A Return After 35 Years

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.

Cover of Antlers at Vail print brochure that helped the Gilchrists decide upon Antlers as Vail as their honeymoon destination in 1985.

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.

Photo of the covered bridge in Vail village in 1985.

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.

Map of Lionshead village from 1985. Much has changed.

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.

The Gilchrists celebrating their 35 anniversary at Sweet Basil in Vail village in 2020.

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.

Celebrating Our Graduates

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!

Congratulations to Amalia, Owen & Vicky on their high school graduation!

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 Manning

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 Ruotolo

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.

COVID-19 Prevention and Containment

Updated June 3, 2020 @ 10:00 AM

Your health and safety is of the utmost concern to the Antlers at Vail. Following is important information about COVID-19 in our community and links to important sources of information.

What to Know About Changes to Vail’s Offerings to Visitors

The Vail Valley Partnership has released information for visitors to Eagle County as of June 1, 2020.

Restaurants are beginning to open with limited capacity, and many are offering To-Go services. Here’s a good resource of local businesses that are open.

Our local hospital, Vail Health, is urging that we all take social distancing seriously.

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.

Additional Antlers Housekeeping Sanitation Procedures

In addition to our usual meticulous cleaning standards, the following additional sanitation processes have been implemented.

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.

*Since this video was produced, we have revised our protocol per guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment for short-term rentals, and now ensure that condominiums are left vacant for 48 hours between stays.

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.

On March 15 the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued a recommendation that all visitors and residents of Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, and Gunnison counties minimize social contact.

On April 6 Eagle County published a Standing Public Health Order in order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

On April 27 Eagle County published an updated Standing Public Health Order in order to continue slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Beginning May 25th Eagle County has issued a new Standing Public Health order which sets forth Phase 2 (“Blue Square” of the Transition Trail Map1) of Eagle County’s protocol to further lift restrictions of previous health orders.

For up to date information on cases of COVID-19 in Colorado please visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and EnvironmentThe CDC is also updating cases nationwide daily.

What to Do if You Think You Have Symptoms

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 instructions.

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.

Celebrating International Housekeeping Week

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

Friday – Lunch at La Bottega

 

3 Reasons to Ski Vail 2019 – 2020 Ski Season

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.

Antlers at Vail new lobby

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 yuor lift tickets now for incredible savings!

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 Resorts Snowmaking Upgrades Ensure Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Opening

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.

Summer 2019 Lobby

 

The ski season ended with a flurry of a different kind than we usually see. The Antlers staff worked tirelessly to move out of their offices and from the main lobby. The lobby has now been temporarily relocated to the ski locker area on the west side of the building. Guests will now pull directly into the garage and follow signs to the new front desk.

New lobby on the east side of the Antlers building.

The ski lockers have been converted into a smaller but comfortable lobby and reception desk. The area can be accessed from the garage or from the exterior of the building. We look forward to welcoming you on the east side of the building this summer!

New reception area in the Antlers new temporary front desk space.

We are looking forward to welcoming back many return guests this summer. Our team appreciates everyone’s patience as we work diligently to make the Antlers guest experience even better than ever.

We look forward to welcoming back members of our Antlers family this summer!

Featured Antlers Team Member: Ramon Torres

Ramon Torres with fiancee Athena Marquez.

Ramon Torres joined the Antlers at Vail team October of 2013 as a key member of the maintenance department.

Ramon is originally from Havana, Cuba. He first moved to California where he was an electrician apprentice, carpentry apprentice and worked in the construction industry for about three years. He then made his way to the Vail area where he worked for a variety of other hotel properties in maintenance, as well as a short stint in taxidermy.

Ramon loves Vail and is happy to make this his home and the place where he will raise his family. He currently lives on site at the Antlers with his fiancee, Athena Marquez and two-year old son Roman. He is looking forward to buying a home for his happy family here in the Vail valley.

Ramon’s parents and two brothers also live here in the U.S. and they manage to get together at least once a year. He is always glad for that time with them.

He loves snowmobiling, spending times outdoors in our beautiful mountains, and most importantly spending time with his family.

General Manager, Magdalena King adds ,”We are very lucky to have Ramon in our maintenance department, and we are very grateful for his knowledge and expertise. Ramon is a favorite among owners and guests alike. He is always willing to help. His Caribbean charisma and enthusiasm makes him the perfect fit for our industry. To see his family grow within the Antlers family has been wonderful too.”

What happened to the baby Moose?

One early summer day in 2014 there was a bit of excitement at the Antlers at Vail. This excitement garnered national news coverage, but it also made us a bit sad. A baby Moose was separated from Mama and wandered into our lobby.

The Antlers is located next to national forest land and we have the privilege of seeing all kind of wildlife, typically from a distance. For very obvious reasons we’d prefer they stay on the mountain and not enter our lobby. But this little guy did just that.

Wildlife officials searched for mama and came up empty handed. They ended up transporting him to a new home at the Wildlife Research Center in Ft. Collins. And, now 5 years later we just learned, thanks to The Coloradoan, a few things about him. He is no longer a little guy. He is now an educator. He sings. And he is named after us — Antlers the Moose!

