THIS WAS SPECIAL

I’m skiing with a friend and I really want to learn how to do the bumps. We’re getting off of Chair 11 and I say “lets just do Powerline on the way back. I can’t learn unless I start.” I began the run behind her and was distracted by at least 8 youngsters next to me getting a lesson from one of the blue coats. I fell at least once after not following a “line”. I realized there was no line, but continued to ski out of control anyway. When I finished the 300 yards or so and stopped next to my friend who kindly waited, she said “Look at that”.These 6 to 8 year olds are following each other and coming down like troopers. The instructor was yelling up the hill ‘You’re doing great. Keep it up”. We were looking up and saw a bunch of kids falling behind moguls and and getting up, one at a time , four at a time, three at a time. Their little heads would disappear behind the snow and then reappear. It looked like a bunch of colorful bobble head dolls on skis. They gathered around the instructor at the bottom and they all had smiles on their red little faces. I heard one say “lets do that again.”If skiing can be “cute”, we witnessed it.We continued down back to Lionhead on steep, groomed runs, and for ten minutes I felt like a kid again. The future is looking good on Powerline and I have a feeling they will be doing the bumps before I am.Greg Z

Mid-winter conditions

It is mid-winter conditions out there. A little bit of snow each day and not too warm. Many people (including many of the Antlers repeat guests) have the Vail Resorts “Epic Pass” this year where you have unlimited skiing at Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Breckenridge and Heavenly. It is unrestricted and was sold for just $579 prior to the ski season. The beauty of a pass like this is that you don’t feel like you have to ski a full day each and every day. You can just take a couple of runs. And if conditions aren’t just perfect, who cares….. you can go out later or wait for another day. Today, Sarah and I got on the ski lifts promptly at 3:15pm to finally make two runs for the day. (we were a little slow going today) But a quick ride up some lifts and we were at the top. After a 5 minute break for a hot-tea, we had the whole mountain to ourselves for a run down the mountain! Chris R.

No one on the mountain but us (someone looks a little cold)

CHECK THIS OUT

I don’t think this guy spends too much time on the Blue Groomers……

Copyright JP & Associates

Vail offers a lot of diverse terrain, something for everyone, as it’s been said. This fella found a place on the mountain that not too many people venture to or would even consider as ski terrain. Excuse me; he is not skiing, he is riding. The good news is, he finished this little stunt with his feet facing back toward the earth.

He is our own Eric Rust, the Antlers “Director of First and Last Impressions”, and this photo was published in the Vail Daily on Sunday, 2/15.Let us know what you think.

A. I want to get out there with this guy. B. I’ll play on the other side of the playground C. I don’t even want him to check me in when I arrive.

Greg Z.

Antlers at Vail Hotel Named Green Business of the Year

Award recognizes hotel’s longstanding sustainable business practices

February 11, 2009 – Vail, CO – The Antlers at Vail has been named the ‘Green Business of the Year’ by the Vail Valley Partnership Success Awards. The results were announced at the valleywide chamber’s gala dinner on February 6, 2009. Other finalists in the green category included The Resort Company and Natural Cleaners.

“This award is a testament to the combined efforts of our staff, our owners and our guests,” says general manager Rob LeVine. “Everyone has worked hard to set a good example — starting long before the term ‘green’ was even coined. From the highway cleanup and water conservation measures we instituted nearly 20 years ago to the eco-friendly laundry equipment we purchased in 2007, we’re pleased to be honored for the cumulative effect of our sustainable efforts.”

The Antlers is a 90-room condominium hotel with 2600 square feet of meeting space conveniently located in the redeveloped Lionshead area near the Vail Gondola. Offering 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom condominiums with full kitchens, fireplaces, and outdoor balconies, the Green Star-rated property includes a recently-upgraded $2 million dollar heated outdoor pool, fitness room, business center, two hot tubs, saunas and a heated indoor parking garage. For additional information, call 1-800-843-8245 or visit the web site at www.antlersvail.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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And the Winner Is…..

