Kids with the famous and in demand “Antlers”
Kids with the famous and in demand “Antlers”
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
This just in….. the Keating family was with us this past March. They sent in this photo with the boys wearing the infamous “Antlers”. Thanks for sending in the pic !
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.
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
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!”
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.
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.
…..and the Wachendorfer’s are just as handsome a couple as they were back then.
Charley and Helen celebrated with 85 of their closest friends on Saturday night, October 3rd right here at the Antlers. Actually the celebration started on Friday and continued until Sunday brunch was over and the final group picture was taken on the pool deck. They came from all over the country (and China) to hold their glasses up for two of the nicest people you’ll ever want to meet.
Their 4 children and all the grandkids along with many from the original wedding party, were treated to old story telling, sing along’s, a wonderful dinner, and a whole lot of dancing. Arguably, this was one of the best weddings I have ever attended 50 years after the wedding.
Thanks Charley and Helen for letting us be part of a very special evening.
Once again the Michela family enjoyed a Vail Summer vacation at the Antlers at Vail. Bob and Catherine had daughters Danielle and Stacy with them, and of course the five grandchildren. They were busy. Gondola rides, hiking, biking, dinner at Blu’s, dinner in the condo, adventure ridge, rebound trampoline, etc. Hope to see you again next summer…..