Vail Oktoberfest Starts This Weekend!

The famous German beer festival comes to Vail’s Lionshead Mall and Vail Village. Grab yourself a stein of beer and put on your lederhosen for the Vail Oktoberfest – two full weekends of Germanic fun. Brat-eating and yodeling are included.

Details: The Vail Oktoberfest celebrates everything German, from fantastic beers, to authentic cuisine. There will be an Oom Pah Celebration, live bands, dancing, keg bowling, a brat eating contest, and beers from the famous local breweries. This year, the Town of Vail has decided to extend this fantastic festival into two weekends. The festivities begin on the weekend of September 10-12, and continue the following weekend of September 17-19.  The celebration is lively and offers plenty of events and entertainment that the whole family can enjoy.

Brat eating Contest: If you have an appetite for German sausage, than you should definitely sign up to compete in this year’s Brat eating contest. You can sign up for free each Saturday and Sunday at the Vail Oktoberfest. Participants will have three minuets to try to eat as many bratwursts as possible in the attempt to be named the brat eating champion!

Oktoberfest Fun Run: If you are feeling like getting some exercise after eating greasy German cuisine and drinking fantastic beer, the Oktoberfest Fun Run may be your answer. The run starts on Sunday morning, September 19th at 9:00am in front of Checkpoint Charlies. You can choose to do the 10K, the 5K run/walk/rollerblade, or there is a race especially for the kids. You can register for the Fun Run online or in person on the day of the race. Registration costs $20 online, or $25 on the day of the race. Anyone under the age of 18 who wants to participate costs only $10 to register. The first 150 people who register for the Fun Run will get a limited edition T-shirt. The Fun Run raises money for the Children’s Garden of Learning, which is a fantastic cause, and yet another reason to get up and get active after a big day of eating and drinking!

Music at the Oktoberfest: You can jam out to FREE music during both weekends of this year’s Oktoberfest. No tickets will be sold. But be sure to note that no glass containers, chairs, dogs, or coolers will be allowed.

Click here for a full schedule of events.

You must be at least 21 years old to enjoy the alcoholic beverages provided at the Vail Oktoberfest

Two Elk mountain biking trail

Two Elk mountain biking trail is a LONG… ride.  Figure on 4-6 hours.  It starts at the Antlers at Vail hotel and conference center and ends up being a 30 mile loop.  It offers around 4000+ vertical feet of climbing.  Just click on the attached map for details or even to print out the route.  Two Elk mountain biking trail is usually open from July 1 – until the end of September and travels through Vail’s Back Bowls (see our Vail ski map).  It is a combination of double track, single track, regular road and Vail bike path.  If you do ride by yourself, mention to someone where you are going, because you’ll be a LONG way from anything on this ride.  And bring tools and tubes.  I seem to get one flat tire each time I do this ride.  Chris R.

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On the top of Benchmark overlooking the Gore Range and I-70.  Great place for a snack and a drink.

Up on top of Outer Mongolia Bowl ready to take the single track along the China Wall heading West above Vail’s Back Bowls.  We are at 11,600 feet at this point.

Looking up towards China Bowl from the Trail.  The base of the China Bowl lift is behind me.

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.

Lost lake loop Vail mountain biking trail

The Lost lake mountain bike trail is one of the top mountain bike trails in Vail Colorado.  It is quite a long loop depending on how many “add ons” you do.  It is a 3-4 hour 25 mile ride.  So bring food and water.  You start at the Antlers at Vail condominiums and conference center.  Head up the road, across the pedestrian bridge and take a left down the bike path for about a 1/4 of a mile.  Take a right up Red Sandstone road and continue up a couple of switch backs until you get to the rock/gravel road of Red Sandstone going to Piney lake.  You then travel up this road about 3 miles?  until you get to a fork.  Take the right fork to Lost Lake.  Continue for another 30 minutes or more until you get to Lost lake.  If you hit any forks, just stay on the most traveled path.  If you get off, virtually all the roads end up at the hiking trail head to Lost Lake anyhow.  From here on it is single track around the lake and back down to a parking lot off of Red Sandstone.  You might be 2-3 hours into your ride at this point.  Take a left on Red Sandstone but only go a block before taking a right onto another forest service road.  You are now heading south back to Vail on top of a big ridge.  When you top out at a camp site, take a left off the main road to a faint double track.  Follow the trail/road down until you pick up a crazy single track called Buffehr creek.  You’ll be taking a number of switch backs before intersecting the Vail North Trail on your left.  Follow this back for even more vertical downhill until you exit onto Red Sandstone road again near Vail village.

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Map of the trail

An elk we saw along the trail almost at Lost Lake (perhaps it was sleeping?)
They should call this trail “one elk”

All smiles

Nice single track section

Big hairpin turns coming down into Vail

Vail Firefighters Combat Challenge at Altitude

Vail Firefighter Combat Challenge, August 28 – 29, 2010
The “toughest 2 minutes in sports” Vail Firefighter Combat Challenge is scheduled for Ford Park parking lot on August 28-29, beginning at noon on Saturday the 28th at 10am on Sunday the 29th. There will be a special “Kids’ Firefighter Combat Challenge” that the kids will love. Bring the family.

The Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge provides a snapshot of one of the most physically demanding and respected of occupations.  It is an intense, spirited competition that demonstrates to the viewing public the nature of the job – and no job is more dependant upon the physical prowess of its work force.  The Challenge is an embodiment of the essence of firefighting – an urgent race against time, and time is the mortal enemy of firefighters as fire doubles in size every 90 seconds!  Visit for more information.

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

Blizzard Ski and Snowboard Sale!!

August 13th-15th only!  Get up to 70% off great items like skis, snowboards, goggles, jackets, etc.  I got a great deal on some new snowboarding pants from Burton, which I was in dire need of.  I would have bought lots more, but my husband told me I couldn’t spend any more money because I already had too much 🙁

There were tons of buckets of beanies, goggles, gloves and base layers.  If you are in the valley are are in need of ski gear to get you ready for the winter, I’d hurry to the Lionshead Village (only 150 yards from us at the Antlers at Vail) and start shopping the sales!  Most of the retail shops are having a great sale on their apparel too!

They are also GIVING AWAY 2010-2011 Vail/Beaver Creek Ski Pass, gift cards, and much more.  The sale begins at 10am on Friday, August 13th and continues through Sunday, August 15th

See you roaming the sidewalks!

Vail Blizzard Flyer 09_8 5×11

Family Afternoon Club

This Friday, Aug. 13th  is the final Family Afternoon Club (FAC) of the 2010 summer season!

The Lionshead Family Afternoon Club is in Lionshead Village on Friday from 5pm-8pm. An event for the entire family! Featuring a wide array of kids’ activities and much, much more; this FAC offers entertainment for all ages. Located at the base of the Eagle Bahn Gondola, 150 yards from The Antlers at Vail. There are many family friendly games and activities. Guests can easily take in the incredible atmosphere and breathtaking views in a truly family focused event in the Lionshead Village.

If you like a great family friendly atmosphere, and some food and drinks at a reasonable price, then head on over to the base of the gondola and have a great time!

Family enjoying FAC

The Antlers at Vail walk to the ski lifts and gondola, with the world’s best polka song!

So many guests and possible guests at the Antlers at Vail condominiums ask us “how far are you to the Vail ski lifts?”, “are you ski in and ski out? “, or “how long does it take to walk to the Vail gondola?”.  Well check out the video below of a head cam perspective (and the best polka song in the history of the world) of our short 150 yards walk to the ski lifts and Vail ski school.  It’s easy and maybe even fun!