Summer offerings begin at Arapahoe Basin
The summer season is just beginning at Arapahoe Basin, where locals and Summit County guests can experience something new on the mountain. From a trail run complete with all-you-can-eat barbecue to a relaxing wildflower hike at sunset or a day for beginner and advanced yogis to reenergize their yoga routines, A-Basin offers something for everyone this summer.
To jumpstart the events, Arapahoe Basin is hosting a trail run and barbecue Sunday. Racers are challenged to test their legs and lungs during this inaugural run, which has two divisions – Summit and Mid-Mountain.
The Summit Division begins at 10:30 a.m. and winds up the Argentine-North Fork Trail from the base area to the mid-way point at Black Mountain Lodge, continuing to climb for a total of 4.6 miles with a 1,700-foot elevation gain.
The Mid-Mountain Division starts at 10:45 a.m. from the base area (elevation 10,800 feet) and also follows the Argentine-North Fork Trail to a finish at Black Mountain Lodge. This course covers 1.8 miles with an elevation gain of approximately 700 feet.
Both divisions are $15 to enter. A $25 race and lunch pass can be purchased online with pre-registration.
Non-runners can ride the Black Mountain Express lift up to cheer on the competitors as they follow the smells and sounds of barbecue and music to the finish line. Spectator lift and lunch passes are $20 (kids $12 and under ride and eat for $15). With the pass, guests get a chair lift ride to mid-mountain and all the barbecue they can eat.
The Black Mountain Express will begin shuttling guests to mid-mountain at 10:15 a.m. The live music begins at 11 a.m. with local band High Five performing on the Black Mountain Lodge deck.
The Alpenglow Dinner and Wildflower Hike is July 20, starting at 5:30 p.m. Guests take the Black Mountain Express up to the Black Mountain Lodge for cocktails and appetizers. At 6, Award-winning chef Chris Ryback and his staff will serve an “All Colorado Meal” packed with locally inspired dishes and dessert.
Following the dinner, guests will hike along the Continental Divide and back to Arapahoe Basin’s base area while taking in the sunset, views and wildflowers.
The cost for dinner and the guided hike is $78 ($45 for children 12 and under). The price includes 20 percent gratuity and does not include the cash bar.
These dinners usually sell out so go online and book tickets now.
On July 26, Arapahoe Basin is hosting Yoga on the Mountain and a spa luncheon for all yoga fans to enliven their yoga routines.
Hike 1.7 miles to mid-mountain to partake in an hour-long yoga session with local instructor Allison Simson on the Black Mountain Lodge deck.
Hiking in conjuncture with yoga offers an invigorating experience for beginning and advanced yogis. Yoga outdoors stimulates the mind and the senses. “We’ll play with strength, flexibility, and posture alignment in the fresh mountain air,” Simson said.
After the session, there will be a light luncheon and hike back down to the base area. Tickets are $35 for the yoga session and luncheon. Space is limited and reservations are highly recommended.
On August 26 the Basin will host a brunch at the mid-mountain lodge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a seating every 30 minutes (last seating at 1:30). The cost is $35 which includes lift service to the lodge and brunch (kids $15).
This event is a great way to experience the high mountains with family or out-of-town guests. Guests may hike to the lodge if they prefer and everyone hikes down back to the base area. The Argentine-North Fork Trail has been improved for hikers this year.
All Arapahoe Basin events are designed to be as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible. Visit http://www.arapahoebasin.com for reservations and more information.
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