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Vail, Colorado and the entire Vail Valley are famous for world-class mountain recreation, and the abundance and variety of year-around activities will set your vacation apart from any other you’ve ever had!

Summer brings sunny days and boundless fun, from leisurely nature walks to hard-core mountain biking, from scenic horseback trail rides to exciting rafting, combined with cultural and music events nearly every week.

Take a peek at our Vail Valley events calendar. You’ll be amazed at what’s happening while you’re here. Our events are world-class, and many are FREE!

Summer & Fall Activities

Discover what Vail Valley locals know: we came for the winters, but stayed for summer and fall. With our superb climate, you’ll want to spend the long days outdoors. Whether your idea of fun is active or idle, the choices are plentiful. Here are some of our favorite things to do in summertime in Vail and Beaver Creek:

  • Biking, both road and mountain bike. Vail’s bike path is extensive, and of course, Eagle County is a mountain biking mecca!
  • Ballooning. Gorgeous views in a colorful balloon!
  • Rafting. From the Eagle River to the mighty Colorado, our waters are prime for river rafting and kayaking.
  • Fly Fishing. Clear, pure and predictable! (the water, not the fish!)
  • Golf. With 16 courses here in the Vail/Beaver Creek area, you’ll find challenges on every hole.
  • Jeeping. Go with the professionals for an out-of-resort, blow-your-mind experience.
  • Horseback riding. Enjoy the Western side of Vail and Beaver Creek resorts.
  • Camps & Classes. Most of our local camps and classes are in an outdoor setting.. guaranteed smiles!
  • And so much more!

Check out all Vail and Beaver Creek Summer Activities right here!

 For more information, please contact Greg Peterson at 970-331-1333 and have a blessed summer.

The Summer brings it all together with warm days and cool mountain nights, and the perfect opportunities for having fun, learning and enjoying the best of the Colorado lifestyle. The saying in the Vail valley is, “We came for the skiing and stayed for the Summers.” Cordillera Property Owners enjoy a lifestyle that beautifully balances the physical and the social – serenity and activity.

Colorado is known for its adventurous spirit and Cordillera’s natural mountain landscape provides a plethora of outdoor adventures and activities. Whether you’re an avid biker, hiker or naturalist, or someone who enjoys golfing, fishing and tennis, it’s all available within the community.

Cordillera hosts a variety of events and clubs to savor with friends, both old and new. The variety found here allows you to tailor your experiences to a lifestyle that you find perfect for your family and friends.

The Vail Valley hosts many cultural and entertainment offerings, such as the Bravo! Music Festival, International Dance Festival, Vilar Center for Performing Arts events, and several farmer’s markets.  Art, food and wine festivals give you more to experience than the hours allow.  There’s always something tantalizing for every member of the family to make the most of the summer in Colorado.

For more information please contact Greg Peterson at 970-331-1333.

I was planning to play golf in Ft. Collins today but the weather was uncooperative.  I was driving up to Vail later but drove up sooner than expected and arrived about Noon.  There was enough blue sky mixed in with the low clouds to go for it, and I teed off with 2 other members of the Vail Men’s Club at about 12:30.  The course is in great early season shape.  3 of the greens were a little bumpy and #15 has an alternate green that is being used to help growth on the original #15 green.  With the late season snow and a lot of rain, the growth is phenomenal and the course is playing long.  All 3 of us were walking and we played the front nine in 90 minutes.  On the 3rd hole we shed a layer.  The back nine took us about 30 minutes longer since we had to put on the rain gear and open the umbrellas on the #13th fairway and put it away after #14.  I shot an 86 with a Phil Mickelson type flop shoot birdie on #16.  I played from the Blue Tees except for the par 3s.  When the Men’s Club plays usually on Wednesdays, because of the betting arrangements for closest to the pins, all players play the par 3’s from the same tees.  The younger golfers I was playing with played the back (black) tees.  By the time I got to East Vail for dinner the sky looked really threatening and about dusk the predicted thunder showers and lightening began.  It was another great day in Vail.


