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Aria Athletic Club's Member and Personal Trainer Spotlight

Welcome to Summer in the Mountains!  Could the weather be any better in Vail?  At Aria Athletic Club & Spa, we hope you are staying fit and getting outdoors to enoy the beautiful summer weather. We have both indoor and outdoor activities to keep you fit and having fun. At Aria, we like to acknowledge our members and trainers for their accomplishments, and we have two outstanding individuals we're spotlighting this month!

Elizabeth Carpenter is a local member who has been training at Aria Athletic Club for over one year. She trains with Personal Trainer Ryan Moriarty. Elizabeth moved here from New York City and is a Musculoskeletal Radiologist.

Elizabeth's Weekly Training Schedule
Elizabeth trained on average of 6 days and 12 hours a week with a mix of swimming, cycling, and running. She also spent 2 hours a week strength training with Ryan Moriarty.

Elizabeth states, "I trained for my first 70.3 (Half Ironman) in Boulder, Colorado and competed in an olympic distance triathlon 2 weeks later, (also in Boulder)."

Elizabeth is in the process of choosing additional Half Ironmans to compete in, but will definitely compete in at least two next spring, including Boulder. 

"The best part of triathlon training is that your workouts constantly change so you never get bored. Some days I was surprised to find that swimming was my favorite workout - swimming can be so incredibly relaxing. And I only recently learned how to swim competitively, so not knowing how to swim is not an excuse!"  

What Motivated Elizabeth?
"I've always been a runner, and only started cycling a couple of summers ago to keep active while I recovered from a running overuse injury. I immediately loved cycling, but was struck by a car in NYC a month after getting my new road bike! I sustained a complex proximal humerus fracture, and two surgeries and several months later, I was finally able to begin training again. The beauty of triathlon training is the challenge of maintaining the discipline to master three different sports (which also helps you avoid an overuse injury".

Elizabeth's Tips
"Set your goal right this minute - sign up for a race immediately and stick to an organized, sensible training plan. Consistency in training is key, because when race day arrives, the strength you have gained mentally and physically will power you through. It also helps immensely to have a training partner or team - the only thing I would change about my training here in Vail is to be part of a team".

Elizabeth's Favorite Snacks
Elizabeth's favorite snacks include avocado, blueberries, and cherries - but not all at once! " I also have to give a huge shout out to Skoop - I absolutely love Skoop!"

Patti Hyre is a Vail local, personal trainer and group fitness instructor at Aria Athletic Club & Spa. This spring Patti signed up for The Estes Park Half Marathon. Patti followed a comprehensive training schedule and clean diet to train for this difficult half marathon course.  On Sunday, June 21, Patti took third place in her age group and finished in the top 100 runners! Congrats Patti! Patti is available for personal training and coaching. She will customize a workout plan to help any client reach their goals.

Patti's Weekly Training Schedule
Patti started training in March with a base building phase. Progressive training started in April, where she was doing one long run per week, with some mid-distance runs each week. In May her training schedule had her doing one long run, a mid-distance run and some speed work. She also kept up her strength training with a focus on her legs. She followed this schedule until the week before the race where she shortened her runs as to taper for the race.

What Motivated Patti?
"I wanted to get in race shape and challenge myself with past performances in half marathon distance races."

Patti's Tips
"Pick a goal, challenge yourself and hire a trainer to help you reach your goal."

Patti's Favorite Snacks
Patti feels that her nutrition plan was a big part of her doing well in both her training and in the race. She is on a high fat vegan diet, with no cheating! She does not snack regularly but when she does snack, her favorite is celery with almond butter.

Congratulation to these two on a job well done! 

Dan Timm
Athletic Director
Aria Athletic Club & Spa

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Do You Know What Pilates Is and What Are the Benefits of Pilates Exercises?

Pilates exercise helps us physically and mentally. Physically, Pilates exercises develop balance, strength, flexibility, and coordination. Mentally, Pilates exercise helps reduce stress, helps with focus and relaxation and assists in developing self-awareness, self-control and self esteem. Pilates exercise also helps to prevent and reduce sports injuries. Above all else, breathing is extremely important in Pilates. Focused and controlled breathing increases lung capacity and circulation.  

“There is no Bad movement only movement Badly done.”- Eve Gentry

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.

Lara Shapiro, Pilates Supervisor, and the team at the Aria Athletic Club and 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.

