Vail, Colo. – Summer 2014– If Vail’s first 50 years are any indication of what’s to come, the future is bright for visitors to the mountain community. Vail has always been an innovator with unique, exciting and enriching vacation experiences. This spring, summer and fall promise to offer new, guided hiking and biking programs, hands-on culinary experiences, wellness initiatives and Vail Mountain will be one step closer to the much-anticipated launch of Epic Discovery.
 
Guided Hiking and  Biking

Hiking is an outdoor pursuit designed for all ages and abilities. Vail offers a plethora of trails to choose from on Vail Mountain and throughout the surrounding Gore and Sawatch mountain ranges. Travelers can explore on their own or use a service that offers private tours for individuals, couples, families and groups that are tailored to meet specific needs. Guided nature hikes and alpine walks are available for beginners, while guided expert outings can be arranged for those wanting to summit 13,000 and 14,000-foot peaks near Vail.
 
Paragon Guides Provides Backcountry Experiences for All Ages and Abilities
Paragon Guides’ participatory approach to guiding provides individuals and families a true sense of personal involvement in their adventure experience. Paragon's guides are carefully chosen on the basis of their outdoor background, personalities, and genuine love of the wilderness.Explore Colorado's high country, from Paragon Guides’ unique Take a Llama to Lunch to extended hikes into the surrounding mountain valleys. Alpine views, waterfalls and wildflowers await outdoor enthusiasts. Trails can be found throughout the Vail Valley including the Eagle's Nest and Holy Cross Wilderness Areas. More aggressive hiking to a spectacular Colorado peak or a high alpine ridge are great options. All hikes are designed with each group's interests and ability levels in mind.
 
Guided Mountain Biking & Hiking Tours on Vail Mountain
Vail Mountain offers guided mountain biking and hiking tours, led by friendly, knowledgeable staff. The guided tours are perfect for lower level hikers and bikers – individuals, groups or even families – who are unfamiliar with the trail system, new to mountain biking or not comfortable venturing out on their own yet. The mountain biking tours are approximately three to four hours long while the hiking tours are approximately two hours.
 
Ellen Miller’s “Mountain Outdoor Fitness” Program Takes Guided Hiking to a Higher Level
There’s no better way to experience hiking on Vail Mountain than to be guided by a two-time Mt. Everest summiteer. Ellen Miller is a 20-year resident of the Vail Valley and one of five women to have summited Mount Everest from both sides – Nepal and Tibet. In addition to her climbing achievements, Miller works as a climbing/trekking guide in the Himalayas and also a certified Level 2 USATF Endurance coach for the U.S. Women's Mountain Running Team. In 2000, Miller founded Mountain Outdoor Fitness as a motivational fitness program for people who want to hike, run or climb their way into shape while experiencing the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains. The basis for the outings is cardiovascular fitness. Strength, balance and agility are incorporated into the workouts, and the sessions can accommodate people at all ability levels. Depending on the goals of the individual athlete, (specificity of distance/type of event) a different type or level of workout is assigned. Miller also specializes in event preparation, whether it’s a 5K running race, first adventure race or climbing an 8000-meter peak in the Himalayas.
 
Solaris Vail Offers New Hiking & Biking Summer Packages
Bag a Fourteener Package
Solaris Vail is making it easier than ever to cross climbing a Colorado fourteener off of a bucket list.By booking the new “Bag a Fourteener” package, guests will receive all preparation and goods necessary to climb nearby Mount Elbert, the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains, at 14,440 ft. This weeklong package includes an amenity basket upon check-in with a personal Oxygen canister to help acclimate to the higher mountain altitudes, a Camelback hydration pack to bring on the climb, and a commemorative hardcover book, “14,000 Feet: A Celebration of Colorado's Highest Mountains.”The package also includes two Mountain Outdoor Fitness classes for guests to partake in led by Ellen Miller, two–time Mt. Everest summiteer and Vail’s top adventure and endurance coach, to prepare for the guided Mount Elbert day hike, taking place the Saturday before guests depart. Package offered through the summer season, May 4 through Sept. 28, 2014 and only available for weeklong stays beginning on Sundays. Package starts at $2,760 for two people (one week stay).
 
