Vail ski mountain and the Antlers at Vail hotel are not done for the ski season just yet. We have over a another week to go and there isn’t a brown spot on the mountain. Even before the 3-4 inches of snow today, the base on the top of Vail mountain was 77 inches. Sort of sad we’ll be closing in Vail on April 24th. We could probably go until May 24th this year! Rest of this week, stay 3 nights at regular price and get the 4th, 5th and 6th nights free. Rates from $160 per night for a full Vail condo on the river.
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Even though it is April here in Colorado (isn’t it April everywhere?), we still have lots of snow in the high country. The base up on Vail mountain near Mid-Vail is over 80 inches and more snow is expected this Sunday April 10th. Here are a couple of photos and a video from a recent back country hut trip to the Peter Estin hut near Vail Colorado that Chris Ratzlaff (Antlers at Vail Director of All things Big and Small) and Tom Schlader (Antlers Director of Preservation) did this past week.
Powder skiing near Vail, Colorado April 5th
Peter Estin hut about an hour drive (and then a 5 hour hike) from Vail
Video of us measuring the snow outside the Peter Estin Hut, we figured it was around 95-120 inches depending on where you measured
Group of Vail Backcountry skiers, the snow looks good.
Save the date – the Antlers at Vail invites you join us this April 7-9, 2011 for the 21st Annual
TASTE OF VAIL, one of America’s most legendary culinary events.
Unlike any other major wine and food event in the country, Taste of Vail has become known as an intimate, one-of-a-kind opportunity to personally meet and mingle with more than 50 winemakers and winery owners from some of the world’s most premier wine brands, while tasting their fabulous vintages and dining on the culinary creations of Vail’s world-class restaurants and chefs… and of course experiencing one of the world’s most beloved mountain resort destinations before ski season comes to an end!
The Antlers at Vail is proud to be part of this unforgettable event. Your Taste of Vail package for $695 per person (based on two) will include THREE nights mountainside accommodations in a One Bedroom/One Bathroom condominium, plus two tickets for access to Taste of Vail’s three famous signature events ($700 value):
• 6th Annual Colorado Lamb Cook-Off
• Mountain Top Picnic
• Grand Tasting
For more details about Taste of Vail, please visit www.TasteOfVail.com
The skiing has been fantastic and more snow is coming this weekend on Sunday. Vail has a great base and the temps are staying cold making for some nice and dry snow.
Vail’s ski run ” Cow’s Face” is in the background
Skiing Headwall in Sun up Bowl
“Only the Cool Kids”.
Here at the Antlers, it’s a job title and the translation is ”Front Desk Personnel”. We lost a few from last season and they have been replaced through an arduous hiring process. Darci and Chris will screen millions of applicants and ultimately decide who will be accepted to join the crack staff. This seasons winners are…….
Mark Dupont is from Morgan City, LA and still has a bit of a draaaawl. He operates a bed and breakfast with his wife in Palermo, Sicily in the summer and returns to the Antlers to make coffee in the winter. His hobbies include Guinness and a Movie. He also has a great smile.
Joe Pellar is from Schererville, IN and is a huge bear lover. I thought that was why he moved here but realized after conversation that he was speaking of the Chicago football team. He is involved in politics and loves to ski when he’s not working. He is single, available and looking. Look at that smile.
Dan Curtin came here a few years back from Traverse City, MI. His football team is the Detroit Lions and that’s why he moved here. An avid skier who loves the snow, he also hikes hundreds of miles in the summer. I’m not sure of his personal status, but I do know he’s never on the mountain alone, if you catch my drift. Warm / Fuzzy smile.
Tyler Schiffer has assumed some of our front desk “geek stuff”. He hails from Boston but does not speak the language. Mr Big Time Boarder / Skier, he also is single, available and looking. From what I’ve seen, he runs in a pack. All smiles, all the time.
Ryan Leland is new this season but not at the Front Desk because he would not fit. I think he’s like 6’10″. He is the newest member of the Engineering Staff. Originally from Seattle, he does everything in the snow. Personal status: has a girlfriend that is 5’2″. Another continuous smile type.
