There are some new smiling faces waiting to greet you at the Antlers this summer.
Chris Manning, who welcomed you over the past year as Front Office Manager has made the move over to accounting as the Assistant Controller. He is training with Chris Ratzlaff to eventually take over the Controller position.
Most of you know, but here’s a little about Chris Manning. He originally worked at the Antlers from July 1991 until September 2001. He and his wife, Tessa own and manufacture Tessa Clogs which sell at their factory warehouse, Swedish Clog Cabin in Minturn, Colorado. After leaving the Antlers at Vail in 2001, he continued to work in Lionshead at their retail location for over 20 years. He joined us summer 2020 with a year-long commitment to run the front desk.
Chris then led the efforts to hire our new Front Office Manager, Chad Stephens. We hope that you will join us in extending a warm welcome to Chad.
“Chad is a wonderful addition to the Antlers Team! His gentle demeanor plus his experience in the hospitality world and his incredible business acumen, makes him the perfect match for our property. You will truly enjoy working with Chad,” says General Manager, Magda King.
Chad hails from Hendersonville, North Carolina. He finds similarities in the two areas that make him feel at home here. Both Vail and Hendersonville are small towns set in beautiful mountain resort communities.
Chad loves hiking, skiing, camping, music and concerts. He also has an affinity for southern food and Broadway.
After a brief stop in Atlanta, Chad came to Vail in 2009 and has made this his home. His background is in hospitality. After a brief break, he is glad to be back and looks forward to welcoming you back to your home away from home.
In addition, Rich Bell, who started at the Antlers as a shuttle drive and more recently has worked at a front desk agent has been promoted to Front Desk Supervisor Auditor.
We hope that you will join us in congratulating and welcoming Chris, Chad and Rich to their new roles here at the Antlers.
Colorado mountain communities have been known for several years now as having high rates of suicide. More recently Colorado was been declared a “Mental Health State of Emergency” by the Colorado Children’s Hospital due to the amount of suicide attempts in our communities.
Fortunately, just prior to the Pandemic, Eagle County had begun efforts to destigmatize mental health issues, and provide access to mental health resources.
Earlier this week local non-profit SpeakUp ReachOut offered a program called Mental Health First Aid For Hospitality Workers. Two sessions were offered. One in English and one in Spanish.
Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues.
Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.
Many of the Antlers at Vail housekeeping team attended to learn how they can help their family, community and even visitors.
Dog-lovers have something new to celebrate: the return of high-flying canine sport and entertainment as the Go RVing DockDogs Arena will return to Lionshead Village for the 2021 GoPro Mountain Games.
“We were crossing our fingers that we would get the ‘all-clear’ to bring dogs back to Lionshead, and thanks to great partnerships from Vail Resorts, the Town of Vail, and everyone involved, we were able to do so,” said Sarah Franke, Vice President of Operations and Marketing for the Vail Valley Foundation, which hosts the GoPro Mountain Games June 10-13 in Vail Village and Lionshead this year.
“We are thrilled to be returning to Lionshead. It is the
perfect venue for our dog-friendly events and has become an integral part of
the Mountain Games,” Franke said.
This year’s events feature the Orijen DockDogs National
Championships. But that’s not all: Along with Orijen DockDogs Big Air, Orijen
Dockdogs Extreme Vertical, Orijen DockDogs Speed Retrieve, and Dueling Dogs,
the Go RVing DockDogs Arena will also feature the K9 SuperWall.
The K9 SuperWall was a big hit in its inaugural year in
2019. The K9 SuperWall challenges athletic dogs to jump as high up a wall as
they can… like a high jump for our canine friends.
Public concessions will be available in Lionshead 11 a.m. –
6 p.m. Thursday, June 10 – Saturday June 12, as well as Sunday, June 13, 11
a.m. – 4 p.m. Live music from local artists will take place in Lionshead Pedestrian
Mall, as part of the GoPro Mountains of Music, at select times throughout the
GoPro Mountain Games.
