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Giving Back to the Community One Nail at a Time

As part of the Destination Life initiative, Destination Hotels has begun a companywide partnership with Habitat for Humanity. It is a great opportunity to give back to our local communities, as well as have fun at the same time.  Vail Cascade Resort, a Destination Hotel, recently had the honor of helping out our local partner, Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley.

About Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley
Habitat for Humanity in the Vail Valley is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization. Habitat is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.

Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

Vail Cascade Resort, along with our sister property, Manor Vail Lodge and Destination Hotels volunteered to help out at the build site located in Gypsum on November 13, 2014. Despite blistering winter conditions, a hearty group of volunteers worked alongside the Habitat staff, crew and regular volunteers, helping to build more homes and serve more families in the Vail Valley.  Partnering with very low-income families to build or rehabilitate homes is the hallmark of Habitat for Humanity’s successful approach to eliminating poverty housing one house at a time. Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley has been able to accomplish a great deal, thanks to the support of its volunteers and donors and together, we can all ensure that safe, decent housing remains within reach of deserving families.

Vail Cascade and our associates take pride in giving back to the community we live in.  We thank our team of volunteers and look forward to helping with the next build site in the Vail Valley.   

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Audi Birds of Prey World Cup Race

On December 5-7, 2014 Beaver Creek Mountain will host of the Audi Birds of Prey downhill ski race.

 

As the only men’s World Cup stop in the United States, the Audi Birds of Prey Downhill has evolved into one of the world’s premier ski events. Beaver Creek is home to the formidable Birds of Prey racecourse, challenging an international roster of top athletes for three days of racing including Downhill, Super G and Giant Slalom. A festival atmosphere surrounds the on-mountain venue which is easily accessible, free, and open to the public.

Photo credit: Birds of Prey, Beaver Creek, Colorado.

Lodging and vacation pacakges available for Birds of Prey at Vail Cascade, a Vail ski resort.  

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Atwater Beer Buzz November 17

Greetings!

Officially 13" of snow has fallen in the last 24 hours, and I would say that I have shoveled at least 30" of snow this week. It's extra cool because it's the light, dry powder, which makes me want to be up on the mountain! Not as good for snowmen, perhaps, but with 30" you can make a really good snowman no matter what the snow is like. It's going to be a fantastic opening weekend!

The culinary team is really excited for this Brewmaster's Weekend because they got to taste and create a Small Plates pairing for an Avery beer that was just released today. Tweak is Mephistopheles Stout from the Avery "Demons of Ale" Series with a ton of coffee added, and then aged in bourbon barrels for 4 months. It's going to be a special treat for everyone attending next weekend's event!

A brief recap for this coming weekend's event:

Friday from 4 - 7pm in Fireside Bar will be Meet the Brewmaster with Avery's Head Brewer and Production Manager, Matt "Truck" Thrall. Truck and his team will be pouring a selection of Avery beers and are available to visit about craft beer for the duration. This is a complimentary event, so feel free to stop by at any point to visit and try a couple of their beers.

Saturday is the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing event in Atwater on Gore Creek. The culinary team will tag team as your tour guides with Truck for an exclusive walk through four Avery beers and small plates created especially for this event. Seating is at 6pm and the event is $35/person. We suggest reservations in advance to hold your seats. There are already several advance reservations on the books.

Avery Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest Butternut Squash-Foie Gras Terrine
marbled rye Texas toast, apple caraway gastrique  

Avery DuganA Double IPA Chilled Citrus Octopus and Tempura Calamari
orange peel, caper, red peppers, olives  

Avery PumpKYn Braised Pork Cheek
Meyer rum roasted pineapple, pomegranate Fresno chili puree
crispy chili dusted pumpkin  

Avery Tweak
Addictive Donut Holes Five Ways
root beer, ginger, licorice, coconut, boston cream  

To reserve your seats, you can either email Laura or call the Vail Cascade at 970.479-7014. If you're able to come at the last minute, please call rather than emailing, as I will be setting up for the event and am likely to miss your email.

We are currently dialing in the Avery special for the weekend, but please know that there will certainly be one available. I'd like to be able to offer a little bit of Avery holiday cheer, so will leave the exact selection as a mystery for now.

