Action Photo’s in December

Snowmobile rides await with Colorado Backcountry Tours. Baton Rouge, LA.


It’s Christmas time all over the world and there may not be a better place to celebrate this Holiday Season than Vail, Colorado.  Allow me throw a few photo’s at you.  They are random and just show a few of our guests enjoying Colorado in December.

Here to watch thier Ski Team compete at the BIRDS of PREY competition.Tokyo says Hello.


Girls weekend at the Antlers for no particular reason. Littleton, Colorado


Merlyn, owner of Camalot Ballons, drops off after the 2 hour ride over the Valley. Lafeyette, Lousianna.


Trick Photography by Accident. Aaron and Casey - Atlanta, Georgia.







The Vail Valley Recreation District sponsors “Vail Holidaze” and the Antlers hosted Santa’s Work Shop.  We were busy all afternoon as kids brought their parents to say hello and get those last minute projects done.












Even I have a little spirit this year.










Wherever you may be during this special time of year, we all wish you the best through the Holiday Season. 

Restaurant Reviews! Concierge month!

It’s early season and the businesses of Vail are out in force trying to get the Antlers at Vail concierge’s attentions!  The restaurants around town have been treating us to wonderful free or cheap dinners for the past couple weeks and I have decided to do my part and put up the reviews!

First: Lord Gore Restaurant

5 out of 5 Antlers

This is one of the older restaurants around Vail.  However, they’ve got a new management team and so far are kicking butt in the Vail Valley.  I attended a concierge night where they had samplings available for most of the items on their menu.  It was like heaven!  I tried everything once, tried quite a few a few times more, and then finished with a chocolate decadence that had me and my fellow concierges squabbling and stealing it from each other like 5 year olds.  They are really changing things up over there and they are holding another concierge night with the other half of the menu very soon which I am H-E-doublehockeysticks bent on attending.  Their dining room is amazing (even though the manager is convinced its not good enough) with a great fireplace, 20-25 ft ceilings, and a MASSIVE window looking up into the mountain.  It would be a gorgeous place to sit and have breakfast early morning and watch the sun wash over the mountains.  They are really trying to cater to the customer there.  They are offering multiple sizes of all their starters and entrees to fit the needs of the dainty eaters and the black hole stomachs of this world.  Also, they offer massive platters so the whole family can share a single plate.  It’s a small establishment sitting maybe 60 people so reservations are HIGHLY recommended.  I can’t wait to go back.


Second: Terra Bistro

5 out 5 Antlers

This place rocked it.  I went with a bit of a foodie and she ask a LOT of questions about EVERYTHING.  The server and the host were both up to the challenge and were very knowledgeable.  The atmosphere was cool, calm, and quiet but it wasn’t busy that night.  I hear it can be a great place for apre ski because they have a decent sized bar and great happy hour specials (3-5 I think?).  The food was fannnntastic.  I highly recommend the dates wrapped in bacon starter it was one of the best things I’ve ever tasted (I hear its one of the happy hour specials).  The menu seems a bit small but I bet every item on there is really good.  I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for a good high class meal.

Third: Lancelot

4 out of 5 Antlers

Had a reservation for 2 at 8 oclock on a Friday night.  We arrived 10 minutes early so expected a little wait.  We ended up waiting a good 30 minutes and watched the maitre d seat a walk in group who came in behind us without a reservation BEFORE US.  That was a bit of a sting to the experience.  However, once we sat down the rest of the experience was gold.  The service was speedy and knowledgeable, the food was excellent (steak and shrimp dinner was amazing, shrimp wrapped in bacon, steak smothered in an awesome sauce).  This place is considered by many to be the best prime rib in the valley so definitely recommend giving it a try.


Fourth: Mezzaluna

4 out of 5 Antlers

A good italian place located just next door to our building inside the Lionsquare Lodge.  A great place for apre ski, they have awesome happy hour specials and a great menu for dinner.  I went to lunch there and enjoyed a sampling of all their starters which all were good and reasonably priced.  Their location is A+ being right next to the gondola.  You can sit on the deck and watch all the skiers returning to the base of the mountain while sipping a Fat Tire beer.





More Vail ski lifts open

This is just a quick update summary for ya on December 16th………..Vail’s ski lifts will open at 8:30am starting this Saturday, scratch that, (it is BEAVER CREEK that is opening at 8:30am per the Vail Daily newspaper)….giving you a head start for you “early bird” types.  Vail and Beaver Creek received around 6 inches or so the last couple of dates and more terrain has opened.  At Vail they opened Chairs 10 and 14.  That is the Highline Express lift and the Sourdough Lift over on the east end of Vail mountain.  We still need a bit more before we can open Vail’s Back Bowls, so keep your fingers crossed.  Vail is open with 21 of 31 lifts and 1400 acres.Beaver Creek is now open with 24 of 25 lifts and 88 trails and 1058 acres, so they are doing pretty good too!

Vail mountain opens Chair 11 December 3rd

Vail mountain opened Chair 11 Northwoods today with First Step, South Rim, Northstar, Northwoods, and a few other trail names we can’t remember.  Here is a quick pic of us ready to go into First Step.  Light snow, maybe 1 inch with snow showers throughout the day.  Everyone is curious if Chairs 14 (Sourdough) and Chairs 7 (Gamecreek) are next for opening.

The 10th

Vail Mountain is opening a new restaurant this season on December 1 called The 10th named in honor of the 10th Mountain division. The restaurant is located at mid-Vail, some of us at the Antlers were lucky enough to be invited to their soft opening to try out the food,  see the new building and all the amenities they have to offer. The menu has a great selection and I was surprised that the prices weren’t as high as I was expecting.

Janet and Tyler enjoying lunch at The 10th

I think the consensus in our group was that the best part is the slippers provided so that guest can be completely comfortable while they dine. The 10th is a full service restaurant where guests can have a nice sit down lunch complete with a server and all. It is a nice alternative to the busy cafeteria style restaurants through out the mountain.

Bar seating area at The 10th

I have to admit my favorite part (I know it’s weird) is that the bathroom door handles glow red when they are occupied!

They do recommend reservations, something that will take some getting use to for most everyone. But, you can do it through, so that is handy!


Antlers Owner Sabine Grossman in town

Sabine Grossman (Antlers owner unit 208) was up from the front range this past Thanksgiving and got in a few ski runs at Vail.  She’ll have to come back up soon, because she missed the opening of Chair 4 which occurred on Saturday.  (in image behind her)  Thanks for stopping in for a visit !