Business Briefs: The Kind now open in Eagle
One of the Vail Valleys most popular bike and ski shops recently opened a second location in Eagle. The Kind Bikes and Skis in Edwards has added another location and moved into the new live-work spaces on Gambel Street in Eagle Ranch Village.The Kind specializes in sales and service of both bikes and skis. It is the valleys exclusive dealer of Pinarello, Seven, Rocky Mountain and Merckx bicycles as well as Lemond, Gary Fisher and Electra. The store also carries a full line of bike and ski clothing and accessories and provides rental, repair and tuning services. The Kind is the first full-service ski shop in Eagle.Jamie and Kelly Malin saw a rare opportunity in their expansion to Eagle. With Eagles climate and direct access to an excellent trail network, The Kind sees ample growth opportunity. Another element that influenced the Malins was the live-work space available in the village. Having a living space located directly over the shop adds the employee-housing element that has become so critical to finding and retaining quality employees, Jamie said.To learn more about The Kind Bikes and Skis, call 328-5005 or go to http://www.kindbike sandskis.com.For more information on commercial and other space in Eagle Ranch Village, call Laurie Thompson at 949-6204.
The 2008 editions of the Conde Nast Johansens Recommended Hotels, Inns, Resorts & Spas and Conde Nast Traveler Gold List are out, and Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa is listed in both luxury travel guides. Inclusion is based on quality and customer service as reported in surveys by guests and confirmed by Conde Nasts regional inspectors.Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa is one of two Vail lodges listed in the Conde Nast Travelers Gold List and one of two Colorado properties singled out by Conde Nast Johansens Recommended Hotels, Inns, Resorts & Spas in its Most Excellent category.Being highlighted in these two great luxury accommodation guides confirms to me that we are doing what we set out to do, said Frank Johnson, general manager of the Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa. First and foremost, we want our guest experience to be unrivaled in the Vail Valley; secondly, we want be measured on a national level and meet the grade. These accolades mean we have done that.Located at the edge of Vail Village, the Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa has 20 rooms and includes a full-service holistic spa, 18,000-square-foot athletic club and award-winning restaurant Terra Bistro. For more information about the Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa go to, http://www.vail mountainlodge.com or call 476-0700.
Mark Gasta has been named senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Vail Resorts. He starts work Feb. 19.Gasta comes to Vail Resorts from Comcast Communications where for the past seven years he worked in various human resources jobs including corporate vice president of organizational development for the companys 90,000 employees.Were delighted to have someone of Marks caliber and experience with a demonstrated track record in developing a highly talented and motivated work force, Vail Resorts Chief Executive Officer Rob Katz said. The employees of Vail Resorts are our most important asset and critical to delivering exceptional experiences at our extraordinary resorts every day. Marks entire career has been devoted to bringing out the best in the people with whom he has worked and served. Combining that ability with his enthusiasm for the outdoors makes Mark the perfect fit for the passion of our employees and the strategic direction of Vail Resorts.
The Vail Chamber & Business Association recently released occupancy rates for several Vail hotels for the week of Jan. 18 to 25.Antlers: 95 percent.Christiania Lodge: 83 percent.Destination Resorts: 80 percent.Evergreen Lodge: 77 percent.Holiday Inn: 72 percent.Lifthouse: 78 percent.Mountain Haus: 93 percent.Park Meadows Lodge: 85 percent.The Sitzmark: 100 percent.Sonnenalp Resort: 87 percent.Tivoli Lodge: 70 percent.Vail Spa: 100 percent.The Wren: 85 percent.
Bryan Austin, a 20-year veteran of the hospitality industry, has been appointed general manager of The Lodge at Vail, a RockResort. The 165-room Lodge at Vail has been a Vail Village landmark since opening in 1962.Austin joins The Lodge at Vail from the Wingfield Nevada Group in Las Vegas, where he has served as president of resort operations since March 2006. While there, he was responsible for all resort operations and development of the PGA Village at Coyote Springs, Nev., and The Resort at Red Hawk in Sparks, Nev. Previously, Austin spent six years with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and 10 years with The Four Seasons Hotel Company. During his tenure at Ritz-Carlton, he took part in successful openings of several hotels including The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch.We are pleased to welcome Bryan to the RockResorts team, said Stan Brown, executive vice president and chief operating officer of RockResorts. His hospitality management and development experience will benefit The Lodge at Vail as the resort takes its luxury guest experience to the next level as part of Vails New Dawn.For more information about The Lodge at Vail go to http://www.rockresorts.com.
The Vail Chamber & Business Association cookbook, featuring more than 400 recipes from Vail locals, visitors, and several Vail restaurants, is now available at stores throughout the Vail Valley.Vail Cooks…for you! is available at stores including: Annies, A Secret Garden, Billys Island Grill, The Bookworm in Edwards, Charlies T-Shirts at the Eagle Airport, Charter Sports at the Vail Marriott, Colorado Ski Museum, Columbine Market in Gypsum, Covered Bridge Coffee, Golden Bear, Gorsuch, Kitchen Collage in Edwards, Marketplace on Meadow Drive, Mooses Caboose, Pepi Sports, Pine Cones Gifts in Avon, Roxy, To Catch a Cook, Vail Chamber & Business Association Office, Verbatim Booksellers, Village Market in Edwards.The new cookbook is $29.95. To learn more, call the Vail Chamber & Business Association, 477-0075.
Mountain Reservations Inc., owned by Kinderhook Industries and Castles Media Company, announced the acquisition of VRGateway Inc. The acquisition, which includes VRGateways vacation rental Web site http://www.Rooster.com, will expand Mountain Reservations vacation rental business beyond the ski industry and accelerate its development of technology to provide better customer service.Mountain Reservations provides its customers with a selection of private homes, condos and townhomes for short-term rental available in ski resorts including, Aspen, Vail, Breckenridge, Park City, Deer Valley, Whistler, and Jackson Hole. With the acquisition of VRGateway, the company will now include beach destinations including Outer Banks, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, and Destin. The combined company will market and sell over 200,000 units of vacation rental inventory in over 300 destinations across the US, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.To learn more, go to http://www.vrgateway.com.
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