My Last Day

Well, folks, today is my last day of work at the Antlers. It has been a great six years for me, and I hope for them as well. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of the Antlers family and that our family relationship will only grow from here. I have learned more from Rob and Ratz than any other bosses I’ve ever had and I’m so very grateful to them for all the good advise and lessons. Beginning Monday I will be the new Administrator of the Vail Valley Surgery Center at the Vail Hospital. I’ll basically have the same job as here but instead of checking people in and out of luxury hotel suites, I’ll be checking people in and out of luxury surgical suites. Who knows, maybe I’ll even go back to school eventually and finally make my Nana proud!

Vail road biking

It is time for Colorado “touring”, both with the car and with the bike. Independence Pass and Trail Ridge road are now open after the record snows this past winter. It sure is a fun time to ride to the top of some of the Colorado passes and then throw some snowballs around or do a little sledding. The pic above is from Loveland Pass near the Eisenhower tunnel. I and a few friends did a training ride from Idaho Springs up to the top on Wednesday. 30 miles up in about 3 hours. All the way down in about 1 hour 10 minutes. It was work. Chris R.

Guys’ Getaway

Antlers at Vail’s Ski Break Offers Lift/Lodging/Fitness Package for Men

Vail, Colorado – June 16, 2008 – Girlfriends’ weekends are all the rage, but who says men don’t sometimes want to leave behind the responsibilities of work and family and have some fun together? In fact, a group of Canadian men have created an annual pilgrimage to the Antlers at Vail for a week of skiing, partying and male bonding; they’ve dubbed the event “Same Time, Next Year” and last year 60 men attended, with ages ranging from 30-something to 86.

This winter, the Antlers at Vail hotel offers a lodging/lift ticket package that’s perfect for friends’ getaways. The Antlers’ “Value Vail” package (Jan 3 – 30, 2009) offers a 25 percent discount on a five-night, five-day deal starting at $998 per person for four people in a two-bedroom condo – including four-day lift tickets for all four!

From the Antlers it’s just a two-minute walk to the Vail Gondola, which whisks skiers to the top of the mountain in a mere eight minutes. Apres ski, guys can unwind at the Antler’s sparkling heated-year-’round outdoor pool and hot tubs, and use the convenient on-site saunas and fitness room. For a more complete workout, men can request complimentary passes to the nearby Vail Athletic Club, which boasts Vail’s only indoor climbing wall plus LeMond spin bikes, fitness classes, free weights, cardiovascular equipment and steam/shower facilities.

The Antlers at Vail offers condominiums ranging from studio suites up to four bedrooms, with fully-equipped kitchens, fireplaces, outdoor balconies, free Internet access and a heated parking garage. Every room has plenty of room to spread out and all the comforts of home. Plenty of restaurants, galleries and shops are within walking distance of the Antlers, and for especially ‘manly’ men the friendly staff can even provide directions to the nearest electronics and auto parts stores.

Eco-conscious guys will appreciate Vail’s commitment to sustainability; Vail Mountain is one of just 28 ski areas that offsets 100 percent of its energy use with renewable energy. The Antlers at Vail is also proud to be a Green Star-rated business; Green Star (www.greenstarinc.org) is a voluntary national program that assists businesses in taking a hands-on role in caring for the environment. For more information, call 1-800-843-8245 or visit the Antlers web site at www.antlersvail.com.

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5 Tips for Guys Who Ski On the Cheap

Vail’s rep may be for glitter and glam, but smart skiers prefer champagne powder at draft beer prices—and with plenty of après-ski fun to boot. The Antlers at Vail hotel’s staff of savvy insiders offers five ideas for enjoying the snow scene without the sacrifice:

1) Night Light: The Back Bowl offers retro bowling in a high-tech facility, including Neon Nights’ glow-in-the-dark balls. (970) 328-BOWL, www.thebackbowl.com.

2) Free Tunes: The Bud Light Street Beat Free Concert Series is offered Wednesday evenings mid-December through early April in Vail Village. www.vvf.org.

3) Cheap Eats: Savor a Coleman beef Lark burger with organic fixings plus a beer for under $20 at Larkspur at the base of Chair 6; bite into a Big Cheesy Calzone at Bagali’s funky Lava Lounge, West Vail; or order a slice and a beer at ski patrol hangout Vendetta’s on Bridge Street, Vail.

4) Board Story: View primitive gear and ski-world legends at the free Colorado Ski & Snow Museum at the Vail Transportation Center. (970) 476-1876, www.skimuseum.net.

5) Breaking News: Vail Daily’s events calendar tracks happenings around town with information on area restaurants, bars and nightclubs; www.vaildaily.com.

Media Contacts: Rob LeVine, General Manager, The Antlers at Vail, (970) 476-2471, RLeVine@antlersvail.com or Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, (307) 734-5335, darla@wordenpr.com

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Colorado Children’s Chorale goes for "the record"

The Colorado Children’s Chorale is in Vail this week and once again the Antlers at Vail is playing host! The kids have a busy and pretty structured week (thank goodness). Even their pool time is scheduled. The kids decided to try for the record for the most people in the pool. Check out the movie. The sad thing is, they JUST missed the record.

The Antlers Welcomes 3 Teva Groups

The first weekend in June is a busy one for the Vail Valley as we are host to the Teva Mountain Games. There are many components that make up this weekend of events, from street concerts to kayaking at International Bridge to DockDogs competitions. And there is even more behind the scenes work that goes on.The Antlers is proud to be hosting some of the Teva Mountain Games staff over the long weekend, as well as two other groups directly related to the Games.One of these groups is Cocona Fabrics, Inc., a Colorado based company that uses recycled coconut shells to make athletic fabrics. What a perfect fit with the Teva Games and the Antlers green lodging goals!The second group the Antlers is hosting is SERAC Adventure Films. SERAC is holding an Adventure Film School during the Teva Games. The students will be out and about filming the games, and then returning to the Antlers to review and edits their takes. We’re excited to see what this wonderful and ambitious group of students presents at the end of the week!The Antlers is excited and proud to be a part of the Teva Games – we hope to see everyone out there this weekend!

The G.H.O.S.T. Is Back

The Antlers Haunts Ford Park AgainAll though there was some confusion about our softball team and whether we would be organized again, our fearless leader Rob Levine took charge and we found ourselves drenched in sunshine at Ford Park. It was Monday evening at 5:30 and the usual suspects took the field.We were a team again, but still confused. The apprehension, the nervousness, the lack of athletic ability. It was all evident for the first 3 innings. Simple grounders were rolling between legs. Pop flies were not dropped, but rather falling harmlessly over our heads. Mighty swings of the bat resulted only in walking back to the bench with heads down in shame.But this team has grit and we managed to keep the Snow Pigs from a commanding lead. We found ourselves in the 6th inning only 2 runs down and dare I say, feeling like no would could stop us now. But as it goes, swing and a miss, swing and a miss, swing and a miss. We lose 9 to 7 but feel great about it.Yes, the G.H.O.S.T. is back and this season we may even scare someone. (For season ticket information. you can contact the Antlers. We would love the support).

New Stone Work II

We’ve almost finished with the stone veneer on our courtyard clock tower, and it is looking great! All that is left now is to grout the stones and remove the scaffolding, which should be completed by Friday. I’ll update then with a photo of the finished product.

For now, here’s a before shot: …and during: