your favorite milk
  • B-Lovely is a cellular repair supplement to target the constant wear and tear of everyday life. It's filled with antioxidants and fights oxidative stress, promotes healthy blood circulation and repairs damaged collagen

If you aren't already a member, come check us out! 

Get fit, stay healthy!

Dan Timm
Athletic Director
Aria Athletic Club & Spa

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Atwater Beer Buzz August 11

We love summer!

It's true that many of the Vail Valley locals moved here for the skiing and snowboarding and ended up staying for summer. The weather, the mountains, all of the outdoor activities and the cultural opportunities - like the Vail International Dance Festival - are simply unbeatable. It's all happening right now…and much of it with craft beer woven in!

Our Brewmaster's Weekends have been amazing this year, and our July Oskar Blues Brewmaster's Weekend was no exception. Brian Shaeffer, Head Brewer for Oskar Blues in Longmont, CO, held court and poured beers throughout Friday's Meet the Brewmaster event in Fireside for a very successful tasting. We even ended up stealing a little beer from Saturday's event stash because he kept running out. Nothing showcases success quite like running out of beer!
 
Saturday's Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing really was a delicious treat, and there was extensive debate about the "best pairing" of the evening. Votes were cast for the Chilean seabass with charred leek, purple potato, artichoke, and cardamom carrot puree paired with Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale, and also for the Lamb Kabobs with passion fruit and green chili paired with Oskar Blues Pinner Throwback IPA. There were comments, too, about how the pomegranate pearl onions on the Braised Ox Tail dish paired with Oskar Blues G'Knight Imperial Red Ale really brought the pairing together in such a spectacular way. And Executive Chef Chris Bates wowed everyone with his patio demonstration station for the dessert course, flambéeing stone fruit and serving it in a coconut shell with almond madeline cakes, spiced rum, and whipped cream. Pairing that with Oskar Blues Death by Coconut, which you really can't find anywhere, was the literal icing on the cake.
 
Many thanks to Brian Shaeffer for taking the time to come up to join us, and for sharing his knowledge and amazing beers. Since he hails from the Vail Valley, we're hoping that we have a little extra leverage to bring him up again soon!
 
Looking forward on our calendar, preparations are already happening for our September Brewmaster's Weekend with Epic Brewing Co. Dave Cole, founder and co-owner of Epic Brewing Co., will be coming out from Salt Lake City to join us for the weekend of September 11 & 12. Epic opened in Salt Lake City, and has now built a beautiful new brewery in Denver, so visiting is a whole lot easier. The beers that Dave selects could have been brewed in Denver and may hail from Utah…we'll just have to wait and see!
 
If you're interested in holding your place at the Epic Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing event on September 12, please let me know or call the Atwater Reservations team at 970.479.7014. As is traditional, the Friday tasting from 4 - 7pm in Fireside Bar will be complimentary, and the Small Plates event on Saturday at 6pm in Atwater on Gore Creek is $35++ per person.
 
In other Vail Cascade craft beer news, the team at Samuel Adams has decreed that Autumn is approaching and we are now offering Samuel Adams Octoberfest on draft. The other draft rotations will be happening soon as well. You can look forward to Odell Loose Leaf, Left Hand Polestar Pilsner, Great Divide Titan IPA, and Rogue Hazelnut Brown Ale as we kick the kegs from the summer rotation.
 
Our Fireside Feature is about to rotate as well, so make plans to stop by for one of the last Upslope Thai Style White IPAs….or jump right in when Avery Perzik takes its place.
 
And last, but not least, we have added Crabtree Ginger Bee and Maui Coconut Porter to the regular bottle list.
 
We look forward to seeing you soon, and hope you're enjoying summertime wherever you are!

