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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

5 Tips for spring skiing in Vail 

Posted by Polina LaConte on Mar 17, 2018 5:57:42 PM
Sunny days are alternating with powder conditions, live music and parties are filling the restaurant's  patios, and there is a different festival or concert happening in town every day. All that means only one thing Spring Break in mountains. This is one of the best times in the year to come to Vail and Beaver Creek, so if you are not here make sure to book a trip while you still have time. And if you are among the lucky ones to be in town take a look at the list of suggestions below to make sure you make the best out of your trip.  
Grab a bite before going to the hill
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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Outdoor, Spring Skiing

Meet Emma – Your Epic Mountain Assistant

Posted by Polina LaConte on Mar 14, 2018 3:48:50 PM

There is no better way to plan and enjoy your vacation at a location that you might not be perfectly familiar with than having a local guide that you can ask for suggestions. The IT guys at Vail Resorts have recognized that need and next season they are giving you their best attempt of developing an AI local ski buddy/travel agent/personal Butler - Emma.

Emma is your Epic Mountain Assistant, the world’s first digital mountain assistant to help guide guests while on their ski and snowboard vacation at nine of the Company’s resorts. Emma is an interactive mountain assistant who uses artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP) to answer a wide range of guests’ questions about their ski vacation. Emma will debut for the 2018-19 winter season at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Tahoe; and Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada.

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Topics: News, Ski Industry

Spring Back to Vail Returns to Vail Mountain for Two Weekends of Celebration

Posted by Polina LaConte on Mar 13, 2018 3:25:42 PM

Spring Back to Vail will return to Vail Mountain for two weekends of celebration this year. The first weekend will kick off on Saturday, March 31 with a live concert at Solaris presented by Bud Light. The World Pond Skimming Championships will commence on Sunday, April 15 for the second weekend of celebration with on-mountain and après events as well.

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Topics: Free, Events, Ski, Around Town, Spring Skiing

St. Patrick’s Day in Vail

Posted by Polina LaConte on Mar 11, 2018 10:58:28 PM
It is spring break time in the mountains and you don’t really need an excuse for parting but on St. Patrick’s Day you can definitely elevate the fun to the next level. The following are a few suggestions on how to fit in on Irish day in the mountains. 
Don’t go on the mountain without the proper attire  
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Topics: Après-Ski, Holiday, Around Town, Activities

Epic Pass Turns 10

Posted by Polina LaConte on Mar 8, 2018 9:11:57 AM

The 2018-19 ski and snowboard season marks the 10th anniversary of the Epic Pass. The pass responsible for reshaping the ski industry is introducing new perks, more ski resort options and some of the lowest prices. See the details below on prices, pass options and new programs:   

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Topics: Season Passes, News, Ski Industry

Beaver Creek SpringFest is back

Posted by Polina LaConte on Mar 6, 2018 10:25:42 PM

Spring in the mountains is magical with plenty of sunshine, powder and great activities for the whole family. Mark your calendar and make sure you don't miss on any of the fun happenings in Beaver Creek.

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Topics: Family, Après-Ski, Events, Outdoor, Spring Skiing

Spring Après-Ski in Beaver Creek 

Posted by Polina LaConte on Mar 4, 2018 10:14:34 PM

There is no better feeling than grabbing a cold drink and relaxing on a sunny patio after a fun day of skiing. Next time you are in Beaver Creek check out the four spots from our spring break après-ski list and you are guaranteed to have a great time!
Broken Arrow
Located in the base of Arrow Head, Broken Arrow restaurant is a great place to take a break from skiing and enjoy the spring. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and après-ski from 7:30 to the late afternoon. The outside deck gets the warm spring sun during mid-day, which makes it the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail or a cold beer. Starting March 1st, the Broken Arrow will also feature live music on Sunday. Don't miss the opportunity to try the signature Beaver Creek’s Best Bloody Mary.

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Topics: Shopping and Dining, Après-Ski, Nightlife, Around Town, Date Night

5 great spring skiing events coming up in Vail

Posted by Polina LaConte on Mar 1, 2018 9:40:40 PM

Spring is many people's favorite time to visit the mountains - warm sun, great snow and a ton of festivities on and off the mountain. Here in Vail we especially love the month of March as it turns the town into an event-packed spring break destination. With some new festivals mixed in with the annual favorites this March will not disappoint.

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Topics: Après-Ski, Events, Ski, Around Town, Spring Skiing, Activities

4 Great Snowshoe Trails Around Vail   

Posted by Polina LaConte on Mar 1, 2018 1:17:23 PM

The days are getting longer, the sun is out and there's no better way to get some exercise than a snowshoe trek. Below are some of our favorite snowshoe hikes.

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Topics: Family, Free, Ski, Fitness, Outdoor, Activities

10 Epic Reasons to Use Your Epic Pass Now

Posted by Polina LaConte on Feb 25, 2018 11:35:46 PM
Winter may be in full swing, but we just cannot contain our excitement for spring ski season. Not only is it the best time to visit our resorts, we are preparing to celebrate 10 years of the Epic Pass! That means 10 years of Epic experiences, 10 years of Epic memories, and 10 years of unlimited, unrestricted access at your favorite resorts. It’s only fitting that we have 10 Epic reasons for you to visit our resorts before the end of the season, and the only requirement is to bring your Epic Pass. Don’t you wish packing lists were always this short?

Speaking of shorts… just kidding. It’ll still be best to wear snowpants.
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Topics: Ski, Spring Skiing, Activities

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