All of the above is just one portion of the action at the
2021 GoPro Mountain Games. Learn more about activities in Lionshead as well as
Vail Village and the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater at mountaingames.com.
Vail Resorts announced today plans for summer
operations at its Colorado resorts. Vail and Beaver Creek mountains
will open for the summer on June 19. Following a reduced operating footprint
last summer, guests can look forward to more activities on tap at the resorts
for the upcoming summer season.
Health and safety continues to be a top priority. The resorts will be operating according to local public health orders and will be following their guidance as it relates to face coverings throughout the summer season. Eagle County, where Vail is located, has set a target of May 27 to expire all local public health orders and rescind the local emergency declaration.
Vail: June 19 –
Open daily through Sept. 6, then Fridays to Sundays weekly through Oct. 3
Activities will include Gondola One and Eagle Bahn Gondola (#19) for scenic rides, hiking and bike haul, as well as Epic Discovery summer operations including the Forest Flyer Mountain Coaster, Eagle’s Nest Tubing and Gore Creek Mini Golf
Vail Resorts recently announced a bold price reset of
Epic Pass products to continue to deliver on our commitment of Epic for
Everyone and to honor the loyalty of our pass holders. Epic Pass
prices have been reduced by 20 percent across the board, and are now available
to purchase at EpicPass.com for the 2021/22 winter season. The price reduction
applies to the entire portfolio of the company’s North American pass
lineup. The Epic Local Pass is now available for $583 (down
from $729 last season) and the full Epic Pass is priced
at $783 (down from $979 last season). This reset takes these products
back to prices last seen during the 2015/16 season when the Epic Pass offered
access to only 11 U.S. resorts compared to today’s more than 70 resorts
worldwide. With the price reduction, the Epic Day Pass, which provides the
same season pass value to guests who want to ski or ride just 1-7 days, gives
guests the chance to visit world-class resorts like Vail for just $87 for
a 1-day pass.
2021/22 Epic Local Pass and full Epic Pass holders
receive free summer lift access and other benefits.
Eagle County Vaccine Status and Health Orders
As of April 27, Eagle County was the third highest county
in Colorado for vaccine adoption by population. 69% of the eligible county
population has had at least one vaccine dose. 87% of the county population over
age 50 has been vaccinated. The county goal is to have 60% of the total county
population vaccinated by Memorial Day to see some level of herd immunity to
provide some community protection for those who aren’t eligible for the vaccine
(under age 16) or can’t get it for some reason. This is key to meeting the goal
of expiring health orders on May 17.
“All of us are really excited to get back to normal
very soon. The answer is vaccines,” said Eagle County Emergency Management
Director, Birch Barron
Things will still look a little different than
pre-pandemic normalcy. Private businesses will still have the ability to
require face coverings. Organizations, such as the airports and transit, that
receive federal funding may still require face coverings.
It is very exciting to look forward to a summer in Vail
that looks a little more like pre-pandemic summers, with the town and mountain
buzzing with activity and fun.
Once upon a time the town of Vail,
Colorado was known for an epic line up of consistent annual events that drew
large crowds to this charming Bavarian mountain town. Then exactly a year ago
the first case of COVID was discovered in Colorado. A few short days later ski
resorts shut down. We were all left wondering what the world would look like in
the coming weeks and months. While we still don’t know exactly what lies ahead
over the next few months, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. With
vaccination efforts well underway and continued social distancing in place,
case counts and hospitalizations have declined. Our community is headed in the
The Vail Valley Foundation’s announcement this morning that GoPro Mountain Games will return June 10-13, 2021 brought an unexpected burst of joy to this resident’s heart. That the outdoor adventure sports competition will again feature whitewater sports, mountain biking, road biking, fishing, trail running, DockDogs, disc golf, yoga, a photo competition, three nights of GoPro Mountains of Music (livestreamed and limited in-person capacity) made the hope that I have been feeling about the future a bit brighter.