Moots Custom Cycling Package
Solaris Vail is offering an exclusive partnership with Moots Cycles, known for hand-building the finest quality bikes from its facility in the Rocky Mountains. The Custom Bike Package combines Vail’s popularity as a summer biking destination with Solaris’ commitment to making guests' stays one-of-a-kind.When guests book this package, in addition to a customized vacation created by Solaris, they also receive a custom Moots bike of their choosing, as well as a Moots jersey, water bottle and biking socks. The bike will be handcrafted to order and waiting for them on arrival (with eight-week pre-booking and professional fitting), or they can choose to be fitted at a Moots retail partner in Vail while staying at Solaris and have the bike created and delivered to them later, at home. Either way, the Solaris Personal Assistants and Moots team will assist with every step of the process.Package starts at $3,825 for one bicycle frame, package of Moots apparel and one night at Solaris. (Package price varies by number of nights and number/types of bikes desired.) Call (970) 476-9000 to book and begin the Moots custom bike creation process. Available during the summer season through Nov. 15, 2014. Available to Solaris residents and guests only. Requires eight week advance booking in order to deliver bike upon-arrival. Maximum of two bikes per package, unless approved by special request. Additional costs and lead time apply with custom frame geometry.
 
Vail Named Bicycle Friendly Community by League of American Bicyclists
The Town of Vail has improved its ranking as a Bicycle Friendly Community from a bronze designation to  silver status. The award was announced in October by the League of American Bicyclists, which recognizes communities with remarkable commitments to bicycling. According to the League, the Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) program provides a way for communities to evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle-friendliness. There are 291 BFCs in 48 states across America, including 20 in Colorado. Vail’s heightened ranking is good through 2017 and is due, in part, to the town’s extensive recreation path system and mountain biking facilities as well as the community’s longstanding enthusiasm for biking. The recent construction of widened shoulders on the frontage roads contributed to the improved ranking, according to Gregg Barrie, the town’s landscape architect, who prepared the application. Within the past three years, the town has constructed nearly six miles of widened shoulders in Vail with plans for an additional three and a half miles by the end of next summer. While the town is excited about its new silver level designation, staff is already looking for opportunities to improve Vail’s biking facilities including better roadway markings, upgraded lighting in some areas, evaluating the potential for new mountain biking and hiking trails and updating the 1989 Recreation Trails Master Plan.

 
Epic Adventures

Vail Mountain’s Preview to Epic Discovery
In summer 2012 Vail Resorts introduced Epic Discovery and announced the submission of a proposal to the U.S. Forest Service for a comprehensive summer activities plan at Vail Mountain. While still pending U.S. Forest Service approval, Epic Discovery at Vail Mountain is the first proposed installment of summer mountain adventure plans that Vail Resorts has for each of its world-class resorts and is designed to connect kids and families with our national forests in an active, fun and engaging way. Vail Resorts will work with The Nature Conservancy to bring scientific content to the eco-discovery experiences and will be contributing one percent of all summer lift ticket and activity revenue toward forest restoration projects.
 
The proposal includes a number of new activities, including zip lines, ropes courses, signature climbing walls and Forest Flyers with extensive environmental and interpretive programming that offers guests a unique opportunity to try new outdoor activities, challenge themselves physically, discover an appreciation for nature and create lasting family memories. Each of these new activities will capitalize on the existing summer visitation at each resort and leverage existing infrastructure, creating the opportunity for high-impact and high-return projects. Construction will take place throughout the summer of 2014 and Epic Discovery is anticipated to be operational for summer 2015.

 
Health and Well-Being

Women’s Golf and Wellness Weekend – June 19-22
New this summer, Vail will bring women together for a weekend of yoga, nutrition, wellness education, hiking, biking and golf during its first-ever Women’s Golf and Wellness Weekend. Women will connect, learn, network and explore Vail’s picturesque surroundings while enjoying presentations and discussions with instructors, special guests and more. The Golf and Wellness weekend will be an opportunity for like-minded women to learn about the game of golf while experiencing all Vail has to offer. Passionate about living life to its fullest, founder of LINC Golf & Wellness, yoga instructor and LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Kathleen Heiney will lead yoga, fitness and wellness discussions. Joining Heiney, Vail Golf Club Director and PGA Member Alice Plain will teach participants not only how to play the game of golf better, but to truly understand the intricacies of the game. Costs will be announced in early 2014 and will include three nights lodging at the Antler’s at Vail, instruction, special outings and more. All skill levels for both yoga and golf are welcome to attend. Limited to 30 participants.
 
