It’s November 10th!

It’s 2:00 in the PM this particular Monday.   Not just another Monday, but a stormy Monday.

The weather guy in New York told me this morning that Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota would be in for some frigid temperatures this week.  Apparently there is a new polar vortex forcing its way from Alaska and will ultimately consume most of our country.

Colorado Ski Country that is.

It got cold and started snowing on Vail Mountain about 2 hours ago and believe me when I say “it has not let up”.

A few shots around the campus at 2 on the 10th…..

 

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The tranquil Gore Creek got a little colder today.

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Our backyard lawn was mowed just last week.

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We were reminded to turn on the snow-melt system for our courtyard.

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We all have to learn to drive in the snow again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vail Mountain opens the 21st of this month.

If you haven’t made plans……Well?

The Ultimate Vail Hotel Sleep Machine

Vail Hotel Sleep

The rushing waters of the Gore Creek running alongside the Antlers at Vail hotel.

My first night in Vail was much too quiet.

I was all checked into Condo #308 at the Antlers and I was all tuckered out after a long day of meetings and introductions.

I turned off all the lights and climbed into bed when I was struck with the most deafening kind of silence. The room grew so quiet I was actually frightened.

Back in Brooklyn, where I live, I have become used to a lot of noise. A “quiet” night for me involves ambulances, honking horns, and drunk teenagers. Most nights I have to sleep to the manufactured sound of falling rain or ocean waves just to drown it all out.

So to lie in bed, in pitch black nothingness, with only my thoughts was a bit scary. I searched Diane and Jeff’s unit for something, anything, that could relieve me of the horrifying soundlessness. An A/C unit? A fan? But there was nothing.

That’s when it came to me: the perfect noise machine was just outside my window. I rushed back to the bedroom and cranked open the glass. The raging Gore Creek flooded the unit.

I crawled back into bed, finally at peace. Falling asleep to the sounds of the river became one of the greatest moments of relaxation during my week at the Antlers at Vail hotel. I don’t think I’ll sleep that well again for a long time.

Vail America's Best Summer Job BenBenjamin Solomon is the winner of America’s Best Summer Job, a 10-week, all-expenses paid summer job exploring what summer in the Vail Valley has to offer. A freelance writer based in New York, Benjamin has contributed to publications such as Vanity Fair, New York, Travel + Leisure and is the former editor of Next Magazine. Follow his journey on Blog.Vail.com as well as on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #VailBen.

Going, Going, Gone

A while back I posted some pictures of the “drunken tree” that sits just behind the Antlers on Gore Creek.

It’s been leaning for years and this summer the tired old fella finally decided it has had enough.  These pictures were taken in a 3 week time span.

GOING………..

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Natures way of providing us with a new public beach.

Greg

“As the Antlers Turn”………22

It was a Cinderella Story.  This young lady from Toronto, Ontario, Canada hardly burst upon the scene.  She  just flew in under the radar and now is almost a household name (at least at the Antlers…for one day…in the lobby).

Her name is Stella Dasko.  She has only been playing the game of Golf for 8 years and that said, not with a lot of consistency or cemented scheduling.  “John and I love the game and we don’t take ourselves too seriously” is what she would say about herself and her husband of 33 years.  They have been Antlers owners since 1985 and visit as often as they can.  Last week they made another memory.

She stood on the majestic 15th tee box at Vail Muny Golf Course and readied her 7 iron on the 115 yard, downhill, par 3.  It was one of those picture perfect days in our picture perfect valley.  John, who was standing  on the back tee box with Ken from Pennsylvania and Pat from Boulder (witnesses) said “I think I’ll take a picture.”   He caught Stella aligning her shot and thinking to herself “just be the ball.  Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah.”  None of them had ever seen what they were about to witness.

John was on the tee box above. Stella was stoic and full of concentration.

She was ready.  The perfect back swing.  Hips forward on the down swing.  Arms straight and square with her shoulders at impact.  Follow through and RELEASE!  The Titleist is air born and the ball flight is on a perfect trajectory to the flag, or is it?

How did you feel after you hit it?  “I wasn’t sure it was going to get over the Gore Creek and it wouldn’t be the first time I got a ball wet on this hole.”

The pin was forward this particular day and there wasn’t a lot of room between the creek and the flag.  In other words, no room for error.  The little white orb was back dropped by the Colorado blue sky as it traveled for what seemed like minutes.  The distance needed to stay dry was still a question mark.  One of the guys watching the ball flight on the back tee muttered to himself, “get there.”

John shouted down to Stella, who was still holding her finish (much like the famous photo of  Ben Hogan on the last hole of the his last U S Open victory) “Looks good Stella.  That’s all over it.”  (An understatement.)

The little white ball hits the green just in front of the flag stick.  It bounces once than twice, and rolls to the edge of the cup…..and falls in the hole.

BINGO!  The crowd went crazy.  “It’s in the hole.  Holy smokes.  It’s in the hole.  It’s in the hole” could be heard all around the golf course and the nearby bike path.

Congratulations Stella for an accomplishment that many of us hacks wait an entire lifetime for.  I know I’ve been waiting, and waiting, and waiting…..

