The new Il Rifugio Italian Bistro is located on the Continental Divide atop the Arapahoe Basin summit, in the Snowplume building. Sitting at 12,456 vertical feet, this new restaurant takes the cake as the highest restaurant in the United States. Telluride’s Alpino Vino had previously held the title.
Visitors of this new European-style bistro are rewarded with breathtaking 360 degree views of the mountains. This restaurant is only accessible via skiing or riding – you have to take the chairlift to get up and either ski or ride back down the mountain. The new restaurant is open 7 days a week from 10:30 am – 2pm. They are focused on quality food and continuing to practice environmentally friendly operations, meaning minimal snowcat runs of about twice a week for supplies. They also use reusable dishes, cups and cutlery, which get loaded onto the Lenawee for washing at the lower elevation, Black Mountain Lodge. This results in less paper and plastic waste. This building works without running water, and it uses solar panels and composting toilets.
The menu is reasonably priced considering the location and they serve up items like hearty meat and cheese charcuterie plates, soups, salads, flatbreads, espresso and desserts. Alcohol is expected to soon be on the menu as well, with an impressive wine list. This small restaurant isn’t the only new feature of the mountain, the new Beavers Chair Lift and an additional 468 acres of terrain, opened earlier this ski season.
Keystone Resort also boasts some high-altitude restaurants, including the Alpenglow Stube and Der Fondue Chessel, which both sit at 11,444, but not quite as high, clocking in 1,012 feet less elevation than the new Il Rifugio. Knock high altitude dining off your bucket less on your next Keystone Vacation!
The Black Mountain Express lift started turning at 9am this morning at Keystone Resort’s neighboring mountain, Arapahoe Basin for their 2018 / 2019 ski season opening day.
Wolf Creek Ski Area in Southern Colorado took the prize this year as the first Colorado Resort to open for the 18/19 ski season. They opened last weekend on October 13 after receiving 30 inches of snow in an early storm and hope to continue to stay open on weekends to come.
Arapahoe Basin has received some significant early season snow as well, with the latest storm dumping 9 – 12 inches on the area and a total of around 2 feet of total natural snow that has fallen. Continued snow making efforts in conjunction with the natural snow make for some nice ski conditions for those attending opening day today at the mountain. There are all sorts of festivities happening at the today including free donuts, giveaways and the ‘mug club’ sales that some folks have been waiting in line for for hours! One intermediate run is open, High Noon, with beginner trails coming later.
Upcoming events at Arapahoe Basin include a Halloween Concert and Costume Party, happening on Saturday, October 27 as well as the first ‘Rise and Shine’ Rando Series on Tuesday, November 13 at 7am. For the Halloween party, enjoy live music From Katie Glassman and Snapshot from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The costume contest will be held at 2pm in the Mountain Goat Plaza and contestants will be competing to win A-Basin gift cards and more!
If you are wanting to do some early season skiing or riding, head up to the mountains and hit Arapahoe Basin. SummitCove Lodging has some incredible rates on early season lodging for your stay. Don’t miss Keystone’s opening day on Friday, November 9!
Ski season has finally arrived! Arapahoe Basin CEO Alan Henceroth announced yesterday that the ski area’s Black Mountain Express lift will start turning at 9 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, October 17, kicking off the 2012 Ski Season for Colorado! Come out, make a few turns, and feel the excitement in the air as the ski season takes off. Several small snowstorms have aided to the snowmaking efforts and the intermediate ‘High Noon’ trail well be open from the top of the Black Mountain Express down to the base area. It is important to note that there will be no beginner terrain access at this time.
Early season lift tickets at A-Basin are $64 for adults, $54 for youth ages 15-18, and $32 for children, with additional discounts available online at tickets.arapahoebasin.com. They also have season pass options for a limited time only.
The race to open between Loveland Ski Area and Arapahoe Basin has been a friendly rivalry for many years. Once the resorts hit 18 inches, they are able to open. Loveland is right behind and hopes to open soon, possibly even this week. Last year A-Basin opened Oct. 13, prior to Loveland, which opened Oct. 14. Last season the ski area closed on May 6.
New at A-Basin for the 2012-13 season is the Pika Place Learning Area, which includes the installation of a new magic carpet lift and is scheduled to open sometime in November. Situated in the base area southwest of the Black Mountain Express, Pika Place is geared toward younger guests and first-time skiers and riders. Pika Place also features a new trail and the Ace’s Kids Park, which is a beginner-level terrain park for kids to get an early start on their skills.
Keystone Resort is scheduled to open on November 2nd this year, just a mere 16 days from today! Winter season lodging is filling up fast, especially for prime dates around the holidays. If you are looking to ski or ride at A-Basin, check out condos in River Run Village. There is a Summit Stage bus stop at the edge of the Village, the free bus takes you directly to Arapahoe Basin, about a 10-minute bus ride.
Although Keystone Resort closed over 2 weeks ago on Sunday, April 8, a few of the other surrounding area ski resorts are still open! Spring weather has shifted some attention to summer activities, such as hiking and mountain biking, but the skiing conditions are still great for those looking to add a few more days on the mountain to their season.
Breckenridge Ski Resort recently announced it’s plan to extend its season for two extra weekends past it’s original closing date which was set for April 15. This upcoming weekend will be the last chance for skiers and riders to enjoy the Breckenridge slopes for the 2011/2012 ski season. The resort will be open Friday – Sunday, April 27-29. Visitors can take advantage of discounted lift tickets, being offered for just $50 at the ticket window. Parking for the entire weekend is free and open terrain includes most of Peak 8, including the Imperial Express Super Chair. Lifts will be running from 9am until 4 pm each day. Those with season passes will not incur any extra fees during the extended season. SummitCove is currently offering 30% off already reduced rates for the remainder of April.
Arapahoe Basin’s season is still going strong and typically stays open as long as the snow sticks around. Last year the resort finally closed down over the 4th of July weekend, making for a 10-month long ski season! The resort has a great Spring Lineup of events planned, including a new Chili Cook-off, live music every weekend, and its final and most popular spring event, the Festival of Brewpubs on May 27, in its 11th year. Warm weather conditions make for pleasant skiing conditions at the mountain. The resort’s infamous ‘Beach’ area has spots available for rental, allowing visitors to park along the base of the mountain and enjoy barbeques and tailgating in between runs. Its always a fun time at The Beach!
This is a super deal! Get the rest of your ski days in for only $299 total. They will be skiing until June at A-Basin, so stop paying for daily lift tickets and save your money for the fun stuff. For this price, you can afford to ski every weekend and stay with SummitCove until Monday morning so you don’t have to battle I-70!