Vail Cascade always offers complimentary valet parking for Fireside Bar and Atwater on Gore Creek guests. This is especially good to know when it's snowing and ski season. We won't let parking challenges get in the way of Brewmaster's Weekend!

Have a terrific week, and we look forward to seeing you on Friday or Saturday!

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Laura Lodge
Owner/Consultant Customized Craft Beer Programs, LLC
970-977-0100 (cell)
laura@customizedcraftbeerprograms.com
www.customizedcraftbeerprograms.com

Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival
Vail, CO - January 8 - 10, 2015
www.bigbeersfestival.com

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

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Aria Athletic Club's Health Tip of the Month - The Benefits of Lemon Water

Did you know lemons are packed like a clown car with nutrients, including Vitamin C, B-complex, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber?   (Fun fact: they contain more potassium than apples or grapes).  Because of how hard lemon juice can be on the enamel of your teeth, it’s important to dilute it with water of any temperature (though lukewarm is recommended).

Drink it first thing in the morning, and wait 15 to 30 minutes to have breakfast. This will help you fully receive the benefits of lemon water, which are listed below:  

1. Gives your immune system a boost. Vitamin C is like our immune system’s jumper cables, and lemon juice is full of it. The level of Vitamin C in your system is one of the first things to plummet when you’re stressed, which is why experts recommended popping extra vitamin C during especially stressful days.

2. Excellent source of Potassium. As already mentioned, lemons are high in potassium, which is good for heart health, as well as brain and nerve function.

3. Aids digestion. Lemon juice not only encourages healthy digestion by loosening toxins in your digestive tract, it helps to relieve symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, burping, and bloating.

4. Cleanses your system. It helps flush out the toxins in your body by enhancing enzyme function, stimulating your liver.

5. Freshens your breath. It also helps relieve toothaches and gingivitis (say what?).  Because the citric acid can erode tooth enamel, either hold off on brushing your teeth after drinking lemon water or brush your teeth before drinking it.

6. Keeps your skin blemish-free. The antioxidants in lemon juice help to not only decrease blemishes, but wrinkles too! It can also be applied to scars and age spots to reduce their appearance, and because it’s detoxifying your blood, it will maintain your skin’s radiance.

7. Helps you lose weight. Lemons contain pectin fiber, which assists in fighting hunger cravings.

8. Reduces inflammation. If you drink lemon water on a regular basis, it will decrease the acidity in your body, which is where disease states occur. It removes uric acid in your joints, which is one of the main causes of inflammation.

9. Gives you an energy boost. Lemon juice provides your body with energy when it enters your digestive tract, and it also helps reduce anxiety and depression. (Even the scent of lemons has a calming effect on your nervous system).

10. Helps to cut out caffeine. We didn’t believe this until a couple of us tried it, but replacing your morning coffee with a cup of hot lemon water has really done wonders!  You’ll feel refreshed, and no longer have to deal with that pesky afternoon crash. Plus, your nerves will be thankful!

About Aria Athletic Club & Spa
A world of wellness awaits you at Vail Cascade's 78,000-square-foot Aria Athletic Club & Spa, the largest spa and fitness facility in the Vail Valley. From the moment you arrive, you feel the inviting warmth and healthy energy of a true mountain retreat. Focusing on all-encompassing wellness, Aria Athletic Club & Spa brings mind, body and spirit into balance with pampering treatments, invigorating workouts and a focus on a healthy life.

Check back soon for more health tips from Aria Athletic Club & Spa located at Vail Cascade Resort.

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Practice Asana with Consciousness

“Consider a lake. Does the water touch the banks only on one side and not the other, or does it touch the banks equally everywhere? When you are performing an asana, your consciousness, like the waters of a lake, should touch the frontiers of the body everywhere.  Where, then, is there room for thoughts to arise? How can there be a thought arising when you are doing a perfect asana – when you intelligence has spread through your whole body?"
- B.K.S. Iyengar

Asana practice is a method to finding yoga; structural stability, emotional and mental health. When we create this stability on the mat we carry it into our lives. While practicing asana keep a clear attention to your breath and tap into your consciousness. A still mind is a direct connection to the soul.  When we take the role of the soul’s witness life’s opposites will have less impact, you will be less affected by the germ of melodrama and you will thrive emotionally.