“We are BACK, and we
could not be more excited to bring some joy, vitality and positivity into
people’s lives in the fresh air and sunshine of this beautiful mountain
setting,” said GoPro Mountain Games Event Director Dave Dressman.
really does just that — bring joy, vitality and positivity to our community.
While spectator participation and activities
are expected to be curtailed, and in some cases eliminated, due to ongoing
public health restrictions, this announcement still signifies a return of some
of the things we love so much about our home in the mountains of Colorado.
Dressman continues, “It takes months of planning and many, many key partners to make this event happen. The support we have received from our sponsors, the Town of Vail and Vail Resorts is remarkable, and it speaks to the power of the Mountain Games brand. We have looked at this from every angle and we feel confident we have a strong baseline plan to execute a safe, high-level, athlete-focused GoPro Mountain Games this June.”
Vail Valley Foundation organizers said they are going to take
all the energy and excitement of the GoPro Mountain Games and concentrate it on
core components of the event to ensure that both “pro and joe” athletes can get
back to the water, trails, and competition after nearly a year of limited
adventure sports competition opportunities.
The event will also include three nights of GoPro Mountains of
Music headliner concerts (in-person and livestreamed) from the Gerald R. Ford
Amphitheater, and a daily ‘SportsCenter-style’ live broadcast produced by
Outside TV, which will open the livestream concert each evening. Athlete
registration is expected to open April 9, 2021.
GoPro Mountain Games will kick off a new and improved season of
2021 summer events in Vail. This summer may look like a mesh of typical summers
peppered with some of the adaptations we saw in summer of 2020. Last summer saw
the introduction of a small stage at Ford Park, as well as small pop up
performances throughout the villages. Those are likely to return and be
incorporated into the schedule as large events return.
Based on funding the Vail Commission on Special Events has
agreed upon you can expect a return in some possibly modified format of the
Vail Farmers Market and Art Show, Bravo! Vail, Vail America Days, Vail Jazz
Festival, Vail Oktoberfest and live music at the Gerald R Ford Amphitheater.
“The Commission on Special events is very pleased that many of the “iconic” summer events are well into planning for a return in 2021 and have received funding from the Town of Vail. There will be something for everyone to enjoy, as Vail welcomes back events such as the Vail Lacrosse Tournament, The King of The Mountain Volleyball Tournament, Vail Arts Festival, the Kids Adventure Games, Vail Craft Beer Classic, and Gourmet on Gore (just to name a few),” said Antlers Assistant General Manager and Commission of Special Events member Kim Newbury Rediker. “Our fresh air and wide open spaces are perfectly suited for hosting these outdoor events in a safe, yet fun, way.”
We always say how much we love our guests. Many really do become like part of our family. But every once in a while, one reminds us of something else to love. There is nothing more rewarding than knowing that you helped create a memory that brings someone back home to the Antlers. And, that even after 35 years there is one thing that hasn’t changed — the heart and soul of the Antlers — our dedication to warmly welcoming guests to our home.
Melissa and Jeff Gilchrist first visited us thirty-five years ago. They met in college in Wisconsin. They were married on June 29, 1986 outside of Chicago. The following day on June 30, 1986 they arrived at the Antlers at Vail. Things were very different then. They planned their honeymoon using a travel agent and brochures that the agent provided to them.
Vail became their chosen destination because it was a place where they could both enjoy the different things they like to do. Jeff loves to fish. Melissa was looking for relaxation and hiking in a beautiful environment. Those things haven’t changed.
In 1985 they paid $70 per night and received their seventh night free. They remember loving the kitchen and open floorplan of their condominium. Their favorite restaurant during that visit, Le Petit Cafe, sadly is no longer around. There are a few more homes across the Gore Creek, where Jeff caught many, many trout.
