Friday, August 30, 2013

Wedding Photo

This might be the coolest wedding photo I have ever seen.  That background is real.  Wow.  Special thanks to Brian Kraft Photography and the lucky newlyweds.  This is why you get married at Black Mountain Lodge.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


We are starting to think about snowmaking.  The fans guns are ready to go.  Over the coming weeks, we will be doing our final testing prior to operation.  By mid-September, all the guns will be in position on High Noon.  We will fire up the system as soon as conditions are favorable usually sometime between mid-September and early October.   There is is still a lot of summer to enjoy, but we are getting ready.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Beavers EIS

I spent the day with a group of 10 Forest Service people.  We have formally begun the Environmental Impact Statement process.  We did a several hour hike through The Beavers and reviewed a few other projects we are proposing.  Today's visit was with several agency specialists including the soil scientist, wildlife biologist, hydrologist, timber manager, District Ranger, and more.  The objective of the day was to paint a very clear picture of our proposal.  

The next major step in the EIS will be the Public Scoping phase.  In the coming weeks, you can look forward to seeing documents and maps describing our proposal.  There will be plenty of time and opportunity to learn about the project and to comment on the proposal.  While we are still trying to pin point a date, there will be a public tour and Q and A session for those interested in learning more about the proposal.

For now, you can review our Master Development Plan on our website in "The Mountain" section.

It was a very nice day for a walk.

Monday, August 26, 2013

4-Pack Reminder

Just a quick reminder about 4-Packs.  Right now there are two great 4-Pack deals out there.  The Elevation 4-Pass (non-transferable) is on sale for $119 and a Transferable 4-Pack (basically 4 lift tickets) is on sale for $139.  You can buy these tickets on our website through Monday, September 2.  You can also pick them up at this weekend's ski shows; Powder Daze at Christy Sports in Park Meadows, Ski Rex in Boulder, and Sniagrab at Sports Authority in Downtown Denver.

After September 2 the price will go up on the Elevation 4-Pass.

After September 2, the Transferable 4-Pack will only be available at a few ski shows later in the fall and the price will go up.

Now is a great time to buy.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

More Rain

We continue to get numerous afternoon (and sometimes morning) showers.  There are still a few flowers holding on and the greenery is outstanding. It is time to sneak in another Argentine Fork Trail hike.  There are a few yellow aspen leaves poking out.  Is it too early to start talking about snowmaking?

Friday, August 23, 2013

Vail Time Trial

Another great day on the USA Pro Challenge.  Joined a gang of friends on Vail Pass. The rain and hail held off until the race was over.  Tejay Van Garderen crushed the time trial winning the Stage and opening up his lead.  This really is an outstanding Colorado event.  Lots of fun people.  The antler guy was in top form.  A-Basin skier Larry Grossman was announcing giving us the play by play.  Clean Bottle man was enjoying the show.  All kinds of weird things happening.  I am not sure I get the race chicken.  It is really fun living in a place where events like this happen.  Hats off to the USA Pro Challenge team.

Tejay on his way to victory.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A-Basin Working Lunch

Some days work is tough.  Some days......................not so tough.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

USA Pro Cycling Challenge

It is that time of year for one of my very favorite Colorado events, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.  Yesterday I was in Breck for the finish.  We hung out at the corner of Park and Main.  The riders came by that location twice.  In both laps, they were riding downhill and going uber fast.  Mind boggling fast.  Somehow in the chaos, I think I spotted Chris Froome and Andy Schleck.   It was intense.  I plan on heading up to the time trial near Vail Pass Friday.  I love this event.  Make sure you catch at least one stage.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

New Bar Entrance

We are doing a complete makeover of entrances on that end of building.  Several doors have been removed and there will be a grand entrance from the main deck.  There will also be new doors with vestibules for both the bathroom entrance down below and the upper deck entrance above.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Starting To Look Like A Bar

This place is starting to look like a bar again.  Its new name will be "The 6th Alley Bar and Grill."  The bar will have the floor space of the old bar and the Coffee Corner room.  We are also remodeling the area above the old Coffee Corner and the upstairs deck.  From upstairs you will be able to view the band playing down below.  The new outside deck will have a glass windscreen and make that outside space much more comfortable.

Did I earlier mention 20 beers on tap?