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Polina LaConte

Originally from the Balkan Mountains of Bulgaria, Polina traveled Europe and America before settling on Vail in 2008. She enjoyed the town's many cultural offerings and opportunities for fine dining, but the abundant powder days and large trail network prompted her most to stay. That, and the half gigabit speed broadband service. Not bad for a small village!

Recent Posts

6 ski myths debunked 

Posted by Polina LaConte on Jan 19, 2018 10:04:48 PM

1) Your boots should hurt

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Topics: snowboarding, Skiing, ski myths

Notable locals: 2018 Olympian snowboarder Jake Pates

Posted by Polina LaConte on Jan 17, 2018 10:50:06 PM

Shaun White led three American snowboarders to the 2018 Olympics on Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix in Aspen-Snowmass with all three clinching Olympic berths. Among them was 19-year-old Jake Pates of Eagle, Colorado, who grew up riding Vail and won Youth Olympic Games gold two years ago.

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Topics: Notable Locals, snowboarding

New snow prompts Back Bowls, Blue Sky Basin opening at Vail

Posted by Polina LaConte on Jan 13, 2018 12:20:46 AM

The snow just keeps falling at Vail. With 6 inches of snow falling throughout the day on Friday, bringing the seven-day snow total to 21 inches, Vail Mountain will open portions of China Bowl, Tea Cup Bowl and Sun Down Bowl, in addition to portions of terrain in Blue Sky Basin, on Saturday, January 13. Sun Up Bowl is now open for ski and snowboard access. 

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Topics: Vail, powder

Leave Your Worries Behind: Mountain Resort Concierge Provides All-Inclusive Travel Planning

Posted by Polina LaConte on Jan 11, 2018 9:46:06 PM

Booking a private home and condo comes with many benefits such as privacy, space, and unique features, but you may be worried about missing out on the full service features a hotel offers. No need to fret, a private concierge can take care of everything for you so you can enjoy the best of both worlds! Our favorite in the Valley is Mark at Mountain Resort Concierge.

Mountain Resort Concierge is a lifestyle management company offering one-stop shopping for all your vacation needs with a focus on the secondary home rental market.  Book your accommodations and Mountain Resort Concierge contracts with a variety of third-party vendors to set-up numerous hospitality amenities ranging from restaurant reservations and transportation to concert tickets, ski/bike equipment, and groceries all delivered to your door. 

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Topics: Vail, Outdoor Activity, Indoor Activity, Vail Activity Guide

3 of the best spa experiences in the Vail Valley

Posted by Polina LaConte on Jan 10, 2018 11:32:20 PM
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Topics: Vail, spa

Notable locals: Ski patroller Chris 'Mongo' Reeder

Posted by Polina LaConte on Jan 7, 2018 10:27:25 PM

Chris Reeder is a longtime local and ski patrolman who is really well known as a ski patroller on the mountain, but perhaps better known as a whitewater rafter on the local waterways. What is not known about him is the origins of his nickname, Mongo, which was given to him for unknown reasons and stuck. 

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Topics: Vail, Notable Locals

January events to look forward to in Vail and Beaver Creek

Posted by Polina LaConte on Jan 5, 2018 12:39:12 AM

The holidays are behind us and the ski season is in its prime. January is an exciting time to visit the mountain not only because it usually offers the best snow conditions but also because of all the events happening in town. Both Vail and Beaver Creek have some fun events scheduled for the next couple weekends, so make sure to mark them on your calendar.

The third annual Skadi Vail Women's Ski and Snowboard Fest is scheduled for January 13-14. This is one of the most unique winter sports festivals — it is a celebration of women coming together to enjoy skiing and snowboarding and all that the mountain livestyle has to offer. Named after the Norse goddess of winter, Skadi Fest is designed by women, for women. Sponsored by Vail Mountain, Vail Resorts Retail and Outdoor Divas the ski and snowboard fest will feature customized on-mountain guided experiences with female instructors, a demo village of over 12 female-specific ski and snowboard equipment demo options, Yoga, evening event and much more. The festivities start at 5 p.m on Saturday at the welcome center in Lionshead with a mix and mingle event where participants will be treated to drinks, appetizers and raffle with proceeds going to the Vail Valley Charitable Fund. On Sunday the day will start with morning yoga from 8am to 9am; goddesses can stretch out and prepare for a day on the mountain. Demo Village opens at 8:30 with a great selection of women’s- specific ski and snowboarding equipment. Next in the schedule is the main event of the Skadi Ski and Snowboarding Fest — the Guided Tour Experience. During this even, which takes place trough out the ski day starting at 8:30, participants will have the opportunity to tour the mountain and skip the lift line guided by female instructors. The instructors will talk about proper skiing and riding form, different  snow conditions and proper equipment.

