Vail family ski vacation

With the early snow opening a LOT of the mountain, families are already coming into town for a quick vail family ski vacation at the Antlers at Vail.  The kids are loving the fresh snow and groomed trails so early in the season.  They want to be in top shape for Thanksgiving week so as to add up as much vertical feet as possible.

Everyone is happy we have so much open.

Working on the “tuck”

Getting a boost across the flats

Christmas In August!

Welcome back Lee Family!
David and Jan Lee came to stay at the Antlers 17 years ago and loved it so much they decided to bring the whole family the very next year. David and Jan after that fateful “family reunion” decided that every December 25th each member of the family will receive just what they want… for the last 16 years they have brought their ever growing family for a nice week long reunion in the Rocky Mountains the first week of August. With 4 Children 7 grandchildren and various other family Members including David’s brother and his family the Lee family knows exactly what they are getting for Christmas every year, a trip to Vail. With hiking, biking and golfing, every member has an activity they enjoy right at their finger tips. Of course we can’t over look the kid’s most favorite part, the swimming pool! Thank you to David, Jan, and the rest of the Lee family for making a stay at the Antlers at Vail a tradition. We look forward to sharing 17 more years with you.

Message from David Lee: Antlers, the Christmas gift that is never returned and fits all.  As our four children were finishing there education they were excepting positions all over the country and world.  Being a close family we felt it was important to have at least one annual gathering of the whole family.  Enter the Antlers.

For the past sixteen years our family Christmas present has been a week at the Antlers.  Why the same place for sixteen years?  Simple, everything works well.  The staff, accommodations, location, and size of the facility all   make for an enjoyable vacation.

Many on the staff are long term employees and can handle your needs and the daily maid service is great. We have stayed in one, two and three units and found them well stocked and clean.  The location is just steps away from shopping, dining, and the free Vail bus stop.  We feel the Antlers is a user friendly size of about ninety units.  If you are looking for a giant lobby with a ten foot high flower bouquet it’s not there.  What is there is a comfortable lobby with helpful staff that can handle everything from your ticket needs to church locations.

The Vail scene is vast and the Antlers makes it all work for us.

David and Janis Lee,  Tremont, IL

Blue Sky Grilling, Having a brat up at Blue Sky

One of the best kept secrets (although no one is trying to keep it a secret) is to do some grilling up at Blue Sky Basin for lunch.   They have a couple of grills for everyone to use, free of charge I might add.  Load up a back-back with some brews, your choice of meat, buns and chips and you have yourself a fantastic lunch at 11,000+ feet.   It was a warm one today.  The snow is melting fast.  Closing day for Vail mountain is coming up this Sunday.  Chris R.
Here is Mark Ulmschneider and “CJ” from the Antlers at Vail

Mark having a beer on vacation

Tom, Elaina, Mark, Fausto, Cristina, Chris  and  CJ


Antlers at Vail  guests Fausto and Cristina visiting from Italy

Vail Colorado Russians

The Antlers at Vail has many international visitors.  The highest number of international guests come from Australia, Mexico, Germany, United Kingdom, Brazil, Spain, Venezuela, Argentina, etc.  However, we are also starting to see a number of guests coming from Russia and we are very excited to accommodate them!  Alan Palmer with the Vail International Alliance recently brought some Russian travel agents to visit our fine establishment .  We all had quite the merry time.  Those are not russian hats that they are wearing.  These are the infamous “Antlers” hats.

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The Antlers specialty hats are quite the hit.

Some guests from way up on the 7th floor stopped down and took advantage of the world famous “antlers”.

Stop by the front desk any time for some of your own.  The only catch is you need to send us a picture with you wearing them.

 

Travel Agents from Brazil

A little golf in the sand

 

Another New Challenge

From time to time I have conversations with young professionals in the hospitality industry (usually twenty-somethings).  These days it’s not unusual for them to recount the six or eight different employers they’ve had in a similar number of years. Eventually they ask me how long I’ve been working at the Antlers. When I tell them it’s been thirty-one years they immediately form an “L” with their thumb and forefinger, plaster it to their forehead and proclaim loudly for all to hear, “What a Loser!”

Ok, whatever.

After working at the Antlers since 1978, and the last twenty-two years as General Manager, even people who respect longevity often ask me, “Don’t you ever get bored?” My answer is always the same … The hospitality business is NEVER boring. The old cliché that “every day is different” could not be more true. However, I also have the fabulous good fortune to work for a very unique Homeowners Association. Unlike most HOA’s who operate almost entirely out of self-interest, the Antlers owners have always had a much more worldly view.

With a long history of good corporate citizenship, the Antlers HOA generously supports a plethora of local causes and non-profit organizations. Sometimes that’s a donation of cash or more frequently complimentary rooms as in-kind support. That good will alone makes this an incredibly rewarding place to hang my hat. Beyond that though, the condominium owners here not only give me the freedom to pursue outside interests, but encourage me to do so. While that generally serves the Antlers well in the long run, it takes people with real vision to recognize and understand it.

The local Chambers of Commerce, Bravo Music Festival, the Vail Symposium and others have all benefited (I’d like to think) from the Antlers willingness to participate in a somewhat modified form of executive loan. Needless to say, none of that would be possible if it weren’t for Chris Ratzlaff and the rest of our wonderful staff, picking up the slack.  Ultimately the time and monetary commitment from the Antlers is significant. Of course it also provides for a serious amount of growth and reward for me personally.

CACI 2

Which brings us to this past Tuesday, when I had the honor of being named chair-elect for the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry. CACI serves as the state chamber of commerce (www.cochamber.com). I’ve enjoyed being on that board for a number of years and on the executive committee for the past couple. I was surprised when they asked me if I’d serve as chair in 2011, since the majority of the board members represent large companies like Lockheed Martin, MillerCoors, Qwest, Wells Fargo, etc. I often feel like the country mouse in that arena, with my 40 employees and $5,000,000 in sales. Nevertheless, I guess the collective wisdom was that someone in tourism from the Western Slope, who truly represents small business, would be a healthy departure from the norm. I hope they’re right.

One way or the other, this … a boring job?  You’ve GOT to be kidding. 

Rob