Vail Moose on the Loose

Tom Schlader, our Chief Engineer and part-time nature photographer, captured these amazing pictures of the Vail moose and her calf today outside the Antlers. These are the infamous pair that have been seen all along the Gore Creek in Vail Village and trotting through Lionshead.  Several of our guests who were laying poolside at the Antlers at Vail Hotel also got to witness the event.

Moose by Gore Creek

Enjoying some lunch

Off to greener pastures

Moose on the Loose next to the Antlers at Vail Hotel

It is always a treat to see the wildlife Colorado has to offer but please remember to keep your distance and respect nature.

~ Darci

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

Greg Ziccardi named Sustainability Coordinator

May 16, 2010 – Vail, CO – The Antlers at Vail, a condominium hotel and conference center, has named Greg Ziccardi to the newly-created position of Sustainability Coordinator. Ziccardi is responsible for researching, maintaining and improving the resource conservation, energy efficiency, recycling and sustainability practices at the Antlers at Vail hotel.

“This is new era in the Antlers’ longstanding commitment to sustainability,” says General Manager Rob LeVine. “I’m confident that Greg will do a great job. He’s excited and passionate about the growth opportunity – both for himself and the Antlers.” Ziccardi has been with the hotel since 2000, and also lives on site as a property manager. 

The Antlers is a 90-room condominium hotel with 2600 square feet of meeting space, conveniently located in the redeveloped Lionshead area near the Vail Gondola. Named the ‘Green Business of the Year’ in 2009 by the Vail Valley Partnership Success Awards, the Antlers Vail condominiums 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 includes fully-equipped kitchens, fireplaces, outdoor balconies, free Internet access and free parking in a heated indoor garage. There are 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 or visit the Antlers web site at www.antlersvail.com.

Media Contacts: Rob LeVine, General Manager, The Antlers at Vail, (970) 476-2471, [email protected] or Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, (307) 734-5335, [email protected].

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Midweek Visit to Vail Mountain

Since I had been feeling better  I took to the slopes February 2nd Tuesday morning. Wow, was I reminded of how great it is to be on Vail Mountain when there are no crowds! The Gondola, Game Creek, Chair 5, Chair 11 and Chair 4; no lines! It was heaven for those who have only hours before they have to work. My runs were in the glistening sun and as though I was all alone; it was one of my favorite days on the mountain. I hope your upcoming days here in Vail mirror my Tuesday morning and if you haven’t booked your accommodations here at the Antlers at Vail, well we’re here waiting 🙂

Going up Game Creek Express

Going up Game Creek Express

Taking in the sights on Lion's Way

Taking in the sights on Lion's Way

Happy, happy, happy

Happy, happy, happy

~ Aisha

Antlers at Vail wine and cheese party

Virtually every Monday during the winter the Antlers at Vail has a complimentary wine & cheese party for our guests.  It starts at 5:30pm and lasts for around an hour.  We want everyone to feel free to stop on by for some wine & appetizers.  It is a great chance to mingle with other guests and Antlers staff and to exchange stories from the day’s adventures out on Vail Mountain.

wine

Hiking along Vail’s Gore Creek

Looking for something to do if you need a break from skiing?  Right outside the Antlers at Vail is a wonderful hiking path that runs along Vail’s Gore Creek.  This morning we even saw some ducks feeding.  Seems a little cold for us to be in the water.  Chris R.

Vail Gore Creek

Millie says Farewell

Millie called today and wondered if this was OK to print in response to all the beautiful comments she has received on the BLOG.  I thought it deserved its own little space on the www

 

FAREWELL – MILLIE BARELA

 

Hello to everyone.

First of all, I want to thank you guys for all those beautiful comments you have left on the Antlers blog. Now, I think is time for me to write something as a reply or let’s say a farewell. I would like to express my gratitude for the professional as well as personal development I have gained working here.

I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to share my life over the past 37 years with so many people. I am thankful for the success of my work. To my beloved staff, I can’t say enough about them, they have been my backbone through this entire process and it’s because of them that I have been able to succeed at my job.  It would be very foolish and naive of me to believe even for a second, that I alone am the reason for the success of my career. It would also be very prideful and silly to say the Antlers’ success is because I have surrounded myself with all the right people!! But, the truth of the matter is, God has put all of these wonderful people in my path and for that I am very grateful. The list would be too long to print if I were to name all of them. They know who they are and I will never forget their contributions! I will mention some of those wonderful people.

