“As the Antlers Turn”……17

The Case of the Bathroom Bandits

One of the routines around here happens the first thing every morning.  The pool gates are unlocked and the changing rooms are opened for cleaning.  It’s always an adventure to open those changing room doors to see what might have been left behind from the night before.  Usually though, it’s just several  dirty towels, a bathing suit, one flip flop and maybe some underwear.  This particular morning was a total surprise.

Brian, one of our cracker jack houseman, was first on the scene.  He opened the west changing room door and noticed it didn’t want to move any further than a few inches.  He put his shoulder into it to force the door ajar.  Once inside, he knew he had to call a supervisor.  “Gladys, could you come down to the pool please?”

Tell me what you saw Brian. “Every towel (about 50 of them) had been thrown from their cubbie storage and soaked with water.  Toilet paper rolls had been stuffed down the throat of the porcelain throne. The soap bottles had been emptied and smeared on the mirrors and walls.”

We've limited these pictures to protect the innocence of others. Some things are just too graphic.

It took two cracker jacks 3 hours to clean up the mess.  “We just do our job and move along”, he told me.  “Some kids think this is funny.  I don’t because my Grandma (Millie Barela) told me not to do stupid things or she would tell my Mom and Dad”.

At 3:30 that afternoon the front desk got the call that shocked the staff.  A guest explained from the emergency phone at the pool “Someone has made a total disaster of the changing room down here.  Could someone come and clean up the mess?”

The Banditoes had struck again and in broad daylight! What fearlessness these criminals posses!  We knew we had to call in a private investigation team.

We contacted the Mariah Davis Team, LLC (Darci’s Daughter). Their motto:  “We Know Mischief  Because We’ve Done It.   Let Our Experience Work For You”.

Mariah Davis. We were thrilled she took the case.

 

 

She would not be able to crack the case without her two assistants Emily and Katy Radcliffe. They would go undercover and blend in as guests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They went to work immediately.  Their professionalism was extraordinary.  Interviewing the rest of the commoners, dusting for finger prints and taking into account, of all things, bicycles and who owned them.  I asked “Why the bikes?”  Mariah looked at me with an unflappable expression and said “They will need a get-a-way device.  Now please let us do our job.”

The next morning the changing room at the pool was in total disarray again!  Three times in 24 hours.  Of course Brian was first to spot the damage and called to report it.  He was interviewed by Mariah, Emily and Katy for clues but only kept repeating “I’m really getting sick of cleaning this bathroom.”

Then the break came that the Team was looking for.  Two people of undisclosed age were throwing towels and linens off the 7th floor balcony and there were witnesses.  Mariah quickly grabbed a bicycle and brought it to the lobby.  “What are you doing that for?” she was asked.

“Now we wait.  They’ll be here” she said with certainty.

BRILLIANT!

The trap had been set and now all we had to do was wait…and wait….and wait.

Almost 10 minutes had gone by and as predicted, the two vandals walked into the Lobby to report that one of their bikes had been stolen.  BUSTED.

They were detained in our Lobby and the Kangaroo Court that had already tried and convicted them of these hideous crimes, only needed to render a sentence.  Since we are a kinder/gentler property we decided only to give them a good tongue lashing.  They were released under the custody of their parents.

The Antlers needs to express our appreciation to Mariah and her assistants, Emily and Katy, for solving this case without any real inconvenience to other guests.  They are the consummate professionals.

 

For the benefit of other properties we have released this photo of the two young men.

Beware. These two could check into your Hotel next.

 

 

Vail’s Oktoberfest party and beer celebration

It is just that time !   Vail’s Oktoberfest is the yearly festival of beer, music and fall. It is a time to dust off the lederhosen, throw on the dirndl, and toast your steins to the most popular party in the world.

