Vail Jazz festival and FREE Thursday Jazz at Vail Square, 150 yards from the Antlers at Vail

Jazz at Vail Square returns to Lionshead this summer with the first of nine  free shows at Vail Square just 150 yards from the Antlers at Vail hotel in Vail.  Free concert from 6-8pm on Thursdays. Presented in a tented venue  seating 300+, this dynamic concert series features national jazz artists with  styles ranging from Swing to straight ahead, Latin Jazz to the American  Songbook. Whether you enjoy the show from a seat in a nearby restaurant, or  from the front row with a cocktail, Jazz @ Vail Square creates intimate jazz  experiences that you won’t soon forget.  Seating is first come, first served, and the concerts go on under the tent  rain or shine.  Visit Vail Jazz Foundation for more information and a full listing of this summer’s activities.

 

Hiking Mt Sherman 2011

Mt Sherman Hike (14,036′)
A decent short 14er for those who want to notch the first one on their belts. It takes about 4 hours to reach the top and return. The land may seem brown and lifeless compared to some other 14ers however; it is rich in mining history as can be seen from the scattered mining structures all around the area. This was one I could see from the ridgeline very near to the top of Sherman.

When my fellow Antlers employee Dan and I hiked it on June 27th, it still had snow fields to cross at the start of the hike. However, we got through easy enough without too much post holing (and a slight deviation from the trail that turned into a lot more work than expected… DANNNN). Still, the rest of the trail was clear and easy going once we started gaining elevation. The most exhilarating thing about this hike was the wind that day. Sherman is very very exposed so a windbreaker/rain jacket is a MUST or you will risk being exposed to the elements that make hiking very uncomfortable.

A little bit windy up there

Only 40 a minute drive away from the Antlers here in Vail it was definitely a great day hike and a good first 14er for any moderate hiker looking to reach the next level. Make sure to add to the wind walls when you reach the top and sign the registry!!!

After we added another foot or so it still wasn't very helpful

Gore Lake and Deluge Lake Trail Hiking in Vail

Just recently I took a hike up to Deluge lake with a few of my friends around town.  It was a really awesome hike with plenty of great views.  Early on I was a bit nervous because it took almost 45 minutes to really lose site of the highway (which when you’re hiking is not the view you expect).  However, once we rounded a mountain side and started up the valley towards the lake I knew that the hike was well worth it.  It was the kind of mountain valley you would see in a movie with green fields, white rocks, and Deluge Creek running down the middle.  Although it was a more difficult hike, it was well worth the trip in the end.  Definitely wait until July or later to do this trail as when we tried in early June we were stopped about halfway by the 4ft of remaining snow.


View Deluge Lake and Gore Creek Hiking Trails in a larger map

This is a map of the Gore Creek and Deluge Lake trails which leave from the same trailhead right in our backyard of East Vail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gore Creek


View of the Gore Range. This is looking NORTH towards Gore Lake and Deluge Lake trails.

 

Vail Summer Snow tubing on Vail mountain

Vail’s gondola opens up this weekend (June 3-5) and with a bit of snow still up on the top of Vail Mountain, they are opening up the tubing hill and the kids snowmobiling area.  Don’t worry, down in town it is all green and the flowers are out, but YES, us locals are a bit sick of the snow up on our mountains.  The climbing wall and bungee trampoline are also open.  The gondola will run from 10am – 6pm and then the tubing and snowmobiling are available 11am – 5pm.  If you signed up for an Epic Pass for next year, your current pass will get you up.

Tubing   $25

Tubing + Lift  $39

Tubing + Lift +Lunch  $44

 

Blues, Brews, and BBQ

The summer festival season is about to begin starting with the Blues, Brews and BBQ happening Memorial Day weekend in Beaver Creek. Enjoy live music and BBQ from around the country! Beaver Creek is also kicking off its summer culinary demonstration series the same weekend.

Amy, Darci, and Katie enjoying a brew!

Free Events Schedule:

12:00 – 6:00pm:  Brews and BBQ on the plaza
12:00 – 4:00pm:  Kids activities
12:00pm, 1:30pm, & 3:00pm:  Culinary Demonstrations

Free Entertainment Schedule:
Saturday, May 28
12:00pm – 2:00pm Tommy Thomas & the Working Man’s Band
2:30pm – 4:00pm Seth Walker
4:30pm – 6:00pm Eric Lindell

Sunday, May 29
12:00pm – 2:00pm Seth Walker
2:30pm – 4:00pm Tommy Thomas & the Working Man’s Band
4:30pm – 6:00pm Eric Lindell

 

Antlers at Vail Peddles to Summer Mountain Bikers

Hotel offers convenient location, knowledgeable staff, value pricing

The Vail Valley offers numerous bike trails for all ages and abilities

April 20, 2011 – Vail, CO – “I was going so fast, I wondered if I’d need a runaway truck ramp like the ones they have on I-70!” a biker quipped after a thrilling ride down the Vail Mountain bike trail. With the Vail Gondola offering transport for people and bikes to the top, those who prefer downhill cruising to uphill climbing will find plenty to enjoy in and around Vail.

The Antlers at Vail hotel is a conveniently located home base – rated #1 in Vail Specialty Lodging by TripAdvisor readers – with comfortable condominiums just footsteps from the Gore Creek trail and darned close to the Vail Gondola. The Antlers knowledgeable staff can suggest trails, and nearby shops like Charter Sports, Vail Bike Tech and Bike Valet offer bicycle and helmet rentals for adults and kids. Both Vail and Beaver Creek offer summer maps for navigating the area’s 340+ miles of biking trails. Guests who reserve rooms by June 1, 2011 can save 25% to 40% off regular prices, with rates for a studio suite starting as low as $144 per night.