FEATURED STUDENT OF THE MONTH, TERRI ALLENDER
Terri Allender has been chosen by Linda Osterberg as our featured student of the month. Terri has been a yoga student for 12 years, going back to the days when Libby and Elena taught at Yoga for Athletes. Terri explains “Yoga is a part of my life, as important to me as sleeping, eating and breathing. It is one of the ways I maintain my sense of wellbeing and connection to my alive-ness. I feel like I am giving myself a gift when I do yoga.  In spite of being 12 years older than I was when I began doing yoga, I feel like my body is more resilient, stronger and more flexible than it was when I was younger. I find more joy in the activities that I have always done, and more freedom, which for me has translated into being a better skier and golfer! The yoga instructors at Aria are some of the best teachers that I have ever had, and we are truly blessed to have access to them. I am particularly grateful for their attention to the MINDFULL practice of yoga which supports the development of a strong and healthy connection to our bodies.”

LOVE YOUR HIPS YOGA WORKSHOP SERIES
ONLY TWO CLASSES LEFT! Join the Aria Yoga program for a “Love Your Hips” yoga workshop and create health and wellbeing with this two hour hip opening, strengthening and restoring workshop. Get on the mat and do something good for yourself.

Schedule:
November 16 with Instructor Chelsea Winters
December 21 with Instructor Nicola Farrer

Aria is welcoming all community members to the event.
Members: $20 per class l Non-Members $25 per class

LOOKING AHEAD (more information to come)
Meredith Cameron, a visiting teacher, will be teaching an Inversions Workshop January 10 and Foundations on January 11.

Budokon is Back! Four week Budokon Yoga series taught by Tara Goike on Sundays 11am-1pm. January 19, 25 and February 1,8

NOVEMBER YOGA CLASS SCHEDULE CHANGES

  • New: Stretch and Restore, Thursday at 8am taught by Lindsea Stowe
  • Monday and Wednesday 5:45pm Yoga classes will resume November 24

NOVEMBER SUBSTITUTE LIST

  • Thursday, November 13, 5:30pm: Chelsea
  • Tuesday, November 25, 8am: Chelsea
  • Friday, November 28, 12pm: Jan
  • Sunday, November 30, 9am: Bronson

 

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From Pool Decks to Tennis Courts and Restaurants, Reshaping the Traditional Event Space at Vail Cascade Resort is Easy

The key to any successful meeting is versatility. Now more than ever, meeting planners are doing more with less and are expected to produce the same (if not better) results. Meeting planners rely heavily on suppliers to be adaptable to their needs. And just as important as it is for meeting planners to be flexible, it is equally important for suppliers to be accommodating to their requests.

Thinking outside of the box, the Vail Cascade Resort, A Destination Hotel, has become recognized for taking non-traditional spaces and turning them into meeting or banquet space. The hotel's purpose-built 45,000 square feet of state-of-the-art conference center, boardrooms, ballrooms and flexible meeting space provide a variety of choices for innovative breakthroughs, while outdoor Colorado venues, as inspiring as they are functional, offer breathtaking settings overlooking Gore Creek and spectacular Vail Mountain. Although these traditional spaces are perfect for corporate retreats, business meetings or large conferences in Vail, the Vail Cascade Resort uses other non-traditional spaces to appeal and attract meeting planners.

Atwater on Gore Creek, Vail’s signature creek side restaurant, features breathtaking views of Gore Creek and Vail Mountain. Rated a ‘Top Ten Restaurant in Vail’ by USA Today, Atwater serves up creative Colorado-inspired dishes using fresh, local ingredients that will transform conference dining into dining with altitude. With seasonal, vegetarian and gluten-free options, as well as a small plates menu and an eclectic list of craft beers, Atwater is the perfect place to satisfy any palate. Not only a great option for lunch or dinner for meeting attendees, the Vail Cascade Resort can also convert the Vail restaurant into event space for weddings, receptions, and other special events.   

For smaller, more intimate occasions, the pool deck at Vail Cascade Resort is the perfect spot. The stunning deck and glowing fire pits are only steps away from Gore Creek. Surrounded by aspen trees, the Vail venue offers an impressive setting that can accommodate a smaller group for a private party, ceremony or even teambuilding activity.

