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A-Basin 70th Anniversary Snowshoe Dinner

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.

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Castles in the Sky

And now for the real story behind Castle Peak: planning, route-finding and all!  Perhaps surprisingly given how long it all is, the video does not really show a good hunk of the hike.  Nor does it really give much beta, which could be useful down the road.  There were also a few cool pictures which didn’t make it into the video – it was just getting too long.  So here goes…

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