In support of Pink Vail, the Antlers commissioned two Pink Vail Hats to be handmade and auctioned off, with all proceeds going to the fight against cancer. On a personal note, the hats were made by my wife Evelyn, who got into felting last year! I’ll have to do another blog post dedicated to some of her other wonderful creations. For now though, let’s auction these hats and raise some money for a good cause.
You need to buy one of these hats. With only these two items, we’re not up for a complex auction system. No eBay for us. We’ll do this the old fashioned way (if you can call email “old fashioned”). Just send me an email ([email protected]) with your bid and I’ll take it from there. You can also call me at 970-790-5200. Leave me a message with your bid and I’ll get it posted. The auction closes on Tuesday, the 24th at 5:00 PM.
Current high bids are:
$35 $50 for the True Pink $50 $75 for the Dusty Rose
Spring in Vail brings sun, a little warmer weather, iconic events and a little happiness, all in the snow.
Here in Vail we love the winter and we pray to Mother Nature asking her to send us lots and lots of fluffy powder. But when winter begins to turn to spring, the sun starts shining, things warm up just a bit and you notice the smiles brighten and everyone is just a little happier. Spring in Vail really is a fantastic time of year. Down valley the golf courses open up so you can ski in the morning and play golf in the afternoon. On the mountain we slather on the sunscreen and put on spring ski wear, and then we hit the mountain decks for après in the sun. And, Vail’s iconic events gear back up.
The world’s biggest, pinkest ski party in the world, Pink Vail, returns to Vail March 21, 2015. This non-competitive, fun day of skiing is the largest fundraiser of the year for the local Shaw Cancer Center.
The world’s largest day to conquer cancer, Pink Vail, returns March 21, 2015.
March 26 – 29 the Vail Film Festival brings world premieres, independent films, panel discussions, live music, nightly galas, and the filmmaker reception to Vail. 12th annual Festival will showcase 74 films from across the globe, including 25 feature-length narrative and documentary films and 49 other films, including shorts, animated and student films.
Easter weekend is April 3 – 5 and while there is not one large event there are many lower key activities scattered around town. A sunrise service is available on the mountain and the Vail Recreation District hosts an Easter egg hunt in Lionshead village for children.
The Taste of Vail mountaintop picnic is always a local favorite.
April 8 – 11 the Taste of Vail once again showcases more than 30 of Vail’s finest chefs and restaurateurs alongside the owners and winemakers from nearly 50 of the countries’ top wineries. Last year the Debut of Rosé event was added to the lineup and was a fun and light start to the weekend. The mountaintop picnic is always very popular and the weekend culminates with the Grand Tasting. The Antlers at Vail hotel is now offering a special Taste of Vail package that includes 4 nights of accommodations and two Signature Taste of Vail Passes.
An athlete competes in the World Pond Skimming Championships. He takes to the air in the hopes of making it across a freezing pond before sinking. Photo Credit: Tom Green, Courtesy Vail Resorts
Spring Back to Vail, the biggest end-of-season bash in the Rocky Mountains, April 17 – 19 is a local favorite. The highlight is the closing day tradition of donning costumes and skimming across icy water as participants careen themselves off a snow jump in the hopes of coming out on the other side in the World Pond Skimming Championships. The entire weekend is filled with serious fun under the sun, including not just the Pond Skimming Championships but free live concerts, base area giveaways and more!
There really is a something for everyone during spring in Vail. Foodies to families are sure to have a good time. What is your favorite part of spring in Vail?
We love Bravo! Vail, and always have. The Antlers at Vail has been hosting Bravo! musicians since the second year the festival in existence. But we’re not biased in saying that Bravo! Vail is a highlight of Vail summers. The only music festival in North America to host three world’s-best orchestras in the same season, the iconic series was named one of “10 Can’t Miss Classical Music Festivals” by NPR, which led with the line “If musical heaven is overdosing on orchestras, Bravo! Vail is the place to be.” This summer Vail visitors can join the fun, spreading out tasty picnic fixings and mingling with neighbors while enjoying internationally famous orchestral strains with a new “Bravo! Like a Local” package from Antlers at Vail hotel. And not incidentally, the Antlers also plays home-away-from-home to Bravo! celebs, giving guests an extra insider’s take on the festivities.
The Antlers at Vail’s “Bravo! Like a Local” package offers general admission (lawn seating) tickets for two – or four for families with kids – and a gourmet picnic to enjoy on the lawn. Package rates are $289 per night (two-night minimum) for a one-bedroom condominium suite – or a comfortable one-bedroom with additional bunks, if the kids come along.