Vail Vitality Center Creates Customized Sports Performance Programs
Until recently, targeting individual fitness training zones using personal heart rate was an exercise in guesswork. Most athletes – amateur and professional – have used the pulse-based calculation, or consulted a trainer, coach or fitness expert to determine their target zone, or they’ve simply done what ‘feels good.’ Unfortunately, for many, this method may be doing more harm than good. Professionals at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, specifically the Human Performance Laboratory, have introduced research that supports an entirely new performance-testing platform applicable to everyone from elite athletes to the average human hoping to improve his or her health. This new testing shows that many people hoping to optimize performance – or weight loss, or fitness level – are actually overtraining (even weekend warriors and ‘event specific’ athletes), flooding the body with harmful toxins that produce the opposite result; their bodies are literally breaking down.
 
There is a new tool available, however, that can improve individual health and fitness for life: comprehensive physiological and metabolic testing available at the Vail Vitality Center. Called the Sports Performance Program, testing pinpoints the exact zone at which the individual being tested metabolizes fat – the optimal fuel for fitness, taking the guesswork out of the fitness plan. The program includes a variety of components, based upon individual needs and goals, and cost depends upon programming selection and plan recommendations, starting at $499 for the initial testing and consult (includes testing for lactate clearance and threshold, fat and carbohydrate metabolism, performance blood analysis, strength, speed and movement and VO2 Max).
 
Vail Vitality Center
The Vail Vitality Center is more than just a spa or gym. Guests receive expert counsel in nutrition, regenerative medicine, age management, exercise and fitness, rehabilitation, acupuncture and chiropractic work, Ayurvedic consulting, personal coaching, restorative spa practices and energy work. Vail Vitality Center wellness options include: the 18,000 sq. ft. Vail Athletic Club, featuring The Yoga Studio, an expansive open concept fitness floor, a Pilates and rehabilitation studio, fitness testing equipment, a variety of innovative and inspirational classes, Vail's only indoor climbing wall, and extensive locker room amenities; The Spa, offering therapy-based treatments for rejuvenation and restorative benefits; and a wellness experience administered by a group of health experts who take a fresh approach to well-being, pulling from Eastern and Western medicine practices. The Vail Vitality Center offers an enlightened personal journey that is unique to each and every guest. That journey is the take-away that changes lives and encourages true well living.
 
Vail Living Well Summit Set for Its Third Year in Vail – September 11-13
An interactive, health-centered summit intended for both locals and destination guests alike and designed to achieve an enriching, educational and transformative experience. This year's event will include an interactive "university" feel of multiple sessions in addition to featuring high profile keynote speakers, a vendor expo and activities that incorporate Vail's outdoor mountain environment.

 
Culinary Experiences

Local Entrepreneur Launches Vail Valley Food Tours
Vail Valley local Matt Timmerman has worked with some of the best chefs in the community during his nearly two decades in the area. Timmerman launched Vail Valley Food Tours to connect visitors with the rich history and extensive food offerings in Vail. Three hour walking tours are offered throughout the week and highlight the food, history and culture in Vail. Tours will connect people with some of the area’s top chefs and hear, firsthand, what’s inspired them to hone their skills in the mountain community. Stroll throughout Vail while indulging in internationally inspired cuisine. Restaurants featured include La Tour, La Bottega and Terra Bistro. Guided tours are $79 per person and includes food at each restaurant. An alcohol pairing may be added for $30.
 
Yellowbelly Provides Fresh Food, Fast
Yellowbelly restaurant offers a healthy alternative to country-fried chicken that’s leaving Vail Valley guests feeling more satisfied and less guilty. Yellowbelly restaurant offers a different take on the comfort food previously associated with The Colonel and the southern United States. That’s an image that co-owner Barry Davis wanted to change when it came to his restaurant. The recipes start with the bird. Davis and company source as many products as they can in Colorado and the chickens are all natural – no GMO, free-range and vegetarian-fed. Nothing is frozen. The chicken options are simple – rotisserie or fried. The fried-chicken batter is where Yellowbelly sets itself apart. The gluten free batter gives the crunch that fried chicken should, while also offering a distinct flavor. The short list of sides such as citrus quinoa and smashed potatoes complement the healthy menu with fresh, rich ingredients.
 
