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Product Pride

 At Vail Spa pride is more than just a virtue, it is part of our brand. I have never felt such an immense sense of pride, in my work, my team and most of all our leadership.The honor produced by our team’s many accomplishments can be overwhelming and yet so fulfilling.

” Pride and its accompanying stance serve as a signal of acceptance, belonging, ownership, or status. But aside from functioning as a social signal, pride promotes more of the same kind of choices and actions that led to it, and is associated with greater self-respect, self-confidence, productivity, creativity, and altruism.” well said by Neel Burton in his article Pride:Vice or Virtue on Psychology today. Our unity as a team is a direct reflection of our leadership and what they promote;  product pride.

Recently Jessica Davis, a pillar in our team at Vail Spa, was honored by the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association with the Principal Leadership award. Jessica displays poise and professionalism in the most difficult times. She wears many hats here at Vail Spa and juggles them with grace and charisma. The level of leadership displayed by Jessica on a daily basis is inspirational and generates honor and pride in the workplace. The product of pride created by our leadership at Vail Spa is invaluable. As Steve Maraboli says, “If you hang out with chickens, you’re going to cluck, if you hang out with eagles you’re going to fly.”

Jessica CHLA

Photo credit:
Cassandra MacUmber

Time to Winterize

When the rest of the country thinks about getting ready for winter they think about collecting fire wood, switching to snow tires, putting the snow brush back in the car and getting out boots and sweaters. That dreadful feeling returns because the rest of the country hates winter (from what I see on Facebook). I mean, I do empathize with these people because I grew up in western New York where winter is bone chilling and gray for 6 months of the year. Calm

Up here in the high country we do all of these things too, except hate winter. We treasure winter, and if you don’t, then you should probably move to Florida as my Mother has..

 To valley locals, and winter lovers alike, winter preparedness means something completely different. It means waking up a bit earlier to start conditioning your body, to awaken naturally for those early morning first tracks. It’s squats while you brush your teeth and wall sits while you watch TV. It’s making pow day playlists because there are no friends on a pow day. My roommate is even taking a ski conditioning class at a local yoga facility and completed a 3 day fruit cleanse. Ski movies replace your latest binge watching indulgence on Netflix. Long runs in the cold weather are forced in the name of conditioning and desensitizing the body to the cold. Training goes hand in hand with injury prevention. We Coloradans stay pretty active in the summer. However, skiing and snowboarding utilize a whole different set of muscles. There are all kinds of classes and trainers across the valley offering up the opportunity to achieve elite performance this winter. Wikipedia even has an article on how to work out for snowboarding.

So get out there and get your body winterized!

Photo credit: Cassandra MacUmber

Photo credit: Cassandra MacUmber

Let’s face it when the first snowflakes cover the valley floor, winter lovers feel  relaxed and at peace, our winter wonderland has returned and captured our souls like a silent thief in the night. I try my best not to get too excited until those lifts start turning, but who am I kidding? I have been excited since closing day of Vail.

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Frozen Freedom

Painstaking anticipation

Trees offer their vibrant golden treasure to Ullr

Days grow increasingly shorter….

Shred time playlists are created based on your favorite ski movie

You watch those movies religiously, while visions of pow dance through your dreams

First flakes descendfrom heaven

The sound of the snowplow alarm clock that sends the butterflies coursing through your tummy…

As you gear up, and shop early season sales, you can hardly contain your excitement

Lifts begin to turn,

You make your ascent as the adrenaline nearly seeps from your pores

Earn your turns

Earn your turns

It’s finally here, you strap in, pull your goggles down, as you skim atop the snow

Freedom is found once again

What feelings do you get out there in your own personal heaven?


Hunger at High Altitude

Back by popular demand, Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week returns for it’s 3rd year to bring you mouthwatering specials for $20.15. Dining at altitude should be at the top of your list this weekend.