Last December 2014, my son called me and told me he had good news and bad news.  I chose good news first.  The good news was that he had won a set of golf clubs and a fitting.  The bad news was that I must “fly” to New York City (Plaza of the Americas), or the Biltmore in Miami, or a golf club in the Bahamas (where Tiger is moving his own tournament next year) to get fitted.  I have only flown once since 9/11.  I made flight arrangements to fly Frontier on January 8, 2015 (Frontier just added that route to Miami in January) returning January 9, redeye both ways.  In the meantime I read everything I could find on the internet and in magazines about new equipment and fittings and the company doing the fitting and providing the clubs, True Spec Golf .  True Spec was less than a year old then and had a temporary website, with contacts in their locations with both men and women famous golfers, many shaft and club suppliers, lots of pictures and blogs.Golf fitting

I began golfing seriously when I was almost 40 and since then I have always pieced together my bag with clubs, sometimes new but even then usually a few years old, if you get the picture.  I got in touch with golfing friends from Texas, California, Florida and Georgia.  I talked to several young PGA assistants at courses where I regularly play.  I went to several retail establishments that had trackman equipment and hit different clubs.  I read Golf Magazine and Golf Digest surveys of new clubs.  I had way too much information in my head for sure, which happens to me on the course sometimes (my golf friends would say that was an understatement).  I sent the Master Fitter my bag information, age and relevant (probably irrelevant) thought processes.  At one time I thought I would go Callaway (all-the-way) but in the end I decided to just go with the Master Fitter’s recommendations.ball and golf clubs

The flight there was a breeze and I was able to ride the tramway to the car rental building and get to the Biltmore before they put out the morning breakfast buffet which was great.  I called Andy (the Master Club Fitter) and let him know I had arrived in time for the 8:30 a.m. fitting.   Before we started Andy introduced me to one of the investors and happened to mention that he was fitting another possible one that afternoon.  I had played a few times right up to the middle of December, but had not played even a hole of golf for 3 weeks.  I warmed up with a few stretches and a half bucket of balls.  The fitting was magical, this club, that shaft.  Suddenly more than 3 hours had passed.  Just before we got to the driver, a blood blister under a callus on my left hand ring finger popped.  I had a few band aids in my wallet but I was done.   I am not sure how many shots most people hit during a fitting but I hit a lot.  During a regular round most people might hit 50 or less full shots.  I must have hit 3 times that many, who knows?  I was swinging very well I thought, and still do think.  You sometimes wonder what a real great golfer or for that matter a Master Fitter really thinks about the conversation or the fitting if you know what I mean?

We ended the fitting and I left the Biltmore to head to Boca Raton to spend a few hours visiting special friends there.  I took I-95 to Boca Raton to get to their home.  The ride was intense.  People yelling and honking.  Need I say more?  I got there and had a great time visiting and having a fabulous lunch.  The couple had bought a home on one of the local golf courses in the Vail area from me and then I helped them sell it many years later after great get-togethers and golf outings.  We kept in touch regularly and discussed golf and other matters.  He died from the cancer he was fighting before I received my clubs from the fitting.  I returned to the car rental building late in the early evening.

Having had some experience with car rentals, I had asked the desk person when I got the rental if I would need to fill the tank before I returned.  He asked me my itinerary and when I told him what it was,  he said it would not be necessary.  Notwithstanding that, upon the return the check-in-guy said it would be a $55 dollar charge since I did not fill the car.  I had plenty of time and said I would drive out and fill it, not of course at the pump just outside the rental car building.  We negotiated.  $15 did it.  This experience about the gas does not seem relevant to you yet, but if you have read this far, you will understand why soon.

