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Village Hotspot: Cascade Village

Kathy Filgo
Lift access is one of Cascade Village's perks.

CASCADE VILLAGE holds numerous treasures that may surprise many. Did you know Cascade Village backs onto Vail Mountain and has its own chair lift — Chair 20 — which means that many area residents and guests are within walking distance to the ski slope? Or that Gore Creek borders the property? Just half a mile west of Lionshead, there are an abundance of programs and events held throughout the year, too. It’s time to take another look at Cascade Village.

The area rests on over 118 acres, anchored by Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, and consists of the luxury properties of Cascade Condominiums, The Cascade Penthouses, Cascade on Gore Creek, Coldstream, Liftside, Millrace and Westhaven, along with duplexes and single-family homes.

And while the area is easily accessible to the excitement and events of Lionshead and Vail Village, Cascade Village has created its own brand of action and entertainment.

Vail Cascade Resort & Spa acts as “Fun Central” for many of the activities. To start with, there are two delightful restaurants: Atwater on Gore Creek is elegant creekside dining and the Fireside Bar has hosted many a delightful après experience in front of a roaring fire. And the Market & Café offers delicious grab-and-go fare.

The activities and events planned at this facility, many of them at no charge, have not only served to create a real sense of community but also to present many opportunities for families to make some memories. And it’s great to be a kid at Vail Cascade, with events such asopen gym/basketball at the area club, s’mores and hot cocoa at the hotel fire pit, movie and pizza night at Aria Club, balloon magic with Pirate Jack, fairy face painting, tennis lessons, dive-in movie at the hotel pool, to name but a few.

Of course the adults have not been left out. The annual brew-masters weekend with samplings from local breweries in Colorado has everyone smacking their lips. There are fly casting clinics, bike rentals, Charter Sports for a little shopping, live music, and there is even an on-site wedding specialist to handle every aspect of one’s upcoming nuptials.

The awarding-winning Aria Athletic Club & Spa is one of the shining stars of Cascade Village. With a 78,000-square-foot health and wellness center, it appeals to those who are looking for a good workout or to those who just wish to be pampered. The valley’s largest — and some consider the most comprehensive — fitness and athletic facility presents indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a heated outdoor saline swimming pool, sun deck and hot tub, private indoor hot tubs for men and women, squash and racquetball courts, a basketball court, an indoor running track, aromatherapy steam rooms, and many programs and classes to assure fitness levels of all types are enhanced or maintained. And the 10,000-square-foot spa and sanctuary is a rejuvenating retreat that imparts pampering for mind, body and soul.

And an exceptional bonus for Aria members and guests: complete access to all of the Cascade Resort amenities, including the outdoor pool where sunbathers can relax to the sounds of Gore Creek rushing past. (Many of the programs and activities in the village use one another’s venues.)

Cascade Village also boasts a state-of-the-art Conference Center that is 45,000 square feet and offers flexible meeting space with boardrooms and ballrooms and includes outdoor venues in a spectacular setting overlooking Vail Mountain and Gore Creek. Gore Range Hall, at 19,234 square feet, is the largest meeting area in the Vail area, and it can accommodate 900 people.

Guests and residents alike enjoy the quiet, lush setting of Cascade Village, nestled along the cascading Gore Creek. With direct neighborhood access during ski season as well as the other amenities now being hosted in the vicinity, the value of this community has only increased. With a goal of making Cascade Village a destination vacation location as well as a desirable place to set down roots — it appears that this is a mission accomplished.