As a long overdue follow-on to last year’s post Long Day on Long’s Peak (anyone else enjoy that play on words?), I present Long’s Peak: Keyhole Route. I’m continuing with a couple themes that I’ve latched onto recently.
Ol’ Man Winter looks like he’s coming back for round two in the Rocky Mountains! With snow in the forecast practically every day of this week, we shot up to A-Basin for a quick refresher over the weekend. Even after enduring a largely dry February and March, a 4″ reload did wonders for the slopes. The whole place was skiing better than we’d imagined.
Some googling and reading indicated that there is supposed to be some a good skiing to the south and west of Notchtop Mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park. Since spring is around the corner and the big lines might be ready to go in the upcoming weeks, Kelly and I decided to go for a hike and have a look around.
One of the perks of planning a wedding at A-Basin is that they give you a ‘free’ invite to a snowshoe dinner at the Black Mountain Lodge. “What is a snowshoe dinner?” you might wonder. Well, it’s awesome! No seriously it’s a blast. Don’t eat out for a few weeks, save up, and and then you’ll owe yourself one. They hold them a few times each winter. For some of them (the ones graced by a full moon) they don’t spin the lifts, hence the snowshoeing. You skin, hike or snowshoe up the hill for dinner at 7PM. They clean up the lodge (fancy lights, black table clothes, white napkins, etc…) and present a gourmet buffet of a varying theme, as well as full bar (wine by the bottle, cocktails, beers, whatever…) and then let a bunch of smelly mountain bums pile in and feast. Once you’re good and stuffed, you schuss down by the light of the moon, happily ever after. Kelly and I decided to avail ourselves of such an event just last weekend.