Four Seasons Resort Vail Offers Culinary Experiences Throughout the Summer
Four Seasons Resort Vail makes a continuous effort to provide hands-on experiences to guests with a passion for food. This year, Four Seasons offers a variety of tours that allow guests to interact with the resort’s world-class chefs and learn of the fresh products grown locally as well as tips on everyday baking and cooking.

·      Cake Decorating Classes - Pastry Chef Rachelle Hyder will host a Cake Decorating Basics class to show guests, step by step, the experience and excitement of successfully decorating their first cake using the fundamentals of decorating technique. The lesson will begin in the Bean & Gone before moving into the main kitchen, where guests will decorate a cake to take home.  

·      Spice Rub Classes - Framed by dramatic, vaulted beamed ceilings inspired by the nearby Vail Mountain, Flamerestaurant at Four Seasons Resort & Residences Vail celebrates the iconic American steakhouse with perfectly seared prime steaks seasoned with expertly created spice rubs. This season, Senior Sous Chef Edison Mays, otherwise known as “the Spicemaster”, will be conducting Spice Rub Classes to teach guests about the famous house-made spice-rubs used in the resort’s renowned restaurant and how to enjoy the experience at home as well.

·      Palisade Peach Excursion- Summertime means peach season in Palisade, Colorado, and Four Seasons Resort & Residences Vail is extending the excitement of this juicy season with guests. The resort will host a Palisade Peach Picking Tour, where guests will be transported by shuttle to Colorado’s renowned growing region of the fertile Western Slope for picking and picnicking. Guests attending the tour will meet for their peach adventure at 7:30 a.m. at our Fireside restaurant. Then, attendees will go on to enjoy a continental breakfast, snacks on the shuttle ride and a complete peach orchard experience.

·      Mercedes & Mushroom Foraging Excursions - Mushroom & Mercedes events, where guests are guided in a hunt for local mushrooms on Vail Mountain, will be offered on several occasions throughout the summer. Guests attending the expedition will enjoy the company of expert guides while riding in luxury SUVs. The program includes a gourmet picnic lunch, cooking demo and mushroom-themed dinner at Flame restaurant.

·      Farmers’ Market Excursions - Executive Chef Jason Harrison is inviting guests to make a trip to the Vail Farmers’ Marketthis summer to experience the benefits of shopping for, cooking and tasting the fresh, local produce that Vail has to offer during the summer. Guests have the opportunity to meet with Chef Jason at the Bean & Gone, join him in shopping at the market and then return to the chef’s table to prepare and enjoy lunch using his ingredient selections.
 
For more information on Vail summer activities, lodging options and outdoor pursuits, please visit vail.com.
 
 
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09/25/2014

SECOND ANNUAL VAIL BEAVER CREEK RESTAURANT WEEK DEBUTS THIS FRIDAY

The second annual Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week kicks off this Friday September 26th and once again spans across ten days and two weekends lasting until October 5th.  Great excitement has building for the much anticipated 2014 event, especially after the list of mouthwatering and decadent $20.14 special list was posted to the website.  ( more)

09/24/2014

CHEF KELLY LIKEN TAKES HOME THE WIN ON LAST NIGHT’S ESQUIRE NETWORK’S “KNIFE FIGHT” BATTLE COLORADO

Renowned chef Kelly Liken of Restaurant Kelly Liken, located in Vail, CO, took home the win in last night’s Esquire Network “Knife Fight”–season two of the original hit series and badass cooking competition. The “Battle Colorado” face-off  had Liken head-to-head with fellow Colorado chef Steve Redzikowski, of Oak at Fourteenth. The episode started off with a drink of whiskey handed to Kelly from a guest, and exciting twists and turns ensued. Thrilling excerpts from the episode included a cut on Liken’s hand before she turned out two simple and straight-forward dishes that embody the essence of Kelly’s approach at her eponymous restaurant in the world-class town of Vail.  ( more)

