Taste of Vail

The 20th annual Taste of Vail got under way on Thursday, April 8th with several events including the Lamb Cook-Off and Apres Ski Tasting.  Local chefs were quite creative in their lamb dishes and participating wineries showcased an assortment of wines.  The weather was perfect and quite a crowd attended.

The 2nd Place winner was a lamb tamale topped with jicama slaw and green chili from the restaurant Ocotillo located in the Vail Marriott. The sample margarita was sweet and tangy. (I really wished it was full sized.)

Festivities continue today with several seminars and with the popular Mountain Top Picnic.  Saturday is the final day ending the food feast. The big daddy of food and wine tasting is the Grand Tasting and Dinner Dance at the Vail Mountain Marriott Saturday night. This main event features all Taste of Vail restaurants, wineries, and guest chefs. For a complete schedule of events and ticket information please call 970-926-5665 or visit www.tasteofvail.com

– Darci

Spring break in the Rockies, Vail Colorado

4 More inches of snow today.  I didn’t get up on the hill but everyone is all smiles.  Soft snow and sunshine.  Here is a picture I took with my camera phone this afternoon around 3pm.  It is spring break in the Colorado Rockies.  There are plenty of families here for the next two weeks through April 11th.  After that we have one more week that the ski mountain is open (April 11 – 18th).  The Antlers at Vail hotel is running a “Snowball Special”, check it out on our specials page.   The weather will be blue bird skies the next 2 days with snow perhaps coming again on Wednesday.  It’ll be a great time to get in the Back Bowls.  Chris R.

Vail Colorado, Spring break in the Rockies

How To Not Look Like a Gaper

Gaper [gey-per] noun:
1. A skier or snowboarder who is completely clueless.
2. An acronym meaning Guaranteed Accident Prone on Every Run.
(courtesy urbandictionary.com)

This evening, ladies and gentlemen, I offer a few pointers from a local which should not only make you more fashionable on the slopes, but also improve your overall skiing experience when you stay at The Antlers. Without further ado, Gray’s helpful hints:

Rule #1: No Jeans. Ever. I know Shaun White and the U.S. Snowboarding team just wore denim styled snowboard pants at the Olympics, but the jury is still out on these. If for some reason you must wear your Levi’s on the slope, at the very least, please do not tuck them into your boots.

Rule #2: Use courtesy when putting down the bar on the lifts. We understand that not everyone is comfortable riding without the safety bar down, but it makes for an awkward ride up when you crack the guy sitting next to you on the helmet before the chair has even left the lifthouse. Give everyone a few seconds to settle in and then ask, “Hey, do you mind if we put the bar down?”

Rule #3: When you tuck on a catwalk, be conscious of where poles are. If they’re in your armpits, chances are they’re pointing straight up to the sky and signaling to the entire mountain that you don’t know what you’re doing. This is known as a “texas tuck,” and it is not good form. Instead, cross your hands behind your back and your poles will remain in a neutral, ground-pointing direction. See the second gentleman in this photo for an example:

Rule #4: Mind your “Gaper Gap.” Good: You’re wearing a helmet. Bad: You’re feeling a draft across your forehead. Problem: You’ve got a gaper gap; a significant gap between your helmet (or hat) and goggles. Exposing your forehead to the elements can leave you both chilly and with a ridiculous sunburn. Solution: Wear a headband or hat under your helmet, pull you helmet down or push your goggles up, or bring your helmet when you buy a new pair of goggles to make sure they sync up well and vice-versa.

Classic Gaper Gap (image courtesy backcountry.com)

Rule #5: Surprisingly, one-pieces and neon colors are in. Leave the cowboy hat and Starter jackets at home and break out the green and pink jacket with the purple pants. If anyone questions you tell them you’re being “ironic” and you should be in the clear.

Rule #6: Most importantly, have fun. Break every one of these rules, if you feel like it. If you wanna ski in jeans a cowboy hat, do it. This takes precedence over every other rule. Except rule #2. Please, please, please give me a heads up before you drop the safety bar on my leg.


Midweek Visit to Vail Mountain

Since I had been feeling better  I took to the slopes February 2nd Tuesday morning. Wow, was I reminded of how great it is to be on Vail Mountain when there are no crowds! The Gondola, Game Creek, Chair 5, Chair 11 and Chair 4; no lines! It was heaven for those who have only hours before they have to work. My runs were in the glistening sun and as though I was all alone; it was one of my favorite days on the mountain. I hope your upcoming days here in Vail mirror my Tuesday morning and if you haven’t booked your accommodations here at the Antlers at Vail, well we’re here waiting 🙂

Going up Game Creek Express

Going up Game Creek Express

Taking in the sights on Lion's Way

Taking in the sights on Lion's Way

Happy, happy, happy

Happy, happy, happy

~ Aisha

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.

Gore Creek.jpg


Hike Gore Creek.jpg

Michela family enjoy another Vail Summer

Once again the Michela family enjoyed a Vail Summer vacation at the Antlers at Vail.  Bob and Catherine had daughters Danielle and Stacy with them, and of course the five grandchildren.  They were busy.  Gondola rides, hiking, biking, dinner at Blu’s, dinner in the condo, adventure ridge, rebound trampoline, etc.  Hope to see you again next summer…..

Michela Family at the Antlers (grand kids are taking the picture)