This visit Jeff had more luck on a guided fishing tour than in Gore Creek. Melissa has really enjoyed the loaner bikes the Antlers now offers, as well as the other amenities. She’s been taking new hikes up the mountain and really getting away from it all. One morning she set out and didn’t see another person for more than two hours. She’s enjoyed the beauty of the river, the convenience of the village and that there’s plenty of things to choose from without getting overwhelmed.
Their first visit to Vail they have wonderful memories of a visit to Piney Lake. This visit they explored historic Leadville one day.
In addition to the location and amenities, the thing that really stuck out to the Gilchrists about the Antlers is the motto, “The answer is yes, now what’s the question.” They saw that motto in action with the attentiveness that General Manager Magda King and Head Housekeeper Gladys Contreras showed them upon arrival. They were impressed with the cleanliness of housekeeping and responsiveness of the Antlers engineering department.
In the years since their first visit, Melissa and Jeff have raised two children. One of whom is now raising their own family. The other has an upcoming wedding this summer.
Our only question is whether it will take Melissa and Jeff another thirty five years to return. We hope not!
Thank you to Melissa and Jeff for sharing their story and memories with us. You have our heartfelt gratitude.
This past weekend we had the privilege of celebrating some amazing high school graduates. We couldn’t be more proud of Amalia, Owen and Vicky on their High School Graduation. Congratulations!
Amalia is the daughter of Chris Manning, our Front Desk Manager, Owen is Kim’s son, our Assistant General Manager, and Victoria is Cristina’s daughter, our Executive Housekeeper. We are proud of these kids and their parents! We are certain many success will follow them.
Amalia is a humble, reserved woman who attempts to do everything to the very best she can. She started walking at 9 months, in ski boots and a climbing harness before she was 2. Being the middle girl with 2 other sisters – she is always keeping up and at the same time pushing her sisters (and we should say parents also). Tessa (Mom, wife) and I have given up on trying to follow some of the climbing routes she can do.
She has participated in the battle mountain climbing team throughout high school and has been on the podium every year for the State competition (2nd place freshman year, 3nd place sophomore year, 3rd place Junior year and 2nd place her senior year). In addition, she also has been a part of the cross country team throughout high school and lettered.
I talk about physical activities but she is mighty bright also. Top 10% of her class, National Honor Society Member and AP Scholar. We are going to miss her next year.
Out of all the top schools she had a selection of, she decided to go with Colorado College. You may know an alumni that attended there – yep, Rob LeVine.
The beautiful thing for Tessa and I is that since she is attending college in Colorado Springs her telemark skis will not be gathering too much dust. We will hope that she will get the true college experience and not have to be attending on line learning for her freshman year.
Owen is a true Vail native. He was born in the Vail hospital and has lived in West Vail his entire life.
During high school, Basketball was a major focus for him . He was Captain of the Varsity Basketball team for 2 years, was named 1st Team Academic All State & All League, and three times received the the “Husky” award for leadership.
Owen also played on the Golf team, earning his Varsity letter twice and qualifying for Regionals.
He was a member of National Honor Society and graduated in the top 10% of the Battle Mountain High School Class of 2020. He also is recognized as an AP Scholar with Honor. In 2019 he was chosen as a Steadman Philippon Research Institute Summer Scholar.
Owen worked for three years as an outside staff member at the Vail Golf Club. In the fall Owen will attend the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill to study Biochemistry.
Victoria “Vicky” Rosado
Vicky is originally from Guayaquil-Ecuador. On 2006 she emigrated to New York with her parents at only 4 years old. Vicky started living the American dream in 2011 when she and her mom moved to the Eagle Valley. Here she developed the love for alpine and nordic skiing.
During middle school she took back up her favorite sport, tennis. In her freshman year she started playing for VMS Gore Range Tennis Junior Varsity team. Vicky was able to make the Varsity team after 2 years wining the Bibbo Award in 2018!