09/23/2014

Vail Mountain, Taste of Vail and the Vail Farmers’ Market to Host Farm-to-Table Dinner on Friday, Sept. 26 to Benefit Food Rescue Express

Vail Mountain, one of the largest ski resorts in the world, in partnership with Taste of Vail and the Vail Farmers’ Market, will host a farm-to-table dinner on Friday, Sept. 26 to benefit the Food Rescue Express program and children of the Vail Valley.  ( more)

09/22/2014

GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH COLORADO’S BEST DISTILLERIES AND VAIL’S TOP RESTAURANTS THIS WEEKEND AT TOPSHELF HARVEST VAIL

At the First Annual Top Shelf Harvest event this Saturday September 27th at Vail’s Lionshead Village, top chefs from the best restaurants in Vail will be working with Colorado’s most sought-after distilleries to bring an interactive boutique tasting event to life. Presented by Town of Vail, Lionshead Merchants Association and Eagle Valley Events, guests will be transported back to the age of prohibition to experience a day of gourmet culinary and cocktail pairings, a mixology contest, and live entertainment in a fun ‘speakeasy’ style setting.     ( more)

09/22/2014

VAIL BEAVER CREEK RESTAURANT WEEK IS BACK FOR A SECOND YEAR!

Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week is back for a second year; returning to the Vail Valley this fall, Friday, September 26th – Sunday, October 5th!  After receiving tremendous feedback from participants and guests alike for the event’s inaugural year, deciding to continue the event for a second year was a no brainer.  Excitement is already building for the much anticipated 2014 event.  Diverse culinary offerings from restaurants throughout the Vail and Beaver Creek Villages, each set at a price point of $20.14, will pair with the stunning autumn backdrop provided by the Vail Valley to once again set the stage for an unparalleled culinary event.  ( more)

09/17/2014

CHEF KELLY LIKEN MAKES AN APPEARANCE ON ESQUIRE NETWORK’S “KNIFE FIGHT” BATTLE COLORADO ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014

Celebrated chef Kelly Liken of Restaurant Kelly Liken, located in Vail, CO, will appear on the Esquire Network’s “Knife Fight” for its newest season and a Rocky Mountain battle unlike any other. In this episode Kelly is overheard saying “….there is no prize for second place, this is all about bragging rights.”  ( more)

09/10/2014

VAIL OKTOBERFEST CONTINUES IN VAIL VILLAGE THIS WEEKEND WITH BEER, BRATS AND BAVARIAN ENTERTAINMENT

Munich comes to the Vail Village this weekend for the second and final weekend of the world’s greatest celebration of beer, music and autumn in Vail: Oktoberfest! The event will see another full weekend of authentic Bavarian fun including the return of many crowd favorites like the Klement’s Bratwurst Eating Contests, Adult Keg Bowling and Adult Stein Lifting Competitions, and Bavarian Costume Contest presented by ResortApp. Emulating the age-old celebration known all over the world, Vail Oktoberfest in Vail Village will delight guests with Bavarian music and dancing, traditional fare like Klement’s Bratwursts, yodeling, alpenhorn blowing, beverages from Hacker-Pschorr and Jagermeister and much more.  ( more)

09/09/2014

OKTOBERFEST FUN RUN THIS SUNDAY TO BENEFIT THE CHILDREN’S GARDEN OF LEARNING

Gather the kids, stretch the legs and enjoy a morning of friendly competition at the annual Oktoberfest Fun Run benefitting the Children’s Garden of Learning this Sunday, Sept. 14 in Vail Village.  ( more)

09/09/2014

LIONSHEAD ROARS AS THE COLORADO GRAND CULMINATES IN VAIL THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

This Friday Lionshead will roar like never before as the 85+ Colorado Grand participants culminate their multi-day journey through the state of Colorado with a victory lap through the Lionshead Village!  ( more)

08/27/2014

Eagle Valley Events Presents the First Annual Top Shelf Harvest

As a kick off to Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week, Town of Vail, Vail, Lionshead Merchants Association and Eagle Valley Events are proud to announce the First Annual Top Shelf Harvest event on September 27th, 2014 in the heart of Lionshead Village in Vail, Colorado.  ( more)