[ Venue ] the Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.

Yes, there are lots of venues that are available for private parties, weddings and special events.  We’ve decorated quite a few of them, and I’m always trying to take photos as we set up.  Today’s photoblog is all about the Black Mountain Lodge at the Arapahoe Basin Ski Area.  

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

One of the things that makes this area so special is that it is one of the oldest ski areas in Colorado.  If you want to see an at-a-glance bit of information for this venue, well, here you go!

Quick Information:

    • Ceremony Site – Yes
    • Outside Catering – No 
    • Parking Availability – Yes
    • Kosher – Yes
    • Valet Parking – Yes
    • Outdoor Space – Yes
    • Handicapped Accessible – Yes
    • Capacity – Upwards of 350 guests
    • Style – Ski Area Rustic/Alpine Style

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

Lucky for you, I’m skimming the Basin’s web pages about the Black Mountain Lodge, and it looks like this venue can hold up to 300 guests.  But remember, there is no lodging available here.  There are some items that they provide at no extra charge, and here’s what those are.

    • Chairs set up for your ceremony
    • Ceremony Arbor
    • Cake Table
    • Gift Table
    • Guest Registry Table
    • Cake Cutting Service
    • Table linens
    • Dancing space
    • Dinnerware, flatware and glassware
    • Emergency Medical Technicians for lift serviced events

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

As we were setting up our flower decor, I noticed the photographer taking a few photos with the east wall as the back drop.  And, if any of you know the basin, then you know that the east wall can be afun, yet dangerous place to ski and / or ride.  You can hike and drop in on one of the chutes, or haul ass and traverse as far and as high as you can.  Either way, it’s an alpine adventure that’s a classic.  

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

I also noticed an oxygen bar set up in the main room.  We recommend that any parents or older relatives,  that you suspect to possibly have troubles adjusting to the altitude, spend a few days in Denver, which is at 5,280 feet.  Breckenridge is almost twice that, claiming 9,600 feet as its elevation.  And this venue is even higher yet, at 11,550 feet of elevation.  

This is a fun, unique addition to your party that will be the talk of the night, and for weeks after the event.  The air even comes in flavors.  Please contact us to learn more how to put the finishing touches on your event, including an oxygen bar!

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

This is what one of the ski runs looks like in the summertime.  Pure and classic Colorado.  In the image below, Meredith (A-Basin wedding contact) checks on all the vendors as they prepare and set up in their appropriate spaces.  

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

The DJ and musicians were practicing and gettin’ a pre-ceremony jam on while the wedding party arrives for photos and last-minute touches around the rooms.

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

So, now you’ve gotten a glimpse at the Black Mountain Lodge.  And I mean just that, a glimpse.  You see, there are 360 degree views of mountains, ski runs and the Continental Divide that I couldn’t fit into these frames.  So, take my word for it, your guests will talk about the venue, the setting, and even how they rode a chairlift to a wedding at almost 12,000 feet.  Thanks for reading!

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

[ Venue ] The Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.  |  A-Basin, The Basin, Wedding Location, Summit County, Breckenridge

[ Photo Shoot Location ] the Barns at the Keystone Ranch in Keystone, Colorado

[ Photo Shoot Location ] The Barns at the Back Ranch in Keystone, Colorado  |  Destination Wedding, Summit County, Kay Beaton, Beaton Photography

The Keystone Ranch barns are an amazing set of buildings to be able to use as a backdrop for some photos.  Ask us how you can work with talented wedding photographers such as Colorado-based Kay Beaton, who after calling Summit County home for many years, has decided to try the front range.  She loves to work and by work, I mean go skiing, hiking and sharing our mountains with clients who are mountain folks themselves, and need a photographer who can follow them along the mountain adventure chosen for that particular shoot.

[ Photo Shoot Location ] The Barns at the Back Ranch in Keystone, Colorado  |  Destination Wedding, Summit County, Kay Beaton, Beaton Photography

You see, we are designing adventure wedding experiences for couples, families and planners wanting to craft personalized mountain gatherings, while saving both time and money.  When you work with our team, you’ll have a team of local wedding pros to help and guide your planning, design your event theme, palette and to work out details of design style if you would like.  

