Hmmm, when I was up skiing today (Sunday) I could see them making snow over by Chair 4. They were working mainly on the lower section down towards Mid-Vail. Are they thinking of opening Ramshorn perhaps? They are also making snow on Pickeroon but only towards the top. It is such a guessing game to figure what they’ll open next…. With a specific selection of runs open, sometimes you end up making quite the tour to get down the mountain. For the last run of the day I took Eagle’s Nest Ridge down to Eagle’s nest, then back around to Columbine/Ledges, then back over to Bornfree and down. I probably put on 3 miles on the skis in just one run! Chris R.
Archive for November, 2009
We all hope your day was as good as ours.
The Best to Everyone Through the Holidays and Beyond….
the Antlers staff
Yuletide cheer abounds with snow, shopping and deals
Vail, Colorado – November 24, 2009 – Is it any surprise that Rudolph’s favorite place to chill out before Christmas Eve is a hotel named the Antlers? Located in the charming village of Vail, Colorado, the Antlers at Vail hotel’s ‘Between the Holidays’ package offers a 20% savings from November 30 to December 19, 2009. No minimum stay is required during this promotional period, and rates start at just $216 per night for a one-bedroom condominium with an additional bunk room that sleeps up to 4 people.
Blanketed in snow, Vail Village is the quintessential winter wonderland. A world away from crowded shopping malls, the town’s cobblestone streets are lined with charming shops and cozy galleries offering unique gifts at every turn; many local businesses are offering deals and discounts as part of the Vail Chamber’s ‘Savor the Season’ promotion. At night the village glows with twinkling white lights, and dozens of restaurants and nightclubs offer fine dining and après ski cocktails.
Holiday cheer includes early-season discounts on Vail Mountain’s legendary skiing and boarding through December 18 (http://vail.snow.com), and the Antlers at Vail staff can help guests arrange other yuletide festivities like horse-drawn sleigh rides and ice skating at the new rink across from the hotel. Vail Snow Daze runs from December 7-13, with ongoing events like a snowball eating competition, a Snuggie pub crawl and a camera phone photo contest.
Since 1972, the Antlers has offered a unique Vail lodging experience in a relaxed mountain setting. Offering studio suites up to four-bedroom condominiums – all with full kitchens and cozy fireplaces – the property also includes a heated outdoor pool (open year ‘round), two hot tubs, fitness room, saunas and free parking in a heated parking garage. The Antlers Vail condominiums – recently named the ‘Green Business of the Year’ by the Vail Valley Partnership Success Awards – is also proud to be a Green Star rated business. For additional information call the Antlers at 800-843-8245 or visit the web site at www.antlersvail.com.
10. Snow Plow Drivers on I-70. I especially want to thank them for spraying that Mag. Chloride all over the road. It’s so refreshing to drive along at 65mph with my head out the window so I can see. That stuff also serves as a great hair gel.
9. Music. You can listen to it day and night and it remains infinitely different and timeless. TV, on the other hand, has gone from 3 networks to 500 stations and nothing is ever on. God bless em’ for trying though.
8. Kids. I love mine un-conditionally but you never stop worrying about them. I asked a wise person once “when do you stop worrying?” She said “never, and then they start reproducing”. Mom – call me, I have an ow-wee.
7. The Broncos. In spite of the fact that it’s only entertainment, after all these years, I scream when they play, cry when they lose, and wonder why when they win.
6. Chickens. I love chickens. Think about what they give us. Wings, soup, salads, eggs, jokes and much more. These fouls roam their cages, are injected with steroids, have no home life, and then offer themselves to us at least 3 times a week off the grill, a grease pit, or even as an Italian dish. They are a special species. Is anyone listening? Dial 1-800-icareaboutchicks.
5. Nancy Pelosi. Because of her, Capitol Hill is the #1 reality show on any network. You either love it or hate it. Hollywood will soon release the movie “Nancy and Harry, a Love Story” starring Tatum O’neal, Kelley MaCaulkin, and Gary Coleman as Barrack.
4. My Car. Although I leave a carbon footprint every time I drive, it gets me where I want to be. Even faster than an airplane and I don’t charge for luggage, my cell phone can stay on, and, if I please, I can eat Kentucky Fried Chicken getting there. Grab your keys, it’s on.
3. Beer. What a great invention. I don’t know exactly of it’s origin, but I think Pete Coors or Bill Budwieser had a lot to do with it. Thanks guys for mixing all those healthy vegetables together and adding a little fizz for tickle. The common man thanks you.
2. The Antlers at Vail. What a place. A great staff, wonderful owners and guests, comfortable units, free $200,000 parking spots, and an un-limited supply of smiles. I can’t believe I work here.
1. It’s Snowing Right in Our Backyard.
I finally got up for the first day of the ski season. 3-4 inches of new snow this morning. Every bit of snow helps Vail’s ski conditions. Light snow during the day. We are still hoping for that 8-12 inches of snow that we need to open up the upper half of Vail mountain. There is quite a bit on the ground but not quite enough to open more terrain. Keep your fingers crossed ! We have two runs open with Born Free and then the connector over to Chair 2 and back. They are making snow on Lodgepole and Columbine so we think they’ll be opening Chair 2 with a couple of runs perhaps on Wednesday or Thursday. At least that’s our hope. Chris Ratzlaff
A reminder that the Antlers at Vail Lodging special “Book by December 1st” promotion will be ending soon.
25% off for stays of 3 nights or more Nov 20 – Dec 25
25% off stays of 5 nights or more Jan 9 – Feb 12
15% off stays of 5 nights or more Feb 20 – Apr 3
Watching snowmaking and grooming operations
The sun comes out for a second
It was a warm, bluebird day at Vail mountain and, while I didn’t get there early enough to enjoy cheap breakfast burritos for charity, I was itching to break in some new gear. A minute walk from the Antlers and about that long waiting in the lift line and I was ready to go. I shuffled up to the red line, took my seat on the chair, and the moment I sat on my poles and turned to chat with the other people on the lift, the person sitting next to me brought the bar down on top of my head. An inauspicious start to the season… good thing I was wearing my new brain bucket.
Things picked up though, and I was enjoying the one and a half runs open on beautiful Vail mountain. I didn’t partake, but there was also a small terrain park open for those interested. Though I heard complaints about crowding, but I never waited for more than 3 minutes in the singles line and didn’t have much of a problem with on hill traffic either. With manmade snow being blown and a decent storm looking like it might roll through the valley this weekend, its looking like conditions can only improve. In any case, there’s skiing in Eagle County and we couldn’t be happier.
P.S. Sorry about the photo quality, cameraphones have their limitations.
Friday, November 20, 2009 marks Vail’s opening day. The celebration starts in Lionshead Village at 8:30 am with lifts opening at 9. Grab a breakfast sandwich at Centre V for a buck (all proceeds benefit the Vail Valley Charitable Fund) and enjoy music and giveaways. Later Friday night is the first ever Snuggie Pub Crawl in Vail Village. Bundle up in your FREE SNUGGIE and get your crawl on! Enter for your chance to win a pair of K2 skis or 2Vail Snow Daze VIP passes. The fun continues on Saturday with a free concert by the Freddy Jones band at the Arrabelle in Lionshead.
See you then!
Vail received some good snow this past weekend with anywhere from 6-10 inches depending on where you were on the mountain. Monday’s temps were very cold (13F in the morning) which made good conditions for making snow. Picture below is view from the Antlers at Vail this Monday morning toward Born Free which opens on Friday. We can’t wait !
Antlers at Vail condos start at $414 for this ski season, Denver Post Room Report.
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