I rode the tramway back to the airport and went through the security apparatus and checks without incident.  When I got to the Frontier counter, I realized that all of my email communication with Andy and his counterpart in New York had disappeared.  It could only have fallen out of my briefcase (the only baggage I had brought) in the car in my frustration and fiddling with papers with the check-in-guy at the car rental building I thought.  Since I had plenty of time before the flight, I decided to go ride the tramway back to the car rental building (maybe a half mile) to look for it-bad decision.  Talking to the desk person, and locating the car, and checking it and the trash where it was cleaned and the tramway both ways took about 2 hours and was not successful.  I was not a happy camper when I got to Security.  They notice those things and I got quite a pat-down at Security.  I was still in plenty of time before the flight to get a little meal.  In actuality I had time for a feast since the flight was on a hold because of weather in Denver, a very localized ice storm which left at least 1/4th inch of ice on the car and made it difficult to open a door.  Defrosting it enough to get the ice off of the car windows took added time even with my Vail ice scraper.  The ride to Georgetown was a nightmare but from there on to Vail the sky and interstate were clear.  The next blog will cover waiting for and receiving the clubs and subsequent play with them.

It’s a beautiful day in Colorado, Bob






Raft PosterRaces on the next 3 Tuesdays from 5:30 P.M. , Unload at the International
Bridge via Checkpoint Charlie. Tuesday, May 26 is the 3rd race in the five race series, which is presented by the Town of Vail and Howard Head Sports Medicine, with course design by Alpine Quest Sports.Raft Race Prep

The competition features kayaking (under 9 feet 6 inches), two-person raft and stand up paddleboard (SUP). Races will start at the Covered Bridge and finish at the International Bridge. The course for each week will be determined the day prior based on river flows. Each week, the two round format will consist of an individual time trial with results determining the seeding for the second round, head-to-head race. Lakota Guides will be onsite with rafts available for R2 Teams to use. Spectators can view from the banks of Gore Creek.20150519_170307

Participants can register for all five races for $40 or register on race-day for $15. Onsite day-of registration will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Vail Whitewater Park.

The Covered Bridge will be under construction during Tuesday’s race and competitors will need to access the start on the south side of Gore Creek by crossing the river on Vail Valley Drive or the International Bridge. Participants and spectators are asked to park in the Vail Village parking structure during the event. Short-term gear drop off/pick up will be available at Checkpoint Charlie before and after the race.Raft Race 1

An after party will be hosted at Vendetta’s in Vail Village where cash and product prizes will be awarded to the top three winners of all three categories. All participants and spectators over age 21 will receive a free beer courtesy of New Belgium Brewing Company, the race series’ new beverage partner.

Four additional races are scheduled throughout the spring and will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, May 26, June 2 and June 9 at the Vail Whitewater Park.

Also new for 2015, the Vail Recreation District and Alpine Quest Sports will raffle off a Hala Atacha SUP board (retail value $1,350). The board will be raffled off on June 9 at the Pazzo’s Vail after party for the final race of series. Everyone who competes in a Vail Whitewater Series event will be automatically entered, once for each race they participate in (up to five entries). Spectators can enter to win by taking a photo with the board at any of the five races, then posting it on Facebook and tagging Vail Whitewater Series and Alpine Quest Sports. Additionally, between May 12 – June 8, anyone can go into Alpine Quest in Edwards to take a photo with the board and posting and tagging will get them an entry. Must be present at Pazzo’s Vail on June 9 to win.

The Whitewater Series is brought to you by the Town of Vail, Alpine Quest, Howard Head Sports Medicine, New Belgium, Vail Recreation District, Altitude Billards & Club, Stolquist, Hala SUP, Red Lion, Vendetta’s, Pazzo’s, Optic Nerve, Astral and Kokatat.P1020526

To register or for more information, call the VRD Sports Department at 970-479-2280 or visit Gateway Land and Real Estate welcomes all in their office overlooking the International Bridge. Betty Guffey

Vail Brewery Hop Stuff

Vail, CO

Craft breweries in Colorado multiply in numbers unlike any other state, according to both national and local media. Vail is no exception with three thriving breweries, catering to both locals and tourists alike,caught up in craft-beer fervor and flavor.

