Antlers Achieves TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Status

The Antlers team has always been environmentally conscious and we are quite proud of our longstanding leadership as a green hotel. We feel privileged to call this special valley our home, and our entire team appreciates the important role we play in reducing waste and pollution, and in leading conservation efforts. So, we are very excited to announce that we have been accepted as a Silver level GreenLeader into the new TripAdvisor® GreenLeaders™ program – one of only two Vail lodgings to achieve the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders status. The program helps travelers plan greener trips by identifying environmentally-friendly accommodations across the U.S. In addition to its TripAdvisor honor, the Antlers also was one of the first Vail hotels to earn Actively Green 2015 status as designated by Sustainable Travel International.TripAdvisor Greenleaders

While the recent green news isn’t a first for the Antlers, which was named Vail Valley Partnership Green Business of the Year several years ago, the new honors are meaningful for the hotel “because they acknowledge our continuing attention to environmentally-friendly efforts,” says General Manager Rob LeVine. “Our whole team enjoys brainstorming additional ways to save energy and reduce our impact on the planet, and we continue to implement ideas as they’re suggested. We also have been active in supporting the Vail community’s emphasis on going green – including acting as a sponsor of the Town of Vail’s portable solar VoltsWagon.”

From being a Vail Valley leader in converting wood-burning fireplaces to gas more than 20 years ago to installing an environmentally friendly laundry that’s one of the greenest in the area to smaller efforts like using refillable amenities containers in all of its suites, the Antlers has made green practices a regular part of doing business for decades. Additional eco-friendly initiatives include a highway cleanup day that guests can help with for a free overnight stay, free bus passes for employees, hotel-wide recycling, purchasing supplies with recyclable content, new smart landscape sprinkler timers with moisture sensors, investment in solar panels and wind power, participation in the Town of Vail’s Sole Power program and much more. For information about the Antlers at Vail’s many green practices, visit the Green Efforts page on the Antlers website.

TripAdvisor GreenLeaders

The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program was developed in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® program, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the United Nations Environment Programme. “TripAdvisor GreenLeaders are leading the hospitality industry in making efforts to improve their environmental footprint,” says Jenny Rushmore, director of responsible travel at TripAdvisor. Travelers can search for accommodations with GreenLeaders status on the TripAdvisor site and view a detailed list of environmentally-friendly practices. For more information on the program, visit www.tripadvisor.com/GreenLeaders.

Actively Green 2015

TripAdvisor GreenLeaders, Actively green, Vail hotelActively Green 2015 is a community-driven collaboration with a goal of certifying at least 100 businesses across the Vail Valley for sustainability best practices by the February 2014 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships. The program offers education, support and resources to Vail Valley business toward achieving certification as designated by globally recognized nonprofit Sustainable Travel International (STI).

 

April Taste of Vail and Pink Vail Lodging Deals

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Taste of Vail Lamb Coofoff

To make sure that an epic ski season comes to a spectacular end, we are offering April Vail lodging deals. This ski season Mother Nature has graced Vail with lots of fluffy powder. And, now spring has brought beautiful blue bird days which makes us really excited for all that is still to come.

April Vail Lodging Deals Starting at $199

Vail will be thinking pink in early April with a new rosé tasting event as opener for the iconic Taste of Vail food and wine festival, April 2-5, plus more than 1,000 pink-clad skiers taking to the slopes to fight cancer as part of the third annual Pink Vail ski fundraiser, April 4 and 5. Helping travel budgets stay in the pink as well, Antlers at Vail hotel is offering a roomy studio or one-bedroom suite for $199/night for participants in either event. And Pink Vail skiers receive an additional opportunity to lower their room rate by doing good with extra Antlers discounts based on how much moolah they raise for Pink Vail beneficiary Shaw Regional Cancer Center. In addition to its new Debut of Rosé, providing one of the first opportunities of the year to taste the 2013 rosés just being released, events at this year’s Taste of Vail will include the annual spring lamb cook off, a gourmet tasting picnic atop Vail Mountain, and the Saturday Grand Tasting auction as well as seminars on topics ranging from cigars to olive oil. For tickets and a full schedule of events, visit www.tasteofvail.com.

Pink Vail, April Vail lodging deals

Special Pink Vail lodging rates April 4-5, 2014

Also happening the first weekend of April, Pink Vail – billed as “the world’s biggest ski day to conquer cancer” – will have as many as 2,000 participants registering at www.pinkvail.com to ski individually or join a team and gather donations. The event also includes on-mountain deck parties, live music, and the Celebration Ski-Down tribute ski. Antlers at Vail is an official hotel of Pink Vail, and will donate $5 per room night to Pink Vail in addition to its room rate deals for participants.