The 2015 Bravo! Vail season runs July 1 – Aug. 6, 2015, with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in residence with performances July 1 – 8, the Philadelphia Orchestra performing July 10 – 18, and the New York Philharmonic July 24 – 31, with performances held at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Bravo! also includes a long-running Chamber Music Series, performed in more intimate settings. And for those making their Bravo! visit a family affair, the music series offers experiential events for children including “Instrument Petting Zoos” and Little Listeners at the Library events. For complete Bravo! Vail scheduling and information, visit bravovail.org.
If you know anybody who knows anybody who knows anybody, who’s been in the Vail Valley these past ten days, you’ve probably seen some version of all the pictures attached hereto … and a whole bunch more. Facebook and the social media world have been overrun with them. It’s not surprising, since the World Alpine Skiing Championships have been as exciting as anything that’s ever happened in Vail … and that’s a pretty long list of amazing events.
Biggest crowds to watch a ski race since the Salt Lake City Olympics
The common sentiment among locals has been equal parts fun and excitement, but even that seems to be outweighed by an enormous sense of pride in our community. I wish I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard someone say, “I can’t believe a place as small as this can pull this off!” Between the races themselves with huge crowds, the award ceremonies replete with all kinds of fireworks and fun, and the multiple big-name concerts (free) literally every day … it’s truly been extraordinary.
Our heroine, Lindsey Vonn
I had the pleasure of watching the Women’s Super-G last week from the VIP tent with Antlers owners Ron & Dawn Bobuk and their nephew Anthony. Ron had been regaling me with stories about New Year’s Eve in Times Square right under the big ball, but he had to admit that this scene was even better.
Bode Miller in the Downhill Training Run
Anthony scoring Bode’s autograph!
It’s worth noting that this is Dawn’s second time on our blog in just a few months. Last December she helped us decorate the lobby in high fashion for the holidays. Ron took all these pictures, except for this last one. No wonder they’re two of our favorite owners!
The 2015 World Ski Championships are only 2 weeks away!
Have you ever been to the Olympic Games? Have you ever though how cool it might be to have that opportunity? Well in the ski world the World Ski Championships are an even bigger deal than the Olympics for many reasons. One is that the courses are hard and if you win you KNOW you earned it. This particular Championships is special for more reasons than just being in our beautiful backyard. The US team has a really good shot at dominating this year. We have some local names who are expected to take home a few medals. And, did you know that just like you need tickets for the Olympics, in Europe you need tickets for the World Ski Championships? But you don’t need tickets for the 2015 Vail Beaver Creek World Ski Championships? It is FREE! And, there is FREE transportation between Vail, Avon Center and Beaver Creek to the races! And, there are FREE concerts every night. Okay let’s talk about the concerts. These are headliner bands in a really cool outdoor venue, and there is at least one band that every generation will want to see.
The newest additions to the line up include CeeLo Green, KC and the Sunshine Band, Craig Wayne Boyd and Andreas Gabalier.
Five-time Grammy Award Winning singer-songwriter-producer, television personality, actor, entrepreneur, and pop culture and fashion icon CeeLo Green will take the stage on Valentine’s Day (February 14). Known best for his worldwide hit “Forget You,” which received five Grammy nominations and won the category for “Best Urban/Alternative Performance,” he’ll also perform top hits like “Crazy,” “Bright Lights Bigger City” and more.
The band that many are most excited about is KC and the Sunshine Band.
KC and the Sunshine band have been entertaining audiences around the world for forty years and are slated for a free performance on the evening of Tuesday, February 10. Topping the charts with seven No. 1 singles and three triple platinum albums, including hits like “Get Down Tonight,” “That’s The Way (I Like It),” “Boogie Shoes,” and “Rock Your Baby,” KC and The Sunshine Band defined disco music and forever influenced music with its timeless sound and mission of getting people out of their seats and onto the dance floor to celebrate. Harry Wayne Casey, named “Founder of the Dance Revolution,” and his band will get the crowd dancing with their greatest hits as well as new music from their soon-to-be-released album, Feeling You! The 60s, which is slated for national release on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.
This entertainment lineup will also feature a fresh new artist just coming onto the scene – recent winner of “The Voice,” Craig Wayne Boyd on Sunday, February 8. The Texas-born country singer and multi-instrumentalist will most certainly bring a flare to the Championships, with his easy musical versatility, sure to appeal to everyone’s tastes.
