View down the river behind the Antlers the day after a Vail snow storm. Photo: Steve Hersee
About a week before Thanksgiving a couple of us in the sales/marketing office were bemoaning the lack of snow. “We know the Vail snow will come. But what if Vail Mountain doesn’t open on time? What will that perception be?” Our Controller walked in on that conversation and proceeded to tell about one of her first winters in Vail when she and a few friends were sitting outside enjoying a picnic on a balmy November day having the very same conversation. And, how the very next week the snow came and didn’t stop for 30 days. It was 30 days until they saw sun again and an epic year for skiers. Déjà vu?
The second week of December we received our first really big snowfall with 25″ in one week and it just continued from there. January received 70″ of snow when the January average is 35″. This 2016/2017 ski season will likely be on for the record books. Today is a beautiful blue sky day with lots of soft snow to enjoy. Hope that you have or will be making it out to Vail to enjoy it — we sure are!
Featured Antlers Team Member: Cristobal Hernandez Rodriguez
Cristobal Hernandez Rodriguez came to work at the Antlers as a houseman 8 years ago. He is the son of a famous tailor in Vera Cruz, Mexico and trained with his father in that profession for fourteen years before moving to the U.S. and then coming to work with us at the Antlers. Not only is Cristobal kind hearted and reliable, but he is also an extremely hard worker. He was working two jobs in addition to his job at the Antlers when he first started as a houseman. Eventually we realized that he had other skills that we could take advantage of and were able to entice him to work just with us. He now sews all of our custom linens, fixes cushions and really anything else that can be improved by a skilled tailor. He helps out in the laundry, in addition to his many duties as houseman. He lives on site at the Antlers and is on call two days a week. As Rob LeVine put it, “In any group of employees, there’s always one or two that you just wish you could clone. Cristobal’s at the top of that list. His unfailingly great attitude along with his incredible work ethic make him an absolute delight to work with. Yes, we are beyond fortunate to have him on Team Antlers.”
At the Antlers, we receive many wedding inquiries throughout the year. Some newly engaged couples hear about us from their friends, some from our TripAdvisor listing, and some simply know that they want to get married in Vail. This was Haley and Reza.
Haley and Reza wanted to keep things simple and have a quaint yet beautiful wedding ceremony somewhere near Vail Square where their photos would be taken later in the day. Their wedding was set to take place on New Year’s Eve, mind you, one of the busiest weeks of the year in Vail. The lovely couple e-mailed us just before Halloween and we thought, you know what? Why not offer to let them get married by our pool? And you know what else, why not let them have their ceremony here on the house? After all, it would be short, sweet, and to the point – No great need to charge for 30 minutes on our patio.
After offering our poolside deck on Gore Creek for their small ceremony, Haley and Reza were delighted to accept. After all, finding a location for lodging in Vail this time of the year is difficult enough.
So, after much anticipation, New Year’s Eve rolled around and I met Reza in the courtyard. He was thrilled, and could not wait to marry the love of his life. We presented them with a champagne welcome. The officiant came in, then the photographer, and finally the bride. The day couldn’t of been more beautiful with blue skies, and the sun setting over Lionshead. At the ‘I do’s’ we had a number of guests in our hot tubs and some on their balconies clapping and cheering them on! It was pretty fun. With Reza’s brother and his partner at their side to bare witness to their nuptials, they had a toast and some laughs, and went on to Vail Square for the rest of their photographs.
After the ceremony, I got to catch up with the newly weds in our lobby and offer them some hot cocoa and a suggestion for their first wedding anniversary… because, where better to celebrate than the Antlers?
As an independent property, we get the privilege of offering some very custom, sometimes unorthodox accommodations in the hospitality industry to some really lovely people, and this was certainly the case here. Having the ability to help out when we can just adds a little more meaning to our work, and offering a complimentary location for a small elopement-style wedding ceremony to a grateful couple was our pleasure.
