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Students Shoulder to Shoulder

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will act as if what I do makes a difference

This Vail Symposium poster hangs in our office and we at the Antlers try to live by those words.  They help guide many of our decisions, including our efforts to be good corporate citizens.  We are quite proud of our record in that regard, and frankly it just got a little better.  A couple months ago, Bob Bandoni introduced us to Students Shoulder to Shoulder.  Their tagline is “The International School of Global Citizenship”.  Rather than try to explain what that entails, we just urge you to investigate their website.  It’s meaningful.

 

Although the program is five or six years old, Bob explained that they were planning their first Global Solutions Forum here in Vail, in October.  The idea was to bring representatives together from the various NGO’s around the world and the schools who now participate with Shoulder to Shoulder.   The real purpose is simply to further their success and advance the mission.  It took all of about two minutes to recognize the value and importance of this effort.  In the context of our day to day preoccupation with our own lives and businesses, the opportunity to play some small part in something so meaningful was irresistible.

Last week, the Antlers was honored to host ten representatives from a number of the different schools that are now part of the Shoulder to Shoulder “alliance”.  Like some of the other worthy causes that the Antlers has adopted over the years, this was all done at no charge to the participants or their schools.  By helping making it affordable for them to participate in this conference, we like to think that the Antlers is playing a small part in the fulfillment of their mission. 

Like all great ideas, Bob Bandoni and the others behind this effort see it as something much bigger.  It’s not just personal growth for the students, but rather a significant step on the path to making this a better world.  That’s a lofty goal, but one which the Antlers is really proud to be associated with.

 

 

The Antlers at Vail welcomes The 2013 MAGNETIC RESONANCE PHYSICS COURSE

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

 Dr. Emanuel Kanal

We are so proud to be the host hotel for Dr. Kanal’s MRI group.  Through the years, it’s been such a pleasure to work with Dr. Kanal and his staff.  Every attendee is amazed by Dr. Kanal’s knowledge and his teaching techniques. This course is highly recommend to radiologists, neurologists, cardiologists, physicists, technologists, industry specialists, and others who seek to understand how MR imaging works and how to clinically apply it.

Below please find a small description about his course:

Since 1985, Emanuel Kanal has taught literally thousands of people the concepts underlying MR imaging physics and their clinical applications. His teaching style is informal, interactive, humorous, enthusiastic, energetic, and unique.  Among the unique aspects of this course is that it takes full advantage of the graphic, interactive format of his custom developed MR tutorial and simulator software programs, which permit real-time simulation of the effects of MR image parameter manipulation on the scanned images. The course will review basic MR imaging principles, including explanations and applications of such parameters as T1, T2, T2*, proton density, TR, TE, TI, flip angle, contrast agents, relaxivity, etc.

It will review spin echo, gradient echo, and inversion recovery (including FLAIR and STIR) imaging techniques and it will lead into a number of more complex MR issues, including several hours dedicated to MR angiography, diffusion and perfusion weighted imaging, sequence optimization techniques for high relaxivity MR contrast agents, and MR spectroscopy.

Kanal is recognized as one of the most sought after MR educators in the world today; is the first to have developed, applied, and presented dynamic bolus contrast-enhanced MRA; and is the pre-eminent physician authority on MR safety issues. As is his style, Kanal will be available to answer questions and clarify concepts at and between each conference session. Participants will leave this conference with a solid understanding of complex but clinically vital MR imaging, angiography, and spectroscopy physics principles and how to apply them to routine clinical diagnostic patient care.

The Antlers is offering amazing rates for attendees of this course.  For more information, a brochure is available for you: Dr. Kanal’s 2013 Vail Course Brochure

Dynamic Skiing for Life Seminar

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Dynamic Skiing for Life Program with Margaret McIntyre is coming to the Antlers at Vail this December 9 – 13, 2012!

The Antlers at Vail will be hosting a great new program, new to us at least, that helps get the body ready for the ski season or any other activity. Margaret McIntyre owner of Integrated Movement has been practicing the Feldenkrais Method for over 30 years and is bringing her knowledge and skills back to the Vail Valley for a four day class. What is the Feldenkrais Method you ask? Great questions! According to Margaret, “The Feldenkrais Method® is not medicine, not chiropractic, not massage and not yoga; instead it is a powerful, innovative and effective learning system. You learn how to replace old redundant movement patterns with newer more useful ones. You will discover that you have the capacity to become more skillful and improve your quality of life as you mature and age.” Margaret lived and worked in the Vail Valley for 20 years, now based out of Maui (not too shabby of a relocation!) Margaret comes back to Vail once a year to continue teaching her seminars.  The Antlers is so pleased to be hosting this wonderful program!

