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!
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!
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!
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!
It’s very busy around here.
The snow is “epic”. The atmosphere is festive. Grand-parents, parents, kids, cousins and friends are all having a thrill.
Un-noticed while the outside world spins is the quiet man. This particular person is working as hard as anyone at the Antlers this time of year. You need to know what goes on downstairs and what he does. A few facts and history.
One of the requirements on the original job description stated “individual must have the ability to work independently”. Aniceto Quinones was looking at the classifieds in 1994 and jumped out of his chair and ran to the kitchen where his wife was cooking his favorite meal. “Ilda, Ilda, I found the job I want. I’m going to the Antlers to tell them I’m their man.” Millie Barela hired him that week to take care of the overwhelming laundry situation we have here. Ever since, he’s been the first here in the morning, one of the last to leave at night and he takes his job very seriously. On average, Aniceto works 10 hours a day because he wants to and as Randi put it “we have to force him to take a vacation.”
He told me “I love my job and it is very important not to fall behind. If we miss one day it is very hard to catch up. Our guests would not like drying themselves after a shower with a wash cloth.”
“So how much laundry is there Aniceto?” He got out a scratch pad and started writing numbers down and then multiplying them by storage closets and whoa. “Many thousands every week and do not forget that I have to do bath mats, bedding and throw rugs.” He also tears and squares linens and towels that are not up to standards for guest use. Those are recycled for housekeepers to use as rags. He washes those as well.
(Honorable mentions need to go to Cristobal, Darwin, Macario, Calletano and Bryan who fill in when Aniceto sleeps, and who could forget Igor.)
Legend has it that rubbing Buddhas belly will bring you luck. Well I’m starting to think that being at Antlers Front desk area is luckier. So far in our towns ritualistic prize giveaway events the Antlers and friends have cleaned up. Even people just sitting at our table during the Red Lions bingo nights were luckier just from our presence. Just for the bingo night we had an Antlers associate win a limited edition Fat Tire bike (the grand prize of a bingo night) and a friend of ours at the table won a snowboard on a different night (also a grand prize). Also, a myriad of the smaller prizes have ended up in our groups possession (nerf footballs, hats, t-shirts etc.).
To make matters even better, during the pub crawls Vail PM throws every Tuesday night (last one is this coming Tuesday ending at Samana) our luck continues. One of our front desk associates came away with 2 Denver Nuggets tickets a few weeks ago at the George on Bridge St. Most recently I finally felt the love when I came away from this past Tuesdays pub crawl with the grand prize of an Epic Pass! Sadly I have already been provided one by my gracious employers so I either need to give it away or save it for next year. I guess I’m stuck here in Vail for another season. Drat…
Antlers resident lucky geek
Antlers employee Chris Apmann was WAY up high this past month doing some touch up painting on our recent roof re-do and stucco additions. It was around 80 feet up. Nice going!
Going over the edge
Don’t drop the brush
Hey, you missed a spot
It’s been great year and a half, but I’m sorry to say that I’m moving on from the Antlers. The greener (but only because of all the damn rain) pastures of Seattle await. Thank you to everyone who has made it such a pleasure working here, the owners, frequent guests, and most of all, the rest of our awesome staff. I’m going to miss you guys. But I’ll be back to visit, because who can really leave behind the gorgeous Vail Valley and the colorful cast of characters here at the Antlers? So until then it’s not goodbye, it’s see you later!
When was the last time you got home and realized that you were wearing one of your shoes … and one of somebody else’s? Any chance it made you think about how much you’d had to drink?
Last night we had our end-of-the-season employee party. After an awesome dinner at the Outback Steakhouse in Avon (Foster’s is Australian for “beer” you know), we went bowling. In case you were wondering, they serve beer there too. In my defense (actually there is no defense) at the bowling alley you have to take off your shoes and then put them back on later. Seems simple enough, but apparently not always. Here’s the voicemail that SOMEONE left for Greg later that night.
I can’t imagine that you’ll have trouble following along (it’s crystal clear) but just in case, here’s a transcript:
Hi again, I still like that message. Hey I just got home … took off my shoes … I took off my shoes and one of them isn’t … isn’t mine ……. I’ve got …. I’ve got your shoe
A while ago, I asked my co workers to answer that question, and for us it’s not an easy answer. Why would we lodge in the place where we work IF we would ever consider doing it? I got very good answers. Here are 10 good reasons why we would stay at the Antlers at Vail:
1. Feeling a part of the village yet away from it; being close to restaurants and shops then coming back and seeing the mountain around me,
2. Being able to sometimes have a choice of units; each unit conveys a different character,
3. All units have a balcony and fireplace,
4. Units have fully equipped kitchens,
5. It is located 150 yards from the “gondy”,
6. Marshmallows for hot chocolate in the lobby,
7. Maid service EVERYDAY,
8. Awesome Catering Company
9. Free rides around town (when staff is available),
My answer? I would stay at the Antlers simply because this place has a heart and a soul, and I can truly feel both every time I need help from anybody in our staff.
You can also tell us some of the reasons why you stay at the Antlers, thanks for being a part of our family! (If you have never stayed with us, I invite you to… it will be an awesome experience!)
Virtually every Monday during the winter the Antlers at Vail has a complimentary wine & cheese party for our guests. It starts at 5:30pm and lasts for around an hour. We want everyone to feel free to stop on by for some wine & appetizers. It is a great chance to mingle with other guests and Antlers staff and to exchange stories from the day’s adventures out on Vail Mountain.