As the Antlers Turn: April Showers Bring…

April 1st, 2014

….unit improvement projects to the Antlers.

Tom and Pete in our Engineering Department have quietly been preparing to “bring the hammer down”.  I refer to the upgrades that are scheduled for several units at the Antlers this spring.

Since the Unit Quality Improvement plan was put in place last December (Nothing But Platinum Rated Condo’s” 12/27/13 blog- Rob) many of our owners have participated in some form or another.  Be it a new dinning table, a piece of art or a new king mattress, everyone seems to understand the concept of “keeping up with the neighborhood”.

Several owners have committed to major improvements this spring and that’s why Tom and Pete have been busy all winter putting more than a few ducks in a row.

To be more precise, there are 11 of these major projects beginning in April (the most ever taken on at one time) and the logistics and timing involved in an undertaking like this cannot be taken lightly.  Everything and everybody needs to be where they are suppose to be on any given day.  Demolition, materials, delivery, contractors and all the scheduling must be in place.  There is not much margin for error when the final inspection is on May 25th and a guest is checking in on June 1st.

New by June.

Over $500,000 will be invested into these 11 condominiums in the next few months.  The improvements include everything from new bathrooms and kitchens to carpet and heated ceramic tile floors.  Fireplaces along with windows, sliding glass doors, new interior doors and trim and stainless steel appliance upgrades are just a few things that will be new by June.

Why.

Ask any one of these owners why they are making the changes now and the overwhelming consensus is about unit quality.  Whether it’s done in steps or a complete demolition and remodel, the majority of Antlers owners agree that our guests have expectations that must be met if we are to remain competitive and even a level above the competition.  Again demonstrating the Antlers, its Owners and Staff remain committed to guest satisfaction.

Moving Forward

Our thanks to the owners who have committed to these improvements and I look forward to posting progress and photos of the the following condominiums as April showers begin:  Brooks Newbills 109, Marie Millman & sisters 211, Bob & Susie Abramsom 302, Stephen & Nancy Snyder 309, Frank & Flavia Bencina 403, Scott Brinkman 406, Edwina Daley 410, Steve & Jamie Hersee 411, Joe & Marie Forish 414, John & Nancy Scott 502 and David & Ulrike Martin 504.

Stay tuned.

Greg

 

 

 

One Response to “As the Antlers Turn: April Showers Bring…”

  1. BaconGirl says:

    Very exciting news! I can’t wait to check out the new, improved condos.

Antlers Achieves TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Status

March 27th, 2014

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).

 

One Response to “Antlers Achieves TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Status”

  1. Bob Vanourek says:

    Hearty congrats to Rob Levine and the entire Antlers’ staff.

April Taste of Vail and Pink Vail Lodging Deals

March 17th, 2014
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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.

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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.

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It’s a Big World … Not

March 13th, 2014

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.

Aimee Thomas c

Aimee and Rob, same house, 42 years apart

5 Responses to “It’s a Big World … Not”

  1. Susan Byers Brozovich says:

    Wild. The world is so small. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Lavelle Carlson says:

    Great story!

  3. Carol McMinn Piburn says:

    Amazing!

  4. warren zeller says:

    I too lived on Ontario Circle across the street from Rob LeVine. Rob taught me how to ski the trees at Mary Jane before it was officially opened as part of Winter Park.

  5. Jo-Anne Scott says:

    What a great story. Kind of freaky but amazing!!

Win a two-night getaway to Vail

March 7th, 2014

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.

One Response to “Win a two-night getaway to Vail”

  1. MartyHecker says:

    Just wanted to say thanks to Rob and Evelyn for providing a great place to stay and also for remembering and reminding me that I had a coupon for a free night. The Antlers staff called me every year FOR YEARS to remind me I had not yet used my free night. A great place and even greater people.

    BlueSkies!!!
    MartyHecker
    Denver, CO

We Love Our Vets

March 3rd, 2014

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.

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Delight The Weird: Unique Hotel Amenities

February 23rd, 2014

I enjoy reading Seth Godin’s blog. He of the Purple Cow fame. One of his recent posts was titled “Delighting the Weird“. The essence of it is differentiation. Not just performing well, but also doing things that nobody else does.

The Antlers finds itself in a fun but challenging position as an independent property, competing against some awful big companies. Our neighbors include the Marriott, Four Seasons, and Ritz Carlton. Even our main condominium competition … Lionsquare, Montaneros, Manor Vail, Landmark and the Vail Spa are managed by Wyndham, Destination and East-West Resorts. Each of those companies have portfolios that make the Antlers look like a gnat.

So the name of our game has to be differentiation. If we try to compete against those big guys as just a well run commodity, we’re toast.

Free, unique hotel amenities

So what do we do to be unique? How about free, unique hotel amenities? Well, stuff like not collecting resort fees sets us apart from most of them. That’s nice, but it’s not THAT unique. Surely there are others who do the same. Aren’t there?

