Antlers at Vail Hires Liana Moore as Director of Marketing

Antlers at Vail new Director of Marketing

The Antlers welcomes new Director of Marketing Liana Moore

You’ve already heard from our new Director of Marketing Liana Moore here on the blog, expounding on the joys of Vail pond skimming, but we thought we’d share the official news release about this exciting new addition to our Antlers team as well…

Vail, Colorado – April 10, 2013 – The Antlers at Vail has named Liana Moore as director of marketing, announced Antlers General Manager Rob LeVine.  In the position, Moore will oversee all aspects of marketing for the popular condo hotel in Vail’s Lionshead. “I’ve already had the pleasure of working with the Antlers in a different capacity for several years,” says Moore, who previously served with two local nonprofits – Bravo! Vail Music Festival and the Vail Symposium – for which the Antlers is official condo hotel. “I’m excited to get to don my marketing hat as a part of the Antlers team.”

“Liana brings an in-depth understanding of the Vail Valley to the Antlers,” says LeVine, “and her marketing experience includes everything from marketing research to public relations. We look forward to having her on our team and assisting us with the big picture as we continue to grow.”

In 1996, Moore began her work as a freelancer for Dallas public relations firms then moved to a financial company where she worked in marketing research. After earning a Master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in entrepreneurship from Southern Methodist University, Moore launched her own business in the travel industry. She moved to the Vail Valley in 2000 where she served as director of marketing and public relations for Bravo! Vail Music Festival before founding Kaleidos Marketing to provide marketing strategy and campaigns, public relations plans and social media campaigns for clients. She was elected to the Vail Symposium Board of Directors in 2007, becoming executive director in 2010. She resides in Eagle/Vail, Colorado with her husband and two children.

Since 1972, the Antlers at Vail hotel has offered a unique Vail lodging experience in a relaxed mountain setting. With condominiums ranging from studio suites to four bedrooms, the Antlers provides fully-equipped kitchens, fireplaces, outdoor balconies, free Internet and free parking, and is conveniently located in Vail’s Lionshead area, steps from restaurants, galleries, shops, the free Vail town shuttle and Vail’s Gondola. For more information, call 1-800-843-8245 or visit

Antlers celebrates Vail Holidaze a little early!

The Antlers at Vail had their annual employee Christmas party last night. All of our employee’s and their families get together every year to celebrate the holidays.

 Santa even made a surprise visit to hand out presents to all the kids!

Even the big kids got presents!

I’m pretty sure everyone was excited and had a great time!

Happy Holidays everyone!!

Magda King Named Assistant Manager for the Antlers

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
Media Contacts: Rob LeVine, General Manager, The Antlers at Vail, (970) 476-2471, or Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, (307) 734-5335,

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 …

2012 Gala – Antlers Version

The Vail Valley Partnership recently hosted their annual community awards Gala.  It’s the same gig where the Antlers won Green Business of the Year in 2010 and a few years before that the big prize, Business of the Year.  No awards for us this year, although we were one of three finalists for Spirit of the Vail Valley (formerly the Corporate Citizenship Award).

As usual, the Antlers table was called out as the room’s most raucous.  More than a few folks asked if they could sit at OUR table next year!  New to the picture this year was our choice of headgear (you knew it had to happen).  Wearing them throughout the evening undaunted, we even got the piano player and our photographer friend Ryan Iguchi to don them by night’s end.

NEVER let it be said that we at the Antlers take ourselves too seriously.   Seriously.


Click on any thumbnail for full size pic …

Vail to Denver, Uniquely

Two things motivated this story.  The first is a website sponsored by the Town of Vail called (very cool).  This should be a blogpost in itself, but as you can see if you visit the site, it’s a way to log miles walked or pedaled in lieu of driving.  Check out the Team Leaderboard and you’ll see that the Antlers is kicking just about everyone’s butt, with the exception of our friends (ahem) over at the West Vail Liquor Mart.  If you scroll the Solepower blog, you just might also see some smack talk between the two of us.  It’s all good.

The second big driver was just the attraction of being one of the few people (to say the least) to ride a bike from Vail to Denver for a business meeting.  Call me crazy … everyone does.

So Sunday afternoon at 2:00 (after walking 18 holes and shooting a million, by the way) I set out from home on my trusty Giant armed with rain gear, a couple fresh jerseys and a healthy supply of “vitamin i” in my backpack.

3:00 found me at the East Vail exit feeling great.

Shortly after passing our namesake signage on the way up, by 4:20 I was cresting Vail Pass and happy, happy, happy.


A mere thirty-five downhill minutes later it was hi and bye to Frisco.

Who knew that the bikepath across the Dillon Dam was painted bright pink … what’s that all about?

Forty-five minutes further up the road, I pedalled into Keystone.  It was at this point that I started feeling less than 100%.  When I realized that one of my original two water bottles was still half full, it dawned on me that I wasn’t drinking nearly enough and might be getting dehydrated.  Duh.  In retrospect,  I was already well beyond what I could fix by simply drinking a bunch.   In fact, although I didn’t know it yet, I was toast.  More on that later.

After hanging at Keystone from 6:00 to about 6:30, eating power bars, drinking Gatorade, drinking Gatorade and eating power bars, I hit the road still foolish enough to think that Loveland Pass summit would be no sweat.

Notice that the sky is a bit dusky.  Right.  What should be an hour and change took me over two (with more than a couple catch-your-breath stops (piss me off).  At that point I had been on the road for six and a half hours, it’s beyond “dusky” and I hadn’t pee’d once.  Pardon me, but this isn’t good.

