Vail Boot Camp
With sunny, picturesque days in the 70s, and nights with the crisp taste of the impending fall, now is the time to venture to the mountains.
Whether activities like hiking and biking amongst the wildflowers is on the agenda, dining al fresco with a postcard perfect backdrop, or just enjoying time with the family, summer is going strong in the Rockies.
Some members of Alpine Adventures’ team, including new employee Eric Rystedt, had the opportunity to enjoy this scenery while touring with some of our valued partners in Colorado this past week. Breckenridge and Keystone were the first stops, with the trip wrapping up in Beaver Creek and Vail. While in Beaver Creek, part of our company stayed at the Osprey, while the rest were in Kiva.
The Kiva units are all individually owned, so prices and décor vary from one to the next. This property is an easy walk from the village in the summer, and the complimentary shuttle can quickly bring guests to and from the village in the winter. The rest of the Alpine team enjoyed the full service amenities of the Osprey, a RockResorts property, which provides a modern, chic alternative to the more traditional mountain décor that can be found. The Osprey boasts the closest location to a lift in North America, making it possible for guests to expend their energy on the mountain, rather than getting there.
While in Beaver Creek, the group visited both Virtuoso properties with whom Alpine partners: the Park Hyatt and the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch. The Park Hyatt offers an unbeatable location in the heart of Beaver Creek Village, with easy access to the lifts and ski school in the winter. The hotel consistently renovates every few years to remain fresh and modern, and they are planning a redesign of the lobby prior to the winter in order to make this space even more inviting.
The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch hosted the group for the evening, and it’s easy to see why the hotel is a perennial favorite with visitors and locals alike. The Ritz luxury, coupled with the atmosphere of a grand log cabin set high on the mountain offering sweeping vistas is a compelling combination.
Vail was the final stop of the mountain tour, and the town was bustling. The Arrabelle at Vail Square in Lionshead Village, and the Sonnenalp in Vail Village offered lodging for the Alpine team. The Arrabelle is the sole Virtuoso property in Lionshead Village, and this gorgeous, full service property offers one of the best locations in Lionshead, just steps off the slopes.
The Sonnenalp is a family run hotel that provides a more intimate European experience in Vail.The day finished with a visit to the Four Seasons Vail, another Virtuoso partner, with its uniquely contemporary finishings. The hotel offers the service and style that is expected with a Four Seasons, but with a distinctive local flair.
While it’s not yet time to bid adieu to summer, fall is also right around the corner, and a great time to experience the cooler temperatures, fall foliage, and the festivals occurring in the high country. The low prices of the fall season provide the perfect reason to experience all the mountains have to offer before winter arrives.
There are only 85 days until Vail opens for the winter, and Beaver Creek is ready for skiers in 90 days. Get ready!