                                                               The Vail Brewery

Vail Brewery

Establishment owners are busy holding events at all times of the day, supporting philanthropic and sporty causes, with live music, beer sampling, and business network festivities.

Crazy Mountain Brewery

Crazy Mountain

Year-round business appears to be the goal of this “hoppy” exuberance, with both winter and summer enthusiasts lining up for more.

The Gore Range Brewpub


May it continue to flow, with good measure for safety’s sake. The Irish would love this…if it wasn’t for alcohol, they would rule the world.

Ski and Snowboard Club Vail is a non profit charitable organization that was founded in 1964 to provide training and competition for aspiring young ski racers.  The mission of Ski and Snowboard Club Vail is to provide opportunity for character growth and excellence through athletic programs that are available in Alpine, Freeskiing, Freestyle, Nordic and Snowboarding for all ages, abilities and interests.

Sebastian's ski racing

For the second year in a row, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail was named the top ski racing program in the United States.  In 2014, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail was awarded Club of the Year, Freeskiing Club of the Year, Alpine Club of the Year at the United States Ski and Snowboard Association Congress.  Ski and Snowboard Club Vail has qualified more athletes than any other club in the United States.

crunch muscles


Toning up, or improving muscle definition, is one of the most common goals of individuals starting an exercise program. The term tone comes from “tonus,” which is the technical term for a state of contraction of a muscle fiber. If all of the fibers within a muscle contract, it creates the shape commonly associated with a well-defined muscle.

The primary purpose of muscle fibers is to control physical forces moving through the body. Muscle-shortening actions can generate a force to move a resistance; for example, when moving from a seated to a standing position, the quadriceps and gluteus maximus shorten to help the body stand up against gravity. Muscle-lengthening actions can be applied to control and decelerate a force; for example, the quadriceps and glutes lengthen to control the motion of the body as it returns to a seated position. If you are interested in designing exercise programs that produce results, it is important to have a good understanding of how muscle fibers work and respond to exercise.

To more effectively help your clients achieve their fitness goals, keep in mind these important facts about muscle fibers and how they are affected by exercise:

1. Muscle fibers adapt to the specific type of exercise stimulus imposed during training. Mechanical stress refers to the physical stresses applied during resistance training, which cause microtrauma to muscle fibers. As fibers are damaged from exercise, they signal the biochemical reaction to produce new satellite cells responsible for repairing the mechanical structure of the muscle cell and for building new muscle proteins.

2. Muscle fibers are activated by a motor neuron, which is the connection between the central nervous system and the specific muscle required to perform a particular activity. A muscle motor unit is the motor neuron and the attached muscle fibers. Think of a motor unit as a light switch for the muscle—as a muscle is required to generate a force, the motor units will “light up” to stimulate the fibers to shorten in order to produce that force. There are a number of different muscle unit types, which are typically organized into three general categories: type I, type IIA and type IIB

3. According to the all-or-none theory, a motor unit is either active or inactive. When it is signaled to contract, it activates all of its attached muscle fibers. Slow-twitch motor units have a low threshold for activation and low conduction velocities, and are attached to type I muscle fibers. Fast-twitch motor units have a higher activation threshold, are attached to type II muscle fibers and are capable of conducting signals at higher velocities, resulting in greater amounts of muscle force.

4. Type I fibers are known as aerobic fibers. These fibers have a higher density of mitochondria, which are efficient at aerobic metabolism (the process of creating energy to fuel muscle activity with oxygen). The mitochondria give the cell a darker color, which is why these are known as red muscle fibers. Type I fibers use oxygen to create energy for lower-intensity, long-term, endurance-oriented activities like walking, running, swimming, cycling or standing for extended periods of time.

