Arapahoe Basin Opens 2nd Run

We headed back to A-Basin this past Monday and to our surprise they had two runs open! Apparently it was common knowledge as the amount of people waiting in line doubled from last week. On a positive note, we should have some Vail ski condition updates soon…we start making snow this Friday!!

New Snow in Lionshead and Vail Village.

The snow started to fall yesterday night and hasn’t stopped…we’ve received about 3 inches so far. Hopefully it is here to stay. Check out the photo journal below.

10/21/2008 Last Night

10/21/2008 Last night

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10/22/2008 My car at 7:00 a.m. today

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10/22/2008 On my way to work (I-70) 8:00 a.m.

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10/22/2008 Finally arrived at the Antlers 8:20 a.m.

Vail Opening Day 2008…is almost here.

A Basin First Day of the Year

A Basin First Day Of The Year!

Let the ski/riding season begin. Arapahoe Basin opened their runs to those who just couldn’t wait another 30 days (Vail opening day 11/21/08). I had to go check out the famous “white ribbon of death.” As to be expected the one open run was crowded with die hard snow addicts. It was the place to be seen on a Monday in the Rocky Mountains…with all the latest fashion trends for the 08/09 season in full effect. Get your neon out of the closet because the 80’s made their way back to the snow this year. On a more serious note…thanks to A-Basin for making snow! The ski conditions were surprisingly awesome. I’m headed back for some more man-made Rocky Mountain Champagne next weekend. Hope to see you there.
A Basin White Ribbon Of Death

A Basin White Ribbon Of Death

Mark Your Calendars: 16th Annual Trick or Treat Trot Returns Oct. 31 for Halloween

Mark Your Calendars: 16th Annual Trick or Treat Trot Returns Oct. 31 for HalloweenGhosts, goblins, fairies, princesses and superheroes will parade the streets of Vail Village and Lionshead from 2 to 5pm Friday, Oct. 31 during the Vail Recreation District’s (VRD) annual Trick or Treat Trot. In its 16th year, children ages infant to 10 years old are invited to participate in this Halloween celebration that offers safe trick-or-treating for children and parents. The annual Trick or Treat Trot coloring contest is also underway at local preschools and shools in Vail.Over 300 children participate in this annual event and businesses are encouraged to have treats ready as these constumed-children parade the villages.For more information, call VRD Youth Services at 479-2292

Vail mountain biking

We are still mountain biking in Vail. In the background of the picture you can see Vail ski mountain where there is a light dusting of snow on some of the ski slopes. We have been having cold evenings in Vail, but the hiking and biking has been great from 10am – 4pm. Beautiful Colorado sunshine. This photos was taken from the Son of Middle Creek single track. It joins into the Vail North Trail and is about an hour ride. If you need trail ideas on where to ride your mountain bike in Vail, ask Chris or Rob at the Frontdesk.

Antlers 2008 LOCAL Holiday Party Packages

Choose the Antlers at Vail for an Unforgettable Holiday Event

The Antlers at Vail is excited to celebrate with you, your family, friends and co-workers this holiday season! The Antlers can seat up to 100 guests in our completely remodeled Elk Room. Our event space includes holiday decoration, bud vases, place cards, in-house sound and A/V systems, linens, silver and dishware. We are further delighted to present our Executive Chef, who will bring to your table the very best seasonal and customizable menus, carefully prepared with the best local and imported products.

See our special below and please contact us for further details. It will be our pleasure to work with you in preparing unforgettable memories of this holiday season.

