Mountain Roller Coaster, Glenwood Springs

Many Antlers guests have asked about “mountain roller coasters”.  Vail doesn’t have one at the moment, but we are working on it.  But if you are in the Vail Valley for a week or so, many guests will visit Glenwood Springs Caverns and fun park which has a cave tour, bungey jumping, a mountain roller coaster, food, games, and more.  Here is a quick clip of Darci and Amy from the front desk riding the roller coaster this past spring.

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Antlers at Vail Peddles to Summer Mountain Bikers

Hotel offers convenient location, knowledgeable staff, value pricing

The Vail Valley offers numerous bike trails for all ages and abilities

April 20, 2011 – Vail, CO – “I was going so fast, I wondered if I’d need a runaway truck ramp like the ones they have on I-70!” a biker quipped after a thrilling ride down the Vail Mountain bike trail. With the Vail Gondola offering transport for people and bikes to the top, those who prefer downhill cruising to uphill climbing will find plenty to enjoy in and around Vail.

The Antlers at Vail hotel is a conveniently located home base – rated #1 in Vail Specialty Lodging by TripAdvisor readers – with comfortable condominiums just footsteps from the Gore Creek trail and darned close to the Vail Gondola. The Antlers knowledgeable staff can suggest trails, and nearby shops like Charter Sports, Vail Bike Tech and Bike Valet offer bicycle and helmet rentals for adults and kids. Both Vail and Beaver Creek offer summer maps for navigating the area’s 340+ miles of biking trails. Guests who reserve rooms by June 1, 2011 can save 25% to 40% off regular prices, with rates for a studio suite starting as low as $144 per night.

Riders looking for a summertime challenge can join the Antlers team for the 10th Annual Comcast Colorado Eagle River Ride on Saturday, July 23. The tour begins in Beaver Creek and brings riders along the scenic banks of the Colorado and Eagle rivers, and riders can choose from the 100-mile, 68-mile and 42-mile routes. The fee is $90 until June 24, $100 for those who register before July 22, and $130 on the day of the event; proceeds benefit the youth nonprofit, SOS Outreach. Riders of all levels are welcome, and new riders receive a customized Antlers team jersey.

The Antlers is also a sponsor for the Runner’s World and Bicycling Magazine “Pursuit” Package August 18-21, 2011. This all-inclusive weekend features celebrity hosted runs and rides plus dining at Vail’s premier restaurants, luxury lodging, activities and more. For those who enjoy watching the pros, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge features elite professional teams and athletes from around the world in Vail and Avon August 25 and 26, 2011.

Since 1972, the Antlers has offered a unique Vail lodging experience in a relaxed mountain setting. The Antlers Vail condominiums – named the ‘Green Business of the Year’ by the Vail Valley Partnership Success Awards – is also proud to be a Green Star rated business. With condominiums ranging from studio suites up to four bedrooms and plenty of space to spread out, each room at the Antlers offers all the comforts of home including fully-equipped kitchens, fireplaces, outdoor balconies, free Internet access and free parking in a heated indoor garage. The Antlers Vail is conveniently located in the Lionshead area of Vail with numerous restaurants, galleries and shops within walking distance, and the free Vail town shuttle stops just footsteps away. For more information, call 1-800-843-8245.

Ski Joring

If you are looking for something a little different to do on a weekend,  I suggest if at all possible heading to Leadville Colorado when they are having their annual Ski Joring event. It typically happens in March and I had the chance to attend this weekend and what fun it was. As someone who grew up ridding horses and skiing I can’t believe I never got involved in this long before now but I guess they just don’t do things like this in New Mexico! The town spends several day putting snow back on the main street packing it down and building jumps. There are two different courses depending on skill level Sport skiers have higher jumps than the Open registration and Legend skiers. They even have a children event (they get pulled by snowmobiles at a much slower pace).

 

Leadville is a nice little town to spend a day in and a short drive from Vail, dress warm and take your camera. I’m off to start training my horses for next years event!

Mike Fries

2010 Ski Joring Champion Mike Fries

 

 

Yoga at the Antlers at Vail

The Yoga program this summer has been a success!  We are so pleased to offer it complimentary to our guests.  Every Tuesday and Thursday throughout June, July and August, guests at the Antlers had the opportunity to stay in tune with Mother Nature and their inner spirit for an hour and half, enjoying the sun and our beautifully landscaped swimming pool deck while stretching, meditating and working in body balance.