Riders looking for a summertime challenge can join the Antlers team for the 10th Annual Comcast Colorado Eagle River Ride on Saturday, July 23. The tour begins in Beaver Creek and brings riders along the scenic banks of the Colorado and Eagle rivers, and riders can choose from the 100-mile, 68-mile and 42-mile routes. The fee is $90 until June 24, $100 for those who register before July 22, and $130 on the day of the event; proceeds benefit the youth nonprofit, SOS Outreach. Riders of all levels are welcome, and new riders receive a customized Antlers team jersey.

The Antlers is also a sponsor for the Runner’s World and Bicycling Magazine “Pursuit” Package August 18-21, 2011. This all-inclusive weekend features celebrity hosted runs and rides plus dining at Vail’s premier restaurants, luxury lodging, activities and more. For those who enjoy watching the pros, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge features elite professional teams and athletes from around the world in Vail and Avon August 25 and 26, 2011.

Since 1972, the Antlers has offered a unique Vail lodging experience in a relaxed mountain setting. The Antlers Vail condominiums – named the ‘Green Business of the Year’ by the Vail Valley Partnership Success Awards – is also proud to be a Green Star rated business. With condominiums ranging from studio suites up to four bedrooms and plenty of space to spread out, each room at the Antlers offers all the comforts of home including fully-equipped kitchens, fireplaces, outdoor balconies, free Internet access and free parking in a heated indoor garage. The Antlers Vail is conveniently located in the Lionshead area of Vail with numerous restaurants, galleries and shops within walking distance, and the free Vail town shuttle stops just footsteps away. For more information, call 1-800-843-8245.

Vail Summer Activities Guide | 30 Days of June Giveaway

Share Your Favorite and You Could Win a 2-Night Stay at the Antlers

It’s not too soon to think about next summer — especially when the Antlers offers special pricing during June 2011 as part of its “30 Days of June” promotion. A studio suite starts at just $140 per night for a two-night stay, and June’s packed calendar guarantees that guests of all ages will find plenty to see and do.

We’ve included a list of some of our favorite fun warm-weather activities in the list below, and we’d love to hear about your favorite reasons to come to Vail in the summertime. Leave a comment below and you’ll be automatically entered to win a free 2-night stay at the Antlers. We’ll choose the lucky winner on July 1, 2011. Be sure to include a working e-mail address with your comment, and don’t worry — we won’t share it with a soul.

Good luck!

30 Days of Fun Things to Do in Vail This June:

1.    Mountain Biking

2.    Horseback Riding

3.    Teva Mountain Games – June 2-5, 2011

4.    Rebound Trampoline at Adventure Ridge

5.    Hiking

6.    Kayaking

7.    Rollerblading

8.    Cattle Round Up at Four Eagle Ranch

9.    Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

10. Dino Dig at Adventure Ridge

11. Golfing

12. Mini-Golf

13. Fishing

14. Whitewater Rafting

15. Jeep Tours

16. Year ‘Round Ice Skating at Dobson Ice Arena

17. Zipline Rides

18. Laser Tag

19. Bowling

20. Ride the Vail Gondola

21. Vilar Center for the Arts

22. Adventure Ridge Discovery Center

23. Hot Air Ballooning

24. Night Vision River Rafting

25. Colorado Ski Museum

26. Skateboarding at Lionshead Skatepark

27. ATV rides

28. Art Walks

29. Vail Farmers’ Market and Art Show

30. Hot Summer Nights Concert Series

Vail moose are on the loose

The Vail moose are roaming around Lionshead again.  Picture from today September 22.  Here they are by the Lionshead bus stop.  A few days ago they almost came in the Antlers at Vail courtyard!  Yikes.

Bigger "baby moose" in Lionshead Wednesday

Baby moose outside Antlers this past Spring

When it was a baby

Vail Firefighters Combat Challenge at Altitude

Vail Firefighter Combat Challenge, August 28 – 29, 2010
The “toughest 2 minutes in sports” Vail Firefighter Combat Challenge is scheduled for Ford Park parking lot on August 28-29, beginning at noon on Saturday the 28th at 10am on Sunday the 29th. There will be a special “Kids’ Firefighter Combat Challenge” that the kids will love. Bring the family.

The Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge provides a snapshot of one of the most physically demanding and respected of occupations.  It is an intense, spirited competition that demonstrates to the viewing public the nature of the job – and no job is more dependant upon the physical prowess of its work force.  The Challenge is an embodiment of the essence of firefighting – an urgent race against time, and time is the mortal enemy of firefighters as fire doubles in size every 90 seconds!  Visit www.firefighterchallenge.com for more information.


Vail Flowers, Vail Fun & camp; Adventure!

We were fortunate enough to plan our schedules and get a lot of the family up to Vail last weekend – end of July. The Michela /Pignetti kids (that is, our two daughters and their 5 children) had lots of fun, despite the afternoon showers – cycling, time at the Antlers condominiums pool, going up on the mountain for bungee-trampoline and rock wall climbing – they had a blast! Hope to do it again next summer in Vail!

Vail flowers

Vail’s climibing wall at the top of the gondola

Snowitch Aug 5, 2010