“The chef service is very good indeed!!! We enjoyed having homemade food at our apartment.”
-Antlers at Vail Guest, Veronica Cohen
Fully Equipped Kitchens
Antlers at Vail condos range in size from 680 square feet up to 2,000 square foot with full kitchens and dining areas. They are ideal for enjoying a relaxing dinner in after a day of mountain adventures.
One of the things that guests love most about Antlers condominiums are the fully-equipped kitchens. When on a week-long ski vacation there are times when you just don’t want to eat out and the kitchen enables guests to enjoy simple or gourmet meals in the comfort of their spacious Antlers condominium. Many people even come in large groups and entertain in their condo. But there are times, particularly after a big powder ski day, when you may not feel like going out to eat OR cooking. Enter Chef Barry Robinson and freshly prepared meals for in-room dining!
Freshly Prepared Meals for In-Room Dining
Chef Barry delivering food to an Antlers condominium.
We are so fortunate to have Chef Barry as a part of the Antlers team. Chef Barry caters all events on property at the Antlers and we hear endless compliments about him, his food and service. Internationally-trained Chef Barry was recruited all the way from Australia by Vail Resorts to operate their Game Creek Club, private members operations. Chef Barry had the responsibility and privilege to prepare culinary experiences for guests of the private chalet including Hollywood stars, famous musicians, Wall Street CEO’s, and others. Now Chef Barry runs Caterers of Vail out of the Antlers kitchen and conference facilities.
Meals can be heated at your convenience in your condo kitchen.
Two winters ago Chef Barry offered breakfast burritos and last winter offered freshly made soups as in-room dining options for Antlers guests. This winter he is going all out and offering a range of full meals prepared to be heated in the comfort of your Antlers condominium. Now you can order a meal or two ahead of time to be delivered so you can simply heat it up on those days you don’t feel like going out to eat or cooking. Dine in the comfort of your condominium without the work or clean up of cooking!
Freshly Prepared Meals by Chef Barry Include:
Beef and Vegetable Stew: Large pieces of diced beef chuck steak cooked with onions, carrot, celery in a beef stock. Gluten free. Finished with chopped parsley, salt and pepper.
Hungarian Beef Goulash: Traditionally cooked with equal parts onion and diced chunks of beef chuck steak, flavored with caraway seeds, tomato paste, Hungarian paprika, beef stock, salt and pepper.
Chicken Pot Pie Ragout: Juicy pieces of both thigh and breast meat sautéed with onions, celery, carrots and bell peppers, thickened with chicken stock and cream using a flour and butter roux.
Roasted Herb Chicken: Two (2) whole medium sized roasted chickens seasoned with mixed poultry herbs, salt and pepper, with seven cups of cooked rice pilaf.
Creamy Mash Potatoes: Boiled Idaho potatoes, seasoned and whipped with cream and butter.
Spaghetti and Meatballs: Spaghetti, finished with lots of meatballs tossed in a herb marinara sauce.
Rotini Pasta with Butter and Parsley: Al dente boiled rotini pasta tossed in olive oil and butter, finished with chopped fresh parsley.
Mixed Greens: fresh mixed greens served with a side dish of your choice of dressing.
Chorizo or Veggie Breakfast Burritos: Delicious southwestern style breakfast burritos. Eight to an order – perfect to have in your fridge, heat and eat on the way out for the ski day.
All dishes are served in large, recyclable, oven-proof containers with a clear lid for easy identification. We recommend you individually portion onto a dinner plate and microwave until your desired temperature is reached.
Staying with us this winter and want to place an order ahead of time? No problem! Let us know your name or reservation number and what you’d like to order. Pick one of the days that you’ll be staying with us, or multiple days if you’d like to order multiple meals, and the meal(s) will be delivered to your door by noon on the delivery date. For advanced orders, please call 1-800-843-8245.
