Sunday, November 22, 2015

Lodging At A-Basin

Don't fret, there are no plans to build any lodging at A-Basin.

There is, however, a rich history of lodging at A-Basin. I think in the 40's and 50's some type of lodging existed here, but my details are fuzzy. In the early 60's a very cool looking lodge was built on the site of the A-Frame. Sadly, it burned down December 4, 1965. The current A-Frame was built on the foundation of that building and, initially, there were rooms for rent in there. In the A-Frame down by the Men's Room and on the 2nd Floor by the spiral staircase, there are photos and newspaper articles about this lodge and the fire. There was also the Denver University Faculty Club Lodge down below the bottom of Pali right next to our Maintenance Shop. In Black Mountain Lodge there is a very nice drawing of a proposed lodge (and ice skating rink) at mid-mountain. That drawing was done in 1946 by Max Dercum's Father.

I personally never experienced these lodges (although I lived in a caretaker apartment here for four years). I have, however, spoken with many, many people that either worked or stayed in the various lodging properties. I think these early ski pioneers had plenty of good times spending the night here. A lot of colorful times have gone down in The Basin's 69 years. Sounds like fun to me.

Arapahoe Basin Lodge, early 1960's

14 comments:

Matt said...

Thanks Al,

I love the history, maybe when things are slow you could post a additional history, The old pictures hanging around the lodge are appreciated.

Mking61600 said...

There was lodging at Abasin in a building where the 6th Alley Bar and Grill is located. My Family stayed in a room for a week at spring break in 1965 or '66. I'm not sure which year, one year it was winter park the other Abasin. Had a great week and still love to ski at the Legend. Brought my grandson last spring to experience skiing in the Rockies!
Mark
Illionois flat lander

Anonymous said...

Amazing post, history, and photo to boot!

Al for Vice President - 2016.

John P West said...

Back in the day (late '80s) I spent a few nights in the first aid room as a patrol candidate. I seem to recall a dorm/lodge looking building beyond the base of the pali lift where the work sheds are now.

JW

coltov mocktail said...

Dorm beds in an A frame would be cool

Anonymous said...

A University of Denver faculty lodge? Let's bring that back with one change. Students only.

mikeholm33 said...

I heard about that fire. The caretaker experienced a breakdown, he murdered his family, his twin daughters and his wife and then burned the place down. Or was that the Stanley?

Anonymous said...

Hey Al

How about allowing overnight camping in the High Noon, Last Chance?

Anonymous said...

Al, it is info like this that makes me wish you would have a Day with Al in the summer where you could walk a group around the Basin and talk about the history and other facets of mountain. I would pay for a day like that, love all the background you give on this blog. Put that in your back pocket and open it up around June.

Anonymous said...

I may or may not have spent a few nights in the janitor closet back in the Atomic Janitor days.

Mark Matis said...

Heh. Bet someone could have bunch of fun by leaving a couple of sheets of blueprints for a lodge lying around on some table at the 6th Alley Bar & Grill...
}:-]

Anonymous said...

It would be great it you guys permitted car camping or something to get rid of all the bums living in the forest nearby who scare all the children. Does everyone in Denver realize their water is filled with turds from hippies camping on the river up by Montezuma year round? No wonder bottled water is so popular on the front range!

Montezuma Mike said...

Wouldn't that just move everybody you are talking about up to the parking lots? Just sayin.

Also, I wouldn't worry about the hippie turds in the Snake River. I'd worry about the Pennsylvania mine runoff. That's the bad part of it.

Anonymous said...

I stayed at the DU faculty lodge in 1974 with my high-school friend and his uncle. It was a very cool place to stay.