When asked about the barns in this collection of photos, she says that “we have three weddings coming up in September all at Keystone Ranch, I decided before wedding day I should check out the accessibility of these beautiful barns. I have seen lots of dynamic photos of them over the years, but have never been there myself.

So yesterday I ventured out and learned how beautiful it is – although they are a little hard to access if you’re not a golfer or a bride! They are old historic barns smack between the 6th and 8th greens and it does take some “golfer etiquette” to get there backwards on the course. For couples that have booked a Keystone Ranch wedding, I highly recommend taking the 20 minutes to do couple photos out there at the barns!

I have photographed a few golf tournaments, and have learned to drive a golf cart backwards on the course…. I have learned lots of lessons from the beverage cart drivers as they do it all day everyday! AND with the brides I’ll be sure to keep the plexiglass top all the way down and not risk a stray golf ball before the reception photos!”

 [ Photo Shoot Location ] The Barns at the Back Ranch in Keystone, Colorado  |  Destination Wedding, Summit County, Kay Beaton, Beaton Photography

 Kay Beaton

[ Photo Shoot Location ] The Barns at the Back Ranch in Keystone, Colorado  |  Destination Wedding, Summit County, Kay Beaton, Beaton Photography

You can see other photo blogs by Kay by clicking here.  You can find her on the Facebook and on Twitter here.

Check out other blog posts on the Keystone area by clicking here, and to see more gorgeous photos from Beaton Photography, then be sure to click right here.  Thanks for reading!

[Venue] the Grand Hall at Copper Station at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort

Copper Mountain has great options for mountain weddings, and one of my favorite local venues is here.  I’m talking about the Grand Hall at Copper Station.  This big room has an upstairs mini-room that can be used for the ceremony if your outside ceremony wishes get rained out.  

The sky chutes can be seen carved in the Ten Mile Range, while the Gore Range stretches towards Vail.  Leadville is a short drive away, as is the other towns of Summit County, the closest being Frisco.  Check out the layout on our map by clicking here.  

[ Venue ] The Grand Hall at Copper Station at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort | Copper Mountain, Colorado.

The guys can play a few rounds of golf throughout the week, or do a tour of local courses.  Ask us how we can help set up your golf and brewery tours.  Now, that sounds like fun.

[ Venue ] The Grand Hall at Copper Station at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort  |  Copper Mountain, Colorado.  Weddings.  Wedding.  photo[stacysanchez]

[ Venue ] The Grand Hall at Copper Station at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort  |  Copper Mountain, Colorado.  Weddings.  Wedding.

Manzanita branches in cylinder vases filled with river rock.  Centerpieces by Petal and Bean.

[ Venue ] The Grand Hall at Copper Station at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort  |  Copper Mountain, Colorado.  Weddings.  Wedding.

Old school mountain dudes.

[ Venue ] The Grand Hall at Copper Station at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort  |  Copper Mountain, Colorado.  Weddings.  Wedding.  photo[stacysanchez]

The cocktail tables have great views of the mountains.  

[ Venue ] The Grand Hall at Copper Station at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort  |  Copper Mountain, Colorado.  Weddings.  Wedding.  photo[stacysanchez]

You can see the mini-room looking down on the main room here.  The stairs are just to the right, with stairs that drop to the main level that house  a pub and general ski lodge and golf course amenities.  

[ Venue ] The Grand Hall at Copper Station at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort  |  Copper Mountain, Colorado.  Weddings.  Wedding.  photo[stacysanchez]

The ceremony spot for both sunny and rainy days.  Otherwise, I’ve seen weddings on both the nearby grass, and chairs set up on the pavement where the golf carts park.  Be sure to ask what the current recommendations are, as venues change from season to season with what works best over time.

[ Venue ] The Grand Hall at Copper Station at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort  |  Copper Mountain, Colorado.  Weddings.  Wedding.  photo[stacysanchez]

[ Venue ] The Grand Hall at Copper Station at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort  |  Copper Mountain, Colorado.  Weddings.  Wedding.  photo[stacysanchez]

Bridal bouquet by Dina Sanchez of Petal and Bean.

