Vail’s Epic Pass

Everyone is asking “is it true”, “are they nuts”? Well, who cares if they are. For the 2008-2009 Ski Season, the EPIC Season Pass from Vail Resorts offers unrestricted and unlimited access to five of the best resorts in the world: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly. Unrestricted (no blackout dates) and Unlimited (where you want, when you want). Visit Epicpass.com to learn more and to purchase. $579 for adults, $279 for children. If you are planning on coming to Vail more than once next winter, get it now before they change their minds! Us locals are in shock. This is cheaper than the “local passes” have been in perhaps 20 years. And now anyone can get them. Some have said you just have to put $49 down now and pay the rest later. Check it out.

Ahh Nuts….We Didn’t Win

SPOTLIGHT NEWS……The Antlers at Vail, named one of three finalists by the Vail Valley Partnership for Green Business of the Year.On Friday we were honored to be in attendance for the Vail Valley Success Awards Banquet. The gala was held at the Ritz-Carlton in Beaver Creek and 10 Antlers employees were dressed in their best “duds” to partake in cocktails, dinner, dancing, good old fashion socializing, and hopefully to accept the award. Rob LeVine, who compiled all the information required for our 10 page finalist application, was giddy with excitement as the master of ceremonies opened the envelope and announced “and the winner is….not the Antlers at Vail“.Rob and the rest of our group were a little disappointed but as is usually the case, we were gracious, held our heads high, ordered a round of martinis and toasted the winners. (I think Rob was looking forward to putting the award next to the “business of the year award” we received in 2004, which is still on display in the lobby).When Hazel Miller and her small orchestra started up, the dance floor was alive and I personally believe we would have won something if the producers of “Dancing With The Stars” were in attendance. This Antlers group doesn’t just excel in the hospitality business. They can “cut a rug” too (see video).It needs to be mentioned how important this nomination was to us. We at the Antlers have been green and considered it part of the way we do business long before there was an award for doing it. We would like to thank Vail Valley Partnership for their consideration, the Ritz for hosting a fabulous affair, and Hazel Miller for drawing us away from our inhibitions.Oh, and congratulations to GREEN LIMOUSINE for being honored as the 2007 Green Business of the Year.Hazel Miller and her small orchestra put everyone in the mood

Remember When….at Vail!

SnowWitch joins you today at the end of 2007, as we begin a new ski season at Vail in 2008 by recalling some fond memories in years past skiing at Vail! Remember when…Early Vail Skiing – When there was ONLY Vail Village at Vail and no parking structures! Everyone parked along the frontage road!Studded SnowTires – When few had 4-wheel drive and they allowed studded snowtires or you had to stop, get on your back at the rear of the car, with exhaust and snow blowing in your face and put chains on to get over Vail or Hoosier Pass (there was no access from I-70).Too Young & Poor to Buy Dinner or Stay the Night – We drove up from Colorado Springs, starting at 5 am, reaching Vail when the lifts were opening, skiied all day and then stopped at Pepi Grammshammer’s at the end of the day, bought an “after-ski snack special” of a glass of red wine, a piece of brown bread and a small bowl of spaghetti, wolfed it down and then left to drive back to the Springs. Great times!It’s Better Now – We like it better now – more runs, more bowls, more parking, more lifts, more places to eat….Vail is older….. YET BETTER than ever!!

Antlers at Vail Offers ‘Symposium Special’

New Year? Resolve to Learn Something New

Antlers at Vail offers ‘Symposium Special’

Vail, Colorado – December 27, 2007 – Some New Year’s Resolutions are easier to keep than others. Resolving to eat more tofu and do more sit-ups are certainly virtuous goals, but how about learning about something new — like the art of Bonsai? Or taking a stab at writing poetry? The Vail Symposium is a series of educational events that draws some big names and offers a diverse array of thought-provoking topics — a Madeline Albright live video conference, Islamic Extremism, Organic Cooking and Japanese Calligraphy are all on the agenda for 2008. To encourage new participants, the Antlers at Vail – the organization’s Official Hotel – is offering a ‘Symposium Special’ package with deeply discounted midweek rates. Rooms begin at just $278 per night for two people, and the rate includes admission for two to the Symposium.

The Vail Symposium is a grassroots, nonprofit organization that offers a series of educational programs billed as “thought-provoking, diverse and affordable.” This spring’s symposium features a variety of events on a wide-ranging array of topics, from cultural topics like contemporary art and a glass studio tour, to high-country offerings like a historical snowshoe trip and a presentation about fossils. The Symposium’s spring program runs through May 21, 2008, and a complete schedule can be found at www.vailsymposium.org; call (970) 476-0954 to make reservations for specific events.

Since 1972, the Antlers at Vail has offered a unique Vail lodging experience in a relaxed mountain setting. Offering 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom condominiums with full kitchens, fireplaces, and outdoor balconies, every room has all the comforts of home. The property includes a new $2 million dollar heated outdoor pool, fitness room, two hot tubs, saunas and a heated parking garage. The Antlers is also proud to be a Green Star rated business; Green Star (www.greenstarinc.org) is a voluntary national program that assists businesses in taking a hands-on role in caring for the environment. For additional information call the Antlers at 800-843-8245 and ask for the “Symposium Special” (some restrictions apply) or visit the web site at www.antlersvail.com.

