By Kim Fuller Published for Lululemon
Anyone who lives in Vail will attest: the mountains ignite your spirit. This alpine playground forges deep expansion, from the flare of muscle fibers as you push up a steep grade, to the reverence of moments spent in the stillness of an aspen grove.
This is a place where you can move your body and mind on a daily basis. You can pair the sweet life with #thesweatlife. You can create a fun and empowered existence. Let us show you a day in the life.
YOUR DAILY SWEAT
Lunchtime Fit/Spin at Vail Cascade Aria Athletic Club & Spa is ideal for those looking for efficiency in their movement. Trainer Malori Bennett’s noon class on Wednesdays and Fridays is a fusion of cardio blast and circuit work-it, and a big hit for twenty-somethings who like to sleep in a little bit before getting their sweat on.
In a town that takes time to play every day weekends are a funny concept, but Saturday workouts still really rock. Vail native and retired pro-snowboarder Rachel Nelson is now a yoga teacher, studio owner and lululemon ambassador; her Saturday morning, 75-minute power yoga class at Revolution Power Yoga in Eagle-Vail provides the energy, heat and hard work and of a rock-star sweat life.
Yeti’s Grind coffee shop near the ice skating rink in Vail Village serves awesome local beans and even better burritos. For something lighter, grab one of the organic cold-pressed juices from the cooler, made by Boulder-based Pressery.
Nourishing mountain muscles can take some hearty meals, and Mountain Standard on Vail’s Gore Creek Promenade has all kinds of bites to enjoy alone or to share. The rotisserie chicken salad dish is perfect after a noon yoga class or morning on the slopes.
If you’re ‘down valley’ in Avon or Edwards (everyone lives in or between Vail and Eagle, 48 kilometres west), drink your veggies at the new Green Elephant Juicery, or hit Village Market in Edwards, the closest thing to a Whole Foods in the area (and where you can find kombucha).
GET OUT AND PLAY
If you have your own gear and are comfortable with the terrain, just get out there to ski, ride, pedal, run, etc. The golf course at East Vail Nordic Center becomes a cross-country skiing and snowshoeing paradise in winter. Rent gear or bring your own; at $8 per day or $90 for the season, these minimal trail fees are an economical way to ensure you can play all day.
Adventure Ridge on Vail Mountain is the place to take advantage of organized fun with wintry activities like tubing and ski biking.
Wind down and warm your bones at 10th Mountain Whiskey Tasting Room in Vail Village. The wood-coated space in Vail Village feels like slipping inside a bourbon barrel. A flight of their offerings includes moonshine, bourbon, rye whiskey and vodka, which makes for a really warming après ski.
WHAT’S IN STORE
In Vail, living vibrantly is contagious. We laid roots here in the community with a lululemon showroom, and now our new full-on Vail store has opened just in time for 2015.
Last month, in honour of opening weekend, we were stoked to showcase a collaborative lululemon andWeston Snowboards collection, a limited number of boards created by Weston. The art on the boards—an image of Vail valley—is a joint effort between local photographer Jay Rush and Vail in-store designer, Roxi Brown.
The unique design for the store opening has been put on Weston’s Beetle Kill flagship model, an all-mountain board. Vail store manager Shenna Engleman says the board itself is like a piece of art.
All proceeds from the boards benefited First Descents, an organization founded in Vail that offers young adult cancer fights and survivors an outdoor experience of a lifetime. First Descents enlivens its mantra “Out Living It” and in so many ways, Vail does too. For all the ways we love to sweat, to breath, to inspire and to play, here’s to living big and expanding vibrantly.
Images from top: by Chris McLennan for Vail Resorts; by Jack Affleck for Vail Resorts; courtesy Kim Fuller; courtesy Kim Fuller