Vail’s Oktoberfest party and beer celebration

It is just that time !   Vail’s Oktoberfest is the yearly festival of beer, music and fall. It is a time to dust off the lederhosen, throw on the dirndl, and toast your steins to the most popular party in the world.

The Town of Vail is hosting two full weekends of oom pah parties, lively demonstrations and traditional German fare in Lionshead and Vail Village. Festivities include brat-eating and Beck’s Keg Bowling contests, yodeling and alpenhorn blowing, and Bavarian dancing. Oktoberfest is two full weekends the whole family will enjoy.  It is in Lionshead near the Antlers at Vail condominiums on September 9 – 11 and then down in Vail Village September 16 – 18.  Both Schedules can be printed here.  The Antlers at Vail will have Vail room rates from $156 per night during this weekends, but these mountain view, Studio suite units will book up early, so call soon.

Party in Lionshead

Live Streaming of the Antlers homeowners meeting September 4

Live Antlers owner meeting Live streaming, begins 4:00pm on Sunday, September 4th.


View the meeting from the image above, click buttom right button for full size.  Password required.  Please call Antlers to receive Owner password.  For the Chat below, please pose your question or comments but do include your name and/or room number in your message.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture from last year’s meeting

Fancy lake and Fancy Pass hike to Missouri lakes

Fancy Pass and Fancy Lake loop hike going to Missouri Lakes up in the Holy Cross Wilderness area is one of those “must do” type of Vail area hikes if you are spending a week or more in the Vail Valley.  It is moderate day hike and takes anywhere from 4.5 to 6 hours.  It is a 45 minute drive each way from Vail but well worth it.  It is South from Vail on Highway 24 through the towns of Minturn and Redcliff.  Get directions at the Antlers at Vail front desk.  The trail starts at an elevation of 10,100 feet and can top out at 12,600 so you are quite high up.

 Fancy lake (seen in picture above) is the first stop on this counter clockwise hike.  But you can do the hike in either direction.  You can do Missouri lakes first in a clockwise direction and then over Fancy pass, then down pass Fancy Lake and back to the trailhead.


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There are some steep trails as you head up above timberline

Lots of snow out here for August 10th, wow

The top of Fancy Pass at 12,600 feet (we think)

Upper Missouri Lake

 Some Llamas enjoying a hike of their own

Lower Missouri Lake

Another hiking bridge

Wildflowers up in the Holy Cross Wilderness area, with plenty of snow for mid-August

 

Sage Adventures Vail Razor buggy tour

A couple of us went on a Polaris Razor off road adventure tour with Vail’s Sage Adventures whose Vail adventure office is over in Lionshead, just 100 yards from the Antlers at Vail condominiums.  The site of the jeep riding was about 30 minutes west of Vail near Castle Peak.   Our tour guide “Cole” set us up with our machines and off we went.   We climbed quite a bit of vertical to get to altitude and it was a nice pretty area with specatuclar views.  We were searching for some moose that Cole said were up there but we just ran into a few deer (well, maybe we didn’t RUN into them).  The Panageas family staying at the Antlers at Vail during this week, was also on the tour.  Dad and all three kids all rode in one buggy.  Mom was at the conference at the Marriott (too bad for mom.)  $330 gets you the buggy for a 2.5 hour tour + snack, etc.  Nice package when you can get 4 people for the ride.  Beats a jeep tour in my book.  Chris R.


Driving some Razorbacks near Wolcott Colorado, just 25 minutes from Vail and the Antlers at Vail

Dad the driver and three kids along for the ride !

Experienced Rednecks

Helmets on and ready to go

Cole from Sage Adventures is pointing out the view to the New York mountain range and the Beaver Creek resort.

The Panageas family out in front

A horseman watching his sheep up near Castle Peak

Vail Jazz festival and FREE Thursday Jazz at Vail Square, 150 yards from the Antlers at Vail

Jazz at Vail Square returns to Lionshead this summer with the first of nine  free shows at Vail Square just 150 yards from the Antlers at Vail hotel in Vail.  Free concert from 6-8pm on Thursdays. Presented in a tented venue  seating 300+, this dynamic concert series features national jazz artists with  styles ranging from Swing to straight ahead, Latin Jazz to the American  Songbook. Whether you enjoy the show from a seat in a nearby restaurant, or  from the front row with a cocktail, Jazz @ Vail Square creates intimate jazz  experiences that you won’t soon forget.  Seating is first come, first served, and the concerts go on under the tent  rain or shine.  Visit Vail Jazz Foundation for more information and a full listing of this summer’s activities.