Cameron Lowe; Magda King

Conference Services Managers

The Tree and All the Trimmings

For 10 to100 people

  • 50% discount on room rental fee
  • 25% off in all Bar items
  • 25% off Hors D’ Oeuvres
  • Complimentary storyteller for kids or Santa Claus to deliver presents (1 hour)
  • Complimentary Apple Cider and Hot Chocolate
  • Complimentary On-site Parking, based on availability

Terms and conditions: Private use of Elk Room or portion of, as decided by CSMs and based on group size, for up to 4 hours, based on availability and valid through January 31, 2009. A 20% deposit of the estimated total is due at time of booking. Applicable taxes include 4% (Event Space), 8.4% (Food & Beverage) and 20% (Gratuity). Final guarantee due 5 working days prior to event date. Billing is based on the minimum, your final guarantee, or actual guest attendance, whichever is greatest. For groups of less than 20 people a $50.00 surcharge in food & beverage will apply.

Antlers 2008 Pre-Holiday Guest Packages

Celebrate the Holidays early this year and stay within your budget!

From now through November 26, 2008

Come with your family, friends, and co-workers to enjoy a different and unique Holiday Party, surrounded by the beauty of the mountains and the comfort of elegant condominiums.

The Antlers at Vail is proud to provide the highest standard of service so your Holiday Party will be an experience you will not forget. Up to 96 guests can be seated in our completely remodeled, 2,000 square foot event space. Included in your event set up are holiday decorations, bud vases, place cards, sound system, A/V system, linens, silverware and dishware. The Antlers’ Executive Chef Mary Morgan Parker has several menu options to fit your group’s budget. All menus are carefully prepared with the best local and imported products. Our chef also offers special dietary and customized menus.

For your overnight guests, reserve beautifully appointed condominiums ranging in size from studios to four bedrooms.

The Antlers at Vail is renowned for its friendly atmosphere,

A+ location on Gore Creek, just 150 yards from Vail’s Gondola.

· 35% off published fall/winter rates now through November 26, 2008 for holiday groups

· Complimentary 4-Bedroom Condominium, Boardroom, or Event Space to host up to a 4-hour event

· Customized menus from $35 to $65 per person

For more information and available dates, please call Antlers’ Conference Services Managers:

Cameron Lowe or Magda King

Fall colors are almost done

The Colorado High Country exploded with color once again this past September/October . Usually all the leaves are down in the Vail Valley by the second weekend in October, but we have a good grove of aspens across Gore Creek from the Antlers that are still hanging on.

Vail Fall Colors

Vail Fall Colors

The L.Q.A. (Lodging Quality Assurance)

What is it and Who benefits.The L.Q.A. works directly and in conjunction with theVail Vally Partnership (which was formerly know as the tourism bureau for Vail and Beaver Creek). Their foremost responsibility is to rate the lodging in the Vail/Beaver Creek area and to categorize these properties accordingly. A platinum, gold, silver, or bronze rating is determined after inspection of each individual home, condominium, or hotel room.The staff of the L.Q.A. will, every 18 months, inspect an individual property for everything from wear and tear, quality furniture, kitchen utinsels, mattresses, art, and window coverings, just to mention a few of the dozens of items that have an influence on the final rating.The standards are lofty, but as Vail/Beaver Creek is perceived around the world, it will assure our guests that a winter or summer experience in this valley will be first class if this is what they expect. Whether a guest demands a platinum accommodation or will settle for a bronze rating, there are no surprises upon arrival. It should be noted that the Vail Vally Partnership is the only tourism bureau in the ski industry that rates all of their lodging. Other areas, such as Aspen, Steamboat, or Telluride have a limited program or none at all that compares to the program in place here.There may be a perception by some property owners that the L.Q.A. has too much control over that which they should not have any concern and “demands” for improvement are considered intrusive.The L.Q.A. “demands” nothing, but rather suggests to property management what has become acceptable accommodation’s for those that visit here. This all being the result of studies and surveys conducted over many years. Their is now is a direct relationship to ratings and rental property income. Visitors to our valley, as a whole, want high-end lodging and are willing to pay for it.The Vail Valley Partnership should be commended for initiating the L.Q.A. They have developed a new standard for the resort industry that all will need to incorporate eventuallyPosted by Greg Z.