Steve Vai proudly invites you to Vai Academy 2015 this summer at The Arrabelle at Vail Square in Vail, Colorado. This year’s Vai Academy will be ‘All About The Guitar’ where you’ll spend 4 days and nights discovering the intricacy of the guitar while jamming the day away with Steve and his handpicked guest instructors. Musicians of all ages and levels are welcome.

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“There are things people are unaware of that they can benefit from knowing. They’re really simple like the proper way to string a guitar and what kind of wood to choose. Most people who pick up a guitar have no idea that the kind of wood itself has an impact on the tone of the instrument. There’s a pitch to the neck. It vibrates. If you tap a body, there’s a pitch to it. That’s just one example. Understanding some of these nuances can help you identify more with the kind of sound you are looking for out of a guitar and how to shop for that perfect instrument for you. This can only aid the player in hunting down their own unique sound.

“The layout of the day, similar to 2014, will have actual guitar clinics where attendees will be able to sit, observe, talk and enjoy a true guitar experience with Eric Johnson, Sonny Landreth, and myself. Those will be worked into the schedule of each day. The rest of the classes will adhere to our theme of All About The Guitar. If there are four or five classes during the day, the majority will be geared toward this theme taught by some of the industry’s most respected luthiers and experts. Then the whole night is just jamming.”

–Steve Vai

A detailed schedule will be released in Spring 2015.

Day 1

  • Arrival Day – Cocktail reception/meet and greet for all our guests, Steve & his special guests.
  • Get to know the masters and they will get their first opportunities to know you.
  • After the cocktail party, there will be a wonderful dinner served, followed by an intimate performance/Q&A session with Steve and his guests.

Days 2 -4

  • A minimum of 4 hours a day of master sessions with Steve and a panel of musicians and industry heavies (outlined on the home page).
  • Master classes by Guthrie, Vernon, and Skunk.
  • Evening jam sessions and concerts with Steve and the special guests EVERY NIGHT!
  • Tons of playing, learning, networking, and practicing!
  • Great food!

Location

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The Arrabelle at Vail Square

The Arrabelle at Vail Square is a luxury resort hotel created in the spirit of the grand alpine hotels of historic Europe. The Arrabelle is nestled snugly against the base of North America’s #1 ski resort, in the heart of the vibrantly renowned Vail Square, just footsteps from the Eagle Bahn Gondola.  At Arrabelle you’ll find that superior accommodations, stunning views, premiere 5-star amenities, timeless elegance, and rustic charm all meet in one place.

Vail’s lifestyle combines one of the best alpine resorts in the world with a friendly, small-town feel. Groups enjoy bountiful year-round recreational and cultural opportunities, and the surrounding 350,000 acres of national forest crowned by more than 5,000 developed, skiable acres on the largest ski mountain in North America. At the foot of Vail Mountain is the Town of Vail, a community bathed in charm.

Area Attractions

With over 300 days of sunshine each year, there’s plenty of time to savor the crisp, clean air and enjoy Vail’s seemingly endless array of mountain activities.  Long celebrated as the nation’s top skiing and snowboarding destination, this family vacation destination is full of summer Vail activities.  Guests can explore Vail Mountain and the 350,000 acres of national forest that surround The Arrabelle, and enjoy hiking and biking trails, fly fishing, golf, hot-air ballooning, and much more.

Local Links

  • The Arrabelle At Vail Square

    Address
    675 Lionshead Place
    Vail, CO 81657

    Website
    The Arrabelle at Vail Square

    Contact
    Email Us!

  • By Car

    From Denver, CO and Points East including the Denver International Airport:
    Take I-70 West towards Vail, CO.  Get off at Exit 176 for Vail Rd.

    From Grand Junction, CO and Points West:
    Take I-70 East towards Vail, CO.  Take exit 173 for S. Frontage Rd. W and follow for 2 miles.

    From Colorado Springs, CO:
    Take I-25 North to C-470 West and merge onto I-70 West towards Vail, CO.  Get off at Exit 176 for Vail Rd.

  • By Air

    Denver International Airport (DEN) – Denver, CO
    Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) - Vail, CO

    Colorado Mountain Express offers shuttle services to and from both Denver International Airport and Eagle County Airport. Summer rates and schedules are not currently posted. Please contact them directly for full information at 866-662-ROCK.

  • By Bus

    Greyhound services Vail, CO from multiple points throughout the US.

  • By Train

    Amtrak services run both to Denver and through the stunning Glenwood Canyon to historic Glenwood Springs — just 40 miles away from the town of Vail, Colorado.

The Arrabelle At Vail Square

Address
675 Lionshead Place
Vail, CO 81657

Website
The Arrabelle at Vail Square

Contact
Email Us!

Ibanez Premium Upgrade

Choose the Ibanez RG421RWCNF Guitar and Deluxe Gig Bag upgrade for only $299 when you register and it will be waiting for you when you arrive.

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Register by April 1st and get a free DS-1 Distortion pedal

When you register by April 1st, 2015 you’ll receive a free Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal when you arrive at camp.

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D’Addario Merch!!

…and everyone gets a bag stuffed to the top with items from our friends at D’Addario!

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Pricing and Registration

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • 3 amazing meals a day
  • All workshops, activities and entertainment for 4 days and nights
  • Incredible welcome kit from D’Addario and Planet Waves
  • Several fully stocked jam rooms with drums, pa gear and amps
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

What's Not Included

  • Travel to and from the resort
  • Alcohol and snacks
  • Siteseeing excursions in the area
  • Personal musical gear – please bring your own instruments if you are not signing up for our premium upgrade

boss-promo

Register by April 1st and get a free DS-1 Distortion pedal

When you register by April 1st, 2015 you’ll receive a free Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal when you arrive at camp.

Ibanez-promoIbanez Premium Upgrade

Choose the Ibanez RG421RWCNF Guitar and Deluxe Gig Bag upgrade for only $299 when you register and it will be waiting for you when you arrive.

Pricing and Room Options

  • Shared Room with Two Beds
    $1899.00

    Standard Room with two beds and a roommate. You may either name your own roommate during registration or one will be assigned to you by Dreamcatcher Events. Roommate matches are based on age and gender. Pricing is per person.

  • Shared Suite with Two Beds
    $2299.00

    Deluxe suite room with two beds and a roommate. You may either name your own roommate during registration or one will be assigned to you by Dreamcatcher Events. Roommate matches are based on age and gender. Pricing is per person.

  • Single with One Bed
    $3199.00

    Standard room with one bed. Pricing is for one person.

  • Couples Suite (book for 2 registrants)
    $3799.00

    Deluxe suite with one king bed meant to be shared by a couple. If you select this option choose the same room type for your second registrant. Pricing is $1,899.50 per person.

Pricing and Registration Policy

  • All rates are per-person, unless stated otherwise.
  • All prices subject to change. Prior sales excluded. Dreamcatcher Events reserves the right to change any price, package or offering at any time without prior notice.
  • All rates are subject to 6.9% surcharge, which includes all local, state, and occupancy taxes.
  • Installment Payment Plans
    • Upon registration, a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total purchase amount is charged to your credit card.
    • 100% of the remaining balance due on installment sales is automatically charged to the credit card on file on May 1, 2015.
    • Any registrations received after May 1, 2015 must be paid in full at the time of registration.
  • All payments and deposits are final and non-refundable.

For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy

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