The ten day event starts on September 25th and continues through October 4th. This year features a variety of culinary contributions and an assortment of lodging accommodations. Event coordinators strive to bring our valley together with this unique and affordable showcase of the valley’s best Cuisine and Lodging. Guests and locals alike stick to their traditional favorites during regular season. With the $20.15 specials guests get the unique opportunity to try new things at a discount and venture into the vast  world of Alpine Dining. Offerings range from coffee and drinks to a Chicken Fried Bison Steak with potatoes and seasonal greens. vbc_restaurantweek_logo_int


Vail’s European ambiance compliments the upcoming Oktoberfest events with Bavarian fare, oom-pah music, European architecture, and mountainous backdrops. This all out celebration pays homage to the world’s greatest celebration of beer, music, and autumn, which originated in Munich, Germany. So raise up your stein and say Prost!

Oktoberfest in Vail kicks off in Lionshead on Friday September 11th at noon. This year the event will honor all active, inactive, and retired military with one complimentary beer. From Bratwurst eating contests, kids activities, and live music, the
celebration has events for all ages.



With Labor Day approaching rapidly and all the kiddies going back to school it seems summer is winding down. But it isn’t over yet! The valley is still rockin’ with fun and festivities for all.

Gourmet on Gore is open to the public and features an array of culinary talent. The event runs Friday September 4th – gourmet on the goreMonday September 7th.  Featured events include the Open Air Tasting on Saturday and Sunday from 11-6 on Gore Creek Drive in Vail. The finale will be the Brunch on Bridge Street on Labor Day Monday, September 7th.

The annual Vail Jazz Party is not just about music, but about having fun! It is also the grand finale of the Vail Jazz Festival that has enchanted our valley all summvail jazzer. Vail Spa Condominiums and Vail Jazz have teamed up to offer our best summer rates and a complimentary bottle of wine when you stay two or more nights in a 2 or 3 bedroom residence, just be sure to mention the Vail Jazz Party when completing your reservation

Vail Jazz strives to promote jazz by reaching out to young musicians and young audiences in an effort to keep this American genre alive.  The Vail Jazz Party creates a unique ambiance with a fusion of multi-artist jam sessions and tributes to jazz legends. With over 35 hours of jazz music, The Vail Jazz Party is a shindig you don’t want to miss.

The Annual Vail Rotary Duck Race is also held in Vail Village on Sunday, September 6th. Rotary members sell “duck adoption Sunsetpapers” prior to the race. Adopt your duck online for a chance to win a million dollars! The yellow rubber ducks will race down Gore Creek to the finish line under International Bridge. Prizes are awarded for those holding the “adoption papers” for the winning ducks. The event funds local scholarships for young adults in the Vail Valley. You may also buy your ducks at the Vail Farmers Market  and Art show.

Don’t fret summer is still hanging on in the High Country.

Get your Hike on


The Walking Mountain Science Center offers many free activities that continue through the beginning of September. Listed below are some of these free events. Events are also offered at their Avon location. Enjoy these last few weeks of Summer with some fresh air and beautiful views.

013Nature Hikes

7 Days a Week, 11am-12pm & 2-3pm.  Most ages and abilities, FREE.

Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, 7-8pm.  Most ages and abilities, FREE.

Nature Discovery Center

Top of Eagle Bahn Gondola. Vail, Co (970) 754.4675

Meadow Mountain Hikes

Mondays & Fridays, 10am-12pm.  Ages 10 and up, FREE.

Holy Cross Ranger Station

24747 US-24. Minturn, Co (970) 827.5715

Nature at Night: Campground Programs

Saturdays, 7-8pm.  All ages, FREE.

Gore Creek, Teoman Park & Sylvan Lake Campgrounds

Creekside Nature Tours

Sundays, 11am-12pm.  All ages, Donations accepted.

Meet at Walking Mountains Farmers Market Booth.

Vail Mountain Evening Hikes

Enjoy an evening hike on Vail Mountain as the sun starts to set and wildlife become more active. Learn about the habits of the crepuscular and nocturnal animals who make the mountains their home. Take in beautiful mountain views of the Gore and Sawatch Ranges at dusk. Most ages and abilities, FREE. No reservation required, just show up!

Nature Discovery Center 

Located at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola on Vail Mountains

Schedule: Thursdays. Fridays & Saturdays | 7:00pm-8:00pm | June 25th through September 5th