Hmm…Let’s start in 1972, the very beginning of the great Antlers story. I remember the time when I came in this hotel, and Bud Benedict was the manager of Antlers. I will always be thankful to this special person who gave me the chance to prove everyone and most important – to myself, that I can handle all pressure and the expectation from the staff and the guests. Luckily, I was able to control that and deliver the best of me for my second home (Antlers).

Everybody knows that Antlers at Vail became such a beautiful place thanks to the great managing skills of Rob LeVine. Since I know our manager, I have a great relationship with him on business and social level too. We have always been cooperating with such a high level of understanding each other. Rob, there is so much to say about you, but I will be short and say thank you for giving me a chance to prove myself, thank you for all these years spent with you, for your kindness, for having confidence in me, and I want you to know that I will miss you, as a manager and as a friend as well. I am and I will be forever grateful for your leadership and friendship we established over my 37 years run at the Antlers. But I hope that we are going to stay in touch. Rob thank you for all the things you have done for me, all the lovely parties, naming the Millie Barela Boardroom after me.

Thank you Randi for being there for me when I needed you the most and making my job easier. You have always been here for me on business and social level as well. It’s been a pleasure and adventure working with you and I will miss you so much.

I also want to thank Magda and Randi for the flowers, and Magda, you are doing a great job at the meeting rooms.

I also want to express my gratefulness to Tom and the engineering staff.

Everyone knows how wonderful person Greg is, on social and professional level as well. Greg, I want to thank you for all those wonderful stories you have written for me, for the great article on the Antlers’ blog which left me without words, for your hard-working time you are dedicating for this hotel, and for all those lovely years spent with you.

Well, everybody knows that someone must continue with my job at Antlers, and I think there isn’t better person for this position than my sister Lora. We spent together a wonderful 35 years, and I am so proud of that. Lora, you know everything about this job, and what is most important everyone trusts you, so I don’t see a reason why you should be afraid of doing this job on your own. I know that we are going to see each other in future, but I am already convinced that it will be hard to get used to it on the life where I will not be able to see you every day like until now. I want you to know that I love you so much, and I am sure that you will do the job like no one before. You have the best housekeeping team in front with Gladys, and there is no reason to be afraid. I wish you luck and a lot of success.

The guests and owners of Antlers have always used to be satisfied of the cleanness in this hotel. As a executive housekeeper, I will always be thankful to my housekeeping team, especially to my sister Lora, Gladys, and all the rest of the housekeeping staff so and the people who have gone and come including my friends and family which helped me to reach this successful level I have today, at the ending of my career.

I also want to thank to Chris Ratz and the front desk staff. Thank you for your outstanding cooperation.

Well, I think it is time to end up my farewell here. I want to thank you for your time reading this article and thank to all employees in Antlers from which I have learned tremendously.  If it wasn’t your constant support and encouragement I would not have been able to perform my duties so well.  Professionally, I have gained a lot of knowledge and I shall always cherish this as one of the most satisfying phases in my career. Personally too I have shared a special bonding with all of you and I shall take away with me cherished memories of our times together.

Thank you so much for making my time at Antlers a truly enjoyable one. I invite any of you who would like to keep in touch, to speak to me before I leave on Monday and I will be happy to give you my phone and e-mail co-ordinates.

Now, it is time to dedicate all my time to my lovely husband Willie and my wonderful kids and grandkids.

I wish you all the best and I’m sure I will see you around somewhere.

Best Regards,

Millie Barela

Vail Pass new Highway clean up sign for Antlers at Vail

The Antlers at Vail has a 2 mile section of Interstate 70 up on the top of Vail Pass that we clean up.  This past June a number of guests even gave us a hand!  It is one of the most beautiful sections of highway through the State of Colorado.  And guess what?  We just got some new signs placed by the highway department this summer.  They look great.  Thanks to the Colorado Department of Transportation.


Antlers new Highway clean-up sign near Vail Pass bike path