Vail Film Festival

The Vail Film Festival kicks off today through Sunday at the Cascade Theater and the Cinebistro in Solaris along with several other events throughout the villages. Four day festival passes start at $50, you can also volunteer for the event. On Saturday at the Vilar Performing Arts Center there is a free screening at 4:30 for The Eagle Huntress a  tale about a 13 year old’s epic journey. For more information click here

This year’s festival will spotlight women in film
honoring their achievements as actors, producers, writers, and directors.

Vail Film festival is going on it’s 14th year and takes pride in being noticed by renowned filmmakers and actors alike, while providing an opportunity for new talent to make a name. Independent filmw_440_event_description_image_7511_1432676289s allow for original and unique expression from both actors and filmmakers. The composition of the festival also provides a special, more intimate experience for viewers, bringing culture, talent and opportunity along.

For schedule and more information visit http://www.vailfilmfestival.com/

 

Vail Veterans

Most people that have visited Vail know that our little slice of heaven was greatly influenced and by the impact of the 10th Mountain Division and it’s soldiers. Many of the soldiers who fought in World War II had a common love for the outdoors, which translated to skiing.  And for some that passion led to the development of America’s ski industry, especially here in Vail. To find out more about the 10th Mountain Division check out the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum Hall of Fame

Vail recognizes  an opportunity to support our Wounded Warriors through outdoor Mountain experience. The Vail Veterans Program  seeks to

“EMPOWER MILITARY INJURED AND THEIR FAMILIES THROUGH INNOVATIVE AND TRANSFORMATIONAL PROGRAMS THAT BUILD CONFIDENCE AND IMPROVE LIVES.”

In 2017 from March 5th to March 10th Wounded Warriors and their families are offered four days of winter adaptive ski/snowboard instruction along with family meals, and much more. For more information check out http://www.vailveteransprogram.org/

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A Promise to Mother Nature

We are well on our way into the New Year and about a week into our New Year’s Resolutions. This time of year can be stressful for some when trying to stick to a weight loss plan while staying on a tight budget. I decided to take a different route for my resolution this year and resolve to improve my impact on the environment, however small it may be, I know my effort counts.

By focusing on what I can do for the environment, and more specifically being more conscious about the amount of trash I produce from single use items such as Starbucks cups, to go containers and other plastic packaging, the feeling of improvement is immediate and gratifying.

If we all try to do just one thing to improve our impact on the environment it will make a difference. As a member of the Eco Care Committee for East West Destination Hospitality  we seek to invoke that mentality in not only our fellow employees but also our guests and homeowners. Here are some of my fellow committee members resolutions to help inspire you to make a difference.

  • Reduce personal Carbon Footprint by driving personal vehicles less and using alternative forms of transportation
  • Replace drafty sliding door to reduce electric consumption
  • Turn off the water while brushing teeth to reduce water use
  • Teaching kids to close the door behind them when the go outside to play to reduce energy waste
  • Reducing water consumption in 2017, as water conservation is always paramount in our dry state
  • Education. Continuing to educate not only staff but guests as well on the importance of recycling even in small amounts. Also spreading the importance of recycling to our youth. Check out Walking Mountains Science Center page for programs to save energy and money Energy Smart Colorado
  • Always remembering to bring reusable bags when shopping
  • Unplug gadgets from the wall when they are not being used
  • Eat less meat, due to the negative impact that meat production has on the environment check out this article for more info and also support local sustainable meat companies such as Colorado Meat Company
  • Educating family members regarding reusing and learning what should be recycled

If you want to learn more about how you can make a difference in the environmental world, and even save money doing it, check out Walking Mountains Science Centermountain

Individual Impact

 

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” —Jane Goodall

I don’t know if it is the natural beauty of the mountains that draws me or the people with like minded motivations to preserve them. East West Destination Hospitality empowers and encourages it’s employees to relish in our individual impact. Our company recognizes the impact we have on our community and environment and strives to inspire through environmental leadership and empowered employees. Paid volunteer time, and a plethora of tools are provided to employees to create involvement and individual awareness.elp

One of these tools is the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program (ELP). The program provides an array of benefits, incentives, and recognition for its members that go above and beyond state and federal regulations through environmentally conscious development and dedication to sustainability. Within the program are 3 tiers of recognition bronze, silver, and gold. East West Destination Hospitality as a whole is receiving the gold designation. Seven  East West Destination Hospitality properties are being recognized at the upcoming ELP awards-

Check out what these properties are doing to preserve our beautiful planet. Hopefully it will remind you that you too can make a difference.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.—Margaret Mead

 

In the Long Run

The town of Vail recently began to explore becoming a sustainable destination. Our fragile mountain eco system depends on active preservation efforts from all members of the community.

Vail Spa and East West Destination Hospitality have established an Eco Care committee that takes great pride in active involvement and leadership in sustainable practices. As a member of the  Eco Care team I feel empowered by the opportunity to support the preservation of our high country heaven.   LoraxThrough programs such as Actively Green and the Environmental Leadership Program, we seek to create environmental awareness for guests and employees. Measurable results such as:

  • Common area lighting upgrades reduced electricity usage by 114,800 KWH (2013-2015)
  • Consistent measurement of waste diversion rate:  18% in 2015 with a new goal of 25% in 2016

spark recognition in the value of sustainable practices.

Our property is currently undergoing a major renovation that includes green initiatives to modernize inefficient systems. Pool heaters are changing from electric and boiler systems to solar heat, refurbishment of elevators, and replacement of windows and doors. The project will conclude this fall and we are excited to see measurable results in energy savings.

The idea of sustainability is an ever evolving creature and requires constant attention and encouragement. Here in the Vail Valley the seasons set the pace for life, nature is life.

 

Adopt A Trail

East West Partners and East West Destination Hospitality have teamed up with U.S. Forest Service and the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association as part of the Adopt-A-Trail program. Our crew,

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North Trail -office view for the day

of about 9 people, worked a portion of the popular North Trail from  Buffehr Creek to Davos.

Andy Gunion and Cody Wyse lead the pack on the first work day last Friday, July 29th. Forest Service was on site to provide guidance, tools and first aid if needed. The afternoon involved of trimming back vegetation, improving trail drainage, great views and lots of sunshine! Also thanks to Edwards Station for providing some snacks and drinks!

It was a soul satisfying experience to be able to give back to the community, get some exercise, and get outside at work. Keep a lookout in your email for upcoming opportunities to give back to our high country paradise!

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East West volunteer crew  

Thank You Mother Nature

With another storm moving in and the current snowpack still looking good, it’s time to get out there and get after it for one last frozen adventure. Here are some tips to capitalize on the gifts of snow and sunshine that mother nature has graciously provided us this spring:

  1. Be sure to get a good spring tune on your skis or snowboard before you head up the hill. This will greatly improve speed and mobility in the sticky spring conditions. Head over to Charter Sports  to get on the fast track to smooth turns.
  2. Slather up with sunscreen! The sun is shining and that means sunburns! The reflection off the snow intensifies the suns rays so be sure to protect yourself with at least SPF 30
  3. BBQ on mountain! Bring your brats and dogs to the on mountain grills and you are sure to have a sizzling spring experience.
  4. Get decked out in the craziest costume you can find. From banana costumes to vintage onesies closing day dawns a sight to see!
  5. And of course be safe on your last run down. 

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For me, my favorite part of closing day is the last run down. This usually occurs long after the lifts have stopped spinning.The mountain takes on the lawless persona of a ghost town, and those last few turns remind us all good things must come to an end. Fear not, the lifts will turn again and that frozen freedom we long for all summer will return.