Start your Pilates exercise today. Join Amie Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the upstairs studio for Pilates Mat. Sign up for Jaime’s 12pm Wednesday Group Reformer in the Pilates Studio. Challenge your mind and body with Rife on Thursdays at 6:30PM. Join Lara in the studio Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

July 2015 Pilates Class Schedule

Pilates Group Equipment at 4:30pm with Lara
Pilates Mat at 5:30pm with Lara

Pilates Mat at 9:00am with Amie

Pilates Group Equipment at 12:00pm with Jaime
Pilates Group Equipment at 4:00pm with Lara                     
Pilates Mat at 5:30pm with Lara

Pilates Mat at 9:15am with Amie
Pilates Mat 6:30am with Rife   

Pilates Mat at 10:45am with Lara
Pilates Group Equipment at 12:00pm 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 you and your new year started! It is a fabulous way to enhance your day.

Look forward to seeing you in the studio and on the mat!

Lara Shapiro
Aria Pilates Supervisor

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Practice Reflection at Aria Yoga Studio in Vail

“Yoga acts as a mirror. Each breath, each movement, reflects to us who we are and how we are moment to moment. We look into the mirror of yoga and see the places that need support and the places that need to open. The postures teach us about ourselves, markers on the map of the soul. They bless us with immediate feedback. As we move deeper into the physical and mystical teachings, we become intrepid explorers mining the terrain of the body, mind and soul." - Julie Rappaport

Yoga Student of the Month - Andreas Harl
Andreas Harl is chosen by Karen Anderson as our July student of the month. Andreas writes “I started Yoga about 3 years ago pretty much against my will but I promised my wife I’ll give it a few tries. Thanks for making me go Brittany! I can’t claim that I like every single position but love how I feel after completion of every single class. I faced some challenges over the last several years before yoga and I’ve gotta admit, it has helped my flexibility and it really improved my mental health and sense of inner peace and calmness. Thanks to all the wonderful teachers at the Cascade, especially my noon class teachers, I’ve become very passionate about yoga and meditation and feel better than ever.”


Friday Afternoon Yoga Club (FAYC)
FAYC is back by popular demand! 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 students and teachers will meet at the Fireside Grill at the Vail Cascade Resort for a free drink, social time, and 20% off food! 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. Program runs from June 5th through August 28th. Hope to see you on the mat.

Full Moon AcroYoga Series
Instructors Samantha Sunshine and Bronson Killpack 
Don’t miss these fun filled Full Moon AcroYoga workshops. Together we 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 welcome. For more information or to sign up please call the Aria Club Desk at 970-476-7400.

Cost: $30 for members $35 for non-members $10 for yoga teachers
Schedule: Friday, July 31st from 7-9pm (blue moon) Saturday, August 29th from 1-3pm

July Substitute List 
Wednesday, July 1 at 4:30pm: Linda
Sunday, July 12th at 9am: Bronson
Monday, July 13th at 5:45pm: Elena
Friday, July 17th at 8am: Karen
Tuesday, July 21st at 6am: Tracy
Friday, July 24th at 8am: Karen

See you on the mat!

Libby Maio
Aria Yoga Supervisor

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Atwater Beer Buzz July 8

Hope you had a great 4th of July holiday!

What a beautiful time of the year to celebrate; beautiful flowers, rushing rivers, blazing sunshine, refreshing showers…you name it! We are amped up for maximum summer fun on the mountain, in the pool, with arts festivals in Lionshead and the Bravo! Music Featival going on at Gerald Ford Amphitheater.

The weekend of June 26-27, we celebrated with craft beer; New Belgium Brewing Co. craft beer to be specific. It was our priviledge to host Peter Bouckaert, Brewmaster for New Belgium Brewing Co, for a fun and casual tasting on Friday evening and then for the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing on Saturday night.

I often mention specific courses as favorites of the attendees when compiling a review of the weekend, but it's a tough one this time. Many guests were torn between the first two pairings of the evening to be their top pick…the Alaskan King Crab Egg Roll with butter lettuce, avocado, and preserved lemon tartar sauce, paired with New Belgium Snapshot, or...the Pancetta Wrapped Monk Fish with vanilla mango chutney, forbidden rice, and ginger buerre blanc, paired with New Belgium Pear Ginger Beer. Then one of our diehard regular guests raved about the pairing of the "sauce/spread" on the Duck Confit Flatbread with blistered blueberry, cream cheese, candied kumquat and hot pepper jam with the New Belgium Slow Ride Session IPA. And Peter Bouckaert, our featured guest, had high compliments for the chefs with regard to the flavors in the final dish, a Braised Pork Shoulder with corn sopas, pickled watermelon rind, and cherry chili sauce… about how so many similar flavors from the New Belgium Cocoa Mole were reflected in the food pairing. So I will simply withhold judgment about which was "best" this round.