5. Type IIB fibers are known as anaerobic muscle fibers. Type IIB fibers store energy that is released for short, explosive, extremely high-intensity activities. Type IIB fibers do not have mitochondria and have a colorless appearance, which is why they are known as white fibers. Because they have a limited supply of stored energy, and thus fatigue quickly, Type IIB fibers are used for strength and power activities requiring a high amount of force in a short period of time.

6. Type IIA fibers have mitochondria, so they can be involved in aerobic activities; however, they can also be used to produce force rapidly during activities requiring a high amount of strength or power. Fast-twitch muscle fibers also have a greater diameter than type I fibers and play a more significant role in hypertrophy (the technical term for muscle growth). Recruiting and innervating type II muscle fibers requires creating enough mechanical overload to fatigue the involved muscle by the end of the set

7. Muscle fibers work according to the size principle. As a muscle requires force, it will start by activating the smaller type I motor units. When these type I motor units can’t provide the necessary force (or fatigue), the larger type II motor units and muscle fibers are recruited to perform the work. A muscle has a finite number of motor units and the higher-threshold type II motor units are not “turned on” unless a high level of force is needed. The most common way to increase motor unit activation is to lift heavier weights, because an increased load placed on a muscle will cause a greater number of motor units to activate more fibers to generate the force necessary to overcome the resistance. This is why your muscles shake when you try to lift a heavy weight for the first time—muscle motor units not previously used are being “woken up” and called into action.

8. Muscle fibers experience two specific types of hypertrophy. Myofibrillar hypertrophyrefers to the increase in size or thickness of individual actin and myosin protein filaments, which can improve the force-production capacity of individual fibers. Myofibrillar hypertrophy does not lead to larger muscles; rather, it results in thicker muscle fibers capable of generating more force. Sarcoplasmic hypertrophy is an increase in the volume of the semifluid interfibrillar substance surrounding an individual muscle fiber. This fluid contains the proteins used to promote tissue repair and growth. The muscle “pump” that bodybuilders work to achieve is actually sarcoplasmic hypertrophy—the cross-section of muscle fibers will increase, but most of the enhanced muscle size is due to an increased volume of the sarcoplasm and non-contractile proteins not directly involved with force production.

9. One of the long-term adaptations of muscle to resistance training is an increase in muscle fiber cross-width. As the cross-sectional area increases in size, the fibers have more surface tension and become capable of generating higher amounts of force. Muscles with a larger cross-sectional area of individual muscle fibers are capable of producing greater amounts of force. In addition to being responsible for producing the force necessary for dynamic movements, type II muscle fibers have a greater diameter (cross-width) than type I fibers and are responsible for the hypertrophy, or increased size, of a particular muscle.

10. Type IIA and IIB muscle fibers are responsible for generating movement as well as muscle size and definition. Both classifications of type II muscle fibers create higher levels of force to produce human movement and are known as phasic muscles. Type I fibers are responsible for maintaining postural and joint stability, and can be categorized as tonic muscles.

If your client has a fitness goal related to improving muscle definition or building strength, the only way to achieve this is by activating the type II motor units and muscle fibers. There is a common misconception that developing muscle tone (“toning up”) is best achieved by using lighter weights for higher repetitions. While it is possible to achieve definition with lighter weights, it requires doing a high volume of repetitions. Using light weights for high repetitions can improve the aerobic efficiency of type I fibers, but unless the exercise is performed to fatigue which occurs only after recruiting the type II fibers, it will not result in the desired goal of definition. However, if time is an issue (as it is for many people), using a heavier weight for fewer repetitions is an effective technique for stimulating growth and definition from the type II fibers. It is important to note that exercising with higher repetition ranges will result in muscle growth from sarcoplasmic hypertrophy, while using heavier loads for fewer reps induces myofibrillar hypertrophy, which increases strength without necessarily inducing significant gains in muscle growth.