Media Contacts: Rob LeVine, General Manager, The Antlers at Vail, 970.476.2471, RLeVine@antlersvail.com or Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, 307.734.5335, darla@wordenpr.com

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Insider’s Tips to Affordable Vail Vacations from the Antlers at Vail

Vail, Colorado – December 13, 2007 – Vail’s rep may be for glitter and glam, but smart skiers prefer champagne powder without champagne prices—and with plenty of après-ski fun to boot.  The Antlers at Vail hotel’s staff of savvy insiders offers 10 ideas for enjoying the snow scene without the sacrifice: 

1)     Kitchen Little: A condo with cook-in kitchen provides restaurant savings—and room to spread out.  Antlers at Vail’s January 5 – 31, 2008, promotion offers a 20 percent-off five-night deal with package rates starting from $701 per person for two adults and two kids—including four-day lift tickets. (800) 843-8245, www.antlersvail.com.

2)     Nature’s Way: Hear naturalists under the stars at free Nature at Night program at Vail’s mountaintop adventure center, Adventure Ridge.  Or try free family movie night, $10 bungee trampoline, or free moonlight snowshoe tours.  (970) 476-9090, www.vail.snow.com.

3)     Ice Capades: Lace up your blades at Vail’s favorite NHL training stop, Dobson Arena.  Public skating, $3-6; skate rentals, $3.  (970) 479-2271, www.vailrec.com.  Or try the free outdoor ice at Lionshead’s new Arrabelle development, slated to open January 2008.

4)     Night Light: The Back Bowl offers retro bowling in a high-tech facility, including Neon Nights’ glow-in-the-dark balls.  All-you-can-bowl weeknights, $10.95.  (970) 328-BOWL, www.thebackbowl.com.

5)     Culture Club: Vail Symposium’s thought-provoking offerings include a free Madeline Allbright talk via satellite, January 19, and documentary films, $11.  (970) 476-0954, www.vailsymposium.org.

6)     Get Squirrelly: Free Bud Light Street Beat Concert Series includes Squirrel Nut Zippers performing January 16, Vail Village. www.vvf.org.

7)     Cheap Eats: Savor a Coleman beef Lark burger with organic fixins plus a beer for under $20 at Larkspur at the base of Chair 6; bite into a Big Cheesy Calzone, $6.95, at Bagali’s funky Lava Lounge, West Vail; or order a slice and a beer at ski patrol hangout Vendetta’s on Bridge Street, Vail.

8)     Board Story: View primitive gear and ski-world legends at the free Colorado Ski & Snow Museum at the Vail Transportation Center. (970) 476-1876, www.skimuseum.net.

9)     Water World: Make a splash at Avon Rec Center’s aquatic facility with giant slide and aqua climbing wall. Day pass, $10-14; $7 Twilight Pass, 7-9 p.m. (970) 748-4060, www.avon.org.

10)  Breaking News: Vail Daily’s events calendar tracks area doings from January beer fest to free ballroom dancing, www.vaildaily.com.

Media Contacts: Rob LeVine, General Manager, The Antlers at Vail, (970) 476-2471, RLeVine@antlersvail.com or Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, (307) 734-5335, darla@wordenpr.com

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Antlers at Vail Condo Owners to Axe Popular ‘Right of First Refusal’ Provision

When Deanne Barker’s* offer to purchase a two-bedroom condominium in Vail was accepted, she was ecstatic. The professional mother of two looked forward to spending long weekends during the ski season with her family and friends. So she was heartbroken when – almost three weeks after she’d made the offer – her broker told her another owner had exercised the Right of First Refusal clause in the condominium association bylaws, at Deanne’s price and terms. Deanne had no recourse; she was simply out of luck.

The Right of First Refusal process is fairly common in the governing documents of many condominium owners’ associations in Vail and other Colorado towns. With such a clause, whenever someone contracts to buy a condominium, they must wait a specified period of time before they can close the sale.  During that time any current owner has the right to more or less “steal” the contract.  If an existing owner chooses to exercise their right they must match the terms of the contract, but if they do, the buyer who had originally contracted for the unit is simply out of luck.  Naturally, this can be a trying experience for someone who has gone through the psychological (and sometimes emotional) gymnastics necessary to make a million dollar buying decision. 

While the ROFR clause can be advantageous to existing condominium owners, the ownership of the Antlers at Vail will soon decide whether to strike the 20-day ROFR clause from its governing documents.   After considering the matter for many months including a lengthy discussion at the last annual owners meeting, the Antlers Board of Directors unanimously recommended to the ownership that this clause be eliminated from the Condominium Declaration.  Doing so requires the approval of 67% of the entire Antlers ownership (63 out of 94 total units).   The board and management are optimistic that benchmark can be reached.  The formal vote to amend the Declaration will be held at a special meeting on July 16.

The Antlers Board has distributed a summary of their opinion, which makes the case that the ROFR could be a deterrent to sales, thus depressing property values, however slightly.  Additionally, its implementation could be the source of lawsuits for a variety of reasons, as it has been elsewhere.  The Board felt that whatever perceived benefit might be attributed to the ROFR, it was far outweighed by these negatives.  Hopefully the Antlers ownership agrees.

“I know of no other homeowners association in the state that has eliminated the ROFR clause from its governing documents,” says noted condominium law expert Jerry Orten, legal counsel for the Antlers. “The Antlers has been on the cutting edge of Colorado condominium activity before, and the owners should be admired for their progressiveness.”

Since 1972, the Antlers at Vail hotel has offered a unique Vail lodging experience in a relaxed mountain setting. The hotel recently completed its $2 million swimming pool redevelopment project that includes two outdoor hot tubs and sparkling changing rooms in addition to the spacious heated pool that faces Vail Mountain.  A mere 150 yards from the gondola, dining and night life, the lodge emphasizes exceptional service and amenities—including a recently renovated lobby, conference center, business center and fitness room, plus dog-friendly services and more. For additional information call 800-843-8245.

Contact: Rob LeVine, General Manager, The Antlers at Vail, RLeVine@antlersvail.com, 970.476.2471

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