January 18 to 21 will be the Beaver Creek Culinary Weekend, a can't miss event for foodies. Set at the base of a World Cup mountain, Beaver Creek Winter Culinary Weekend presented by GMC offers a wide range of epicurean experiences – from intimate, luxurious culinary explorations to dynamic, high-alpine outdoor adventures. Mix and mingle with celebrity guest chefs, get to know the world-renowned Beaver Creek host chefs, sip on exquisite cocktails and wines, learn from distinguished winemakers and revel in endless hours of phenomenal skiing. Throughout four days, guests will create a customized menu of food, wine, spirit and mountain experiences featuring internationally-renowned guest chefs and celebrated host chefs, distinguished wine makers, interactive cooking demonstrations, dynamic après-ski events, hand-selected wines and expertly crafted cocktails. Year-after-year, Beaver Creek welcomes the finest culinary talent from across the world to collaborate with resident chefs on gourmet pairings and mountain adventure. Elevating the experience in 2018 are guest chefs Marco Canora, of New York, Jonathan Waxman, of New York, Alex Guarnaschelli, of New York, Jennifer Jasinski of Denver, Colorado, and Diego Isunza Kahlo of Mexico City.
Beaver Creek Winter Culinary Weekend Schedule
Mexico Meets the Mountains
Thursday January 18th 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Enjoy a tequila-paired dinner with dishes from Chef Diego Isunza Kahlo of Mexico City paired with hand-selected tequila from Herradura.
Price: $70 per person
Event Location: The Metropolitan
Beaver Creek First Tracks & Gourmet Breakfast
Friday January 19th 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Do you dream of being one of the first skiers on the mountain, enjoying perfectly groomed runs at sunrise? Beaver Creek First Tracks gives guests the opportunity to enjoy unmatched access, boarding the Centennial Express Lift an hour before the mountain opens to the public. After skiing flawlessly groomed runs, delight in a delectable breakfast on-mountain at the exclusive Allie’s Cabin, prepared by Executive Chef Kirk Weems, including Moet Mimosas and Belvedere Bloody Maries .
Price: $150 per person (Please note: the price does NOT include a lift ticket or ski equipment.)
Event Location: Centennial Express Lift and Allie’s Cabin
Guided Snowshoe Excursion & Lunch with Guest Chef Marco Canora
Friday January 19th 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Your morning will feature a guided snowshoe tour in one of Beaver Creek's most stunning, pristine settings—the secluded Beaver Creek Nordic Sports Center and McCoy Park, home to over 30 kilometers of beautiful trails. Enjoy lift access to reach McCoy Park, and arrive to trails that are peaceful and quiet. After snowshoeing through the stunning surroundings, relax at Grouse Mountain Grill and enjoy lunch prepared by Executive Chef David Gutowski and guest chef and James Beard Award winner Marco Canora as well as wines paired with each course from Peay Winery.
Guest Winemaker: Nick Peay of Peay Vineyards. Nick will showcase Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah from his 51 acre hamlet at the edge the Sonoma Coast region in California. Nick is the steward of his estate and is involved in all steps from vine to glass. Create a memorable experience to dine and discuss wines with a true vigneron.
Price: $150 per person (Please note: all snowshoe equipment and foot passenger lift access provided with event ticket.)
Event Location: Beaver Creek Mountain and Grouse Mountain Grill
Après Village: Burgers & Beers
Friday, January 19th 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy live music from Brendan McKinney and a variety of delicious burgers and beers available for purchase throughout the Village. Colorado breweries including Vail Brewing Company, Bonfire Brewing, Roaring Fork Beer Company and Crooked Stave Artisans will provide complimentary beer tastings while supplies last.
Price: complimentary access with menu items available for purchase
Event Location: Beaver Creek Village
Wine Dinner with Guest Chef Jonathan Waxman
Friday January 19th 6:30 p.m.  – 10:00 p.m.
In the elegant surroundings of the Chateau, join Splendido’s Executive Chef Brian Ackerman and guest chef and James Beard Award winner Jonathan Waxman for a luxurious multi-course dinner with exquisite wine pairings from Huneeus Wines and Quintessa.
Guest Winemaker: Rebekah Wineburg of Quintessa winery and estate. Rebekah will give insight to multiple vintages of Quintessa's Cabernet based blends. She crafts these wines from grapes grown biodynamically in the heart of Napa Valley’s Rutherford region. Wines from the sister winery Flowers will also be paired.
Price: $200 per person
Event Location: Splendido at the Chateau
Mules & Manhattans
Friday January 19th 8:00 p.m.  – 11:00 p.m.