The Town of Vail is hosting two full weekends of oom pah parties, lively demonstrations and traditional German fare in Lionshead and Vail Village. Festivities include brat-eating and Beck’s Keg Bowling contests, yodeling and alpenhorn blowing, and Bavarian dancing. Oktoberfest is two full weekends the whole family will enjoy.  It is in Lionshead near the Antlers at Vail condominiums on September 9 – 11 and then down in Vail Village September 16 – 18.  Both Schedules can be printed here.  The Antlers at Vail will have Vail room rates from $156 per night during this weekends, but these mountain view, Studio suite units will book up early, so call soon.

Party in Lionshead

Fancy lake and Fancy Pass hike to Missouri lakes

Fancy Pass and Fancy Lake loop hike going to Missouri Lakes up in the Holy Cross Wilderness area is one of those “must do” type of Vail area hikes if you are spending a week or more in the Vail Valley.  It is moderate day hike and takes anywhere from 4.5 to 6 hours.  It is a 45 minute drive each way from Vail but well worth it.  It is South from Vail on Highway 24 through the towns of Minturn and Redcliff.  Get directions at the Antlers at Vail front desk.  The trail starts at an elevation of 10,100 feet and can top out at 12,600 so you are quite high up.

 Fancy lake (seen in picture above) is the first stop on this counter clockwise hike.  But you can do the hike in either direction.  You can do Missouri lakes first in a clockwise direction and then over Fancy pass, then down pass Fancy Lake and back to the trailhead.


View Fancy Pass, Missouri Lakes loop in a larger map

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There are some steep trails as you head up above timberline

Lots of snow out here for August 10th, wow

The top of Fancy Pass at 12,600 feet (we think)

Upper Missouri Lake

 Some Llamas enjoying a hike of their own

Lower Missouri Lake

Another hiking bridge

Wildflowers up in the Holy Cross Wilderness area, with plenty of snow for mid-August

 

Sage Adventures Vail Razor buggy tour

A couple of us went on a Polaris Razor off road adventure tour with Vail’s Sage Adventures whose Vail adventure office is over in Lionshead, just 100 yards from the Antlers at Vail condominiums.  The site of the jeep riding was about 30 minutes west of Vail near Castle Peak.   Our tour guide “Cole” set us up with our machines and off we went.   We climbed quite a bit of vertical to get to altitude and it was a nice pretty area with specatuclar views.  We were searching for some moose that Cole said were up there but we just ran into a few deer (well, maybe we didn’t RUN into them).  The Panageas family staying at the Antlers at Vail during this week, was also on the tour.  Dad and all three kids all rode in one buggy.  Mom was at the conference at the Marriott (too bad for mom.)  $330 gets you the buggy for a 2.5 hour tour + snack, etc.  Nice package when you can get 4 people for the ride.  Beats a jeep tour in my book.  Chris R.


Driving some Razorbacks near Wolcott Colorado, just 25 minutes from Vail and the Antlers at Vail

Dad the driver and three kids along for the ride !

Experienced Rednecks

Helmets on and ready to go

Cole from Sage Adventures is pointing out the view to the New York mountain range and the Beaver Creek resort.

The Panageas family out in front

A horseman watching his sheep up near Castle Peak

Meadow Mountain mountain biking trail

Meadow mountain bike loop and trail is one of the “classic” mountain bike routes in and near the Antlers at Vail condominiums located in Vail, Colorado. To get there from the Antlers hotel, drive West on Insterstate 70 to exit 171. Go south on Hwy 6 (take a right) underneath the freeway and as you go south you’ll almost immediately pull into the U.S. forest service station, on the right again. Park here and suit up. Ride your mtn bike south through the parking lot and start climbing for 7 miles or so and 2000+ vertical feet. As you go up there will really only be one fork in the road (about 1/2 of the way up). Take a right here and keep climbing. After about an hour (or more) you’ll come to the little cabin. Take a much needed rest and have some lunch. Directly to the north (heading west) is the single track. It descends through the woods for what seems like miles. It goes back and forth constantly but for the most part is completely rideable. When you are getting close to the freeway you’ll come to a fork. Take the fork to the left, continue to Eagle Vail. You’ll come out by the high-school and the Par 3 golf course. Ride through Eagle Vail, hop back on Hwy 6 and ride back East (couple of miles) to your car at the Forest Service station.


