3 New Developments in Vail

Vail, Colorado, meeting planning

Summer in Vail will never be the same with Vail Resorts’ June launch of Epic Discovery, a group of “learn through play” adventures that includes zip lines, canopy tours and alpine coasters on Vail Mountain. The Game Creek Canopy Tour is a guided tour of the forest where attendees learn about the mountain from guides while they maneuver an array of zip lines and aerial bridges as high as 300 feet above the valley floor.

For the adrenaline junkies in the group, Forest Flyer is a gravity-based alpine coaster, where each person gets an individual sled that descends on a raised track through the forest. Vail has also expanded its trail system, adding a wildlife exploration trail with a series of installations—each resemble a different animal ability, such as vision or agility. The Epic Discovery’s education was designed with help from The Nature Conservancy and, in return Vail, is donating one percent of all summer lift ticket and activity revenue to The Nature Conservancy for its forest restoration projects.

Under new ownership at the beginning of the year and now a member of Starwood’s Luxury Collection, Vail Cascade Resort & Spa is investing $35 million to add a new fine dining restaurant and spa, renovate the guest rooms and meeting rooms, to be completed this December. Vail Cascade’s conference center features 45,000 sf of meeting space in 19 rooms.

This fall, The Pines Lodge, A RockResort in Beaver Creek, will undergo a significant renovation of its 60 rooms. The interior of the Keystone Lodge & Spa has a new modern mountain look, part of a $1 million investment in the property.

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Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. She is also on the board of ECPAT USA, the human trafficking organization. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.