My Holy Cross hiking experience

Hello, I am Tyler the new night shift guy at Antlers in Vail. Just last week a friend of mine came out from Massachusetts to camp and hike Mt. of the Holy Cross just around the corner from us in Minturn. We had a great time from start to finish and I recommend the hike to any moderately experienced hiker. Not having a car, we took the bus to the I70 exit 171 and walked to the trailhead on our first day. It was only about 10 miles at 10000 feet so it was a good warmup for my friend who was still adjusting to the lack of oxygen. We camped at the trailhead overnight which was my first time camping in these mountains. Got a pretty heavy thunderstorm that night, had a deer curiously investigate our camp, and managed to forget only one item for our entire trip… eating utensils. So we made due with what we had, some sticks shaped like a Y wrapped in duct tape! Not to confuse anyone, let it be known that this is a one day(8-10 hour) hike, we just decided to make it two since we had no car and wanted to camp anyways.

The next day we woke up early (highly suggested for this hike as the mountain is known to create bad weather) and continued on towards the top. The trail crosses over Notch mountain and down into the valley between the two mountains, then back up along the rocky North Ridge for the final ascent. The last 2 miles or so you are clambering over some pretty large boulders to reach the top so watch your footing, especially if it rained. Once we reached the top we had a great view of the Rockies in all directions, we could see the back bowls of Vail Ski Area and Eagles Nest, and you are standing on top of a massive rock face descending to the valley below and the Bowl of Tears, a lake in the valley. Well worth the trip, we signed the register and decided to head back down since it looked like bad weather was approaching. The only drawback to this whole hike is when you are leaving, you must climb again over Notch mountain to get home. Not fun when you just hiked 6 miles there and your legs are sore. Still, overall the hike was an awesome experience, especially for me since I worked as a lifty at Vail Ski Resorts last year and nearly everyday I saw that peak to the southwest and yearned to climb it. Now I have, and I recommend you try it too.

This is a basic map depicting how to get to the trailhead, and then the North Ridge trail to the summit.  Zoom out to see other points such as Antlers in Vail and the road leading to the trailhead.

View Holy Cross North Ridge in a larger map

A Fond Farewell

It’s been great year and a half, but I’m sorry to say that I’m moving on from the Antlers. The greener (but only because of all the damn rain) pastures of Seattle await. Thank you to everyone who has made it such a pleasure working here, the owners, frequent guests, and most of all, the rest of our awesome staff. I’m going to miss you guys. But I’ll be back to visit, because who can really leave behind the gorgeous Vail Valley and the colorful cast of characters here at the Antlers? So until then it’s not goodbye, it’s see you later!

Rob Gray

Vail International Dance Festival 2010

Kicking off this week in Vail is the Vail International Dance Festival!

It runs from July 27th throught Aug. 10th

This legendary festival draws artists from around the world, who come to perform in Vail’s spectacular setting. A few highlights this year include the Beijing Dance/LDTX, the American premiere of Natalia Hills and Gabriel Miss’s tango show, a new work by Larry Keigwin, as well as performances by The Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Paul Taylor Dance Company.

The first show was with Savion Glover. Personally I’ve not had the chance to see Mr. Glover, but I have heard enough great things that I myself, am headed to the show. The Antlers still has some availability for the festival, so make your way to Vail and see some great performances.

Broadway Ballent & Beyond is on Sunday night August 1st at 7:30pm
Paul Taylor Dance August 2nd 7:30pm
Dance for 20.10 August 3rd 7:30pm
Beijing Dance August 4th 7:30pm

and more…

For a full schedule please check out the Vail International Dance Festival website.

Greg Gone Green

What is happening to me?

I woke up this morning and as 300,000,000 other Americans or so do, I brushed my teeth.  Big difference though on this particular morning; I turned the water off while I moved the Johnson & Johnson, soft bristle, blue handled Flintstone toothbrush from side to side.  For 30 or 40 seconds I didn’t waste water.

I’m not usually a breakfast person, but on this day I felt like eggs and maybe a slice of watermelon.  I look into the bowels of my refrigerator and no eggs or watermelon or anything else that wasn’t in a beer can.  I need to go to my local grocer and restock.  I gather my car keys and some currency.  I start the car and have no gas.  Leaning against the wall in front of the car is my bike.  “Why not”, I say to myself.  I peddle to the City Market, purchase what fits it my back pack and proceed home for what is now a well deserved breakfast.  Didn’t have to buy gas, drive the car, use those plastic grocery bags and I got some excersise.   

When I’m at work here at the Antlers, I move around the building quite a bit.  I also wait alot for an elevator.  Today I decide to take the steps rather than stare at the floor looking stupid while I waste precious minutes of my life wondering if the cable car will ever come to my floor.  “Walk the steps” I tell myself.  “I’ll get there faster, help preserve my girlish figure and I can save the Antlers a dime”.  Those elevators use a lot of energy.

I get home from work and want to eat again.  The few dishes I have are dirty.  I wash them by hand.  Everything tastes better on the BBQ grill.  No reason to use 4 stove tops and an oven.  I need music when I eat (blues for BBQ, Sinatra for Italian sausage, etc), but the light bulb burned out over the stereo, so I replace it with a flourescent. I check my e-mails before I go to bed and then turn my computer off.  Now it’s time to brush my teeth again.

Nothing is really happening to me.  It just all seems to make sense.

Vail snow report and Antlers at Vail ski conditions, March 29

Sunshine baby !  Wonderful snow and warm temps today.  I only had an hour and a half for skiing so I stuck to the front side of Vail mountain.  Groomers were great and the bumps on the top 1/2 of the mountain were still soft.  I would assume that the Back Bowls were good after Noon with good corn skiing.  Enjoy the pics….    Chris R.

Sarah at the top at Eagle’s nest

Vail groomers from Chair # 3

The grooming train

Gore Range from the Pride chairlift

“Antlers” racing in the Korbel Conway Cup

Some of our daring and talented Antlers at Vail staff participated in the Korbel Conway Cup Wednesday March 17th.  The Antlers racing team included Rob, Amy, Tom and Thom. Besides it being St. Patrick’s Day, showcasing their skills and our world famous “antlers” was a reason to look like this:

In its inaugural year, the Conway Cup presented by Korbel is a community race featuring 40 four-person teams in a dual-format race.  The winning team will earn entry into the Korbel Ford Cup, along with VIP access and gift bags.  The second and third place teams will also walk away with American Ski Classic swag, like VIP bags, social invitations or VIP access.  All proceeds benefit the Conway Family Fund.

update:  later that day…   Wide World of Sports, the agony of defeat

~ Aisha