Rounding out this list of heavy hitters will be international sensation Andreas Gabalier, who will take to the free concert stage on Wednesday, February 4. Not only was Gabalier the artist behind the 2013 World Championships’ Official Song in Schladming, Austria, he is also a celebrated folk singer throughout Europe and recipient of both the ECHO music award in folk music category and the Amadeus Austrian Music Award in 2012.
Popular multi-platinum rock band O.A.R. performs Feb. 7.
Yesterday’s announcement adds to the five headliner names previously confirmed for the 2015 World Championships lineup, including Michael Franti & Spearhead on February 3, Mix Master Mike on February 5, American Authors on February 6, O.A.R. on February 7 and Phillip Phillips on February 12. Prior to the nightly festivities, Sierra Nevada Brewery will operate their Winter Beer Camp, opening at 4 pm daily at the International Bridge in Vail.
And, to top it all off the Antlers at Vail is still offering lodging discounts. You will not pay more to be in Vail for this once-in-a-lifetime event than you would during peak ski time any other year. And, think of the memories you will take home! I for one am making plans for which races I will pull my daughter out of school to see and which concerts we will make it out to, so that we can create some new amazing memories.
17 year-old Mikaela Shiffrin hanging out with my daughter’s preschool class in 2012, before raking in the medals.
With almost 16,000 room nights a year and an average length of stay of about four and a half nights, you can see that the Antlers enjoys around 3,500 arrivals annually. Some of those are couples and some are extended families of eight people or more. The average party is about four, so we had roughly 14,000 people stay with us in 2014 … and every year. More than a third of those are repeat guests. Naturally, it would be hard to say that there’s a favorite. That is, unless you knew Vlasta Giese.
Vlasta’s from the Czech Republic. She grew up in Prague and still goes back to visit occasionally. To say that she’s both outspoken and entertaining is like saying that Michael Jordan could play some hoops … an understatement of grand proportions. She’s a self-proclaimed, world class schmoozer and I don’t know anyone who would argue.
Vlasta started coming to the Antlers in 1994. She was 72 years old, going on about 25. Today she’s 92 … and still skiing! Granted, her legs are no longer going on 25, but her heart and soul … you betcha. She usually stays for about two weeks and when she first came to visit us, it was from DeKalb, IL where her husband Willis was still teaching at the University. Once Willis passed away she moved to Portland to be closer to her daughter Alenka.
Vlasta was always on a budget and thanks to her age and her engaging personality, we would try to make her the best deal we could. As the years went on money kept getting tighter, but nothing could dissuade her love of skiing, so she’d find a way to keep coming … always in January and always for ten days or more. Every year she’d ask reluctantly how much we were going to charge her. Finally, in 2002 (when she was 81) I said to her, “Vlasta, ten years ago you paid $150 a night. Today we’re charging you $125, and although our average rate for this time of year is now about four times that much, we will keep the rate at $125 for as long as you keep coming.” Little did I know that would be twelve more years … and counting!
One of the joys of staying at the Antlers at Vail is that the condominiums are true vacation homes. Each homeowner has put forth the effort to make their condo a special home for guests to enjoy.
Joe & Marie Forish, Featured Antlers at Vail Homeowners
2-bedroom Antlers at Vail Condo 414 has only had two sets of owners. In 2007 Joe & Marie Forish purchased their condo from the son of an original Antlers owner. The Forishes were some of the first owners to buy in to the Antlers new unit quality improvement plan and proceeded to quickly earn their condo a platinum rating. Joe & Marie had beautiful durable porcelain hardwood installed in the living, kitchen and hall areas. They added new slab granite, tile backsplash and Whirlpool stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. The bathrooms received new granite countertops, sinks and faucets achieving a beautiful contemporary look. And, throughout new wood beams on the ceiling accent the new leather furniture, as well as new dining room furniture and bar stools.
The spacious kitchen, living and dining areas were remodeled to include a beautiful and durable hardwood-looking porcelain tile, wood beams on the ceiling, slab granite counters, tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances,
What motivated you to make the Antlers at Vail your vacation home in Vail?
We started coming to Vail many years ago for ski vacations when our children were young. We loved the family atmosphere and eventually decided to invest in property there after our son moved to the Vail Valley upon finishing college. After a lot of research and investigation of dozens of properties, we decided to buy our unit at the Antlers. The location was great with just a short walk to the Lionshead lifts. It had great access to the TOV bus and good restaurants within walking distance, but probably the biggest positive was the great staff. Everyone from the senior leadership like Rob and Magda to the housekeeping and maintenance personnel to the desk staff were so friendly and customer-oriented that we knew it should be our “home away from home”. We also liked the fact that we knew our home would be well cared-for by the management when we were not there.