I remember going to a Vail Town Council meeting sometime in early 2004 and thinking, “This new woman on the Council is way too young to have that much poise”. It later occurred to me that she was the same age as me, when I was elected to the Town Council in 1989, but I can tell you that she was a lot more prepared for the task than I was. I hadn’t met Kim Rediker prior to that, which is a little surprising given that we both worked in the hospitality business. I thought I knew everyone in the Vail hotel scene. Apparently not.
In the past dozen years I’ve enjoyed watching Kim work in a myriad of community roles, both public and private. It didn’t take long to appreciate how smart and dedicated she was, in addition to all that grace. I’ve also had the pleasure of working with her on the Vail Economic Advisory Council for a good part of the last decade. In that role (and others), she’s always demonstrated one of her great strengths … pragmatism. I have long valued that skill as highly as any other. Kim truly understands that you can be right about something all day long, but if you’re not effective it doesn’t do anybody any good. There are SO many circumstances that come up every day in the hospitality business where understanding, compromise and pragmatic decisions are the key to success.
I love the fact that Kim has that “big picture” view. That’s just one of the reasons I was so stoked when Magda convinced her to come be the Assistant GM. Combined with Magda’s similar talents, the Antlers is in REALLY good hands going forward.
The Vail Veteran’s Program invites military injured and their families to participate in various outdoor activities such as skiing, rock climbing, and horseback riding.
The Vail Veterans Program is a non-profit organization who’s mission is to empower military injured and their families through innovative and transformational programs that build confidence and improve lives. Since 2004, their programs have provided adventurous and engaging mountain experiences to wounded warriors and their families. Thanks to donors, volunteers, and the Vail community Vail Veterans Programs are provided to military injured and their families entirely free of charge.
At the Antlers, we are now providing Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company’s Whole Bean Patriotic Blend in each of our condos. When you arrive at your condo, you’ll find a jar of coffee beans and a coffee grinder on the kitchen counter to grind fresh and brew in your coffee pot. It is our pleasure to provide the coffee to you complimentary, and we hope you’ll enjoy your morning cup a little more knowing that all of the profits gathered by Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company for their Patriotic Blend will go to supporting the Vail Veterans Program.
We’re pleased to support this incredible local charity and we hope you are too. If you love the taste of this rich coffee blend, and would like to continue supporting the Vail Veterans Program after your stay at the Antlers, Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company’s Patriotic Blend is also available for purchase on their website.
Antlers at Vail Newly Remodeled Antlers Vacation Home
1-Bedroom with Bunk Alcove Residence
Randy, Susan and Libby Brundage enjoying skiing Vail Mountain on one of their many visits.
Jeff and Diane Brundage bought a second home at the Antlers ten years ago, and thoroughly enjoy their time in Vail, inviting friends and family to visit. After visiting for several of these years, their brother and sister-in-law, Randy and Susan Brundage, made the decision to also purchase a vacation home at the Antlers. They proceeded to purchase a low gold-rated condo at the Antlers and upgrade it to become platinum rated. The fall of 2015 Randy and Sue completed a significant remodel to the family’s 1-bedroom with bunks residence that included reconfiguring the bedroom for a larger king bed by moving a wall, replacing the old fireplace with new stripstone, installing beautiful wood doors accented by wood ceiling beams and a large sliding glass door and new window for better views to the spectacular river and mountain views. A new bathroom, new lighting throughout and elegant new furniture completed the design.
Why did you choose to purchase a vacation home at the Antlers?
Randy, Libby & I have enjoyed skiing for many years. Of all of the ski resorts we visited we kept returning to Vail, and to the Antlers to visit Randy’s brother and sister-in-law, Jeff & Diane. Almost two years ago we decided to purchase our condo at the Antlers to be located close to Jeff and Diane, as well as strategically located within easy walking distance to the gondola and all of Lionshead. Our condo’s location looks out over the pool and Gore Creek and onto the mountain which is breathtaking. We feel so comfortable returning to the Antlers with their helpful staff and many amenities.
