Sunday, December 11, 2011

A Night in the Swiss Alps at Arapahoe Basin

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Saturday evening we headed up to Arapahoe Basin ski area for a dinner mid mountain under a full moon. I gave this to Melissa for her birthday back in Oct., so we had been looking forward to this for a while now and hoping we would have clear skies because it would be a full moon. We lucked out and there was not a single cloud in the sky. Just a million stars and a glowing full moon shining off of the ski trails and mountain peaks all around us.

At about 6:15 p.m. Melissa strapped on her snowshoes with her skis on her back and me my tele skis and skins, and we headed up the High Noon trail towards Black Mt. Lodge, midway up the mountain. It was 5 degrees, but the hike warmed us up quick. We arrived at the lodge around 6:45 and enjoyed an amazing dinner with about 100 others. The food was spectacular and in huge quantities. It was buffet style so we could try a little of everything. (See the menu below). After stuffing ourselves and enjoying some great conversation with others at our table, we strapped back on our skis and headed back down around 10 p.m. The ski down was a blast under the glow of the moon.

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Swiss Menu

Hors d'oeuvres

An Assortment of Swiss Cheeses, with

Swiss Style Air dried Meats and Sausages

Smoked Seafood Assortment

Soup & Salads

Busecca Ticines (tripe soup with garlic bread)

Gemischter Salat (mixed salad)

Swiss Chard Apple and Cherry Salat

Assorted Sweet and Hearth Baked breads


Roasted Leg Of Lamb

Rippli (smoked pork loin with cabbage)

Alplermagronen (famers style macaroni)

Baked Pike Fillets

Lapin au Marc (stewed rabbit in grappa)


Apple Strudel

Fresh Berry Tart

Carrot Cake

Dinner Itinerary

6:30p.m. to 7:00p.m. Start skinning or snowshoeing up to Black Mountain Lodge from the base area.

7:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. Cocktails, hor d'oeuvres, dinner and dessert
9:30p.m. to 10:00p.m. Ski, snowboard or snowshoe back down to the base area