Thursday, August 25, 2016

Yesterday's Snow

Yesterday's snow was a treat. The snowline was about 12,000'. While yesterday was a cold and drizzly/snowy day, this morning there are only a few little snow patches left. I suspect that by day's end all of the snow will be gone. August snowstorms are common for us. The snow never lasts, but it does send a message, "Don't panic, but start winding down those summer projects and start winding up towards opening." Denver temperatures are supposed to be in the 90's again next week. We have a lot of warm, sunny days to go. Old Man Winter just stirred a bit.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Yes, that is snow on the East Wall.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Another Colorado Classic

Last night was time for that summer pilgrimage down the hill to Red Rocks for a show. Last night's entertainer was Jackson Browne. Last time I saw him was about 1982 or '83 in Flagstaff. He put on an incredible show then and another incredible show last night. Great fun made all the better by enjoying the fantastic amphitheater that is Red Rocks. We all owe the people that created this venue a big thank you. I am not sure where else you can enjoy a music legend like Jackson Browne in a dramatic setting like Red Rocks. Good to be in Colorado.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Biking And The 6th Alley

Saturday I enjoyed a nice bike ride up Highway 6 to The Basin. It is a bit of climb, but not bad if you are a regular rider. There are plenty of riders like me, slowly pedaling uphill. There are also a few really fast, serious bicyclists making the climb. Either way, it is very beautiful ride. 

If you do this Friday through Monday in the Summer, you can enjoy lunch in The 6th Alley. Speaking of  Summer in The 6th Alley, it has two more summer weekends to go. Summer closing will be Monday, September 5. See you there.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Not Sure The Day Could Have Been Better

I am not sure if today could have been better. The weather was perfect. Very blue skies. The Rob Drabkin Band rocked Black Mountain Lodge. Be sure to catch this Colorado band. The F & B Crew did their usual outstanding job with BBQ and pies and all kinds of good stuff. People were hiking all over the place and enjoying the mountain. The chairlift was busy all day. Many people hiked and biked and walked their dogs up to BML. Turnout was fantastic. 80+ runners showed up and many, many, many more people just came up for a good time. Clearly we have to do this event again. Thanks to everyone that enjoyed The Basin today.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

A Slight Chill

While temperatures have warmed up a bit, last week we had some cool, rainy afternoons. If you look super closely to this photo, you can see a few white spots on Black Mountain. It is probably hail. Each summer, about mid to late August, we get that chilly reminder that winter isn't too far away. While I still have several hikes and bike rides planned and one more Westwater trip to raft................ the days are a little shorter and the nights are a little cooler. Maybe start thinking just a little bit about skiing.

Free Chairlift Rides, Free Concert, BBQ

Just wanted to give you one more reminder, tomorrow (Sunday) we are hosting a great party at Black Mountain Lodge. There will be free chairlift rides from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM. There will be a free concert with the Rob Drabkin Band. Most importantly, there will be plenty of Chef Rybak's world famous BBQ. The weather forecast for the day looks great. You can even sneak in a little hike.

The best part of the day, hanging out with our friendly and cheerful lift crew pictured below.