Margaret McIntyre

 

“As the Antlers Turn”……….23

Friday, October 5th, 2012

As previously reported, Stella Dasko hit a golf shot heard round the world when she visited last August.  Maybe it wasn’t heard round the world, but it was definitely talked about in the Antlers Lobby that day.  It was a hole in one on the 15th hole at Vail Municipal Golf Course.  You can read all about it in the “As the Antlers Turn”, #22.

I just found out that Stella didn’t tell me the whole story when I interviewed her that day.

I’ve heard it said that after a hole in one , the golfer that accomplishes the feat is obligated to buy a round for everyone in the clubhouse.  I’ve only heard this and have never received a drink from a happy fellow or female after such an accomplishment.  Lord knows, I’ve never had to oblige personally since the closest I’ve ever gotten to a hole in one has been on the Vail Putt-Put track.

Anyway, a nice young fellow from the golf course stopped by the other day and dropped off a bottle of whiskey.  He asked for Stella.  “She’s in Toronto” was the reply at the front desk.

“Could you be sure she gets this?” and the young golf pro handed the decorative bottle to us for safe keeping.

Apparently the new tradition , at least at the Vail Course, is to order and deliver a bottle of Gentleman Jack with some pretty fancy engraving on it.  That’s the part that Stella left out of the interview.

Too shy?  Too much attention on her?  Probably.

Personally, I would be camping out waiting for delivery.  She didn’t even tell us it was coming.

We called Stella and told her it had been delivered and that we all toasted in her honor that afternoon.  (Just kidding.  We toasted after work.)  (Just kidding.  We locked it up and are waiting for her and John to return.)

It’s here Stella and we’re waiting……

Greg

40 proof it happened

I’m not sure I would ever open it

Magda King Named Assistant Manager for the Antlers

Monday, August 27th, 2012
Magdalena King
The Antlers at Vail has promoted Magdalena King to the position of Assistant Manager. “We’re thrilled about Magda’s new role at the Antlers,” says General Manager Rob LeVine. “I recently heard Bob Vanourek, co-author of ‘Triple Crown Leadership,’ speak for the Vail Symposium, and he talked about the importance of choosing candidates with the right heart—that is, passion and enthusiasm for the business. It validated our decision, because Magda King has the right heart for hospitality in general, and specifically for managing the heart and soul of the Antlers.”
      King, who became a U.S. citizen last year, is originally from Ecuador and speaks four languages fluently. “I’m honored and excited to accept this position, especially in light of the many other qualified candidates we had,” she says. King has been with the Antlers for five years and was previously Director of Sales. She has also served on the board for the local chapter of Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI).
     The Antlers is a 90-room condominium hotel with 2600 square feet of meeting space 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 heated-year-‘round outdoor pool, fitness room, two hot tubs, saunas and a heated indoor parking garage. The Antlers was named the Vail Valley Green Business of the Year and received the Platinum Service Award from the Vail Valley Partnership.  For more 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.

“As the Antlers Turn”………22

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

It was a Cinderella Story.  This young lady from Toronto, Ontario, Canada hardly burst upon the scene.  She  just flew in under the radar and now is almost a household name (at least at the Antlers…for one day…in the lobby).

Her name is Stella Dasko.  She has only been playing the game of Golf for 8 years and that said, not with a lot of consistency or cemented scheduling.  “John and I love the game and we don’t take ourselves too seriously” is what she would say about herself and her husband of 33 years.  They have been Antlers owners since 1985 and visit as often as they can.  Last week they made another memory.

She stood on the majestic 15th tee box at Vail Muny Golf Course and readied her 7 iron on the 115 yard, downhill, par 3.  It was one of those picture perfect days in our picture perfect valley.  John, who was standing  on the back tee box with Ken from Pennsylvania and Pat from Boulder (witnesses) said “I think I’ll take a picture.”   He caught Stella aligning her shot and thinking to herself “just be the ball.  Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah.”  None of them had ever seen what they were about to witness.