 

Vail International Dance Festival

The Vail International Dance Festival is now in its 23rd year with dancers from all over the world performing at the outdoor Ford Amphitheater.  2011’s highlights include the worldwide company debut of New York City Ballet Moves, Mark Morris Dance Groups’ 30th Anniversary Celebration, gala events like the International Evenings of Dance, plus the triumphant return of Trey McIntyre Project.  Call 888-920-2787 for tickets or visit vaildance.org.

 

Meadow Mountain mountain biking trail

Meadow mountain bike loop and trail is one of the “classic” mountain bike routes in and near the Antlers at Vail condominiums located in Vail, Colorado. To get there from the Antlers hotel, drive West on Insterstate 70 to exit 171. Go south on Hwy 6 (take a right) underneath the freeway and as you go south you’ll almost immediately pull into the U.S. forest service station, on the right again. Park here and suit up. Ride your mtn bike south through the parking lot and start climbing for 7 miles or so and 2000+ vertical feet. As you go up there will really only be one fork in the road (about 1/2 of the way up). Take a right here and keep climbing. After about an hour (or more) you’ll come to the little cabin. Take a much needed rest and have some lunch. Directly to the north (heading west) is the single track. It descends through the woods for what seems like miles. It goes back and forth constantly but for the most part is completely rideable. When you are getting close to the freeway you’ll come to a fork. Take the fork to the left, continue to Eagle Vail. You’ll come out by the high-school and the Par 3 golf course. Ride through Eagle Vail, hop back on Hwy 6 and ride back East (couple of miles) to your car at the Forest Service station.


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One of the classic mountain biking trails near Vail, Colorado

Big views going up Meadow Mountain

Cabin at the top of the loop.

Single track on the way back down to interstate 70 and Eagle Vail

Whitney Lake hike, near Vail, up homestake road

Whitney Lake hike is a pleasant hike not far from the Antlers at Vail and the town of Vail Colorado.  One needs to drive about an hour to get there.  Head west out of Vail until you get to Dowd Junctino exit 171 off of I-70.  Next head south for 13 miles on highway 24 heading through the town of Minturn, up over Battle Mountain pass.  Cross the big green bridge (you won’t miss it), go another couple of miles and then take a right onto Homestake road.  This road is numbered #703 by the forest service and again is about 13 miles south of I-70.  When you turn onto homestake road you need to drive another 4.6 miles on this rocky (sometimes dusty) road.  You’ll find the sign to the trail just on the right of the road with parking on the left side of the road.  The trail head starts around 9100 in elevation and tops out at the lake at 10956.  Length one way is 2.5 miles, so it isn’t TOO long.  The views can be spectacular.


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Up at the lake, watch for the trout jumping in the lake

New bridge for stream crossing

Be careful on the stream crossing, the bridge is thin

Trout in the lake

Camp robber

Lionshead Rock hike, Minturn Colorado

An often forgotten about hike is the Lionshead Rock hike out of Minturn Colorado.  It is a short 15 minute drive from the Antlers at Vail condominiums.  Drive west on Interstate 70 to Exit 171 at Dowd Junction and then head south on Highway 24 for a few miles until you arrive in the town of Minturn.  Take a left right away upon arriving into town and go across the bridge by the Saloon.  As you pass the Saloon, hang a right swinging around the building and go across the railraod tracks to Taylor Street.  Head north on Taylor street passing a number of homes (and junky cars, fridges, old snowmobiles, sinks, dishwashers, chairs, dogs, etc) until you arrive at the far end (dead end).  Find a parking spot and head to the Game Creek trail (to the East) and start going up the trail.  As you go up and past the river for about a 1/2 mile you’ll hang a RIGHT onto the trail which will take you to the Lionshead Rock.  It is about a 2 mile climb one way from the trail head.


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View from Lionshead rock looking down towards the town of Minturn

Crazy squirrel