Laura Lodge, Owner/Consultant
Customized Craft Beer Programs, LLC
970.977.0100
www.customizedcraftbeerprograms.com
laura@customizedcraftbeerprograms.com

Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival, Vail, CO - January 7-9, 2016 www.bigbeersfestival.com

Distribution Insight for the Craft Brewer by Laura Lodge www.distributioninsight.com
 

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Practice Burning Away Attachments at Aria Yoga Studio in Vail

“Traditionally it is said that for a real (yoga) practitioner it is not the negative experiences but the good ones that bring obstacles. When things are going well you have to be especially careful and mindful so that you don’t become complacent or over confident….What we have to learn in both meditation and in life, is to be free of attachment to the good experiences and free of aversion to the negative ones.” - Sogyal Rinpoche.

ARIA YOGA'S STUDENT OF THE MONTH
Jeanne Willis as chosen by Georday Ogden
 
Jeanne started doing yoga when her son was in college. She thought he was crazy for doing yoga but he said that it made him feel good, and balanced his running to avoid injury. She doesn't describe herself as a deep spiritual Yogini, but enjoys how yoga makes her feel and gives her a sense of well-being. When Jeannie is not doing yoga, she lives and works in Leadville, loves to be active, and enjoys the Colorado lifestyle.

UPCOMING YOGA WORKSHOPS 

Friday Afternoon Yoga Club (FAYC)
This is our final month of FAYC. Each Friday one of our incredible yoga, Pilates or Tai Chi teachers will teach a themed yoga class from 5:30-6:30pm on Friday evening. Directly following class, students and teachers will meet at the Fireside Bar in the Vail Cascade Resort for a free drink, 20% off food, and of course, social time! Make a new friend, meet a new teacher and share laughter and smiles. The class is free for members and only $15 for non-members so bring your favorite workout partner along.

8/14: Tai Chi with Intructor Matt Bayley
8/21: Heart Opening Back Bends with Instructor Nicole Mucciolo
8/28: Yoga with Essential Oils with Instructor Bronson Killpack

Full Moon AcroYoga Series
We have one more fun-filled Full Moon AcroYoga workshop so don’t miss this opportunity to get out of your comfort zone, try something new and maybe gain a new perspective on life.

Saturday, August 29th from 1-3pm
Join Samantha Sunshine and Bronson Killpack to experience the delight of anti-gravity stretches and massage, the loosening of stiff joints and the freeing sensation of profound muscle release. The full moon is a time to acknowledge all our accomplishments and to open new doors to your infinite potential. Each workshop contains group yoga, partner flying, Thai massage and something entirely new. No partner or experience required. Registration preferred; walk-ins are welcome. For more information or to sign up please call the Aria Club Desk at 970-476-7400.

Cost: $30 for members and $35 for non-members

AUGUST SUBSTITUTE LIST
Saturday, August 1 at 8:30am: Karen
Sunday, August 2nd at 5pm: Linda
Monday, August 3 at noon: Geordy
Saturday, August 8 at 8:30am: Lee
Sunday, August 9 at 5pm: Margeaux
Monday, August 10 at noon: Tara
Sunday, August 16 at 9am: Elena
Monday, August 17 at noon: Lee
Monday, August 17 at 5:45pm: Nicole
Tuesday, August 25 at 6am: Libby

We hope to see you very soon on the mat!

Libby Maio
Yoga Supervisor
Aria Athletic Club & Spa

 

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A Tasty Labor Day Weekend Event in Vail, CO

If you like to eat good food (and who doesn't?) then treat your taste buds to the finest culinary festival in Vail, Colorado over Labor Day Weekend.  Gourmet on Gore returns for its 10th year, September 4-7 and showcases some of the Vail Valley’s premier restaurants.

Sip and savor world-class wine, beer and spirits paired with culinary delights in an open-air setting alongside Gore Creek.  Gourmet on Gore is open to the public and there is no admission charge; simply purchase your ‘Gourmet Dollars’ to be used for beer, wine, spirits and mouth-watering tastings from Vail’s top restaurants. As you sample your way through Gourmet on Gore, take in the sights and sounds of live JAZZ along the way.

Foodies, you won’t want to miss this taste-worthy event.  Bon appétit!

