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Vail Cascade Announces New Team Members

VAIL, Colo. – Nov. 1, 2009 – Brett Schoenfield, general manager of the Vail Cascade, recently announced the appointment of two new executive team members, both with previous experience at the well-known resort property. Russell (Russ) Craney returns to the Cascade as assistant general manager and Rob Henderson comes back to head the property’s sales and marketing department.

Craney began his career with the Vail Cascade in 1994 and worked his way up through the ranks to the position of food and beverage director by 2003. His exceptional work ethic and keen interest in all aspects of the hospitality industry led him to operations positions with RockResorts at the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera in Edwards, Colo. and the Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colo. Most recently, Craney was the general manager of another RockResorts property, the Osprey at Beaver Creek, in Beaver Creek, Colo. At the Osprey, Craney oversaw the property’s $7.5 million renovation and transitioned the property to a RockResorts hotel brand. In his new position with the Vail Cascade, Craney will oversee all operational departments, including food & beverage, rooms and Aria Spa & Club. His primary focus upon arrival at the property will be the resort’s new on-site restaurant, Atwater on Gore Creek.

With an extensive background in resort sales and marketing, Henderson brings to the Vail Cascade a valuable combination of area knowledge and competitive experience. Henderson worked with the Vail Cascade as director of sales and a national sales manager beginning in 1996, and with another DH&R property – Garden of the Gods Club in Colorado Springs – beginning in 2001. Past positions with Rosewood Hotels, Kempinski Hotels, Hilton Hotels and Resorts, Marriott Hotels and Resorts and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide have afforded him incredible industry experience and a vast understanding of the hospitality marketplace. Henderson also has provided consulting services to a range of property brands and destinations including DH&R and the Town of Snowmass. Most recently, Henderson worked with Viceroy Hotels, Resorts and Residences in Snowmass Village, Colo. on an extensive pre-opening initiative preparing the new resort for its much-anticipated 2009-2010 winter season debut.

For more information about the Vail Cascade, including Aria Spa & Club and Atwater on Gore Creek, visit

The 292-room Vail Cascade provides slope-side access to the largest single-mountain ski resort in North America. The mountainside resort recently completed a $30 million renovation and offers 27 suites, and more than 80 spacious condominiums and private homes to choose from.

Nestled at the base of Vail Mountain, Vail Cascade is Vail’s only ski-in/ski-out AAA Four Diamond resort. An abundance of year-round off-slope activities also abound including fly fishing, hiking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, dog-sled rides, hot air balloon rides and much more.

The Vail Cascade features the 78,000-square-foot Aria Spa & Club. The Spa offers more than 10,000 square feet of rest and relaxation found in 14 treatment rooms. Guests also can train and take advantage of one of the fitness center’s many programs from group classes to personalized instruction. After an afternoon of working out at the fitness center or in nature’s playground, guests can refuel at the new Atwater on Gore Creek restaurant which opened in December 2008.

The Vail Cascade is one of more than 30 independent, upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the seventh largest independent hospitality management company in the country. To protect and preserve the unique communities in which the company operates, Destination launched Destination Earth, an environmental sustainability program in 2008. New for 2009 is the 582-room Terranea Resort situated on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in southern California. The 102-acre ocean front resort will feature a 25,000-square-foot destination spa, three swimming pools, three restaurants and a Todd Eckenrode-designed par three golf course. In addition to Terranea in the greater Los Angeles area, Destination operates properties in key metropolitan areas and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Palm Springs, Houston and Lake Tahoe. Destination is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises.  For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit


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Media Contacts:
Emily Jacob McCormack, for Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, (970) 331-6145,
Kristin Yantis, for Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, (775) 351-7904,

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