Vicky has embraced her Hispanic roots and culture been an active member of the Student Council at the Battle Mountain High School for 4 years. She has been a active member of the Spanish mentors program. And, finally in her senior was able to obtain her Seal bilaterally after 3 years in the making.
In the summer 2019 Vicky gained her certification as a bilingual teacher assistant for the Eagle County Schools and has worked for the Sandstone and June Creek preschool since then.
Vicky enjoys traveling and is enchanted by Art History. Her goal is to visit 100 museums before 20th birthday.
During the winter 2020 Vicky earned her US Citizenship.
She was accepted in the Le Moyne Jesuit College in Syracuse, New York having earned the Latoya Scholarship due her academics scores. Due to the recent pandemic she has decided to defer her first year an go to an small Community College “DCC” in Duchess County NY.
Outdoor recreation is still encouraged, with social distancing in place. Hiking, biking, and exploring Vail will get you out into nature and lift spirits.
What to Know About Changes to Antlers Operations
Effective as of June 32rd, 2020:
Front desk hours will be 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM.
Daily housekeeping service has been suspended. Fresh towels and other items are readily available by calling the front desk.
Shuttle service will not be available.
The pool deck is open from 10 am – 8 pm daily, but is limited to 50% capacity.
The fitness center is open, but is limited to 50% capacity.
Update to Antlers at Vail Cancellation Policies
Any guest who has postponed their stay from the 2019-2020 ski season will have access to a lodging credit for the total value of prepaid lodging deposits. Credits will be held under the guest’s name. The guest may use this credit toward a future stay at the Antlers at Vail valid anytime prior to the end of the 2020-2021 ski season. You may call reservations at 888.268.5377 with any questions about Antlers lodging credits, or for the quickest response complete this short form.
What the Antlers at Vail is Doing to Contain COVID-19
Any employee who starts to
feel sick or who has a fever is required to stay home.
Hand sanitizing gel is provided in common areas throughout the
property for frequent guest and employee use.
As we have advised employees, we would also ask guests to please be sure to
take good care of yourselves: get plenty of rest, drink lots of water, follow
the advice of experts to wash your hands frequently with soap &
water for 20+ seconds every time you wash.
In addition to our usual
meticulous cleaning standards, the following additional sanitation processes have
In common areas, our Antlers at Vail housekeeping team is taking extra precautions to disinfect a minimum of three times daily frequently touched surfaces such as: door handles, key cards, elevator buttons, coffee machines, credit card machines, etc.
In condominium units, in addition to regular cleaning, daily cleaning includes disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces such as: door handles, appliance controls, faucets, thermostats, remote controls, and light switches. Antlers at Vail housekeeping staff wear disposable gloves for cleaning/disinfecting, and the gloves are changed between rooms.
What the State of Colorado is Doing to Contain COVID-19
The morning of March 10, Governor Polis declared a state of emergency for Colorado. While this may sound scary, it is actually really good news for our community and visitors. It proactively gives the state the ability to access funds and to put important prevention and containment measures into place. The state of Colorado has implemented emergency measures to contain the spread of the virus.
If you or a dependent
exhibit symptoms of COVID-19: fever, cough and shortness of breath please call
your primary care physician first. If you do not have a primary care physician,
please call any primary care office or Urgent Care facility for further
As always, thank you for being a part of the Antlers Family and feel free to reach out directly with any questions, comments or suggestions!
For additional information regarding Antlers at Vail protocols to ensure the safety of our guests, homeowners, and employees, please visit our Health & Safety Program page.
To celebrate International Housekeeping Week, the Antlers housekeeping team took a field trip to the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. The pollinators were out in force (HOORAY!), as you can see from a couple of the flower pictures. A grand time was had by all! Antlers also gave each team member a small packet of wildflower seeds to plant at their homes.
The complete line up of fun activities housekeepers have the opportunity to experience this week in celebration of International Housekeeping Week:
Sunday – Management provided the housekeeping team with breakfast, including breakfast burritos, yogurt, fresh fruit, donuts & pastries, juice & smoothies.