No, what’s REALLY different? How about a free GoPro camera loaner program? Now we’re talkin’. Free snowshoe rentals? Yeah, baby. Maybe a minivan for our condominium owners to use when they’re here. Again, one of our free & unique hotel amenities.

Under the heading of “Playing to your strength”, our guests have always told us how much they appreciate our well-equipped kitchens. Okay, time to amp it up … now we have a small appliance loaner program (free) with everything from waffle makers to toaster ovens to full on mixers. If your condo doesn’t have something you need, say the word … it’s on its way. While that doesn’t qualify as bizarre, I’m pretty sure it’s not something those other guys are doing. Happily, that effort also falls squarely in line with our motto of, “The answer is ‘yes’, now what’s the question?”

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We’ll continue to brainstorm at almost every one of our staff meetings about what we can do to set ourselves apart … to delight the weird. Of course, we’re always open to suggestions, too.

The best part is that although it’s challenging, dreaming up stuff like this and then implementing it immediately (corporate red tape? No thanks) helps make this a really fun place to work. We hope it makes it a really fun place to stay as well.

Rob

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There’s still time to enjoy Vail winter events & epic ski conditions!

February 13th, 2014
Big air at last year's Burton US Open. Photo courtesy Vail Resorts and Dave Lehl.

Big air at last year’s Burton US Open. Photo courtesy Vail Resorts and Dave Lehl.

Since the first of the year Vail has been measuring snow by the foot, and more is in the forecast! Vail ski conditions are phenomenal. There is still time to book your ski vacation at the Antlers at Vail with about half the season left and some iconic Vail winter events still to come.

Upcoming Vail Winter Events

Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships returns to Vail, Colorado March 3-8, 2014. The Burton US Open and Vail will host over 100 of the world’s best riders like Shaun White, Mark McMorris, Kelly Clark, Torah Bright, Jamie Anderson, Iouri Podladtchikov and more, for four days of progressive Halfpipe and Slopestyle competitions that offer over $340,000 in cash prizes. Couldn’t make it to Sochi? This just might be your chance to see some of our Olympic medalists compete in person at this Vail winter event.

America’s original Pro/Am celebrity ski event, the Korbel American Ski Classic, returns to Vail Mountain March 19-23, 2014. The Ski Classic will once again feature a full slate of on-hill competitions including the Conway Cup community team race, Legends Giant Slalom and the Korbel Ford Cup celebrity team racing and the Future Legends Race. The festivities off the racecourse will be equally enjoyable, with the Bud Light Mountains of Music free concert, Hold ‘em for Hope benefit dinner and auction and the Legends of Skiing banquet.

The Vail Film Festival promotes independent film and fosters independent filmmakers. From March 27-30, 2014 the festival will screening some of the year’s top films from around the globe, the festival will also feature industry panel discussions, a special awards ceremony, family festivities, ski and snowboarding events and VIP parties.

Pink Vail_ZMahone-163Pink Vail is the world’s biggest ski day to conquer cancer. On April 5, 2014 participants will come together for a festive day on Vail Mountain to commemorate our united fight against cancer. All proceeds from Pink Vail benefit patient care and resources at Shaw Regional Cancer Center. Antlers at Vail is a proud sponsor and an Official Hotel of Pink Vail. We are offering the following lodging specials and discounts to Pink Vail participants for the nights of April 4 & 5. In addition, we are donating $5 per room night to Pink Vail. you can book your condominium now and we’ll credit you once you hit the specified fundraising marks.

  • $199/night for Pink Vail participants
  • Participants who raise $300-$749 will receive a lodging rate of $129/night in a studio, 1 BR, or 1 BR with bunks
  • Participants who raise $750 or more will receive a lodging rate of $99/night in a studio, 1 BR, or 1 BR with bunks

April 2-5, 2014 the Taste of Vail will showcase more than 30 of Vail’s finest chefs and restaurateurs alongside the owners and winemakers from nearly 50 of the countries’ top wineries.

Spring Back to Vail, the biggest end-of-season bash in the Rocky Mountains, returns to Vail April 7-20, 2014!  This celebration concludes the season in style with some serious fun under the sun, including free live concerts, the infamous World Pond Skimming Championships, après after-dark parties, base area giveaways, and so much more! Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, STS9 and Steel Pulse will headline the Spring Back to Vail concert series, wrapping up the 2013-2014 ski and snowboard season. All concerts are free and open to the public.

And, of course in addition to epic skiing and amazing winter events there is so much else to do all season long from world-class shopping to snowshoeing, ice skating, sleigh rides and tubing and ski biking up at Adventure Ridge. Discover our top 5 family-friendly winter activities.