“This is one of many complimentary amenities that we offer at our property” states Katie Nelson, Assistant to the Antlers at Vail Sales and Catering department.  Generally each class has around 8 students.  Tracy Long, experienced Yoga instructor in the Vail Valley, tailored each class according to the group.

We hope you had the chance to enjoy the classes, we will have them again throughout the Winter! Join us in the wellness path!.

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Adventure Tubing with Sage Outdoor Adventures

Adventure Tubing…can those two words really go together in the same sentence?   When I think of tubing, I think of a nice easy float down a stretch of river, not something adventurous.  Well, guess what, those two words go quite nicely together!  In fact, I think they are my two new favorite words together!  I grew up rafting on all the rivers in Colorado and Utah, was a raft guide for 6 years, and loved tubing when I was young.  Little did I know that a family owned company called Sage Outdoor Adventures  (just 100 yards from the Antlers condos) would come up with a NEW outdoor activity to do in Vail beside whitewater rafting.  So…here is a bit of my adventure:  Started out getting to the meeting spot to get all of our gear (wetsuits, booties, gloves, helmets, etc.)  We decided we looked A LOT like frogs with our gloves, but they really helped with navigating down the river!

After dressing in our amazingly attractive wetsuits, we jumped into the river in our tubes and set off downriver!   We got a little taste of everything.  From relaxing in the calm water to getting splashed by the waves in the little rapids.  It was awesome!  We saw some amazing wildlife too!  A blue heron was drinking out of the river next to us and flew right above us- it was beautiful!  Saw some baby ducks, geese, and a variety of other birds.  There is nothing quite like being outside, in the wild!

Vail paragliding

Vail Valley Paragliding took a few of us out paragliding this morning.  What a rush.  Bobby, one of the owners of Vail paragliding, is also a tile guy and quite often  helps the Antlers with unit remodels. He has been talking about his tandem license for awhile now and has been encouraging us to go.

It was a blast.  The flight lasts anywhere from 10-15 minutes, but could go more if the winds are right.  It runs $175 for a flight.  Check them out at www.vailvalleyparagliding.com or call them at 970-376-0495

Take a hike!, a short one along Gore Creek outside the Antlers

If you are taking a day off from skiing but still need to get out for a few minutes into the fresh air, just go for a quick stroll along Vail’s Gore Creek just outside the Antlers.  The path goes for about a 1/2 mile to the west towards the Cascade Hotel.  We didn’t get any pictures but you can usually count 4-10 ducks that spend the winter in the creek.  Sure looks cold to me.

McCoy Park cross country skiing near vail

If you are here for a week and want to try something different, head on over to Beaver Creek’s McCoy Park for some cross country skiing.  Once you arrive at the Beaver Creek Resort (15 minutes from Vail), you pay for your nordic trails pass at the Beaver Creek nordic center (base of the Strawberry Park ski lift), then catch a ride up the Strawberry Park lift to access the nordic trails.  These nordic trails are way up high at the Beaver Creek Resort so the air is thin, but the solitude is worth it.  Chris R.

Vail cross country skiing

Snowshoe along (and on top) of Gore Creek

This might be for the more adventurous or if you are from Minnesota where we are used to walking along frozen lakes.  Take a snowshoe on top of the frozen Gore Creek passing the other Vail hotels and shops in town.  But be aware, you will fall through a couple of times (I sure did), but the water is pretty low this time of year so you don’t fall in very far.  You can rent snow shoes at most sport shops in town, such as Vail Ski Base.  If that isn’t your cup of tea (or cold water), take a free ride up the gondola after 2pm and snowshoe around the top of Vail mountain with the incredible views.

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Sarah, Chris and Maggie are out ahead

Vail snowmobile conditions Dec 30

It has been snowing quite a bit today!   Instead of skiing some of us went snowmobiling up by Piney Lake.  Check out Piney River Adventures if you need a snowmobile tour.  They pick you up right at the Antlers Vail Hotel and zip you quickly up to their staging area on Red Sandstone Road.  They have 2, 3, 4 hour tours and who knows what else.   You can get your own snowmobile or have two people riding just one.  I recommend that you get your own and also purchase the insurance for when you crash it.   Chris R.

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Mariella is a little stuck with her snowmobile.