Vail Summer Snow tubing on Vail mountain

Vail’s gondola opens up this weekend (June 3-5) and with a bit of snow still up on the top of Vail Mountain, they are opening up the tubing hill and the kids snowmobiling area.  Don’t worry, down in town it is all green and the flowers are out, but YES, us locals are a bit sick of the snow up on our mountains.  The climbing wall and bungee trampoline are also open.  The gondola will run from 10am – 6pm and then the tubing and snowmobiling are available 11am – 5pm.  If you signed up for an Epic Pass for next year, your current pass will get you up.

Tubing   $25

Tubing + Lift  $39

Tubing + Lift +Lunch  $44

 

Grouse Lake Hiking Trail

Grouse Lake, a beautiful 6.25 mile hike to a beautiful lake known for its fine fishing. This hike is a great one if you are up here in the summer and its too hot to do anything but you are going to anyways because… well its your vacation that’s what you do. The hike follows Grouse Creek through a balmy mossy forest with plenty of chances to cross over the creek and catch some spray. Named for the large gentle bird that is brown in summer and changes to white in the winter they are quite common in the area. A fun fact I just learned, local lore says that if you don’t look a mother grouse in the eye as you approach her, she will not run away. I suggest someone try it out and report back to me because I find that hard to believe. They are also very defensive of their chicks but are not really dangerous even when angry. I’ll see you up there!

~Tyler, your friendly neighborhood night auditor.

Here is a map showing the trail head and its location in relation to Vail and the Antlers.


View Grouse Lake in a larger map

Piney Lake Hiking

Looking for a good short hike without getting too far from civilization? Try heading up to Piney River Ranch and checking out the trails up there. To reach Piney River Ranch from North Frontage Road in Vail, you take Red Sandstone Road to Piney lake road (or county road no.700)travel 11 miles up a gravel road (takes about 40 minutes). The ranch itself is worth a visit as (depending on the season) there are a plethora of activities offered. I highly recommend checking out the ranch’s website to see what activities are being offered before heading up there as they change frequently. On the north side of the lake theres a sign showing the Piney River trail (go right) and the Meadow Creek and Soda Lakes trails (go left!). Both offer very scenic mellow hikes. The falls are very secluded and beautiful and are a very popular photo op location. Below is an interactive google map showing the location of the trail respective to Antlers. The lines are the road up to Piney River Ranch, the Soda Lakes trail, and the Piney River trail.


View Piney Lake Trails in a larger map

Enjoy!
Tyler

Vail Rotary Duck Race

Labor Day Weekend

Sunday, September 5, 2010, at 2:00 PM.

Presented by the Marketplace on Meadow Drive

Thousands of rubber ducks travel through the heart of Vail on Gore Creek once a year for The Vail Rotary Duck Race!


The rubber ducks, which sell for $5 each, are dropped into the Gore Creek Sunday at the Covered Bridge. The ducks then float quickly down the creek toward the finish line at the International Bridge. The first 20 ducks to finish win prizes for their owners. The money raised goes toward the Salvation Army’s food bank, scholarships for local students and the Children’s Medical Voucher Program, which gives local children without health insurance vouchers for medical care. The Antlers at Vail will be purchasing a large amount to help out as always and we’re still offering 15% off your Vail room rate for Labor Day Weekend! So, if you’re looking for a great option for Labor Day Weekend, pack up the kids and head to Vail.

Vail Flowers, Vail Fun & camp; Adventure!

We were fortunate enough to plan our schedules and get a lot of the family up to Vail last weekend – end of July. The Michela /Pignetti kids (that is, our two daughters and their 5 children) had lots of fun, despite the afternoon showers – cycling, time at the Antlers condominiums pool, going up on the mountain for bungee-trampoline and rock wall climbing – they had a blast! Hope to do it again next summer in Vail!

Vail flowers

Vail’s climibing wall at the top of the gondola

Snowitch Aug 5, 2010

Adventure Tubing with Sage Outdoor Adventures

Adventure Tubing…can those two words really go together in the same sentence?   When I think of tubing, I think of a nice easy float down a stretch of river, not something adventurous.  Well, guess what, those two words go quite nicely together!  In fact, I think they are my two new favorite words together!  I grew up rafting on all the rivers in Colorado and Utah, was a raft guide for 6 years, and loved tubing when I was young.  Little did I know that a family owned company called Sage Outdoor Adventures  (just 100 yards from the Antlers condos) would come up with a NEW outdoor activity to do in Vail beside whitewater rafting.  So…here is a bit of my adventure:  Started out getting to the meeting spot to get all of our gear (wetsuits, booties, gloves, helmets, etc.)  We decided we looked A LOT like frogs with our gloves, but they really helped with navigating down the river!

After dressing in our amazingly attractive wetsuits, we jumped into the river in our tubes and set off downriver!   We got a little taste of everything.  From relaxing in the calm water to getting splashed by the waves in the little rapids.  It was awesome!  We saw some amazing wildlife too!  A blue heron was drinking out of the river next to us and flew right above us- it was beautiful!  Saw some baby ducks, geese, and a variety of other birds.  There is nothing quite like being outside, in the wild!

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)