We absolutely extend many thanks to Peter for his time and wisdom this weekend, to Jeff Kurtenbach, our local representative for New Belgium, for being here on Friday evening for the Meet the Brewmaster event and his coordination assistance, and to Ainsley Gusaas, the New Belgium Colorado Mountain Area Manager, for her organizational assistance as well. Additional thanks to the Vail Cascade culinary team for their expertise and delicious pairings, and the front of the house service team for a seamless event.  It definitely takes a village to pull together all of the pieces for these amazing weekends, and you all have my wholehearted appreciation.

I had many requests for the complete 2015 Brewmaster's Weekend Schedule. Here it is:

We're already in the planning stages for your Oskar Blues Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing menu, so stay tuned for the announcement of the beer list…and then the menu! Feel free to go ahead and make reservations for the July 25 Small Plates Pairing if you like. You can certainly email me back at or call the Atwater reservations line at 970-479-7014.

In other Vail Cascade craft beer news, our Fireside Feature is just about to rotate once again. It's currently Odell St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale, and there are only a few left. So grab them while you can, and then look forward to Upslope Thai Spiced White IPA!

We have also now tried all of our new cellar list beers with the new Atwater summer menu, and as a staff we would recommend the following:

Boulevard Chocolate Ale pairs well with the Thai Noodle Bowl entrée (and with vanilla or strawberry ice cream, of course); Odell Myrcenario pairs well with the Steak Skewers small plate; Paradox Scully #24 pairs well with the BBQ Beef Rib entrée; Sierra Nevada Barrel Aged Bigfoot pairs well with the Cheese & Charcuterie Plate (especially the Honey Goat Cheese); Left Hand Great Juju pairs well with the Grilled Watermelon small plate; Stone Chai Spiced Imperial Russian Stout pairs well with the Braised Pork Shoulder entrée; Deschutes Not the Stoic pairs well with the Colorado Lamb T-Bone; Epic Elder Brett pairs well with the Albacore Tuna Tacos small plate, and New Belgium La Folie is fun with the Cheese & Charcuterie Plate

In other craft beer news, Samuel Adams will be sponsoring our Cycling and Fly Fishing Clinic series down on the Creekside Deck every other Saturday starting July 11 from 4 - 5:30pm. Many thanks to Billy and the team at Samuel Adams for their Sam Adams Summer Ale and Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider donation for each clinic.

Likewise, Ska Brewing Co. will be sponsoring the July Aria Member BBQ on Tuesday, July 14. Many thanks to Scott & Ska for their support, and additional thanks to Sarah & Left Hand Brewing Co. for their sponsorship of the June Member BBQ.

There will be several new additions to the Atwater craft beer list over the next few weeks. You can already find Odell Levity Amber Ale and Sam Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout new on the bottle list, and Bonfire Tent Pole Vanilla Porter has rotated in to complete the Summer rotation on draft.

More craft beer news will be coming your way soon! Next edition will feature the Oskar Blues beers for the upcoming July Brewmaster's Weekend. Until then, have a wonderful holiday weekend and enjoy your summer!

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

Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival
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Time For A Summer Road Trip to Vail

Pack your bags. Load the car. And get ready to claim the title of "vacation planner with the most-est' when booking your next condo vacation in Vail!  You’ll be the hero when you book the best condo vacation ever at Vail Cascade Resort & Spa.

Experience warm, residential-style accommodations and unsurpassed AAA Four-Diamond hotel amenities when you rent from Vail Cascade Condominiums. These multimillion-dollar private condos in Vail, Colorado provide the perfect lodging solution for your family vacation, and the upside?

It’s your home away from home. Our condos have full kitchens, privacy, full access to the resort and its amenities, including the hotel’s infinity-edge pool, guest privileges at Aria Athletic Club & Spa, on-call shuttle service to the hotel daily, washers and dryers, daily housekeeping and more!

Liftside Condos Summer Sale
Vacations are experiences that are meant to be shared and remembered. From daytime exploration treks and gathering at the dinner table to late night conversations by the fire pit, it's who you travel with that transforms an ordinary vacation into a cherished memory. 

Right now, you can enjoy our luxury Liftside Condos with this spectacular summer sale where you’ll save up to 30%!  This summer, bring loved ones together under one roof with a stay in Vail Cascade Condominiums. Don't miss the chance to save big this summer with our limited-time offer!

Liftside Condos Summer Sale: 
Up to 30% off 3 or more nights in Liftside Condos
Book by July 31 for stays through November 18, 2015.

To take advantage of this Colorado vacation offer call 800-282-4183 or book online. Some restrictions and blackout dates apply. Rates do not include taxes or daily resort charge. Cannot combine with any other offers or discounts. Not applicable to existing or group reservations.

Combine the intimacy of home with AAA Four-Diamond hotel services and mountain convenience with a condo stay in Vail, Colorado.

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