For more information, visit www.GourmetOnGore.com

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Vail Dining at Atwater on Gore Creek

Atwater on Gore Creek, Vail Cascade Resort’s signature creekside restaurant is an authentic Colorado grill offering a journey through the world of creative cuisine, handcrafted brews, customized beer flights and artisan food pairings. Offering Vail's most diverse selection of craft beer with a lineup of Colorado, American and International craft beers, spanning classic brews, hard-to-find vintages, exclusive releases and one-of-a-kind creations, Atwater is the quintessential craft beer destination.

 

As a top restaurant in Vail, Atwater serves up creative dishes using fresh, local ingredients that will transform the everyday dining into dining with altitude. Combine superior service with spectacular views of Gore Creek and legendary culinary endeavors for the ideal dining trifecta.

3 Courses for $39 Dinner Special 
Savor the flavor of the season as the culinary team at Atwater on Gore Creek dishes up a trio of tasty temptations. Enjoy three courses with our 3 for $39 dinner special in Atwater on Gore Creek. Select a starter, dinner entrée and dessert for just $39 per person. Bring your appetite and save! Valid through November 23, 2015.

Brewmaster’s Weekends
Paying homage to the barley, hops and avant-garde brewmasters that fill our mugs, Vail Cascade features Brewmaster’s Weekends, an interactive look at the art and evolution of craft beer with some of Colorado’s best craft breweries.  Mix, mingle, learn and of course, sample handcrafted, small-batch brewers paired with the artisinal cuisine of Atwater on Gore Creek.

Friday: Meet the Brewmaster and enjoy FREE samples in Fireside Bar at Vail Cascade from 4-7pm.

Saturday:  Sip, savor and enjoy a Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairings expereince in Atwater on Gore Creek at 6pm for only $35-$45+ per person.

If you’re coming to the mountains for one of Vail Cascade’s  Brewmaster’s Weekends, take advantage of discounted hotel rates in Vail, using promo code VCBEER1. 

For more information on our Brewmaster’s Weekends, call 970.479.7014.

See all of our Vail dining offers.

For more information or to make reservation at Vail's top restaurant, call 970-479-7014 or visit VailCascade.com/Atwater

 

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Labor Day Weekend in Vail..Summer's Last Hurrah!

Before the temperatures start cooling off and the days get shorter, it’s time for one last hurrah in Vail! The Labor Day holiday gives families the opportunity to squeeze in one final extended summer getaway before the routine of school schedules and activities set in. This Labor Day holiday, hit the mountains for a weekend-long celebration in Vail filled with great food, festivals and FUN at the Vail Cascade Resort.

Gourmet on Gore Sep 4-7
Treat your taste buds to the finest culinary festival in Vail. Enjoy world-class wine, beer and spirits paired with culinary delights from Vail’s top restaurants in an open-air setting alongside Gore Creek. Gourmet on Gore offers a variety of pairing and tasting events.

Vail Jazz Festival and Labor Day Party Sep 3-7
The Vail Jazz Festival and Labor Day Party brings together a unique mix of world-class musicians, group performances, multi-artist jam sessions, and inspiring multimedia tributes to Jazz legends. The event attracts musicians and Jazz lovers from all over the world.

Vail Farmers’ Market & Art Show
The Vail Farmers’ Market & Art Show is where you’ll truly get a taste of Vail summer. Colorado’s finest locally grown produce, international dishes, fresh baked goods and even Colorado wine, all ready for you to enjoy during your summer in Vail. Once you have sated your hunger, enjoy even more local creativity at the Art Show. You can find everything from beautiful clothing and jewelry to handmade home items. Vail's Farmers Market runs every Sunday through October 4, 2015. 

Vail Oktoberfest September 11-13 and September 18-20
Munich comes to Vail!  Enjoy two full weekends of fun with beer, music and events for both adults and kids alike at the Vail Oktoberfest.  Bratwurst eating contests, Stein Lifting and Keg Bowling will be crowd favorites, not to mention Bavarian music and dancing, yodeling, alpenhorn blowing, authentic Bavarian food and beverages, and much more!  The event covers two weekends, Sept. 11-13 in Lionshead and Sept. 18-20 in Vail Village. 

