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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

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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?


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.

Gore Lake July 2015

Trail Treasures

There are many things people seek when embarking on an adventure in nature.

As John Muir said,” In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

Gore Lake July 2015

Gore Lake July 2015

Most of us seek simple things; vivid memories of expansive views, beautiful wildflowers, unique vegetation and the privilege to catch a of glimpse of wildlife. And that is really what it is all about, the simple things.

What if we as humans experience something more on a hike? What if you became smarter after spending a certain amount of time in nature? All the distractions of modern life can really add up and lead to a number of undesirable side effects, such as stress and fatigue.

Most people are aware that adventures in nature leave you feeling refreshed, less stressed and much happier. Backpacker magazine published an article by Elizabeth Kwak-Hefferan based on research conducted by Dr. David Strayer that supports this theory.  Hikers had an increase in mental abilities of up to 45 percent after being on the trail for three days.”This is a way of showing that interacting with nature has real, measurable benefits to creative problem-solving that really hadn’t been formally demonstrated before,” says David Strayer, co-author of the study and psychology professor.  Basically what it come down to is simplified thoughts and removal of toadstoolwildflowertechnological distraction, It’s no secret that society at large has become addicted to technology and electronics. So do yourself a favor and get outside and unplug. Connect with your natural surroundings and you will surely become more connected with yourself.

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Finally, after the biggest winter in record, it's summertime in Vail!

 Welcome to the Vail Spa blog, which provides you with booking specials and up-to-date concierge information!

This weekend, June 24 to 26, brings an extraordinary mixture of cultural and athletic events to the Vail Valley. 

Today the Colorado-Eagle River Ride opened registration for its 10th Anniversary. Interested parties can visit SOS Outreach and register under the “River Ride” tab.  You can call SOS Outreach directly (970) 926-9292. Cost is $90 with a jersey, $65 without. After today, the price goes up to $100. Same-day registration is $130. The River Ride raises almost $50,000 to SOS Outreach every year. The bicycle ride goes from Beaver Creek to Wolcott up CO Highway 131 to Colorado River Road down to Dotsero and back to Beaver Creek. There are options to do a century, 68-mile, or 42-mile ride.

Here in Lionshead the Vail Arts Festival will showcase everything from glass to jewelry to bronze sculpture to photography. Admission is free all three days: Friday and Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 10am to 4pm.

Vail Mountain is now open every day, meaning Friday Afternoon Club kicks off at Adventure Ridge today! Andrew McConathy & Friends will give the first concert of the year at 4pm.

Those willing to travel a bit should hit up the new-and-improved State Bridge riverside amphitheather for the three-day Roots River Reggae Festival. Stephen Marley & the Toots & the Maytals are headlining. State Bridge is located on the Upper Colorado River along the Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway between Bond and Kremmling. It’s about 40 minutes from Vail.

The Vail Lacrosse Shootout will take place at Ford Park, Donovan Park, the Athletic Field just past Golden Peak, Avon Fields 1 and 2, Edwards Fields, and the Berry Creek Middle School Fields.

Beaver Creek hosts the Tough Mudder, a nine-mile-long obstacle course, this Saturday and Sunday. Estimated time of completion is 2 hours and 30 minutes, with more than 4,000 feet of elevation change all the way. The obstacles range from mud pits to mounds of snow to wooden walls. Tough Mudder’s has events across the globe, with the top 5 percent qualifying for the World’s Toughest Mudder, a 24-hour race held in Englishtown, NJ this December.

Weekend staples such as the Minturn Market (Saturday), Edwards Farmers Market (Saturday) and Vail Farmer’s Market (Sunday) return, though in better weather than last week!

The Minturn Market is open every Saturday.

CineBistro in Solaris is offering Cars 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Green Lantern in 3D.

Zach Heckendorf plays at the Club tonight and Saturday night at 9:30pm–admission is free! He may only be 18 years old, but he did play the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Film on the Rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheater, and KBCO’s Studio C.  

Enjoy the weekend!