Skiing with Connie Lawn

The Antlers is privileged to be playing host to Connie Lawn this week.  Connie is the Senior White House Correspondent and when you see Jay Carney speaking from the podium in the WH press room, that just might be the back of Connie’s head that you see sitting in the front row.  Much more importantly than her role at the nation’s capital (in our mind, anyway) is her passion for skiing and her superior skills writing about it. 

Connie’s writing skills also go beyond regular WH journalism, and even the incredibly important ski blogging

 

Click the picture for a link to her autobiography

On Friday morning, Randi and I had the great good fortune to make a few turns with Connie and her husband Dr. Charles Sneiderman.  We knew from reading some of her blog posts that she’d be a hoot, and as usual … we were right.

 The quintessential shot with the Gore Range in the background …just above chair 2.

 

That ever-tough chairlift self portrait … am I pointing this thing in the right direction?  If only my arm was a little longer …

 

With any luck at all, we’ll get a chance to ski with Connie and Charles again next year.   Until then, we’ll just remember Connie’s cantagious joy as she heads west on Eagle’s Nest Ridge …

Got Antlers?

We love it when guests wear the Antlers’ trademark red antlers. As the group above demonstrates, antlers are the perfect fashion accessory for mountaintop freestyle golf.

Greg and Randi from our staff show how versatile these antlers really are–they even look swell with evening attire:

Brazilian travel agents love our antlers:

Kids love our antlers:

What would the Antlers bike be without antlers?

Even dogs like to wear our red antlers!

We’d love to see photos of you and your friends (four-legged or otherwise) decked out in your red Antlers antlers. You might be featured in one of our ads or on this blog–or you could even win fun prizes for wearing your antlers in the most exotic local or taking the wackiest photo. E-mail your photos to RLeVine(at)antlersvail.com,  and if you don’t have your own personal pair of antlers just ask at the front desk and we’ll happily get you outfitted.

Meanwhile, don’t forget to snap a photo the next time you don your antlers on vacation–like this sophisticated traveler who sent us a photo from Torchy’s Damn Good Tacos (which she says they are) in Austin, Texas.

We look forward to seeing you in your antlers!

Vail Spring Skiing

No spring party pics for you just yet (they’re coming), just some boring shots of the ski slopes.  But hey, people have been asking so here are some photos for you.  Photos are from March 23rd.  Spring conditions here and lots of corn snow.  No need to get out super early as it is best to wait a little later into the day until the snow softens up.

Riding up the lift at the top of Chair 2

Mid- Vail (below) on March 23rd.

Bottom of Lionshead (March 23rd)

Looking up towards Vail mountain top

 

When the Fine Days of Fall Beckon, Visit the Antlers for a Vail “Walkabout”

Antlers at Vail in autumn   Vail Walkabout photo by Rennett Stowe

Left, autumn colors at the Antlers at Vail hotel; right, photo by Rennett Stowe.

Whether you prefer the vigorous, athletic stride of Nordic walking or an easy, meandering stroll, autumn is the perfect time to enjoy Vail’s abundant attractions on foot. The days are sunny, the crowds are gone, the aspen trees make their annual transformation to brilliant gold—and the values can’t be beat.

The Antlers at Vail hotel is a conveniently located home base, with spacious condominiums and plenty of room to spread out. The Antlers Fall Walkabout promotion offers autumn lodging discounts of up to 35% off regular room rates from September 11 through November 18, 2012; prices for a studio suite start at just $156.00 per night.

“Autumn is one of my favorite seasons in the Vail Valley,” says Antlers General Manager Rob LeVine, a resident for more than three decades. “People tend to think of our mountains for physical activities like hiking and mountain biking, but the fact is that many people visit during the fall to slow down a bit, explore the area and take in the scenery.” In fact, one of Vail’s best walks is just footsteps from the Antlers. A paved path runs along Gore Creek from Lionshead to East Vail, with benches along the way to take in the dappled sunshine and sounds of rushing water.

Those who prefer downhill ambulation to uphill climbing will enjoy a scenic ride on the Vail Gondola to the summit followed by a three- to four-hour walk down the mountain. The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens—the world’s highest botanical garden at 8200 feet— also gives guided walking tours through the end of September.

Can’t imagine stretching your legs without your favorite canine? Dogs are welcome to stay at the Antlers at Vail, and are greeted with a giant bowl of dog biscuits when they arrive. The Antlers’ condominiums range from studio suites up to four bedrooms with fully-equipped kitchens, fireplaces, outdoor balconies, free Internet access and free heated indoor parking. Conveniently located 200 yards from the Vail Gondola, 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, The Antlers at Vail, (970) 476-2471, RLeVine@antlersvail.com or Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, (307) 734-5335, darla@wordenpr.com.

Ski the Minturn Mile ski run

Skiing the Minturn Mile from Vail mountain down to the town of Minturn is one of the classic Apre ski activities in Vail.  Be forewarned, it is for advanced skiers only that are familiar with the back-country, prepared for back-country skiing, can make quick turns in deep powder and are physically fit .  It starts with a hike to Ptarmigan ridge on the West side of Vail’s Sun Down Bowl.  After a break at the top it is time to head through the gate and some powder skiing.  Make sure you have someone that is familiar with the trail and the area to guide you.   Once you get all the way down you have a hike to the Minturn Saloon for some beer and margaritas.  To get back to Vail grab the bus back or better yet, have a friend pick you up.  You won’t be in any condition to drive anyhow…

Hiking Ptarmigan ridge

Hydrating before the run (is that Bob Grossman with us?)

Pay attention

Some soft snow on the way to Minturn

Careful for the tree wells.  That’s Tom Schlader, our head engineer, on the right


View Minturn Mile ski run in a larger map

Crossing the creek

I’m soooo haaaappppy !

Bob Grossman hitting the luge

Cindy angulating the edges

Wanna go?  Ask for Amy, Tom S., Chris Ratz or Rob to make a reservation