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Vail Symposium

The Antlers at Vail hotel is proud to be the Official Hotel of the Vail Symposium, one of the very oldest organizations in the area.  For a number of years the Antlers has provided lodging for speakers, conference space for events, board leadership and more. We believe the Vail Symposium brings the world to our small valley and enriches our lives.

About the Vail Symposium

The Vail Symposium is a grassroots, non-profit organization founded to help guide the growth and vision of the new town of Vail in 1971. Over the years the Vail Symposium’s mission has developed to provide educational programs for the Vail Valley community that are thought-provoking, diverse and yet very affordable.

In the early years, the Symposium guided the development of the Vail master plan, and was the platform from which President Gerald Ford made a major energy policy speech in 1976. Notable participants included Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist Rene Dubos, Robert Redford, former U.S. Senator Gary Hart, former Secretary of the Interior Cecil Andrus, Tom Brokaw, Sam Donaldson and famed sportscaster Bud Palmer.  More recently, Barnie Frank and Dr. Eben Alexander spoke for the Vail Symposium.

Stem cell talk

In 2014, the Symposium hosted at the Antlers a sold-out lecture of stem cell researchers and more.

As the valley grew and developed, so too did the scope of the Symposium’s vision. Its public appeal widened, and the programming was guided by the growing desire of its members to bring more diverse experts and topics into the valley. With series such as Hot Topics, Living At Your Peak and Unlimited Adventures, the Symposium attracts a diverse audience to learn and explore a wide range of topics.

The Vail Symposium on the Antlers at Vail

The Vail Symposium welcomes intellectuals, adventurers, researchers, entertainers, and other brands of sensational storytellers, and is pleased to house them at the Antlers at Vail – an important partner of the organization. The speakers, who travel the world with their lectures, are continually impressed by the location, comfortable rooms, beautiful views and friendly staff of the Antlers.

In addition to speaker lodging, the Symposium often hosts presentations in the Antlers conference center. The state-of-the-art audio/visual system, delicious food options, bar and warm atmosphere makes the Antlers venue an audience favorite.

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In 2014 alone, the Symposium hosted at the Antlers a sold-out lecture of stem cell researchers and the Vail debut of “Keep on Keepin’ On” – an award-winning documentary that chronicles the relationship of blind jazz pianist Justin Kauflin and his relationship with jazz legend Clark Terry.