Celebrating Vail’s $2 Billion Renewal
As a trendsetter in resort community design and development, the Vail community recognized the need to modernize the amenities that accompany the experience on the mountain. At the base of the mountain, Vail is abuzz, reaping the rewards of new and refurbished hotel rooms and streetscape, as well as upgraded facilities including spas, dining, shops and community facilities.
The recent openings of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Four Seasons Resort Vail, The Sebastian and Solaris Residences is yet another milestone in the community’s six-year, $2 billion renewal process. The Landmark Condominiums in Lionshead also recently reopened with new residential units and an enhanced design and décor that reflect the new look and style of the renewed base area. Another enhancement in Lionshead is the Tower Residences at Lion Square Lodge which recently debuted as part of the property’s $30 million renovation. The West Meadow Drive streetscape project, a vital link between Vail Village and Lionshead, also was completed offering new lighting, sidewalks and streetscape between to two villages.
Visitors have been enjoying the completion of phase one of Vail’s renewal as Arrabelle Hotel at Vail Square, which opened in 2008, has given Lionshead a new central business and entertainment area featuring hotel and residential accommodations, dining and exciting retail offerings. Other projects that were completed in phase one of Vail’s renewal in 2008 include Manor Vail Lodge near Golden Peak with 15 new units, One Willow Bridge with 18 dwelling units, The Willows featuring nine dwellings, nine fractional fee units and five accommodation units. Vail’s Front Door also opened at the base of Vail Village featuring vacation homes and new base area facilities.
Summer Camp Isn’t Just For Kids
Over the last two summers Vail has become a Mecca for sports enthusiasts ready to take their passions to the next level. And, internationally recognized athletes such as Chris Carmichael and Ellen Miller are ready to help athletes achieve new heights as they’ve made Vail their base camp for their training programs.
Those looking for something a bit more challenging should try Ellen Miller’s Mountain Divas program. This class was created especially for women, helping participants understand the benefits of training in an outdoor setting and important outdoor training exercises, such as hill running, power hiking and agility drills. Through Miller’s coaching, women develop strength and balance skills using the natural environment – rocks, trees and hills. Miller specializes in creating memorable mountain experiences for beginner and intermediate hikers, as well as training endurance athletes for running, trekking and mountain climbing. She is a Level II USA Track and Field coach and was the first American woman to summit Mt. Everest from both sides. Programs take place at The Vitality Center at Vail Athletic Club. For more information, visit www.vailathleticclub.com.
Seasoned athletes and avid bikers will be happy to hear the Carmichael Training Systems High Altitude Performance Camp returns to Vail – and the Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa – June 21 – 25, 2011. The camp is open to riders of all levels and rides will include a mix of breathtaking climbs, descents and flat mountain roads. Participants are treated like professional cyclists, with post ride massages, individual power file analyses with the coaches and access to the Vail Athletic Club and The Vitality Center at Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa – a complete wellness facility. Participants arriving early or staying late also can take advantage of a 3D dynamic bike fit with one of the Carmichael experts. For information visit www.trainright.com or call (866) 355-0645.
Excel, Participate or Watch – Cycling in Vail Reaches New Heights This Summer
Whether your wheels are on dirt or pavement, the Vail area offers miles of trails for mountain bike, cycling and even cruiser enthusiasts. From East Vail to Eagle, there are 343 miles of mountain biking trails and 58 miles of paved paths to travel up and down the valley on two wheels.
As the host of two previous Mountain Bike World Championships, Vail’s trails suit the amateur and the seasoned professional. Family cruisers can ride the gondola, explore the forests on two wheels and enjoy a mountaintop barbeque. Downhill junkies can ride uphill then seek out the most technical terrain for their descent. Equipment is available for rental or purchase at local shops. An additional bike haul ticket is needed to take a bike up the gondola. Bikes are not allowed on the gondola after 4 p.m. A few of Vail’s many mountain biking trails include:
- Village Trail: Longest and most pleasant beginner route on the mountain, the Village Trail is a winding gravel road that traverses the mountain in a descent. 7 miles.
- Fred's Lunch: An alternating single and double intermediate track path that leads from Mid-Vail down the mountain, providing spectacular views. 3.2 miles
- Grand Traverse: Vail's signature intermediate trail crossing the Back Bowls, starts easy and becomes more difficult, accessed from Adventure Ridge or the Wildwood connector. 5.3 miles
- Mid-Vail Escape: Challenging single and double track that takes you from the top of Kloser's Klimb to Mid-Vail with spectacular views of the Gore Range. 2.2 miles.