View Meadow Mountain line shack single track in a larger map
One of the classic mountain biking trails near Vail, Colorado

Big views going up Meadow Mountain

Cabin at the top of the loop.

Single track on the way back down to interstate 70 and Eagle Vail

Whitney Lake hike, near Vail, up homestake road

Whitney Lake hike is a pleasant hike not far from the Antlers at Vail and the town of Vail Colorado.  One needs to drive about an hour to get there.  Head west out of Vail until you get to Dowd Junctino exit 171 off of I-70.  Next head south for 13 miles on highway 24 heading through the town of Minturn, up over Battle Mountain pass.  Cross the big green bridge (you won’t miss it), go another couple of miles and then take a right onto Homestake road.  This road is numbered #703 by the forest service and again is about 13 miles south of I-70.  When you turn onto homestake road you need to drive another 4.6 miles on this rocky (sometimes dusty) road.  You’ll find the sign to the trail just on the right of the road with parking on the left side of the road.  The trail head starts around 9100 in elevation and tops out at the lake at 10956.  Length one way is 2.5 miles, so it isn’t TOO long.  The views can be spectacular.


View Whitney Lake in a larger map

Up at the lake, watch for the trout jumping in the lake

New bridge for stream crossing

Be careful on the stream crossing, the bridge is thin

Trout in the lake

Camp robber

USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Vail Colorado

Antlers at Vail Room rates are 35% off for the USA Pro cycling Challenge August 24-26th.  Riverside/mountain view Studio suite rooms from $156 per night with a full size kitchen.

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is the most demanding bike race ever held on American soil, with racers experiencing breathless altitudes, day after day. The race is on the level of the Tour de France, bringing the high speeds, danger and adrenaline of professional biking to elevations over 2 miles high in some of the most picturesque terrain in the world—the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  August 25th is Stage 3 of the USA Cycling Challenge and is the Vail Time Trial going up the old Highway 6 road towards Vail Pass.  It starts right from Vail village.  August 26th will be Stage 4 of USA Cycling Challenge and goes from Avon Colorado to Steamboat.

Here is the “TEAM ANTLERS” bicycling team who should be around town watching the races in August.  Come join us !

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

5 Reasons to Enjoy Vail’s Early Season Snow

Antlers at Vail’s Early Tracks Package offers excellent value on lodging, lift tickets

Enjoy early snow, great deals at the Antlers at Vail hotel
Photo by Jack Affleck

Vail, Colorado — June 30, 2011— The Antlers at Vail hotel’s new Early Tracks Package (November 18 – December 15, 2011) offers a four-night, four-day stay-and-ski deal with the fourth night free. The Antlers offers a variety of room sizes/prices starting at $599 per person for 4 people in a 2-bedroom condo – and the price includes four-day lift tickets for each person! Colorado skiers and boarders know that the early season brings great snow deals without the crowds. Need more convincing?

Top 5 Reasons Why Vail’s Early Snow Season Rocks

1. Be among the first to lay tracks on the pristine new snow (like in this video).

2. Enjoy early season deals on lift tickets, equipment rental and lodging.

3. Fewer crowds = shorter lift lines = more runs.

4. Preview the season’s latest ski equipment when it’s brand spankin’ new.

5. Enjoy the bragging rights that come with being one of the first to experience Vail Mountain!

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 or visit the Antlers web site at www.antlersvail.com.

Media Contacts: Rob LeVine, General Manager, Antlers at Vail, RLeVine@antlersvail.com, 970.476.2471; or Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, darla@wordenpr.com, 307.734.5335

 

Congratulations!

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!