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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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