Pluck the ball, place the flag and move on.

Greg

(Note:  Although I wasn’t there that day to be witness, I was fortunate to play with the happy couple on Friday.  Stella is solid and grounded.  We were all approaching the green on the par 5, eighth hole.  I was in the trap on the right, John was in the trap on the left and Stella was walking around aimlessly looking for her ball.  She was on the back side of the green looking in the rough.  “It was a good shot” she said.  “I thought it was on the green.”  We all started looking.  Stella said “maybe it didn’t make the green.  I’ll check the front.”  She walked by the flag stick and said “never mind. I found it.  It’s in the hole.”  No kidding.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Bighorn Cabin

Greetings hikers!

Bighorn cabin is a private property (although left open as a storm shelter) located at about 10800 feet in the Gore Range Wilderness. A good moderate hike and definitely one of the least steep in the area it is great for those looking to head into the mountains and photograph wildflowers, see some wildlife, and enjoy the great outdoors. The trail used to be a part of an old wagon trail so be sure to look for signs on the sides of the trail to be a part of the old homesteaders travels. You will reach some rock fields, to be sure of the way make sure to look for cairns (rocks stacked up like a tower). Not far from the Antlers in Vail this is a great hike accessible to all. One thing to remember is that parking there is limited so going early or taking the bus is recommended. Also, for the aggressive hiker this is a good way to reach the Grand Traverse which is a long ridge at the height of 12000 ft designed for mountain bikers and expert hikers.

Here is a terrain map provided by Google showing the basic route up to the cabin and some other trail heads in the area.


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Enjoy!

Tyler

Take a hike!, a short one along Gore Creek outside the Antlers

If you are taking a day off from skiing but still need to get out for a few minutes into the fresh air, just go for a quick stroll along Vail’s Gore Creek just outside the Antlers.  The path goes for about a 1/2 mile to the west towards the Cascade Hotel.  We didn’t get any pictures but you can usually count 4-10 ducks that spend the winter in the creek.  Sure looks cold to me.

Snowshoe along (and on top) of Gore Creek

This might be for the more adventurous or if you are from Minnesota where we are used to walking along frozen lakes.  Take a snowshoe on top of the frozen Gore Creek passing the other Vail hotels and shops in town.  But be aware, you will fall through a couple of times (I sure did), but the water is pretty low this time of year so you don’t fall in very far.  You can rent snow shoes at most sport shops in town, such as Vail Ski Base.  If that isn’t your cup of tea (or cold water), take a free ride up the gondola after 2pm and snowshoe around the top of Vail mountain with the incredible views.

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Sarah, Chris and Maggie are out ahead

Gore Creek Hiking December 31

Vail received 7 inches of snow up on the mountain but only 4 inches down in the Valley.  None-the-less, it allowed the mountain to open up China Bowl and Blue Sky Basin !  More on the way this weekend per the weather man.  Instead of skiing today, some of us went for a hike and snow-shoe up at Gore Creek, one of the more popular hikes around Vail Colorado.  We had fresh snow and blue sky.

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New Vail Lodging Website for Antlers

We are happy to present a new face on the web for Anters at Vail, Condos and Conference Center. We just launched our new web site about a week ago, and we hope you are enjoying the new look!

Our Vail lodging is located along lovely Gore Creek, in the Lionshead area facing Vail Mountain. When you stay at Antlers, you are just 150 yards from Vail’s Gondola and a moment from the free in-town shuttle. The hotel is conveniently located to Vail’s main shopping, restaurants and nightlife area.

We do everything we can to make sure your Vail vacation will be all you wanted and more than you expected. Along with being conveniently located near most everything you could want to see in Vail, we have enough going on here at the hotel that you may want to spend a day by our outdoor pool, alternating between our two hot tubs. We have a heated walkway as well as changing rooms and nice fluffy pool towels for your use.

If you are not worn out from your ski day, or if winter sports aren’t your thing, we also have a fitness room at our Vail Resort.  It offers up to date Precor equipment; including treadmill, stationary bike, and an elliptical, Parabody free weights, and private changing rooms with showers. Since our room is a bit on the small side, the Antlers also has complimentary passes for Vail’s Premier Athletic Club, the Vail Athletic Club, a short bus ride away in Vail village.

Welcome to Antlers at Vail!

Welcome to Antlers at Vail!

What about business? Antlers has free high-speed internet access in all our rooms. Simply bring your computer, we have complimentary network cords and wireless routers at the front desk for you to use in your room. Antlers has a convenient business center with three computers for quick internet access. You can also take advantage of the printers and a copy machine. We want to make sure when you hold your business retreat in Vail, you have all the amenities you need.

On the other end of things, if you are traveling with your family – and that includes the members with four legs, we’ve got that covered too! Antlers is Vail pet-friendly lodging. We look forward to greeting you and your dog or cat with a non-prohibitive additional fee.

As you can tell, there is a lot going on at Antlers, and we wanted to present our web site in a manner that was easy to navigate and clear. We are confident that you will be pleased with the breathtaking views and cozy setting for your travel in Vail. Looking forward to seeing you soon.