Nevertheless, the gratification of being at the top, combined with less than no alternatives of what to do next, made for an exciting (shall we say?) descent.  Just me, my bike, my little headlight (thank you again, Evelyn) and an occasional eighteen wheeler.  Yipee.  By the time I rolled into Georgetown at 9:30 I was beyond pooped, and really, really happy to call it a day.

I posted a picture of my luxurious motel room on Facebook and quickly got a “Motel 3?” response from Boomer.  I replied “two point five”.   But who really cares?

I should back up and tell you that the destination for this (not ill advised, but poorly executed) adventure was a CACI Executive Committee meeting at the University Club, a block from the capitol building in Denver.  Prior to being dim-witted enough to let myself dry out, I was sharp enough when I met with them the week before, to ask Darla and Eliza (our queens of PR) if they could deliver my suit to said destination.  Brill, and thanks.

Day 2 -Rise and shine … 7:00, out the door, back on the steed and Ya-hoo … another 18 mile thrilling descent into Idaho Springs.  And this time I can SEE WHERE I’M GOING!  It just doesn’t get any better.

From there, it’s a not-too-tough climb up Floyd Hill.  Now I’m no medic, but methinks that the dehydration screwed up my system beyond what guzzling water and one night’s fitfull sleep could fix.  When it took me at least twice as long as it should have, to climb FH and everything else, I was sure of it.

Reminiscent of Loveland Pass, reaching the crest of the hill next to Lookout Mountain got me stoked, with those familiar great views both east and west.


Toasted or not, the E-ticket ride down Route 40 is a hoot.  I confess to being a little preoccupied with the prospect of having to crawl back up that same path later in the day, but it was still really fun.

Once in Denver, I made my way east on Colfax (bad idea) and some side streets (slightly better) until I eventually reached my final resting place destination.

It was 10:30 and I had time to shower (thanks U Club), change, and get ready for our meeting.  I did my best to not let on that I felt somewhat like badly overcooked spaghetti, and seemingly got away with it, as the meeting went well and we adjourned just prior to 2:00 like usual.

When it came time to head out, I shared my adventure with Dan, Ann and Chuck, but predictably left out the part that I felt like hell and should have been ever so much smarter about drinking an ample amount of water along the way.  They were each more impressed than was deserved and Dan even went so far as to email out my undertaking to the entire CACI board.  Slightly embarrassing, but okay.

True to form, Ann took a picture.

Once changed back into my bike gear, I texted Evelyn that all was well (although my pants were on fire), telling her that the meeting went fine, but I didn’t feel great and was starting to question my ability to make it all the way home.  I presumed that we would communicate more and ultimately make arrangements to meet in Idaho Springs or similar.   You have to know that Ev was never too fond of the whole idea in the first place.  A short time later I got a return text telling me that she was passing Frisco and “on her way”.  At that point I had mixed emotions, part of me unhappy with her rush to judgment (and action), doubting my abilities altogether.  The other half of me was completely of the attitude, “OH THANK GOD!”.  By the time she picked me up just as I was about to begin the long ascent up to Lookout Mountain, the latter feeling had won out completely.

In sum, I think I can claim to be one of the few people to ever ride from Vail to Denver for a business meeting, but it does still leave me with one more goal for the future … down AND back.  And I’ll be a LOT smarter about how much water I drink!




A great big congratulations is in order for our very wonderful Magda, who today received her U.S. Citizenship! Great job, we are so proud of you and the hard work you put into this and everything else you do!

Thank You!

The 2010-2011 ski season has come to an end with over 525″ of snow and an extended season, while we are sad to see it go, a great big thank you is in order for everyone that made it a wonderful time! We at the Antlers took some time off on Tuesday to celebrate all of our hard working employee’s. Thanks to the Turtle Bus we were able to head down to Glenwood Caverns for a day of laser tag, mountain coaster rides, and cave tours.


Thank you for a great season to all of our employee’s,  guests and owners and also for making the Antlers at Vail a fun place to work and play!


All Work and No Play…

Everyone at the Antlers seems to work a little too hard… and sometimes this can cause certain special days to be over looked. Some of us decided that we needed to relieve the tension and celebrate a birthday! The first major task was getting the Boss out of the building so we could start working on the party plans, that proved to be harder than we thought because he seemed to be enjoying his meeting.


Once the meeting was over Randi Accountant Extraordinaire/Human Resources Guru, and Magda Queen of  Sales/Master of 4 languages proceeded to hang the Balloons to start the celebration, good thing Randi is tall. Amy Reservations/Bionic Woman, kept watch at the front desk just in case the Boss decided that he wasn’t quite done working for the day. Katie Jane of all Trades/Foodie tirelessly filled the balloons with air and  Greg Director of Nothing/Bowling Aficionado, supervised the process and helped to tie the balloons off.

It was a difficult task but we got it done in record time. I think some of us even enjoyed ourselves! Now all we had to do was hang out and wait for the Birthday Boy to show up… When he did arrive, even with the festive mood he couldn’t resist doing a little work!

Randi and Magda worked all night making cakes for everyone to enjoy, and it turned out that there was another birthday (Aniceto’s) to be celebrated so we all got to sing twice.

Since we couldn’t get everyone to totally enjoy themselves with the temptation to work so strong we decided to play hooky and go skiing. It was hard to tear ourselves away but we did our best to enjoy it.

P.S. Don’t tell the Boss!