Movers and Shakers at the Antlers

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.

Antlers Employees Learn About Mental Health First Aid

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.

GoPro Mountain Games to bring Go RVing DockDogs Arena and more to Lionshead village

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.

Dock Dogs competition at the GoPro Mountain Games returns to Lionshead Village. The Antlers is happy to once again offer pet-friendly rooms for participants and spectators.

“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 Mountain to Kick Off Summer Operations June 19

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.

Grab a tube, hop a lift, get a rush on one of the two summer tubing hills. Photo courtesy Vail Resorts/ Andrew Taylor.

Vail: June 19 – Oct. 3

  • 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
  • Local public health information: www.eaglecountycovid.org
Saor down Vail’s Forest flyer alpine coaster starting June 8, 2018. photo: Andrew Taylor/ Vail Resorts

Epic Pass Lineup & Price Reset

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.

GoPro Mountain Games to Again Kick off Vail’s Summer Events in 2021

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 right direction.

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.

DockDogs competition at the GoPro Mountain Games. The Antlers is happy to once again offer pet-friendly rooms for participants and spectators.

“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.

This announcement 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.”

Antlers General Manager says, “We understand that it “takes a Valley” to make such a wonderful event happen, and we cannot be happier and proud of the Town of Vail and the Eagle County for moving forward with this event.  The Antlers at Vail is once again ready to support our community by providing discounted lodging rates for  anyone who wants to enjoy the celebration of outdoor sports at the GoPro Mountain Games. We do this while taking our mission of keeping everyone healthy by following the Eagle County “5 commitments of Covid-19 Containment.”

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.”

New Antlers at Vail hotel package offers value-packed Thanksgiving vacation. “Family Feast” ski, stay and dine package includes Thanksgiving dinner and bake-your-own sugar cookies.

Thanksgiving in Vail | Leave the Cooking to Us

Chef Barry Robinson’s Delicious Thanksgiving Feast

Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner this year at the Antlers, catered by Chef Barry Robinson.

This Thanksgiving, leave the cooking to us! Enjoy Chef Barry Robinson’s delicious thanksgiving feast. Ideal for those who’d rather spend Thanksgiving in Vail on the slopes rather than in the kitchen. Chef Barry’s classic Thanksgiving feast lets guests enjoy the excitement of a Vail ski vacation, while still relishing the comforts of a home-cooked meal. Add Chef Barry’s Thanksgiving Dinner to your lodging reservation by November 21, 2020. We will deliver it to your condo in recyclable, oven-proof containers in time for Thanksgiving Dinner on November 26, 2020. 

Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner this year at the Antlers, catered by Chef Barry Robinson.

 

 

Vail Chef Barry Robinson will prepare Thanksgiving dishes he’s cooked for his own family for years. Dishes include roasted turkey and slow-cooked giblet gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans with toasted almonds, caramelized butternut squash, savory stuffing, tart cranberry sauce and mixed greens with herb dressing. And dinner wouldn’t be complete without the Chef’s classic pumpkin pie. Chef will deliver the meal to your condo in ovenproof, recyclable containers for heating and serving at your convenience on Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving dinner is $45 per person (plus 8.4% tax)

Home-Away-From-Home Antlers at Vail Thanksgiving

 

Relax in the Antlers platinum-rated Condo Suites.

With our friendly staff and comfortable condominiums, we strive to provide a “home away from home” experience for our guests. Antlers condos are comfortable for families, groups of friends and even pets. All Antlers’ suites feature a fully equipped kitchen making leftovers easy to reheat. A spacious dining and living area, cozy bedrooms and gas fireplaces make relaxing easy. Book your Thanksgiving lodging reservation with us today. Enjoy Vail, a delicious thanksgiving meal, and all the comforts of home at the Antlers. 

Simply add dinner to your reservation when you book your Antlers lodging, or call 970.476.2471 to add it on to an existing reservation.

An Antlers at Vail lodging & Thanksgiving dinner package is also available.

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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.

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*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.