Hope on a Slope and How to Cope

The days are growing longer, and crystalline snow capped peaks give way to mountains of mud.  While some of us handle this transition with grace and hope for new adventures, others simply crumble like corn snow.

We focus on the renewed feelings of spring in an effort to embrace the grace of mother nature, yet our thirst for fresh powder turns, and the sense of freedom found on the slopes cannot be quenched.

Closing Day here in Vail brings about a slippery slope of  melancholy. Glorious pow stashes that free our souls all season long, endless blue skies, and the love of winter that brings us all together in this special place, these are my favorite things and thinking about them ending for a few months gets me choked up every time.

For the most part I cope with the end of the season with sheer hope. Hope that next year will bring more pow and endless adventure, as it always does. The same hope that I carry around all season and dedicate my snow dances to. Hope is a powerful feeling and a necessity on the path of life. Ernst Bloch proclaims that human hope is an “utopian hunger” in his work “Principle of Hope.”

Then there are all of the end of season festivities to get excited about!  Pond Skimming Championships, FREE Live Music  and silly costumes are highlights of the celebration. Don’t miss it!

Now get out there and embrace what time we have left in our winter wonderland, while holding hope that next season will be filled with endless adventures, blue skies, deep powder, and freedom found.

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Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all. ~Emily Dickinson

 

Mardi Gras returns to Vail

via CarniVail Fat Tuesday with MarchFour

This fun filled celebration is sure to spice things up in Vail. Between the epic Cajun Crawfish boil and the Fat Tuesday parade CarniVail is the ultimate Mardi Gras celebration here in the high country. There will prizes, giveaways and live music!

The event kicks off on Saturday,  February 6th at Eagle’s Nest with the Highest Low- Country Crawfish Boil, and live entertainment from Johnny Schleper and friends. The festivities continue through Tuesday finishing off with the Fat Tuesday Parade. MarchFourth! Marching band concludes the parade and brings soul shaking energy to the stage at Solaris. Be sure to dress up in your Mardi Gras apparel and beads for the full effect! This event is not to be missed.

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Winter Wisdom

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Vail Sunset Photo credit:Cassandra MacUmber

 

We all talk about the lazy days of summer, but what about the lazy days of winter? The first blizzard of the winter reminds us to slow down, be easy, don’t rush.

I hear the scrape of the plow for my alarm clock 15 minutes before my usual alarm, and I know I need to get up so I’m not in a hurry. Yet, as I approach the first roundabout a bit to fast, my tires slide as I tap the brake, at that point I know I’m not going to stop so I release the brake and steer into the turn and bring the car back around. Instant reminder to SLOW DOWN. My commute continues, doubling in time, and amidst the chaos I find peace in the snowy landscape that engulfs my vision. As soon as I give myself that luxury of time, almost instantly everything that is happening in the midst of chaos is as it should be. The acceptance of the change allows life to  fall into place like the billions of individually unique droplets of water that transform the surrounding scenery into a winter-wonderland.

Keep Calm and Welcome Winter

“Sunshine cannot bleach the snow, nor time unmake what poets know.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

 

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.”

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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.

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