Tell the doorman the password for entry to the Speakeasy. Sip on hand-crafted cocktails from Woodford Reserve, nibble on inspired hors d’oeuvres and kick up your heels to a live swing band. This cocktail party will be the talk of the town.
Price: $60 per person
Event Location: 8100 Private Dining Room at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek
Ski.Eat.Ski with Guest Chef Jennifer Jasinski
Saturday January 20th 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Join Beaver Creek’s renowned ski and snowboard instructors for a morning of exploring intermediate and advanced trails on the mountain, and pick up some new technique tips along the way. After challenging yourself in the snow, warm up and relax at Zach’s Cabin, perched on the mountain above Bachelor Gulch. Savor a gourmet lunch prepared by Denver-based guest chef and James Beard Award winner Jennifer Jasinski and Executive Chef Ron Jackson paired with unique wines from Scar of the Sea Winery to complete this elevated on-mountain experience.
Guest Winemaker/Cidermaker: Mikey Giugni from Scar of the Sea. Scar of the Sea is a small wine and cider project of less than 3,000 annual cases and only two employees.  Mikey and his partner emphasize heirloom plantings of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and produce Ciders from early-century apple orchards along California’s Central Coast.
Price: $150 per person (Please note: this event is limited to intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders only. The price does NOT include a lift ticket or ski equipment.)
Lunch Location: Zach’s Cabin on Beaver Creek Mountain
Cooking Demonstration & Gourmet Lunch with Guest Chef Alex Guarnaschelli
Saturday January 20th 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
At this exclusive cooking class, watch as guest chef and Food Network’s Alex Guarnaschelli works culinary magic at Splendido at the Chateau’s spectacular demonstration kitchen. This unique event culminates with a lively lunch where guests will feast on top-notch dishes paired with exquisite wines curated by Wilson Daniels importer.
Guest Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator: William Davis has an extensive experience in hospitality and the wine education. William will carefully pair and explain wines from Wilson Daniels highly selective portfolio.
Price: $150 per person
Event Location: Splendido at the Chateau
Après Village: Pizza & Prosecco
Saturday, January 20th   3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Dine on pizza and sip prosecco and prosecco cocktails available for purchase throughout the Village as you listen to live music from the Tony Gulizia Trio and enjoy Beaver Creek’s best shopping. Enjoy complimentary tastings of Bisol Prosecco while supplies last.
Price: complimentary access with menu items available for purchase
Event Location: Beaver Creek Village
My Perfect Pizza Kids’ Cooking Class
Saturday, January 20th   4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Kids can learn to toss pizza dough, knead it into the perfect shape and customize it with their choice of toppings. After the chefs at Blue Moose bake the pizzas, kids can return to enjoy it with their parents to enjoy their culinary creations.
Price: $20 per child (Children ages 4 and up)
Event Location: Blue Moose Pizza

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Topics: Vail, Beaver Creek, food, events

6 great restaurants in Vail where no reservations are needed

Posted by Polina LaConte on Jan 3, 2018 10:36:09 PM

We all like to plan our days when on vacation, making sure we hit all the spots recommend on the travel sites. However sometimes things don’t happen exactly as planed, so it is nice to have a few options for when you cannot get appointments at your favorite spa or a reservation at the restaurant you wanted to check out. If you are in Vail and having one of these days and in need of a good place to grab food without a reservation, check these 5 places.

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Topics: Vail, food

Vail New Year's Resolution: More trips to health food shop Green Elephant Juicery

Posted by Polina LaConte on Jan 1, 2018 1:22:17 AM

The holiday season is the best time of the year --  delicious family dinners, late night parties and a lot of sweet treats.

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Topics: Vail, food, holiday

Vail's debuts new 6-pack Northwoods Chair 11

Posted by Polina LaConte on Dec 29, 2017 11:52:12 PM
Vail Mountain debuted the new Northwoods Express (Chair 11) on Dec. 26, 2017, to powdery conditions. The lift is a new incarnation of the detachable quad that was installed in 1985, and is similar with one exception:
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Topics: Vail, snowboarding, Skiing

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