Also, April sees the return of the Vail Film Festival and a local favorite, Spring back to Vail.

It’s a Big World … Not

So we’re giving a site tour to four lovely wedding consultants from A Touch of Bliss in Denver.  We had just come out of #420, one of our largest, most beautiful four bedroom-condos.  We’re walking down the hallway to show them #311, a super nice one-bedroom, overlooking the swimming pool.  Just making conversation, one of the young women, Zoie, asks me, “Are you from Colorado?”

“As a matter of fact I am.” I reply, “I grew up in Littleton.”

“Really?” says Aimee Thomas, another one of these very charming wedding planners, “Where in Littleton?”

“Oh, way down south, almost to the Ken Caryl area”

“No kidding? My mother’s house is in that area.”

I ask where.  She tells me it’s close to Platte Canyon Road. I tell her that we lived near Coal Mine and Platte Canyon.  She acts a little surprised and I say, “It’s a little community called Normandy Estates.  You’ve probably never heard of it.”

The look on Aimee’s face goes from surprised to incredulous.  “Heard of it?  We live in Normandy Estates.”

“NO WAY!” I say, “What street?”

“Ontario”

Gulp.  “Circle or Way?”

“Circle”

“OMG”  At this point I’m starting to shake a little. Ontario Circle is a cul-de-sac and only has about eight or ten houses.  I tell that to the others and they’re all pretty much in disbelief as well.

“6755” I say.

Aimee turns a little pale.  “6755 W. Ontario Circle?”

“Are you kidding me? No way.”

(queue the eery music)

“That’s my house.” she says.

I tell her that we lived there from 1960 to 1972 … moved out 42 years ago.  She tells me the carpet’s been changed.

Yikes Stripes.  Beechnut gum.

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Aimee and Rob, same house, 42 years apart

Win a two-night getaway to Vail

Win a two-night getaway to the Antlers at Vail

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We’ve just announced our biggest social media contest yet! For your chance to win a two-night getaway to Vail “like” the Antlers at Vail’s Facebook page and then share your favorite ski, snowboard or mountain resort story or picture (or both) as a post on the Antlers at Vail’s Facebook wall. The post with the most likes at 9 am mst on March 14 will win a 2-night stay in a 1-bedroom condo at the Antlers at Vail valid between March 23-June 15, subject to availability.

We Love Our Vets

There is a little piece of human nature that can be disturbing.  It ranges from people pushing in line to the outright violence some display against each other.  We see it on the news every day.

It’s heartwarming to know there is a side of human nature that surely demonstrates the beauty that all of us have inside.  It can be the lone stranger helping an individual on the street or the neighbors in a tornado stricken town coming together for each other.

For 10 years The Vail Veterans Program has been in place and it demonstrates how our community comes together.  In that time, over a 1,000 severely wounded warriors and their families have come to Vail Mountain to ski and snowboard.

Most everything is complimentary for these special guests.  It ranges from breakfast, lunch and dinner from some of the finest restaurants in the Valley to a place to call home at some of the world class accommodations located here (the Antlers of course embraces the concept and is eager to contribute).

The program runs for  3 days and embraces these heroes in January and March.  Although these are peak revenue times for our mountain resort, businesses prioritize and donate their time and services while they are here.  It is heartfelt and a small concession in comparison to their sacrifice for us.

The specialized equipment required is all donated and and there is actually a waiting list of volunteers and instructors needed to assist the Vets and their families.

Scott Giffin is one of those volunteers and sums up why he wants to help, “They’re amazing.  They have such a tremendous attitude.  They’re already used to working hard and they’ve been through some tough times….they’ve gotten up from much worse than falling on skis or snowboards.”

Columnist Randy Wyrick of the Vail Daily noted in his coverage ….”the warriors ski, they snowboard, they laugh, they live…..”

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Wounded Warrior Tom McRae (Vail Daily)

 

 

 

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Wounded Warrior Ivan Morera (Vail Daily)

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Wounded Warrior Kevin Howey (Vail Daily)

The January program is behind us and we look forward to March when at least one family will be staying with us for a complimentary five night stay.  We are just a very small piece of the community wide effort that is the Vail Veterans Program. We thank them for their service and their infectious spirit.