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High altitude fashion: Prep for your Vail poolside debut

Jennifer Geisman
Haute Alpine Couture

Nothing screams summer like a super-cute bikini! But, for many alpine fashionistas, the thought of exposing a pasty, white body that may have consumed more Blue Moons than you can count, can be equivalent to, oh, let’s say, doing your taxes or hosting your in-laws for more than three days. The tricky part is, you can’t dodge summer — it may seem far off in the distance, but trust us, when it arrives, you’ll want to be at your best. It’s time to get over your swimsuit fears and prep for the clothing-optional season.


The ski season is ending and although your quads may have burned the midnight oil doing moguls, the rest of your bod needs to be in tip-top shape for a poolside debut. From Now through May 28, the Athletic Club at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa is offering a Spring Shape-Up Boot Camp with Carrie Larson (member price: $225; non-member price: $305). The six-week boot camp program is every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., and is designed for weight management and fitness level transformation, using interval, core and strength training to improve muscle tone and cardiovascular endurance. A certified fitness instructor, Larson will lead two customized group sessions per week to help energize your workout and create a new fitness approach. The ab workout alone is your fast-pass to a sleek six-pack this summer. The Spring Shape-Up Package includes: Biometric testing, a $100 Spa Anjali gift card, Fitness Pal App, weekly challenges and nutrition tips. If you are a commitment-phobe, then the Athletic Club offers drop-in rates of $20 per class for members and $40 per class for non-members. For more information, call 970-790-2051.

Avoid bloating; it’s time to detox from winter’s apres activities. When it’s winter, we are layered up and no can tell if you’ve had one too many beers and nachos. With swimsuit season around the corner, it’s time to get rid of your excess baggage and detox with one of Green Elephant Juicery pressed juices. Try the Cal-G Kick featuring apple, carrot, ginger and lemons or the Glow-E with an ample supply of grapefruit, lemon, orange and watermelon.


After all of your huffing and puffing during bootcamp drills, treat your newly transformed physique to a much needed spa treatment at Aria Athletic Club & Spa. The Aria Spa is giving you some serious TLC with its 30/20 spa promotion. The 30 percent off spa treatments/20 percent off nail services features 30 percent off any 50-minute or longer massage, facial or body treatment and 20 percent off nail services (manicure or pedicure). To get your skin beach bod-ready, try the High Altitude Massage, which features a blend of awakening scents including peppermint, or the Cellulite Mud Wrap. For appointments, call 970-479-5942.

One of the first steps to getting your skin paparazzi-approved for summer is sloughing away your winter woes for a fresh, radiant canvas. Update your skincare routine, with the Skin Authority Exfoliate Bamboo Ginseng Scrub ($36, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch in Beaver Creek or Elements, A Day Spa in Eagle), which will soften, smooth, hydrate and exfoliate away dead skin cells. This is a perfect prelude to a sunless tanner. Let’s face it, everyone always looks better with a tan — even the not-so-cute-chairlift-operator-turned-bartender-slash-hiking-guide. Going from winter translucent to bronzed, alpine babe helps show muscle definition and hide any unsightly lingering cellulite packed on to keep you warm in the winter. Of course, as every beauty guru knows, it is a big no-no to slather on baby oil and use tinfoil to capture the tanning rays. Opt instead to use Skin Authority Sunless Tanner ($36, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch in Beaver Creek or Elements, A Day Spa in Eagle). This beauty insider’s fave creates a deep, organic tan without a gnarly smell and won’t stain your clothes or sheets. A plus, this self-tanner incorporates vitamins C and E to help combat free radical damage.

During the winter, we sometimes neglect our parched skin and tend to ignore those “chicken skin” bumps on the back of arms and legs. Don’t let keratosis pilaris deter you from showing some skin this summer. Skin Authority Hand Foot Body Restoration ($10.50-$65, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch in Beaver Creek or Elements, A Day Spa in Eagle) contains glycolic acid to combat those nasty bumps, while at the same time incorporates vitamins and antioxidants to calm inflamed skin, maintain moisture and even out skin tone. Perfect for pre-pedicure appointments too!


Summertime living is easy breezy and once the prepping logistics are underway, the final step of your sexy, summer inauguration is choosing the picture-perfect swimsuit. A teeny-weenie bikini doesn’t need to be an intimidating purchase. Both the ultra-feminine Ted Baker Black Catto Cascading Floral Bikini (top $75; bottom $65, Blitz) and the beachy Seafolly Paradisio Bikini (top $50; bottom $41, Blitz) will give you a flattering girly look, while at the same time a super-chic silhouette.

If a barely-there bikini is not your thing, then the Ted Baker Belah White Print One-Piece ($125, Blitz) is perfectly-pasteled with a soft floral pattern for an untarnished day by the lake. Sometimes even the most fashion-forward gal needs a little help with looking fabulous at the pool. Good thing we found the Athena Ocean Park Black Print Swimsuit ($150, Blitz)! This swimsuit is designed to slim, enhance, shape or control — whatever you need — while maintaining your striking style. Don’t forget to show off your pedicured piggies in a pair of summery-fun Havaianas flip flops ($26, Spa Anjali Boutique).

Haute Alpine Couture quenches your thirst with a cocktail of cravings that turns an insider’s favorite into your monthly buzz. With an eye for uncovering the most sought-after trends, Jennifer Geisman is a self-professed product junky. Geisman fuses her expertise in PR and the beauty and fashion worlds to deliver quintessentially modern hot spots, styles and trends. Email comments about this story to cschnell@vaildaily.com.

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