50th Annual Colorado FBLA State Leadership Conference in Vail during Vail’s 50th Anniversary

Welcome to Future Business Leaders of America for Vail's 50th anniversary!

Welcome to Future Business Leaders of America for Vail’s 50th anniversary!

The Antlers at Vail would like to extend a warm welcome to Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)! For more than 25 years, Future Business Leaders of America members have descended upon Vail for their state leadership conference and we are very happy to be able to host some of these young leaders here at the Antlers. The young leaders staying here at the Antlers come from all over Colorado. Though they are here to attend leadership workshops and to compete in business-related events in hopes of qualifying for the national conference in Orlando, we hope they manage to enjoy all of the fabulous amenities and activities that Vail has to offer. And, this year is the 50th annual Colorado FBLA State Leadership conference. It is apropos to be held here in Vail for Vail’s 50th anniversary.

Hold your meeting with the Antlers at Vail and receive a special all-inclusive rate!

Breakfast Meeting:  for 8 – 12 people

–          Continental Breakfast with Orange or Cranberry Juice

–          Coffee, Hot Tea, Hot Chocolate & Water Service for duration of meeting

–          Audio Visual (LCD Screen, flip charts, dry erase boards, and conference phone)

–          Wireless Internet

–          Parking

–          Gratuity & Taxes


Lunch Meeting: for 8 – 12 people

–          Lunch – Build your own Turkey and Ham Sandwiches, Mixed Field Green Salad, Chips, Ice Tea and Lemonade, and Cookies or Brownies.

–          Coffee, Hot Tea, Hot Chocolate & Water Service for duration of meeting

–          Audio Visual (LCD Screen, flip charts, dry erase boards, and conference phone)

–          Wireless Internet

–          Parking

–          Gratuity & Taxes


Afternoon Meeting with Snack:  for 8 – 12 people

–          1 Sweet and 1 Salty Snack with Assorted Sodas

–          Coffee, Hot Tea, Hot Chocolate & Water Service for duration of meeting

–          Audio Visual (LCD Screen, flip charts, dry erase boards, and conference phone)

–          Wireless Internet

–          Parking

–          Gratuity & Taxes


Light Dinner Meeting: for 8 – 12 people

–          Choose from 3 dinner menus

–          Coffee, Hot Tea, Hot Chocolate & Water Service for duration of meeting

–          Audio Visual (LCD Screen, flip charts, dry erase boards, and conference phone)

–          Wireless Internet

–          Parking

–          Gratuity & Taxes

For More information on pricing or to book Contact Katie Nelson by calling 970-790-5217 or via email at knelson@antlersvail.com


Disaster Academy

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, our American Red Cross was going about their business.  The importance of their presence can sometimes go unnoticed by the rest of us, but the comfort they provide to victims of any tragedy is never taken for granted.  There are countless services and responsibilities they perform, but not without training and education first.

The Colorado Red Cross assembled in Vail for a 3 day training seminar for the first time as a group this past week and the Antlers hosted their inaugural event.

Jody Acres, area Manager for the Mile High Chapter told me “It is so much more convenient to get everyone in one place rather than hold several smaller classes around the State through the year.  There is much more interaction amongst the 5 regional chapters this way.  It’s more personal and we get to know each other like we haven’t in the past.”

There is so much to be said about the men and women that attend the training.  I for one, did not realize that the majority of Red Cross personnel are volunteers.  They came to the Antlers on their own time, paid for their accommodations and meals and returned home ready to respond.

Jody also explained the training involves everything from “how to run a shelter to psychological first aid to damage assessment.”  She continued “I bet you didn’t know that 95% of the people we help involves single family homes.  If there is a fire or flood we are there for them.”

Don’t be hesitant if you feel the need to offer a cash donation at www.ColoradoRedCross.org.  I think we all know it’s money well spent.  Many Thanks for what they do.


From 7:00AM to 5:00PM, sixty volunteers and staff met in one of our three conference areas.

And a final call out to Jack Jimmer Hymer who stopped in for a quick hello.

The Antlers at Vail welcomes The 2013 MAGNETIC RESONANCE PHYSICS COURSE

 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

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


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

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

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

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


$12 for members

$20 for non memebers

RSVP to Kristina Johnson at kristina@visitvailvalley.com

We Never Miss Out On the Fun

The Town of Vail was overwhelmed last week with the arrival of The Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute (www.rmcmi.org).  Hundreds of members of this organization chose Vail for their 100th anniversary conference.  They arrived from all over the United States and Canada to participate in training and educational seminars.

Of course the Antlers, a hotel and conference center that is always afraid of missing out on the fun, volunteered to host “emergency disaster training” for 2 days. This involved real life, re-enactments of rescue operations involving different scenarios around our property and common areas.

The pictures really don’t illustrate how life-like these situations were.  Some guests actually thought there were live rescues occurring as they passed through the staging areas.  What made it believable were the “victims” that were not afraid to scream as though they were in pain and the rescue teams shouting out instructions as they assured the “victims” that help was on its way.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

As the second day of mock rescues were winding down, I was approached by a guest who had these comments.  “My kids really were fascinated by all of this and I had no idea  what went on behind the scenes.  These people really are professionals.”  His young son looked up at me and said “Mister, do you have a coal mine here?”

“No we don’t, but there are some not too far away in the mountains” was my reply.

He looked back at his dad and said ” too bad because I sure would feel safe if something happened in your mine.”



Yet Another Great September Event

On the heels of Living At Your Peak in mid September, the Antlers is honored to be hosting some of the Elevate program September 25 – 28.  This event will explore how to create, as well as maintain “special places”.    Although each of these three-day programs deal with very different elements of sustainability, they are similar in that they are NOT your typical conference.  Each of them want to stress active participation by the attendees with the hopes of creating a long lasting relationship between the presenters, those that attend and the program itself.

In the case of Elevate, the organizers (Connie and Mark Woodbury) hope and expect the presenters to come away with as much personal growth as their “audience”.   I can personally vouch for the likelihood of that, as I was fortunate enough to attend the same event last year in Queensland, Australia.  Connie and Mark arranged for a contingency from Vail, including the Mayor, some senior town officials and me, to present Vail’s story (past, present and future) to those in attendance.  In the course of explaining what makes Vail a special place, the conversation was every bit as educational for us as it was for those to whom we spoke.

For anyone who has a passing interest in “creating places”, whether it’s an architect, a land use planner or just about anyone who ponders their role in the community beyond what it means just to them, this three day program will not only be enriching, but downright fun.   Mark and Connie have recently relocated from just north of Brisbane to beautiful downtown Eagle, Colorado.  Australia’s loss is our gain.  They’ve already become great friends of many of us in the Vail Valley, and definitely know how to have fun while carrying on a deep conversation at the same time.

Last year we met some of the presenters coming to Elevate in Vail, including the elders of the Butchulla people, indigenous to the Fraser Coast.  Their Welcome to Country ceremony was both simple and moving.  I felt humbled to the point of being more than a little choked up.  Trust me, meeting them will be something you’ll remember for a long time, not to mention all the other fascinating characters that Mark and Connie have lined up.

I sure hope you can come attend one, or even both of these fabulous events coming in September.  You’ll be glad you did.