Monday – Housekeeping arrived to find their offices festively decorated. Because some of the team wasn’t here on Sunday, they received breakfast again with yogurt & pastries.
Tuesday – A colorful field trip to Betty Ford Alpine Gardens & seed packets to take home.
Wednesday – Karaoke Margarita Party
Thursday – Pampering Extravaganza – chair massages plus gift bags that include face masks, hand lotions, bath bombs, and aromatherapy candles
We may be biased but we think that Vail’s 2019-2020 ski season is going to be the best yet. There are three reasons for this. One has to do with the Antlers, and the other with a snowmaking upgrades and a new product offering from Vail Resorts, “Epic for Everyone”.
Antlers Breaks Ground April 2019 on $5M Elevator & Lobby Project
In 2013 the Antlers implemented a Unit Quality Improvement plan, a property-wide project with the objective of bringing our Lodging Quality Assurance ranking up to Vail’s highest possible status. In July of 2015, thanks to the commitment of Antlers condominium owners, this goal of platinum status was achieved. But improvements to individual condominiums continue. There are now only a handful of units left that are not platinum rated.
Exterior rendering of Antlers new lobby and elevator.
Now, with the goal of bringing common areas to the same standard as individual condos, Antlers at Vail has broken ground on a $5 million renovation. This project will transform the hotel’s lobby, front desk, reception area and associated office spaces. Perhaps most importantly, it will provide a new relocated elevator to speed guests to upper levels. The project will be completed by December 12, 2019, just in time to greet winter guests with a new warm welcome.
Rendering of Antlers new light-filled spacious lobby.
As Always, the earlier guests book, the better the pricing will be. Booking early also gives us the most opportunity to accommodate specific requests. While we do not guarantee condo numbers, we do typically honor requests for specific bedding, location and more. These can only be honored as long as we have availability. So the early bird gets the worm. And, did you know that you can book now with no deposit due until August?!
Vail Resorts Offers Epic for Everyone
Another exciting development that guests can take advantage of this winter is advance day lift ticket purchases for a more reasonable price. There will be no more of $200 plus lift ticket prices for guests who plan ahead.
“Epic for Everyone,” from Vail Resorts is a customizable pass for those skiers and riders who may not need the unlimited skiing offered by traditional season passes. Guests can create their own pass by selecting the number of days they plan to ski or ride – from one day to seven days – and whether or not to add holiday access. Guests can use their customized Epic Day Pass anytime throughout the season at any of the Company’s North American owned resorts, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Whistler Blackcomb, Keystone, Crested Butte, Park City, and more. Those purchasing four or more days will also get access to Telluride, Sun Valley, Snowbasin, and Resorts of the Canadian Rockies.
Don’t miss out on another epic ski season at Vail. You can purchase your lift tickets now for incredible savings!
With the Epic Day Pass, guests can ski world-class resorts for an unmatched price. Offering a discount of up to 50 percent off of lift ticket window prices, the Epic Day Pass starts as low as $106 for one day of skiing at any of the Company’s North American resorts. Guests can also lower their cost per day by adding more days and can lock in the lowest prices by purchasing this spring. The catch is that these passes must be purchased by the fall at whichever date Vail Resorts cuts off season pass sales.
Because Epic is for everyone, guests who purchase a day lift ticket this season also have the opportunity to apply the value of their ticket toward the price of an eligible 2019-20 pass, including an Epic Day Pass with four or more days. Guests can visit www.epicpass.com for more details on this offer and other incentives.
Vail’s extensive snowmaking upgrades and expansion taking place this summer will ensure a pre-Thanksgiving opening day each year. Nearly 200 acres of new and enhanced snowmaking terrain will provide guests with earlier access to higher elevation terrain, top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding, access from two base areas, and improved early season ski school terrain. Vail will be open November 15, 2019 to April 19, 2020.