[ Venue ] The Grand Hall at Copper Station at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort  |  Copper Mountain, Colorado.  Weddings.  Wedding.  photo[stacysanchez]

It’s so interesting to see how the couples put their own look and personality into their wedding.  I really liked this modern color palette using cool, greenish-grey table cover with darker orange table runner.  How will you show your style?

[ Venue ] The Grand Hall at Copper Station at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort  |  Copper Mountain, Colorado.  Weddings.  Wedding.  photo[stacysanchez]

Now, if you look just above the railing in the image above, I’ve seen weddings on that grass, next to the deck on the right, and the clump of bushes on the left.  And, I’ve seen them on the lot.  Or, you can use the big room, or mini-room.  I bet that isn’t it’s name.  I’ll have to find out what they call it.  Until next time!  Thanks for reading.

[ Venue ] The Grand Hall at Copper Station at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort  |  Copper Mountain, Colorado.  Weddings.  Wedding.  photo[stacysanchez]

Bridesmaid bouquet by Petal and Bean in Breckenridge, Colorado // [ Venue ] The Grand Hall at Copper Station at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort  |  Copper Mountain, Colorado.  Weddings.  Wedding.  photo[stacysanchez]

Please contact us to talk about all the different options that exist for a destination wedding at the Copper Mountain ski area.  We’ve been to some nice ski-in, ski-out properties that would be great for a winter wedding.  But, summer is super popular for many reasons.  

[ Venue ] The Grand Hall at Copper Station at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort  |  Copper Mountain, Colorado.  Weddings.  Wedding.  photo[stacysanchez]

[Mountain Towns] Information and Links for Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone and Silverthorne, Colorado

 I gathered this information the other night for a couple that we’re helping plan their wedding for them to use on their wedding website.  It was such a good collection that I’ve decided to share it with you!  

I’ll probably put this information on a static page, but for now, you can find what you’re looking for using these links.  Please contact us with all your questions, and to start figuring out the details of your adventure wedding experience!  You can also read Our Daily Breck // a collection of tweets, posts and updates from the mountain regions of Summit County and the Vail Valley.  

[Mountain Towns] Information and Links for Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone and Silverthorne, Colorado

The Town of Breckenridge

BRECKENRIDGE: 
Breckenridge Ski Resort - www.breckenridge.com
Town of Breckenridge - www.townofbreckenridge.com
BRC / Breckenridge Resort Chamber - www.gobreck.com
Breckenridge Trails - www.breckenridgetrails.org

[Mountain Towns] Information and Links for Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone and Silverthorne, Colorado

The Grand Hall at Copper Station

COPPER MOUNTAIN:
Copper Mountain Resort - www.coppercolorado.com
Woodward at Copper - www.woodwardatcopper.com

[Mountain Towns] Information and Links for Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone and Silverthorne, Colorado

The Town of Dillon’s Farmer’s Market

DILLON:
Town of Dillon - www.townofdillon.com
Dillon Marina - www.dillonmarina.com

[Mountain Towns] Information and Links for Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone and Silverthorne, Colorado

The Town of Frisco

FRISCO:
Town of Frisco - www.townoffrisco.com
Frisco Marina - www.friscomarina.com
Frisco Adventure Park - www.friscoadventurepark.com

[Mountain Towns] Information and Links for Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone and Silverthorne, Colorado

Ceremony at the Keystone Ranch in Keystone, Colorado

KEYSTONE:
Keystone Resort - www.keystoneresort.com
Summit Cove - www.summitcove.com/area-info

[Mountain Towns] Information and Links for Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone and Silverthorne, Colorado

Lake Dillon, looking south from the dam road above the Town of Silverthorne.

SILVERTHORNE:
Town of Silverthorne - www.silverthorne.org
Outlets at Silverthorne - www.outletsatsilverthorne.com

[Mountain Towns] Information and Links for Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone and Silverthorne, Colorado

The Town of Silverthorne, looking north from the dam road.

SUMMIT COUNTY:
Summit County Government - www.co.summit.co.us
Summit Voice / Independent News Blogger - www.summitcountyvoice.com
Summit Mountain Weddings - www.summitmountainweddings.com
Summit Chamber - www.summitchamber.org
Summit Daily News - www.summitdaily.com