The fall of 2015 Randy and Sue completed a significant remodel to the family’s newly remodeled Antlers vacation home that included reconfiguring the bedroom for a larger king bed by moving a wall, replacing the old fireplace with new stripstone, installing beautiful wood doors accented by wood ceiling beams and a large sliding glass door and new window for better views to the spectacular river and mountain views. A new bathroom, new lighting throughout and elegant new furniture completed the design.
What is special about your newly remodeled Antlers vacation home?
We are so pleased with the renovation to our condo. The ceiling lighting throughout has brightened the entire living area. The wood work makes the condo feel so warm. Our new fireplace and mantle turned out fabulous. The new bathroom is fresh and clean. The attention to detail and expertise by the Antlers team transformed our aged condo into a platinum vacation retreat for us. We cannot wait to return to enjoy our view of the mountain and Gore Creek from our cozy condo.
To see the photo gallery with photos of the complete platinum remodel, click on a thumbnail below.
Children enjoy the Antlers at Vail model train set-up in our Conference Center during the Holidays.
At the Antlers, we love the holiday season. We decorate our lobby in festive decor and serve hot cocoa to all of our guests as they return from their ski day or outing around Vail. Our entire team gets into the holiday spirit. One of our employees can even be seen on occasion dressed as a pretty impressive Santa Claus.
This year, to herald in the holiday season, the Antlers at Vail is hosting exclusive holiday events for all of our guests on the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th of December. Join us in the Rob LeVine Conference Center from 4 – 5:30 PM daily for fun holiday activities. On Thursday, December 22nd, join us for a visit from Santa! On Friday, December 23rd, come create your own uniquely decorated holiday cookie. And on Saturday, December 24th, join us for a holiday sing-a-long. On each of these days there will be free gift wrapping, holiday crafts, holiday stories, and hot cocoa. Also, take photos on your smartphone, and post them to Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #AntlersHolidays or tag the Antlers at Vail in your photos to be entered to win a free, family holiday gift basket from the Antlers! The photo with the most likes wins. The winner will be announced on our Facebook Page on Christmas Eve at 6 PM, and we will deliver the gift basket directly to you at your condo.
Families enjoy Ice Skating in Vail.
Have a few days to spare before the holidays? Take advantage of our Holiday Package and book a Studio through Four-bedrooom condo December 20th-26th with reduced minimum night stays and enjoy complimentary Sports Ski or Snowboard rentals from Ski Butlers. Stay for 3 nights or more and enjoy all of our holiday festivities as well as some of the best skiing in the world on Vail Mountain. In addition to enjoying all of our holiday festivities, take advantage of our other complimentary amenities such as ski storage and ski valet service to and from the Eagle Bahn Gondola, underground parking, high-speed WiFi, daily housekeeping, a business center with computers for guests’ use, unlimited passes to the Vail Athletic Club, an electric car charging station, and our beautiful, creek-side pool and hot tubs. And don’t forget, cooks can choose from a lending library of specialty appliances & spices, and for outdoor fun, guests can access loaner snowshoes, sleds and GoPro cameras to record their outings. Our Holiday Package starts at $615 per night in a studio condo. Also, families can bring their ice skates for skating at Vail Square in Lionshead. Conveniently located 150 yards away from the Antlers, the ice rink is open daily through the winter, and skate rentals are available in Vail Square if needed.
Looking for even more holiday fun? Art in Public Places Winter events begin on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 with two different paper-lantern making workshops, so families can bring their uniquely designed paper lanterns to the Winter Solstice Lantern Walk in Vail Village on December 21st. For more information, visit Art in Vail’s website.
So, bring the whole family and join us this holiday season for a wonderful vacation at the Antlers at Vail.
The Holiday Package is subject to availability. Other minimum night stay requirements may apply, and are subject to change at any time.