One big advantage of being a guest of Vail Cascade is having access to the Aria Athletic Club, Vail’s largest fitness and wellness center. Boasting 70,000 square feet, Aria Athletic Club offers indoor sports courts, Pilates, Yoga in Vail, a vertical training center, exercise equipment, group classes, personal training and more. One of the Club’s best features is its indoor tennis courts. On most days, the three courts are filled with private and group lessons from certified tennis professionals. However, the space can be transformed into the Vail Cascade’s largest conference room, also known as the Gore Range Hall. At 18,000 square feet, Gore Range Hall is the largest function room in the Vail Valley. This versatile space can be used in countless ways - for large conferences, exhibit trade shows, general sessions and catering events.
From tennis courts to Vail dining venues to the pool decks, the Vail Cascade Resort is willing to work with meeting planners to take the ordinary meeting to the extraordinary. When it comes to transforming spaces to accommodate any size group or occasion, using a little creativity can go a long way – not just in uniqueness, but in the pocket book as well.

Learn more about meeting in the mountains at the Vail Cascade Resort.

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Atwater Beer Buzz November 10

Greetings!

Between the fall season, Thanksgiving, and Christmas holiday specials, all focus seems to be on flavor at the moment. Big flavors and comfort food. At Vail Cascade, we're talking about big flavors as well - and we're talking beer... Avery Brewing Co. beers, specifically.

Avery Brewmaster's Weekend is coming up quickly, November 21 and 22!  Put it on your calendar, and plan to come up and join us for some amazing food, craft beer and fun. Matt "Truck" Thrall, Head Brewer for Avery, will be bringing his crazy gang with him for his second Vail Cascade Brewmaster's Weekend.

Opening the weekend will be "Meet the Brewmaster" from 4-7pm on Friday evening in Fireside Bar. Truck and his team will be pouring some fun and festive beers while visiting with everyone, and you can join  the party at any time free of charge.

The Small Plates & Craft Beer portion of the weekend will be held on Saturday in Atwater on Gore Creek beginning at 6pm. This is a guided tour, led by Truck and the Vail Cascade culinary team. Hear about the history of Avery, the specific background of each beer offered, the inspiration behind the dishes created specifically to pair with each of the beers presented, and learn how the food was prepared. Four small plates are paired with four Avery beers, and we have that beer list for you now:

  • Avery Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest
  • Avery Dugana Double IPA
  • Avery PumpKYn, Bourbon Barrel Aged Pumpkin Porter
  • Avery Tweak = Mephistopheles + Coffee + 4 months in Bourbon Barrels

That's a top shelf list, and Tweak hasn't even been officially released yet!  We sat down for the menu development tasting this afternoon, and I can promise you a delicious adventure through these beers. The menu is coming soon, and I'll send it out as soon as I have it.

The Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing event is $35/person, and reservations can be made either by emailing Laura or by calling Atwater on Gore Creek at 970.479-7014.

I hope you're enjoying the beautiful weather this weekend, and we look forward to seeing you in two weeks! Keep an eye out for that menu….it will make your mouth water, I promise.

Cheers!

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

Customized Craft Beer Programs
www.customizedcraftbeerprograms.com

Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival, Vail, CO - January 8 - 10, 2015 www.bigbeersfestival.com

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

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Meet Atwater on Gore Creek’s Team of Culinary Professionals

"Our associates are a large part of our commitment to customer service excellence," said John Garth, the Managing Director at Vail Cascade Resort.  "It is because of their unwavering dedication and everyday support that we are able to serve our guests.” At Atwater on Gore Creek, Vail Cascade’s signature Creekside restaurant, our culinary team is no exception.  The team is dedicated to serving up creative dishes using fresh, local ingredients that will transform the everyday dining into dining with altitude. Atwater combines superior service, spectacular views of Gore Creek and legendary culinary endeavors from our chefs, providing the ideal trifecta.   

The Team Chris Bates, Executive Chef With more than 25 years in the culinary industry, with restaurant, catering and hotel experience, Chris Bates is serving up more than the average dish.  Chris Bates was promoted from sous chef to executive chef in 2014. In this position, Executive Chef Chris Bates oversees 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. Chris Bates is culinary maverick with the business skills necessary to lead and inspire his team.