Welcome Keaton Luke, Front Desk Manager!

The Antlers is so happy to have Keaton Luke as our new Front Desk Manager!

Just a couple of short months ago the Antlers hired Keaton Luke as our new front desk manager. His friendliness combined with professionalism has made him a fantastic addition to the Antlers team.

Keaton lived in Southern California until he was eleven-years-old. His father was the General Manager of the Hilton Pasadena, across from the Rose Bowl. He grew up surfing, and skiing. He’s been skiing since he was two-years-old, starting at Mammoth Mountain. In 2003 his father took the position of General Manager at the Minneapolis Hilton and moved the family to the Midwest. There he became a Vikings fan as he had the opportunity to meet many of the players when they stayed at the Hilton. Around this time his family started taking their ski trips to Colorado. 

Clearly Keaton’s father’s career had influence over Keaton’s own career path. Keaton went to Iowa State university and earned a major in Business Management with a minor in Hotel Management, during which time he interned at the Minneapolis Hilton for his father. When his parents retired and moved to Florida he decided it was time to move out to Colorado.

He came to us from the Marriott where he started at the front desk, moving up to supervisor and then manager.

Keaton is obsessed with travel after spending five months on his own in Italy. He loves being active. His favorite activities include skiing, golfing, paddleboarding, and hiking. He also loves music, having attended over 100 concerts of just about every genre. He’s always happy to show friends around the mountain, talk sports or enjoy a craft beer. Make sure to stop in and introduce yourselves when you are visiting!

 

Vail Joins Other Colorado Resorts in Opening Early for 2018-19 Ski Season

Vail mountain is opening early! A combination of some of the best early-November snowmaking conditions and more than four feet of natural snowfall last week have allowed both Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek Resort to open early for the 2018-19 ski and snowboard season. Vail, originally slated to open on Friday, Nov. 16, will open for the season on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 9 a.m. Beaver Creek will open Saturday, Nov. 17, four days ahead of its scheduled Nov. 21 opening date.

Vail will offer skiing and riding out of both Vail Village and Lionshead Village, with upload and download access to the Mid-Vail area via Gondola One and top-to-bottom skiing and riding through Lionshead Village. Complimentary breakfast burritos from Vail Mountain and hot cocoa will be provided for early risers on opening day while supplies last.  

Vail mountain is opening early 2018-2019 ski season.

Vail is calling you. The base of Vail mountain (in Lionshead Village) two days prior to early opening for ski season 2018-2019.

“We are thrilled to be kicking off the 2018-19 season by opening early and truly setting the tone for the season to come at both Vail and Beaver Creek,” said Doug Lovell, Vail chief operating officer. “This is the first time we’ve been able to open both resorts early in more than 10 years. We owe a big thank you to our mountain operations teams for their hard work in making this possible for our loyal guests and season pass holders.”

Beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 14, skiers and snowboarders will have access to the following lifts and more than 500 acres of skiable terrain accessible via the following lifts on Vail Mountain:

  • Gondola One
  • Eagle Bahn Gondola (#19)
  • Born Free Express Lift (#8)
  • Avanti Express (#2)
  • Wildwood Express Lift (#3)
  • Mountain Top Express Lift (#4)
  • Little Eagle Lift (#15) 

All guests are reminded that they must observe all posted signs, closures and slow zones, especially during the early-season. Closed trails may contain hazards due to early snow coverage. Accessing closed terrain is a violation of the Colorado Ski Safety Act and will result in the loss of skiing privileges and could involve prosecution and a fine.

At Vail, the Golden Peak base area and the Riva Bahn Express Lift (#6) are a designated race training area only and will open to the public at a later date.

 

Vail Mountain is Opening Early: Offerings

10 Days of Epic

To celebrate 10 years of the Epic Pass, Vail Mountain will offer 10 days of specials on Fridays and Saturdays from Nov. 16 through Dec. 16. Some specials include complimentary fries with the purchase of an Epic Burger; 50 percent off ski school group lessons; après at Express Lift Bar featuring $3 drink specials; and 20 percent off Epic Mountain Express rides to and from Vail. Additional details are available at www.vail.com/readysetsnow

Snow Days

From Dec. 13 to 16, Vail Snow Days features an expanded four-day lineup of events and activities from free concerts, a Pray for Snow Bonfire, pub crawls, and more. Visit www.vail.com/snowdays for a list of all activities.

On-Mountain Dining

The Marketplace at Eagle’s Nest and Mid-Vail will open for the season for daily operations on Wednesday.

Vail Ski & Snowboard School

Beginning Wednesday, the Lionshead and Vail Village Ski & Snowboard School offices will be open. Walk-ins are accepted. For the best price guaranteed, guests are encouraged to book in advance online at www.vail.com or by calling (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).

Vail Mountain Nordic School

The Vail Mountain Nordic School, located in Golden Peak, opens Wednesday with guided backcountry, snowshoe and cross-country ski tours in the mountains around Vail. For more information, visit www.vail.com or call (970) 754-3200.

Lift Tickets

The Ticket and Season Pass Offices located in Lionshead and Vail Village will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information about Vail Mountain visit www.vail.com, stop by the Mountain Information Center, or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).