Here in Vail, the 2016/2017 Ski Season is about to begin, and along with the mountain opening to an array of enthusiastic skiers and snowboarders, is a wide range of fun events to enjoy. Vail Snow Daze, the largest early-season mountain bash in North America, is happening December 9th-11th. During Vail Snow Daze, you can get your turns in on Vail Mountain, take a break and check out the vendor expo at the base of Gondola one in Vail Village, and then head over to Vail or Lionshead Village for Aprés and enjoy some of the best food & drink the Rocky Mountains have to offer. Two awesome concerts are also happening this weekend at Solaris Plaza in Vail Village. The Michael Franti Trio will play Friday, December 9th, and Lettuce will take the stage on Saturday, December 10th. Both concerts begin at 5:30 PM.
December 8 the Vail Symposium will celebrate the past 45 years (and welcome the next 45 years!) of thought leadership in the Vail Valley.
On December 8, you may want to consider joining the Vail Symposium in celebrating the past 45 years (and welcoming the next 45 years!) of thought leadership in the Vail Valley with “Then, Now & Then Some”, an evening of eating, drinking, dancing and toasting to healthy discussions at the beautiful Donovan Pavilion in Vail. Since the Symposium’s inception in 1971 to where it stands today, the Vail Symposium remains an integral part of the intellectual truths that have guided a once small mountain town to become a world beacon for healthy living, tolerance, self-discovery, curiosity and informed decision making through education.
Antlers at Vail is offer 25% off of studio to 2-bedroom condos for Skadi Fest
Next up is SKADI Fest which is taking place December 14th-16th. Inspired by the Norse goddess of winter, this will be the ultimate week of skiing for female skiers of all levels. Enjoy ski demos, customized lessons, pre-ski yoga, and wine and cheese pairings throughout the week and take advantage of 25% off of lodging rates at the Antlers.
Families in Vail ice skating and enjoying the holiday season
Now that your ski boots are nicely worn in, get ready for the holiday season during Vail Holidaze, kicking off on the weekend of December 16th. Vail Holidaze is when Vail celebrates with everything from tree lighting, to caroling, and ice skating. You’ll feel the yuletide in the air this weekend as you experience the gentle snow falling and hear the sound of jingle bells outside the shops of the village. And after Saint Nicholas stores away his sled and reindeer for another season, stick around for an epic firework display on New Years Eve at Golden Peak. Early Season in Vail is a magical time, so grab your skis and poles and we will see you on the hill.
Antlers at Vail hotel’s early season Good Snow Guarantee* is back and once again promises a zero cancellation fee policy on direct booked stays November 18 – December 10, 2016, to ensure guests get the snow they want. Photo courtesy Jack Affleck and Vail Resorts.
With almost two feet of snow the last week of March last ski season, Vail Mountain extended the ski season to a week after its big season-closing bash. But there’s no guaranteeing snow. Or is there? Antlers at Vail hotel’s early season Good Snow Guarantee* is back and once again promises a zero cancellation fee policy for dates of stay from November 18 – December 10, 2016, to ensure guests who book direct get the snow they want. Just cancel up to one day prior to your arrival date with no penalty. And on top of just-right snow conditions, the Antlers is offering discounts of up to 30% off during that timeframe when you book by December 1, 2016.
*You may be wondering how we determine what good snow is. Well, that is completely up to you. So, book now to guarantee your early-bird rates with no risk!
As always, all Antlers at Vail stays enjoy a roster of complimentary amenities including ski storage and ski valet service to and from the Lionshead gondola, underground parking, high-speed WiFi, daily maid service, a business center with computers for guest use, unlimited passes to the Vail Athletic Club, yoga classes, an electric car charging station and a year-round outdoor pool and hot tubs. Cooks can choose from a lending library of specialty appliances, and for outdoor fun, guests can access loaner snowshoes, sleds and GoPro cameras to record the outing.