Archive for December, 2009

Vail snowmobile conditions Dec 30

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

It has been snowing quite a bit today!   Instead of skiing some of us went snowmobiling up by Piney Lake.  Check out Piney River Adventures if you need a snowmobile tour.  They pick you up right at the Antlers Vail Hotel and zip you quickly up to their staging area on Red Sandstone Road.  They have 2, 3, 4 hour tours and who knows what else.   You can get your own snowmobile or have two people riding just one.  I recommend that you get your own and also purchase the insurance for when you crash it.   Chris R.

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Mariella is a little stuck with her snowmobile.

Vail ski conditions Dec 29

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Still catching up on some posts regarding the snow.  Not too much to report but that we are still picking up an inch or two every couple of days.  They sure have the Golden Peak Terrain Park up and running.  Kids are hucking off jumps left and right.  Chris R.

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Vail ski conditions Dec 27

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Well, the Back Bowls are OPEN !  Chair 5 has been open for two days now and conditions are excellent.  Vail’s ski conditions are really the best they have been all season.  The snow that we received these past 6 days has really helped out.  Plus, it is staying cold. Not sure how long it will last as there are plenty of people on the mountain.  The coverage on the back side is better than on front.  I think mainly because the Back Bowls just haven’t been skied on very much at this point.  Rumors are that they’ll open China Bowl tomorrow.   Chris R.

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Halfway down Milt’s face and the snow is great.

Game Creek
You know what?  I’m always curious if anyone reads these silly posts….  So post a “comment” below or send an e-mail and if you can name this run straight across on this picture, I’ll put a complimentary bottle of wine in your room the next time you are in town.  Use our Vail ski area maps if you need to.  (the first three to name it, win.  And NO, you can’t win a bottle if you work at the front desk)     Chris Ratzlaff

Vail snow and ski report December 24

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

In the last two days we’ve received 6 inches of snow.  3 new inches new each day.  But Beaver Creek was the winner with 7 inches reported just this morning.  The new snow softened everything up and really improved conditions.  But it is really cold out there right now.  The High temps are in the single digits up on the mountain.  They are predicting a bit of snow on Christmas day and evening.  We saw them running Chair 5 in the Back Bowls.  Does this mean the plan on opening some runs back there?  The Antlers still has a couple of Vail condos for this weekend.  Perhaps a 1 Bedroom and a 2 Bedroom.  That’s it.  Give us a call.  Chris R.

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Skiing near Game Creek Bowl in a warm puffy jacket

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Zero degrees at the base of Chair 4 at 3:30pm

New Vail Lodging Website for Antlers

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

We are happy to present a new face on the web for Anters at Vail, Condos and Conference Center. We just launched our new web site about a week ago, and we hope you are enjoying the new look!

Our Vail lodging is located along lovely Gore Creek, in the Lionshead area facing Vail Mountain. When you stay at Antlers, you are just 150 yards from Vail’s Gondola and a moment from the free in-town shuttle. The hotel is conveniently located to Vail’s main shopping, restaurants and nightlife area.

We do everything we can to make sure your Vail vacation will be all you wanted and more than you expected. Along with being conveniently located near most everything you could want to see in Vail, we have enough going on here at the hotel that you may want to spend a day by our outdoor pool, alternating between our two hot tubs. We have a heated walkway as well as changing rooms and nice fluffy pool towels for your use.

If you are not worn out from your ski day, or if winter sports aren’t your thing, we also have a fitness room at our Vail Resort.  It offers up to date Precor equipment; including treadmill, stationary bike, and an elliptical, Parabody free weights, and private changing rooms with showers. Since our room is a bit on the small side, the Antlers also has complimentary passes for Vail’s Premier Athletic Club, the Vail Athletic Club, a short bus ride away in Vail village.

Welcome to Antlers at Vail!

Welcome to Antlers at Vail!

What about business? Antlers has free high-speed internet access in all our rooms. Simply bring your computer, we have complimentary network cords and wireless routers at the front desk for you to use in your room. Antlers has a convenient business center with three computers for quick internet access. You can also take advantage of the printers and a copy machine. We want to make sure when you hold your business retreat in Vail, you have all the amenities you need.

On the other end of things, if you are traveling with your family – and that includes the members with four legs, we’ve got that covered too! Antlers is Vail pet-friendly lodging. We look forward to greeting you and your dog or cat with a non-prohibitive additional fee.

As you can tell, there is a lot going on at Antlers, and we wanted to present our web site in a manner that was easy to navigate and clear. We are confident that you will be pleased with the breathtaking views and cozy setting for your travel in Vail. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Hiking along Vail’s Gore Creek

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Looking for something to do if you need a break from skiing?  Right outside the Antlers at Vail is a wonderful hiking path that runs along Vail’s Gore Creek.  This morning we even saw some ducks feeding.  Seems a little cold for us to be in the water.  Chris R.

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Vail ski conditions December 20th

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Not much to report and even fewer pictures (oops, I deleted my photos).  But Two Elk Lodge is now open and I have an exciting picture of that !  I had other pics of the back bowls but they were deleted, they are lost.  Believe it or not, Chair 14 was the place to be today and other Antlers guests confirmed this.  Chair 14 is that short and quick chair that goes up to the Two Elk restaurant.  No one was there and the runs were all groomed to perfection.  We are still holding out for more snow.  They say Tuesday/Wednesday and they better be right.  Rumors abound that they might open small portions of the Back Bowls but I still think they are holding out for more snow.  If you are looking for some Vail lodging for New Year’s weekend we still have a couple of 2 Bedroom condos starting on December 30th  (3 night minimum)  Chris R.Two Elk Restaurant

Christmas lights

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

The Christmas lights are up around Vail.  Great time for a night time stroll in town while you are doing that last minute gift shopping.  And here is an insider tip:  in the Village stop by the Italian clothing store “Valbruna” right next to the Alpen Rose restaurant.  They have a little Italian coffee machine there and the Italian girls that work there are always serving free coffee.  Just ask and tell them Chris from the Antlers sent you.

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Vail ski report and ski conditions December 18

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Boy, it looks like it wants to snow but it just teases us.  Another inch today with some good flakes falling early in the morning, but then the sun came out later in the day.  Every little bit helps to keep things soft.  Rumors that they might try to open Blue Sky Basin with access via Sleepy Time Cat-walks.  We’ll see.  Today I did a few runs with Marty Kovens out of Florida.  He has been staying at the Antlers at Vail forever.  This guy skis fast!  I’m glad he didn’t mind waiting……   Chris R.

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Marty wouldn’t allow me to get a picture of him, so I filled in (Chris R.)

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Heading down Simba for the end of the day makes for some good carving.

Vail Snow Daze with Bare Naked Ladies

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Great concert out in the cold and snow.  Funny how it always starts snowing for these concerts.

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 Taken with the old camera phone

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  First time we saw one of these.  ATM in a trailer. Cash for the drinks.

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Snowing harder and now we have had too many drinks.