VAIL, Colo. – June 7, 2011 – One is a 20-year resident of the Vail Valley, is one of only five women to have summitted Mount Everest from both sides – Nepal and Tibet – and has climbed four 8,000-meter peaks in the Himalaya. The other is an accomplished mountaineer – summitting and guiding on Everest, Denali, Aconcagua, Peak Lenin and Kilimanjaro. Both are leaders, coaches and motivational powerhouses. Together, Ellen Miller and Laurie Bagley have created an experiential learning program combining physical challenges with guided goal setting and personal way-finding, called Summit!, debuting at The Vitality Center at Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa July 31 – August 3, 2011.

“We work with many people who are determined to excel physically and there is always a mental component that goes along with that type of goal,” said Ellen Miller. “By combining the fitness challenge with goal-setting work we are able to really dig in and help participants explore and improve the way they live their lives on a daily basis.”

Summit! features: daily guided morning hikes on Vail Mountain; a full goal-setting workshop led by Bagley exploring personal values and how to tap them to achieve balance and live out a dream; revitalizing afternoon yoga sessions at The Yoga Studio at the Vail Athletic Club (VAC); a comprehensive fitness presentation with Miller; and all of the amenities offered through Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa and The Vitality Center.

“This program offers participants an opportunity to discover their passions – whatever they may be – and teaches people how to take life to the next level,” added Miller. “Laurie and I both excel at helping people achieve their personal best.”

In addition to her climbing achievements, Miller is the owner of an outdoor fitness business called Mountain Divas, available at the VAC. She is a certified Level 2 USATF Endurance coach and coaches/manages the U.S. Women’s Mountain Running Team. She is a former competitive athlete (adventure racing, Nordic skiing, running) and was named Colorado Sportswoman of the Year in 2002 for excellence and longevity in mountaineering and competitive sports. Miller is the founder of The Climb for Literacy, an annual fundraiser involving children’s climbing teams, which raises funds for Third World Education. She is involved in numerous community events in the Vail Valley. She also works as a trek/climbing guide in the Himalaya.

Bagley holds an MS in Outdoor Leadership, is a mother, entrepreneurial business owner and a teacher. Her business, Life Journeys, focuses on motivational speaking, goal setting workshops, fitness coaching and presenting her Everest climb documentary. From 1999 to 2004, Bagley raced on a top ten world class adventure racing team. She won the California Outdoor Hall of Fame award in 2006, and her story has been featured in the Sacramento Bee, San Francisco Chronicle, Her Sports and Enjoy magazines. Bagley has appeared as a guest on various public and syndicated radio shows, including Jefferson Public Radio; she also has been a guest on local television as well as a keynote speaker for companies including Edward Jones and Southern Oregon University. Bagley is committed to empowering others.

Cost for the four-day workshop, including three nights’ lodging at Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa, is $695 per person (based upon double-occupancy; single rates are available). For more information or to register contact Laurie Bagley at lauriebagley@gmail.com or call 530-925-4810, or contact Ellen Miller at alpineellen@gmail.com.

The Vitality Center at Vail Mountain Lodge offers individual diagnostics and guided, intensive regimens, tailored group retreat programs and workshop opportunities year-round. The Vitality Center was founded upon a philosophy of total wellbeing, incorporating the very best of western and eastern practices to identify the ideal wellness plan for each individual. The Vitality Center offers expert counsel in nutrition, preventative medicine, medical acupuncture, chiropractic, facial and body treatments, fitness, and energy balancing. For more information visit www.vailvitalitycenter.com or call 970-476-7721.


About Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa

Located in Vail Village, just steps from Vail Mountain, Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa offers a distinctive alternative to Vail’s larger properties. This boutique getaway boasts 27 hotel rooms and condominiums, featuring private fireplaces, deep soaking tubs and luxurious feather beds. The space is warm and inviting and the setting alongside Gore Creek is private and serene. Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa boasts the full-scale Vail Athletic Club, the rejuvenating Spa at Vail Mountain Lodge, the highly-touted Terra Bistro restaurant, and The Vitality Center – a comprehensive wellness center in the heart of Vail that incorporates the best of the Vail Athletic Club, The Spa at Vail Mountain Lodge and Terra Bistro to create an experience of total immersion in personal wellbeing.




Media Contact: Emily McCormack, Hula Communications for the Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa and The Vitality Center; phone: 970-331-6145; e-mail: emily@hulacommunications.com

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