Jay Spickelmier, Chef d’ Cuisine As a Chef and Artisan Food Designer with an eye for innovation and culinary precision, Jay Spickelmier pulls from his life and work experience with worldly cuisine to deliver the best possible dining experience possible. Having worked at some of the best restaurants in the Vail Valley, Chef Jay Spickelmier’s creativity and culinary knowledge is invaluable. The cumulative skills and experiences he's garnered in culinary arts, catering, consulting, competition, and customer service have helped him grow into a culinary leader committed to creating a positive work environment for like-minded culinary enthusiasts.

Adam Smith, Sous Chef Adam Smith arrived in Vail in 2006 spending his first 3-1/2 years at The Left Bank learning and perfecting his knowledge of French cuisine. During this time he fell in love with the pastry kitchen and found himself the pastry chef before leaving for France in 2009. He has worked at restaurants in France and spent time at the famous Ecole Lenôtre in Paris, studying with some of the most famous names in pastry. Adam returned to the Vail Valley and spent time at some of the fine dining establishments as sous-chef and pastry chef before arriving at Vail Cascade in the fall of 2011. Since joining the Cascade family, Chef Adam Smith has been instrumental in the development of Atwater on Gore Creek, and in all aspects of its operation.

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, 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, Jonathan has taken a more active role in budgeting, forecasting, and working closely with management to explore new practices to make staff as efficient as possible. 

Read the bios of our outstanding culinary team at AtwaterOnGoreCreek.com.

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Vail Cascade Thanks Our Troops with a Free Meal for Veteran's Day

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’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, our signature restaurant.

Soldiers know firsthand that a home cooked meal is hard to come by when deployed. While the Vail Cascade cannot singlehandedly make up for the number of missed meals, we aims to do our 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 John Garth. “We are eternally grateful for their years of service and look forward to now serving them at our hotel on Veteran's Day."

To view Atwater on Gore Creek’s menus or learn more about Vail Cascade Resort, please visit www.vailcascade.com or call 800-282-4183.

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Spend the Holidays in Vail with Vail HoliDaze

The holidays in Vail are always a memorable experience. From christmas caroling to free concerts, children's activities and appearances from Santa and his elves, there's something for everyone this holiday season in Vail. In addition to Vail Cascade's Cascade Christmas, Vail Holidaze is another reason to spend the season in Vail.

Vail Family Holidaze, taking place December 16-22, is the perfect place for family celebration of the season. Vail comes alive with lights, sounds, events and the cheer of the holiday season during December. From holiday concerts, world-class ice skating shows with world champion skaters, Kids Zone activities and New Year’s Eve entertainment, you won’t find a more festive atmosphere in which to spend quality time with the family than Vail.

Great holiday rates and lodging in Vail available.

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Colorado Ski Getaway with Vail Snow Daze

Planning an authentic Colorado ski getaway? If you haven't selected your destination, consider checking out Vail, Colorado. In addition to premier skiing on Vail Mountain and Vail lodging accommodations at Vail Cascade's four diamond ski-in/ski-out mountain resort, you'll want to experience the Rocky Mountain's best celebration - Snow Daze!

Kick off the ski season with an action-packed week at Vail Snow Daze – the biggest early season party in North America. Vail Snow Daze returns for its seventh consecutive year on December 12-14 & 19-21, 2014. Enjoy fresh tracks on the mountain and sponsor expo village by day and apres parties and free live concerts* by night.

Learn more about Vail Snow Daze.

Vail Snow Daze hotel deals are available at Vail Cascade.

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Ski Racing in Colorado with Audi Birds of Prey in Beaver Creek Colo

As the only men’s World Cup stop in the United States, the Audi Birds of Prey Downhill has evolved into one of the world’s premier ski events. Beaver Creek is home to the formidable Birds of Prey racecourse, challenging an international roster of top athletes for three days of racing including Downhill, Super G and Giant Slalom. A festival atmosphere surrounds the on-mountain venue which is easily accessible, free, and open to the public.

The Audi Birds of Prey Downhill takes place December 5-7 at Beaver Creek Mountain. Vail Cascade offers Vail packages and lodging offers.

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