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Pink Vail: The World’s Biggest Ski Day to Conquer Cancer

February 12th, 2014
The Antlers at Vail hotel is offering special Pink Vail rates April 4-5, 2014

The Antlers at Vail hotel is offering special Pink Vail rates April 4-5, 2014

People walk, run, and even shave their heads to benefit cancer care. Here in Vail, we ski! 100% of the proceeds from Pink Vail stay local, benefiting patient care and survivorship programs at Shaw Regional Cancer Center – a boutique cancer center serving residents of Colorado and around the country. Unfortunately, many of us have been affected by cancer. Pink Vail celebrates the united fight against the disease in a fun and unforgettable way.

We at the Antlers at Vail like to support good causes and so are an official hotel and not only are we offering great Pink Vail lodging rates to participants but we will also donate $5 for each room booked to Pink Vail.

  • We are offering Pink Vail participants a special $199/night for April 4 & 5, 2014.
  • Participants who raise $300-$749 will receive a rate of $129/night in a studio, 1 BR, or 1 BR with bunks for April 4 & 5, 2014 .
  • Participants who raise $750 or more will receive a rate of $99/night in a studio, 1 BR, or 1 BR with bunks for April 4 & 5, 2014 .

Call (800) 843-8245 and mention code: Pink Vail or 142870 to book! To sign up to fundraise go to PinkVail.com.

 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Register solo or form a team at www.pinkvail.com and ask friends and family to support your fundraising efforts. Then, join us on April 5, 2014 for a day on Vail Mountain to celebrate our united fight against cancer. Incredible prizes are awarded to top fundraisers, best costumes, and winners of the “Checkpoint Challenge.” The event includes on-mountain deck parties, live music, and the Celebration Ski-Down—a tribute ski to those who have fought or lost their battle with cancer. All proceeds from Pink Vail benefit patient care and resources at Shaw Regional Cancer Center.

 

REGISTER AS AN INDIVIDUAL

START/JOIN A TEAM

DONATE

 

2 Responses to “Pink Vail: The World’s Biggest Ski Day to Conquer Cancer”

  1. Lisa Murray says:

    Trying to book a room as a participant regisered for Pink Vail and unable to book room. Please respond with availability/help to book room – thank you,
    Lisa Murray

  2. Liana Moore says:

    Hi Lisa, Sorry that you had issues. The likely problem is that we have a 2-night minimum, which we are waiving for Pink Vail participants. But our booking engine gives us no way to waive it for Pink Vail participants and not for others. One of our reservations agents should be giving you a call. Again, our apologies. You should hear from us soon!

Government at its Best

February 9th, 2014

We’ve said it before.  You’ve heard it before … maybe a zillion times. We live in an amazing place … but this time it’s with a different twist.

Aside from the incredible aesthetics, recreation, culture and obvious “specialness” of Vail, behind the scenes we are beyond lucky to be served and led by the most incredible group of people you can imagine. With apologies to others equally deserving of the shout-out, Stan Zemler, Kelli McDonald, Suzanne Silverthorn, George Ruther, Dwight Henninger, Pam Brandmeyer, Judy Camp, Mark Miller and Kristin Bertuglia are the ones who the Antlers comes in the most contact with. To a person, they are the most professional, accomplished and motivated bunch of folks you’ll ever meet.

With all due respect to our elected officials (who by and large are pretty good too), these are the working stiffs who get it done. Anybody who ever complains about “government employees” just isn’t familiar with Vail. Period.

So what motivated this over-the-top, smoke-up-your-skirt rave? Simple … I happened to take the time to read the Town of Vail’s 2013 Year in Review. It took awhile. Quite awhile. I encourage anyone with a modicum of connection to the ToV, to look at it … at least skim it. As a sidebar, the Antlers is honored to get a mention in that sizable document … first person to tell me where, gets a free night at the Antlers. Not you Suzanne … you author, you. Not you either Kristin … hint, hint. And no fair using ctrl-f, you have to read it.

Pardon my effusiveness, but the sheer volume of high quality work accomplished by this organization is mind-blowing. From complicated infrastructure improvements to all manners of economic development to an unceasing dedication to environmental impacts (in everything they do) … it’s beyond inspiring. It’s overwhelming.

We who live in Vail, full-time or part-time, as well as those who just visit occasionally, owe these people and everyone who works for the Town, a HUGE debt of gratitude.

4 Responses to “Government at its Best”

  1. Bud Daley says:

    Nice that Antlers sponsored the Vail Volt Wagon!

  2. Rob says:

    OK Bud, you win a free night for friends, but since you’re an owner we’ll give away one more free night to the next person who mentions the Vail Volts Wagon.

  3. Sara Sullivan says:

    Oh my, Vail Volts Wagon!

  4. Rob says:

    Hi Sara, Great pastguest Lillian Edwards had already responded on our Facebook page. So she won the free night, but we’ll put a bottle of wine in your room next time you visit, as the first runner-up. Forgive me, but you might have to remind me when you make the reservation. – Rob