Speaking for myself, I like everyone that has joined the Antlers Staff this season. I asked Darci and Chris “How do you widdle down all the applicants to a few and then manage to hire such good people?”
Ratz then told me of the secret interview question “Do you know how to smile?”
Coming soon “I was on call the other night when a 911 emergency came through at 3:00AM…….”
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.
30 Days of Fun Things to Do in Vail This June:
1. Mountain Biking
3. Teva Mountain Games – June 2-5, 2011
8. Cattle Round Up at Four Eagle Ranch
15. Jeep Tours
16. Year ‘Round Ice Skating at Dobson Ice Arena
17. Zipline Rides
18. Laser Tag
20. Ride the Vail Gondola
26. Skateboarding at Lionshead Skatepark
27. ATV rides
28. Art Walks
The Antlers at Vail hotel will be starting up our free yoga classes again on Wednesday December 15, they will be running twice a week on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. The classes are being given by Tracy Long who also teaches at the Vail Athletic Club. They are complimentary to guests so please join us for an afternoon of relaxation and stretching after a great day on the hill!
Vail mountain’s new Chair 5 High Noon Express is still being worked on (photo from 11/22/10). A sign nearby says that they’ll be opening in mid-December, so people are a bit worried and bummed. With some of the best early season snow in the last 6-7 years, everyone is ready to get in the Vail Back Bowls to hit the powder. Well, the lift isn’t ready yet, so what are we going to do !
It started me thinking what the old timers, such as Bert Farin (Antlers alumni) and our G.M. Rob LeVine would say. Apparently years ago, Chair 5 was shut down for an entire winter due to a broken bull wheel! I sent both of them an e-mail to see if they remembered the details.
“My first winter in Vail was 78-79. The next season I had moved to Jackson Hole and that was the year Chair 5 was shut down. So it was the winter of 79-80. If I recall, it had to do with the cable. I think they tried to add triple chairs to the old cable and it wasn’t safe, so the State shut down the lift for the whole season. I was in JH so it didn’t affect me, but I was thinking it would suck to be in Vail and not have access to the b.b. Ironically that was a poor snow season in both WY and CO, so maybe it wasn’t the end of the world. I should get double credit for knowing the history even when I wasn’t in town. Bummer about not having the lift ready to go. At least you still have access to China Bowl and Category III (see I am an old dude).”
Rob LeVine responds:
“Proving once again that my memory ain’t so good … I thought it was around 82 or 83. However, I totally trust Bert’s recollection. I do remember how bummed (and pissed) everyone was when it was finally announced, but Bert’s right … it wasn’t a banner year for snow, so it could have been worse.
Not surprisingly, there were folks who would ski down and then either ski out Two Elk trail, or hike back up … similar to the old stories about Pete Seibert and Earl Eaton. You know that “Forever” referred not to how long the run seemed, but to how long it took those pioneers to hike back out. I’m afraid I don’t recall much else.”
Well, hopefully we don’t have much more of a wait…
Come visit us for a casual, funfilled afternoon celebrating the wintery breeds. Bring your Husky, Bernie, St. Bernard or Elkhound.
Interlopers like Cavalier Kings, Min-Pins and yes, even wiener dogs will be graciously tolerated.
Come one, come all. Have a cup of hot wine and a dog biscuit. You decide who gets what.
Pictures with Santa Paws, a prize drawing for a Vail dog sled trip, but mostly just some howling good conversation (who’s your vet?)
Friday, December 17th from 2:00-5:00pm in the Antlers at Vail hotel courtyard. For those that need a room, we are offering a special with a twist. A mountain view Studio suite that night is $280. Instead of the normal $15 extra for pets, if you bring your dog it’s $15 LESS … $265. Free upgrade to a one-bedroom condo if requested. You’ll have to call us direct at 888-268-5377 to book this special day. Entry to event in the courtyard is free.
Maggie, the Antlers wonderdog
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