Antlers at Vail employees lend a helping hand to Roundup River Ranch

Antlers at Vail Employees Volunteer

In the shoulder season, activity around the Antlers at Vail slows down a little. It’s in this season that our staff likes to take time to see how we can give back to our community. There are a wide variety of excellent charitable organizations in the Vail Valley. One Sunday this fall, we shuttled down-valley to Gypsum to give our friends at Roundup River Ranch a helping hand.

About Roundup River Ranch

Roundup River Ranch is an incredible organization. They specialize in providing children the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors at summer camp. The children invited to Roundup River Ranch are some of the bravest around; they are those that face serious illnesses everyday. Their campers have the opportunity to take a true vacation from being “a patient” and get back to the fun of being a child. At the camp children are provided the medical, physical and emotional support of healthcare professionals – All the while having a great time participating in activities like horseback riding, canoeing, stargazing, and making arts and crafts. Camp at Roundup River Ranch is always free of charge for all kids and families who attend. This worthy non-profit is funded by the communities that the camp serves.

We were grateful for the opportunity to volunteer with Roundup River Ranch. We spent a day out of the office, and away from the condominiums that we usually look after, to clean the facilities at Roundup River Ranch. At the end of their busy summers it’s all about the cleaning, and we were happy to pitch in for the cause. Some photos of our staff helping out are shown in the gallery below. If you would like to make a donation to Roundup River Ranch, we invite you do so. Just visit the Roundup River Ranch website by following this link.

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

 

Antlers Staff Lend a Helping Hand to Restore Gore Creek

Newly planted willow cuttings along Gore Creek. These will establish roots throughout the summer, and if they survive through the winter, will continue to grow for years to come.

Gore Creek is a special part of Vail. Residents and tourists alike appreciate the natural beauty it brings to our town. One of the features our guests and homeowners enjoy most about the Antlers at Vail is our creek-side location. But due to urbanization, Gore Creek is in trouble. In 2012, after numerous assessments of the health of the macro-invertebrate community, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) listed Gore Creek on the Clean Water Act’s Section 303(d) List of Impaired Waters. Since then, the Town of Vail and other stakeholders have put programs in place to restore Gore Creek. We know that our town’s local businesses affect Gore Creek, so at the Antlers at Vail, we make environmentally-conscious decisions everyday. This past weekend, our team went a little further and partnered with Love Vail, a Town of Vail program committed to keeping our footprint small, our resources plentiful, and our contribution to sustainability top of mind.

Peter Wadden shows the Antlers staff what to look for and how to collect willow cuttings.

If you have stayed at the Antlers at Vail in the past few years, you have probably met Gabe Kossman who was previously one of our all-star front desk agents. Gabe is now our Conference Services Coordinator, and recently completed a Bachelor of Science in Sustainability at Colorado Mountain College. In addition to conference services, Gabe is also now leading our sustainability efforts. Gabe organized a volunteer session for our team with Peter Wadden at Love Vail to harvest and replant willows along sections of Gore Creek that are lacking in natural flora.

Gabe Kossman collects willow cuttings.

Our team had a great time learning about the importance of Gore Creek and doing our part to revitalize the area. By removing willow cuttings from surrounding areas where willows are well established and replanting willows along areas of the creek where they are lacking, we helped reestablish a vital part of the local ecosystem. Willows provide shade to streams and critical habitats for a large number of terrestrial and aquatic species. They slow water flow and allow the ground to absorb water and nutrients, stabilize stream banks, and provide food and construction material for beavers and their dams.

Previous General Manager, Rob LeVine, and General Manager, Magda King, plant willow cuttings along the banks of Gore Creek.

For more information about Love Vail, the Gore Creek program, and to find out how you can preserve and restore Gore Creek, please visit their website at lovevail.org/programs/gore-creek/.

Our Incredible Housekeepers

housekeepersMany people have asked me what kept me at the Antlers for the last 9 years. There are many answers to this question:

I could focus on flexibility;  My job gives me the opportunity to balance my work/family time in a fair way.

It has given me opportunities;  I’ve been able to travel, meet exciting people, work on new ideas, and it has given me the freedom to put these ideas into practice.

All of these are great reasons, but those are not the real cause of my stay. It is its people who kept me here. I will focus on my housekeepers.  Yes, the ones who make your beds, clean your bathrooms, and take care of every detail while you’re visiting.  They are very visionary women who inspire our community.

Did you know that they love to read? They are the only housekeeping team in the Vail Valley who are regular users of our Public Library Services and read one book every two months. Their exchanges are amazing.

Did you know that they have decided to be part of a program called: “Common Cents for Colorado” which taught them how to handle money, make financial decisions, and give them a better sense of investments?

Did you know that every week, as a part of their Literacy Project, they study English to ensure the very best service to our guests?

They have a genuine interest in our guests, who with time, become part of our family. They miss them if they do not come back, and they are as happy as any when they return.

When I ask them “why”, their answers are convincing: They came to this country to have a better future, and to be a role model in our society.  My housekeepers know that you get things through hard work, and they all have a very high work ethic.  They understand what makes our guests happy, and they thrive on making it happen.

Did you know that 9 of our housekeepers registered today, (May 3, 2016), at Colorado Mountain College to formally study for their GED Test?  They want to graduate from high school, and they want to serve better. In a few words, they want to be an example to their children.

I cannot be more proud of each one of them. They are an inspiration to me, and they are probably the main reason why I am here.  I encourage you to visit the Antlers.  You are in for a real treat to have such amazing women serving you each day.

Magdalena King