John was on the tee box above. Stella was stoic and full of concentration.

She was ready.  The perfect back swing.  Hips forward on the down swing.  Arms straight and square with her shoulders at impact.  Follow through and RELEASE!  The Titleist is air born and the ball flight is on a perfect trajectory to the flag, or is it?

How did you feel after you hit it?  “I wasn’t sure it was going to get over the Gore Creek and it wouldn’t be the first time I got a ball wet on this hole.”

The pin was forward this particular day and there wasn’t a lot of room between the creek and the flag.  In other words, no room for error.  The little white orb was back dropped by the Colorado blue sky as it traveled for what seemed like minutes.  The distance needed to stay dry was still a question mark.  One of the guys watching the ball flight on the back tee muttered to himself, “get there.”

John shouted down to Stella, who was still holding her finish (much like the famous photo of  Ben Hogan on the last hole of the his last U S Open victory) “Looks good Stella.  That’s all over it.”  (An understatement.)

The little white ball hits the green just in front of the flag stick.  It bounces once than twice, and rolls to the edge of the cup…..and falls in the hole.

BINGO!  The crowd went crazy.  “It’s in the hole.  Holy smokes.  It’s in the hole.  It’s in the hole” could be heard all around the golf course and the nearby bike path.

Congratulations Stella for an accomplishment that many of us hacks wait an entire lifetime for.  I know I’ve been waiting, and waiting, and waiting…..

Pluck the ball, place the flag and move on.

Greg

(Note:  Although I wasn’t there that day to be witness, I was fortunate to play with the happy couple on Friday.  Stella is solid and grounded.  We were all approaching the green on the par 5, eighth hole.  I was in the trap on the right, John was in the trap on the left and Stella was walking around aimlessly looking for her ball.  She was on the back side of the green looking in the rough.  “It was a good shot” she said.  “I thought it was on the green.”  We all started looking.  Stella said “maybe it didn’t make the green.  I’ll check the front.”  She walked by the flag stick and said “never mind. I found it.  It’s in the hole.”  No kidding.

 

High Altitude Inspires Elevated Thinking at Elevate Vail 2012 Summit This Fall

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Antlers at Vail offers discounted hotel rates for international symposium

Antlers at Vail hotel   Antlers at Vail sponsors Elevate Vail 2012

Left, Antlers at Vail hotel; right, photo by Jack Affleck

What does it take to create and sustain special places? The global symposium Elevate Vail 2012 brings together future-minded business leaders, developers, planners, architects, builders and travel professionals from September 25 – 27, 2012 for panel discussions, interactive workshops, site tours, seminars and other presentations about the thoughtful development and caretaking of special places.

The Antlers at Vail hotel is a sponsor and official lodging hotel for the event, which will be held at the nearby Sebastian Vail. ElevateVail 2012 participants will save 35% off standard room rates; studio suites are $156 per night; a one-bedroom suite is $182 per night and a two-bedroom suite is $273 per night, subject to availability.

“We’re excited to welcome our colleagues from ‘down under’ to the Vail Valley this year,” says Antlers General Manager Rob LeVine, who attended the inaugural 2011 Creating Special Places event in Queensland, Australia. LeVine will speak about Sustainable Tourism on September 27.

Elevate Vail 2012 is produced by Regional Breakthroughs/Australia, and features a faculty of international speakers and presenters. Registration is $1450, and includes priority access to all event sessions, special tours and activities, an exclusive gift bag and more. For additional information, visit www.elevatesymposium.com.

The Antlers at Vail offers condominiums ranging from studio suites up to four bedrooms, and each room includes a fully-equipped kitchen, fireplace, free Internet access and free parking in a heated indoor garage. The Antlers Vail is conveniently located with easy access to the ElevateVail/2012 sessions, and the free Vail town shuttle stops just footsteps away. For more information, call 1-800-843-8245 or visit the Antlers at www.antlersvail.com.

Media Contacts: Rob LeVine, General Manager, Antlers at Vail, 970. 476. 2471, RLeVine@antlersvail.com; or Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations,darla@wordenpr.com, 307.734.5335.