Choices, Choices, Choices
At the Vail Cascade Resort, it's all about choices. Our diverse selection of hotel guest rooms and suites, condominiums and private residences make it easy to plan intimate or large group getaways. Our award-winning amenities and services like Aria Athletic Club & Spa, tennis courts, swimming pools, nearby bike pathways and Gore Creek provide an array of ways to occupy your day while Atwater on Gore Creek and Fireside Bar provide the sustenance to keep going. Your Vail holiday getaway awaits you with great rates and Vail vacation packages available!

 

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Top Hiking Trails in Vail Colorado

Colorado is blessed with an inspiring and versatile landscape that burgeons with countless activities and experiences for everyone to enjoy. Nothing soothes the soul like a beautiful mountain hike in Vail.

Hiking is great way for families, friends and groups to get out together and take in the fresh air. The awe-inspiring surroundings of Vail, Colorado create the perfect setting to reduce stress, inspire creativity and rejuvenate the senses as you artistically make a footprint across the Rocky Mountains. Nothing compares to a Vail mountain hike in the summer, where dozens of hiking trails can be found. Hiking is healthy, it’s FREE, and just about everyone can enjoy it. All you need is a good pair of hiking boots, a backpack and you are all set. So get out and rediscover nature this summer as a guest of Vail Cascade, a Colorado family resort…...you may just find you’ve rediscovered yourself!

Here’s a list of the best trails in Vail for your hiking pleasure...

  • Eagle’s Loop: Short ridge-top loop with great views of Mount of the Holy Cross. 1 mile (1.6 km) 15-20 minutes. Level: Easy 
  • Lower Fireweed: Beautiful wooded trail between Adventure Ridge and Mid-Vail. 1 mile (1.6 km) 30-40 minutes. Level: Easy 
  • Berrypicker: Starting at Lower Fireweed, this intermediate trail winds down from Mid-Vail or Adventure Ridge to Vail Village or Lionshead. Picnic at Minnie’s Deck along the way. 4.6 miles (7.4 km) 2-3 hours one way. Level: Intermediate 
  • Grand Escape: This trail offers an alternative hiking experience with spectacular views and makes a great loop with Ridge Route. 1.5 miles (2.4 km) 1.5-2 hours one way. Level: Intermediate 
  • Kinnickkinnick: A wooded trail connecting Ridge Route at Wildwood and heads to Mid-Vail. 2 miles (3.2 km) 2 hours. Combine with Ridge Route: 3.4 miles (5.5 km) 3.5-4 hours one way. Level: Intermediate 
  • Ptarmigan Loop: Scenic trail through shaded woods connecting with Ridge Route at Wildwood to Ptarmigan Point and back. 1.2 miles (1.9 km) 30-40 minutes. Loop with Ridge Route: 4 miles (4.2 km), 2.5-3 hours. Level: Intermediate 
  • Ridge Route: Intermediate ridge climb from Adventure Ridge to Wildwood and back with spectacular views. 1.4 miles (2.3 km) 1.5-2 hours one way. Level: Intermediate 
  • Sunlight: Beautiful trail connecting Ridge Route and Kinnickinnick at Wildwood, finishing at Patrol Headquarters. 1.5 miles (2.4 km) 1 hour. Length with connecting trails varies: 3.5-4.5 miles (5.6-7.2 km) 2.5-3 hours one way. Level: Expert Bad 
  • Simba: Steep single track trail with switchbacks winding through trees and meadows, eventually meeting up with Berry Picker. 75 miles (1.2 km), 1-1.5 hours one way. Level: Expert 

After a good hike in Vail, treat yourself to a massage or body treatment. Aria Spa at Vail Cascade Resort brings mind, body and spirit into balance with pampering treatments guaranteed to help you relax or rejuvenate. Or savor the experience as you toast to great memories with a craft beer at Atwater on Gore Creek. However you define the perfect ending to the perfect day, Vail Cascade has you covered.

So go ahead, indulge and find a new altitude with a great hike in Colorado - you deserve it!

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