For those who simply want to be a spectator, Vail will host Stage 3, the Individual Time Trial, of the Quizno’s Pro Challenge Bike Race on Aug. 25. The race moves down valley the next day for the start of Stage 4 in Avon on Aug. 26. There will be a race expo and entertainment offered throughout both days in each community. For more information, please visit www.quiznosprochallenge.com.
Cyclists who are inspired by races such as the Quizno’s Pro Challenge may choose to learn from the best as Carmichael Training Systems returns to Vail June 21-25, 2011 with its Vail High Performance Camp. Participants will be able to experience classic Colorado summer rides while being coached by the world-class staff of Carmichael Training. Carmichael Training Systems was created by Chris Carmichael, the legendary coach known for bringing Lance Armstrong back to cycling after his battle with cancer. The High Altitude Training Camp allows guests to train like professional cyclists in every way and is open to riders of all levels. Rides will provide a mix of breath-taking climbs, descents and flat mountain roads. For more information, visit www.trainright.com or call (866) 355-0645.
Five Culturally Enhancing Offerings
1. Discover the treasured Art In Public Places throughout the community. View exhibits such as The Singing Trees by Ben Roth and Brad Watsabaugh, as well as Steelroots by Steven Tobin. Work by Jesus Moroles, a National Medal of Arts Award recipient, will be installed in Ford Park this fall. To explore various works of art in Vail join the popular Wednesday Art Walks, which begin at 3:30 p.m. at the Vail Village Visitors Center.
2. Find your beat all summer long with performances sponsored by the Vail Jazz Foundation. Jazz at Vail Square free concert series takes place Thursday evenings July 7 through Sept. 1 in Lionshead. Sundays, June 26 through Aug. 28, the soft sounds of jazz can be heard at the Vail Farmers’ Market from noon to 3 p.m. And, the Vail Jazz Festival culminates with a unique mix of the finest jazz musicians on the planet in a one-of-a-kind format that has lived up to its title – The Labor Day Weekend Party.
3. Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival returns for twenty-fourth season from June 25 through Aug. 3. Bravo presents three resident orchestras, The New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
4. The Vail International Dance Festival takes place July 31 through Aug. 13 featuring the critically-acclaimed Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company; dancers from New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and The Royal Ballet gracing the bill on the International Evenings of Dance at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater; and the introduction of the UpClose dance and dialogue series at the intimate Vilar Performing Arts Center.
5. Vail Soul Music Fest, Aug. 19 and 20, is far more than a music concert event – it is “the ultimate soul experience”. Vail Soul Music Fest celebrates the heart of Soul Music with top musicians, empowerment events and cultural activities over three days and two nights of performances by some of the greatest Rhythm & Blues (R&B), conscious Hip Hop, alternative Rock, Blues & Neo Soul artists from around the world.
Five Unique Things to Do
1. The Teva Mountain Games return to Vail for the tenth year June 2-5. The games are the largest celebration of mountain sport, soul and culture as professional and amateur adventure athletes converge upon Vail to compete in a variety of adrenaline pumping sports. Competitors run, climb, bike, kayak, raft and fish for cash purses and ultimate bragging rights. And to round it all out, concerts, film screenings and plenty of after-partying make this event the perfect summer kick-off.
2. The Vail Firefighter Combat Challenge provides a snapshot of one of the most physically demanding occupations and gives the viewing public an idea of the physical prowess to do the job of firefighting. The intense, spirited competition has been deemed “The toughest two minutes in sports”. Scheduled June 11-12.
3. Families make a splash throughout the summer in the Vail Children’s Fountain. Located along Gore Creek Drive in front of Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory, children and families are often spotted cooling off and playing in the spray of the fountain.
4. Gore Creek harkens kayakers every summer, but these days people can be seen floating down stream upright. Stand up paddle boarding is all the rage in big surf and on lakes all over the country. Now you can find SUPs traveling down Gore Creek with adventure seekers on top navigating the white water. SUP rentals are available at various locations in the Vail Valley.
5. Try out the "night vision" trip with Lakota guides. Experience twilight, floating down Class l and ll water as you sense the wonder of being "out there." As stars emerge, observe and learn constellations. Night Vision monoculars bring a whole different dimension to the outdoor night world.
For more information on Vail summer activities, lodging options and vacation experiences, please visit vail.com.