10 Reasons Why It’s Great to Host Your Family Reunion at the Antlers

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Family Reunion at the Antlers at Vail Hotel

As a PR associate who often writes about the Antlers at Vail’s family-friendly amenities, it was a special pleasure to enjoy four days at the Antlers with my extended family for a mini-reunion last week. More than anything, we really enjoyed having a spacious condominium where we could be together comfortably and spend some quality time together. Our visit inspired me to compile our family’s Top Ten list of all the things that were great about being here:

1. Plenty of room for everyone, and a great value

2. Cooling off in the beautiful swimming pool

3. The Antlers friendly staff, who made us feel so welcome

4. A free jazz concert Thursday night, just across the street

5. Close proximity to the free Vail shuttle, which made it so easy to people of all ages to get around

6. A full kitchen and large dining table, which allowed us to cook and enjoy some memorable family meals together

7. Cool, creamy gelato from nearby Rimini

8. The nice, shady walking and biking path along Gore Creek

9. Being able to bring along our dog, Maddie, who considers herself part of the family

10. Red foam antlers for all!

If you want to plan an unforgettable family reunion in beautiful Vail, keep the Antlers in mind. Our family is already talking about a return trip.

~ Eliza

Toasting with the Toastmasters

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Join us here at the Antlers at Vail for an event sponsored by the Vail Valley Chapter of HSMAI (Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International).

Wednesday August 22

4-6pm

$12 for members

$20 for non memebers

RSVP to Kristina Johnson at kristina@visitvailvalley.com

“As the Antlers Turn…….” 21

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

The Case of the Missing Cruiser  or Who’s the Dumbest Criminal in Vail?

The Antlers is always trying to enhance the guest experience, so without even a second thought, we purchased two, brand spanking new, cruiser bikes from Performance Sports two months ago.  The idea being, if you want to get around town in a Cadillac Cruiser, of course we would “be more than happy to let you hop on and go. Just return them where you found them is all we ask.”  The rules seem simple enough don’t they?  Until one of the Manhattan Deluxe Flyers with 6 speed transmission, cushioned leather seat, and an optional woven basket for carrying goodies, goes missing!

The e-mails were sent out asking for an explanation.  Then we started asking for clues.  The Cruiser was gone for two weeks and the situation evolved from “misplaced bicycle” to “stolen property”.

 

The poor guy was parked in its place all alone. He missed his friend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was no response to our pleas and the case was close to being categorized as “unsolved”.  Until I went to Ace Hardware and saw what I had a hard time believing.

The missing Cruiser was parked in a bike rack in front of the store. I thought to myself “Somebody steals a bike and parks it where everyone looking for it can see it.  This perpetrator is really stupid.”

What was this thief thinking? Did he want to be caught?

I leave the scene and go back to the Antlers where I tell Rob “I just found the bike.  I guess I’ll call the police and let them know where it is.”

Rob says something like ” Hurry up in case the thing disappears again”.

Molly, who is working the front desk says “Greg, you’re busy.  I’ll call the police.”

“No problem Molly.  I’ll take care of it” was my response to her (and I wondered why she was trying to be so helpful).

Officer Rich Sardelli of the Vail Police Department, wanted only a few details like make and model, color, serial numbers and any distinguishing marks (like an option basket for goodies).

I told him that I would have to call him back because some of the information was upstairs.  “I’ll be on duty until 3 AM” he told me.

I proceed to the front office and acting a little impatient, I say to Molly “officer Sardelli wants information that I’m not sure where to find it.  I wonder if Rob has serial #’s for those bikes.”

Molly follows me back to the file room and says “Greg….I…I have…I have a ….a confession to make and please don’t be mad.”

I wanted to wipe a tear from her eye, but she wasn’t crying.  “What is it Molly?”

She looked down at the floor and shuffled her right foot back and forth and said “I’m the one who took the bike and parked it there.  I kept forgetting about it, but I promise to bring it back tonight.  Please don’t tell Rob.”

I could not control my laughter and said “I’m not going to tell Rob.  I’m going to tell the world wide web and don’t worry, Rob doesn’t read the Internet.  He’ll never know.”

I called officer Sardelli back and told him of the “closed case”.

Before we hung up he said “You want me to come over there and arrest her?  I’d be happy to.”

I thought only for a second.  “Ohhhh, that would be fun.”        Greg

Together again