Off the Hill with Tricia Swenson: Trek to treats in Vail to support Vail Valley Foundation | VailDaily.com

Off the Hill with Tricia Swenson: Trek to treats in Vail to support Vail Valley Foundation

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Hiking, grand views, friendship and philanthropy all came together once again at Trek to Table, a benefit for the Vail Valley Foundation.

Having lived in the valley for a long time, I’ve learned that if the Vail Valley Foundation is involved, then say yes to whatever the event is. I have never seen a show at the Vilar I didn’t like, a Mountain Games I didn’t get inspired by or a World Cup race that didn’t make me proud to call this place my home. The Vail Valley Foundation’s mission is to inspire lives and enrich community, and they achieve that through their arts, athletics and educational programs they provide.

Most of the time we are sitting back and being entertained, but to understand their mission, the Vail Valley Foundation wants you to participate in our community’s offerings. Trek to Table is a creative way to get the locals and guests of the Vail Valley engaged in our surroundings.

Trek to Table started five years ago and has been held in Beaver Creek for the past four years. This summer, the trek started from the base of Gondola One in Vail and ascended approximately 4 miles on the Berry Picker and Fireweed trails.

Once the trekkers got to Mid Vail, they were treated to a wonderful buffet at The 10th restaurant with comfortable patio seating overlooking the views of the Gore Range. Champagne, wine and other libations were relished along with decadent desserts. Add a little live music with Brent Gordon and Roy Broomfield along with great conversations and that’s quite the reward after climbing nearly 2,000 vertical feet.

The money raised from Trek to Table goes toward the Vail Valley Foundation’s general fund. So while you have fun and get some exercise on a beautiful trail, your participation is helping their mission of bringing the world to Vail and Vail to the world.