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Train like an Olympian at Solaris Vail

Posted by Paul Kandarian  February 2, 2014 03:03 PM

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Ever wonder what training for ski events is like for the Olympics? You can find out, in a more relaxing, non-competitive way, with the “Train for Sochi 2014 Package” at Solaris Vail in Colorado, a town that’s home base for many current and past Olympians such as Heidi Kloser, Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vohn. For packages starting at $5,600, double-occupancy required, you get digs at Solaris Residence, steps from the slope along with free ski valet; a day of private lessons for two with Olympic-quality coach; a pair, to keep, of Olympic-racer quality Wagner Custom Skis or a Wagner Custom Snowboard for each guest, with commemorative Sochi 2014 ski/board top-sheet if you wish; a private in-residence Russian chef’s dinner for two, with vodka pairing; Team USA Sochi Olympic Games 2014 commemorative apparel for two; and a copy of Lonely Planet’s Russian Travel Guide. The package runs through Feb. 23, based on availability. For info, visit www.solarisvail.com.

In Boulder, St. Julien Hotel & Spa, a Four-Diamond AAA and Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star resort, book between now and May 4 for a weekend package (starting at $539) and get the room; two 50-minute classic massages at the spa; a bottle of wine on arrival; and $40 credit for dining at Jill’s Restaurant or room service. For information, visit www.stjulien.com

And Colorado being a free-spirited kind of place, consider getting a pair of skis from Denver-based Folsom Skis that just introduced a new marijuana top-sheet graphic, a tribute to the state’s legalizing the use of recreational marijuana. The design can be added to any pair of custom-designed skis, which are engineered and hand built by skiers in Folsom’s shop using more than 95 percent of materials from the United States. Check it out at www.folsomskis.com

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