Randi, Darci and Chrissy smile for the camera lights….Greg thinks the light is a train in a tunnel

The 2009 Vail Valley Gala and Awards Ceremony was held this past Friday at the Ritz-Carlton in Beaver Creek.Let me explain why this night is so important.First and foremost, clothing. The people that are privileged to attend, get to dress up. With regard to attire, we all live in a place that expresses the casual side of clothing. When there is an opportunity for us (women) to look in the back of the closet for that formal cocktail dress or gown, we (women) will pounce on the opportunity to get it dry cleaned. Let me say this: the Antlers group cleans up pretty nice. This is one good looking staff after the ski pants, gators, and goggles are replaced with pressed formal wear and all colors are coordinated.Next would be dancing. Then there is eating and drinking. Everyone seems to excel at all three categories and not necessarily in that order.Then there is attentiveness. We all listened closely when the Master of Ceremonies announced the winners of the 5 categories. This is what brought us here and why we were celebrating on this evening to begin with…..and then he spoke of category 4….” The Green Business of the Year Award Goes To……(could it be, oh please let it be)….. THE ANTLERS AT VAIL! “Our table showed no reserve and erupted in applause. If we had brought our six guns, we would have been firing them at the elaborate, ballroom ceiling.We accepted the award and it is now proudly displayed next to the Business of the Year award we received in 2003. In contrast to last year when we were honored to be nominated for Green Business, I must admit, winning is a bit more satisfying.Our staff, our owners, and our guests made this happen and we could not be more proud. Thanks to everyone.Greg Z

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IF YOU HAVEN’T EXPERIENCED IT, COULD YOU PLEASE JUST IMAGINE IT  The sun is out and the sky seems to have invented a new color. It’s blue, but more than blue. There has been some incandescent additive throw in. You feel like only here could you be witness to this. It’s a beautiful, new shade that serves as a back drop to everything else that seems surreal.The evergreens are not green, but rather have transformed themselves to pure white. The snow has laid down on every branch from top to bottom. It has accumulated so much as not to lay the branches down, but strengthen them as they are now locked together as if they have been sprayed and frozen in place.There are people everywhere, but you hear nothing, It is only calm and quiet. As you make your turns down the mountain, you can’t even hear your skis. They float through what seems like the tops of clouds.This is exhilarating, and time even seems as if it were frozen in place.The only thing that has moved is the sun. Without even realizing, your day has past and while all that beauty around you begins to fall asleep, you can’t help but try and calm yourself from the energy that has been transfered to you. Your eyes are still wide and you reflect on the day. You’re tired, but you can’t relax.This is my ski report for Saturday, January 31. Skiing with friends and enjoying every moment on that mountain. What a place this can be.Greg Z.

Guests from NY visit the Antlers at Vail

Mora Levine and David Silken are visiting us again this winter. They were in Vail Colorado once prior to Christmas and are now here for their mid-Winter break. Joining them was Jonah from the Tahoe area. (she’s a great skier) We did runs on Forever, Wild Card, and Northwoods. Mora impressed me for sure. First day of the week and among many other runs, she did three Forevers and two bump runs on Wildcard. Way to go Mora! Finally, Peggy from Vail Ski school gave us private lessons and allowed us to skip lift lines. Yipee! Chris R.

Antlers Spring Ski Package Offers Excellent Value, Plenty of Extras

February 1, 2009 – Vail, CO – The recession isn’t all bad news; 2009 may be the best year ever for skiers and snowboarders to take advantage of deep discounts and abundant incentives with a ski vacation to Vail. The Antlers at Vail – just footsteps from the ski resort and gondola – offers its ‘Spring Ski and Save’ package starting at just $656 per night for a family of 4; the price includes daily lift tickets for all four people and lodging in a one-bedroom-plus-bunkroom suite!

Offered from March 21 through April 3, 2009, the package may be booked for multiple nights and is subject to availability. Extra savvy-money perks include complimentary fitness passes to nearby Vail Athletic Club, free dessert with dinner at the award-winning Sweet Basil restaurant, fully equipped kitchens for eat-in savings, complimentary indoor parking in the Antlers’ heated garage, free internet access, and a heated pool and hot tubs with million-dollar views.

The Antlers Vail offers condominiums ranging from studio suites up to four bedrooms, with fully-equipped kitchens, fireplaces, outdoor balconies, free Internet access and free heated indoor parking.  Every room provides plenty of space to spread out and all the comforts of home, and the Antlers’ friendly, attentive staff is always happy to answer questions big or small.  Numerous restaurants, galleries and shops are within walking distance, and the free Vail town shuttle stops just footsteps away. For more information, call 1-800-843-8245 or visit www.antlersvail.com.

Media Contacts: Rob LeVine, General Manager, Antlers at Vail, 970.476.2471; or Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, darla@wordenpr.com, 307.734.5335

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