What is special about your Antlers vacation home?
We have tried to make our unit a warm and welcoming home for anyone who visits and uses the unit. We’ve gone to some lengths to choose high quality furnishings and appoint it in a manner which is comfortable and yet elegant. Small touches like the stained glass panels which reflect the afternoon sunsets, the upgraded furnishings and all the coordinated accessories are meant to make visitors feel that our home is very much their home while they visit. The fact that we have a bedroom with a King bed, a second with 2 Queen beds and a very comfortable pull-out sofa bed also means that a larger family can stay together in our unit rather than renting an even larger one — or having to rent two units. It is quite simply a great place to return to after a day on the slopes or out in the beauty of the Vail Valley.
At the Antlers at Vail our focus is on making our hotel guests and owners feel at home. We tend to talk a lot about our hotel services, and I think, under emphasize our fantastic conference space and the high level of all inclusive service we provide for Antlers at Vail meetings. Well that is about to change!
Several months ago we upgraded our AV system. It is now state-of-the-art, allowing for remote presenting, high quality two-way sound, and very easy connectivity all controlled by an iPad. We are also in the process of making some very cool aesthetic improvements (more to come on that later) to the main conference room, which already has some great features such as natural light and easy access to the outside … just steps from our spectacular mountain and creek-side pool.
The Antlers at Vail hotel is excited to welcome its newest team member, Cherie Paller.
And, then most exciting, last month we were able to snag a new team member to head up conference services and eventually our conference and group sales efforts. Cherie Paller has most recently spent almost 3 decades in non-profit leadership and fundraising. She is excited to get back to her roots. In the 1980s she was the Banquet Manager at the Westin Hotel (now Cascade Resort), followed by two years as Conference Services Manager for Vail Associates. Her enthusiasm, leadership, interpersonal and fundraising / sales experience is sure to be a huge asset to the Antlers.
Once again, we are the supreme beneficiaries of the generosity and artistic skills of one Dawn Bobuk. Dawn and Ron are two of our favorite owners. Their condo #607 is perennially one of the most requested at the Antlers, and for good reason. As you might expect, the owner of such a tasteful unit also has an eye for the elegant when it comes to holiday decorations.
Dawn humors a fairly worthless helper
She’s done it for us before, and we can never thank her enough. This year it took Dawn nearly three days to set up one of the most popular Christmas trees in our history … the Snowman Tree, as well as to re-build the Department 54 village that often graces our lobby this time of year.
We owe Dawn a huge debt of gratitude. I hope we can figure out how to repay her one of these days.
Featured Antlers at Vail Condo Owners Dr. & Mrs. Newbill
In 1976 Dr. Brooks Newbill, along with two partners, purchased a condo at the Antlers. Last year Dr. Newbill bought out his remaining partner, giving him the freedom to accomplish what has been the largest gain ever in lodging quality assurance score at the Antlers, from the lowest rated condo to the highest. The remodel of his condo began with a complete gutting of the unit to replace everything with platinum quality finishes and furnishings. These finishes included cambria quartz countertops, Whirlpool stainless steel appliances, LED lighting throughout, smart TVs, a new fireplace and even an unexpected surprise for guests of under tile heat in both the kitchen and bathroom. His is also the only studio condo at the Antlers to feature a double vanity in the bathroom.
Newly updated kitchen with Cambria quartz countertops, stainless steel Whirlpool appliances and more.
Q&A with Dr. Newbill
What motivated you to make the Antlers at Vail your vacation home in Vail?
My partners and I had stayed at the Antlers, and other Vail area lodges, a number of times prior to our purchase. We not only recognized that the Antlers had the obvious benefit of a perfect location, but it was the staff and their dedication to the guests that was the deciding factor for us. I often talk to guests at the pool area and do a little survey about their stay. Their almost universal response is that the staff is great and sees to their every need. Most everyone says they love the Antlers and would certainly return in the future.
What is special about your Antlers vacation home?
My family has found our vacation home to be special because it is in the Antlers and the Antlers is in Vail, Colorado. As the ad says, “Like nothing on Earth.” My survey of guests from all over the world has found that the consensus is that Vail mountain has the best skiing anywhere. And, the summers are even better!
We look forward to sharing our totally renovated home with our family and our Antlers guest and have to thank everyone associated with our project for their help and dedication in creating our beautiful new home.
Newly updated living area of Antler at Vail studio condo with LED lighting throughout, new fireplace, smart TVs and more.