By: Pete McCall, MS


If you are then you may not want to miss some fun and music!!  The Vilar Performing Arts Center has a great line up of performers! Tickets go on sale June 1 at 11:00 a.m. at the Vilar Box office. You can call 970-845-8497 or visit . Here is the Summer Schedule…..

July 2: The Bee Gees, July 8: Jonny Lang, July 10: Dance Brazil, July 17: Sweet Harmony Soul, July 21: Don Felder, July 25: An Acoustic Evening with Vince Gill and Amy Grant, Aug.2: Aaron Neville Duo, Aug. 19: The Gypsy Kings. Aug. 22: Pam Tillis and Aug. 29: The Tribute.    See you there!!!!

Aaron Neville

Golf Season 2015 began in Eagle County in March although not all courses have opened yet.  The Vail Golf Course opened 2 weeks early on May 1.  Prior to that Gypsum Creek Golf Course and Eagle Ranch Golf Course had already entertained play.  Not including the courses south of Glenwood Springs, the 14 Eighteen hole courses beginning in Vail and proceeding west are:  Vail Golf Course, Eagle-Vail Golf Course, Beaver Creek Golf Course, Sonnenalp Golf Club (aka Singletree), Country Club of the Rockies (aka Arrowhead at Vail), the 3 Cordillera Courses-The Valley, Ranch and Summit, Eagle Springs Golf Course (north of the Wolcott exit), the 2 Red Sky Ranch Courses-Norman and Fazio (south ofthe Wolcott exit), Eagle Ranch Golf Course just south of Eagle, Frost Creek (formerly Adams Mountain) further south of Eagle, and Gypsum Creek Golf Course south of Gypsum (formerly Cotton Ranch). Vail Golf There are Par 3 courses at the Divide in Cordillera and at the Eagle-Vail Course.  Check your telephone book or Google them to obtain contact information.

The only courses that are recognized as public courses on a full time basis are Vail, Eagle-Vail, Gypsum Creek and Eagle Ranch.  You are not allowed to play Frost Creek, Eagle Springs and Country Club of the Rockies unless you actually have a member playing in your foursome.  Beaver Creek allows public play without a member in the foursome after 10 a.m.  Red Sky has two courses and one is open to public play each day usually on an alternating basis.  At Red Sky, there are separate public and private Golf Shops-Club Houses and parking lots.  The Red Sky courses are currently rated in the top 100 Colorado public courses.  All three Cordillera courses are planned to be open this summer and play is limited to members and their guests, but a member does not have to play in the foursome.  Certain properties that you may stay at also have privileges at the Cordillera course.  The old practice of having a club pro from your home course make a reservation does not seem to be recognized at the private courses.  The Sonnenalp generally sets aside 14 tee times a day for public play which tee times cannot be made more that a week in advance.   ALL OF THE COURSES REQUIRE PROPER ATTIRE WHICH MEANS A COLLARED SHIRT AND PANTS THAT ARE NOT DENIM EVEN IF THE PANTS ARE DESIGNER.

I have played all the courses and consider them good, if not great.  Generally speaking, they are all excellent tests of golf and fun with great views.  Mountain golf can be difficult, especially the first few times you play a course.  It is rumored that a “famous Pro Golfer” walked off of a local course during the middle of a round of the Ford tournament one year.  By mid-June the courses are all usually in excellent shape.  Many of the courses were designed with limited land and/or with real estate development in mind and may have one or 2 less well designed holes.  Recognize that many of the players are on vacation and the pace of play may be somewhat erratic in spite of the efforts of the course personnel.  I would recommend that you try to make your tee times well in advance of your trip to the Vail area.

I generally play the Vail Course and consider it to be excellent.  It is the only course that you might try to walk.  My index is usually between 10 and 12 and I have had the good luck to ace 3 of the par 3s from the black tees.  I regularly play in the Vail Mens Club- not bragging, just trying to put this blog in perspective.  Have a great time in Vail.

It’s a beautiful day in Colorado,                                                         Bob Essin