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Uphill Access Open House

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The number of people skinning and snowshoeing up the mountain has been steadily growing over the years. This year, use seems to have doubled, if not tripled, over last year. The activity continues to generate lots of conversation and questions amongst our guests and employees. So, this Saturday, March 3 from 9:15 AM until 10:15 AM, we will be holding an Uphill Access Open House at Black Mountain Lodge. The agenda includes a review of our current policy and an opportunity for guests to ask questions and give feedback to A-Basin staff about current and future uphill access at Arapahoe Basin. US Forest Service staff will also be present and available for questions. Snacks and coffee will be available.

There is an uphill access survey posted on our homepage,, through March 14. I hope you can attend Saturday's session and complete the online survey. Thanks.

Ombre Cushions :)

It is widely known that I have a cushion obsession and just had to share these fabulous rosette cushions with you from Etsy, aren´t they just divine and I love the Ombre touch.

I can see my lounge being transformed in the next few months and how fabulous to have a wedding or party chill out with this idea :)

Pali Video

Check out this video someone sent me today. It was shot yesterday. I don't know the people that made it, but WOW. Great skier, great line, great snow, great terrain, great skiing. You will like it. This video shows why a lot of people (myself included) think Pali is the best ski trail anywhere.

Hello Tenfold

Ellie Snow, designer and owner of Hello Tenfold, says that she's enjoyed making stationery from the time she could write.

“My mom likes to say that she could always count on me to make a last minute birthday card," Ellie says, "and I see reminders of my early attempts at stationery design each time I visit home.”

Ellie has a background in graphic design and soon after she got engaged, she realized that her favorite part of wedding planning was designing the paper goods. She shared her wedding invitations on her design blog, Mint, and soon began to offer invitation design to her readers. Hello Tenfold was born and within six months, Ellie left her full-time job to grow the company.

Based in Durham, NC, Hello Tenfold works with brides all over the world. Custom invitation designs are available as well as invitations from the Hello Tenfold collection. In addition to a wide variety of printed paper goods, Hello Tenfold also has a collection of invitations available on Paperless Post and a collection of letterpress invitations available at Bella Figura.

Hello Tenfold paper goods suites can be customized to fit the look and feel of your event, from the save-the-dates to the thank you cards. We especially love the Wedding Welcome Booklets that can be bound with ribbon or saddle-stitching! For more information or to request a quote, visit the Hello Tenfold website.

Powder Day

"7 New, 54" Base, mostly blue skies, west winds, high temperature of 25 degrees. What more could you ask for?

Still Snowing

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
At 4 PM Ski Patroller Ryan went by the snow stake and reported 4" during the day. It has been snowing heavily since then. I just got off the hill about 6:45. There had to be a couple more inches since Ryan's report. There was a good West wind blowing when I was on the Summit. The forecast for tonight was 1". We already clobbered that. I think Wednesday is going to be an exceptional powder day at the old Basin. I will check in with the morning avalanche forecaster and give another blog update, early. Wednesday is the kind of day that you want to be already standing in the Pali maze when the lift opens. Powder skiing is for early risers.

tuesday shoesday

mirror, mirror....on the shoes...

Morning Snow

It started snowing about report time this morning. The forecast is 3-5" today and I think 2" has already fallen. Looks like there is a break in the storm Wednesday, but snow is forecast the rest of the week. I keep thinking about my runs off Pali Lift yesterday. Buffed and flat down Main Street. How often do you ski that without moguls? Way cool.


Monday, February 27, 2012
Had the day off today, but still went out and took a few runs with Rob. The wind has buffed out much of the place. Moguls are mostly absent now on Pali Main Street The Spine, Pali Face, Slalom Slope, Lenawee Parks, and Humbug. Smooth, buttery sailing today. As is often the case with wind, she giveth and she taketh away. A few places got beat up like Turbo and North Glade. Zuma is open. Most of the grooming is skiing pretty well. There are a couple of tough spots. We were very close to some directed skiing in Black Bear and Long Chute, but the wind changed those plans. We did have several big slides in Zuma that covered some rough rocks. All and all we are still gaining. The forecast for the week is impressive, improving as the week progresses.

Tre Bella Bridal ~ Jenny Packham Trunk Show

Don't miss the opportunity to see the newest collection of spectacular bridal gowns from Jenny Packham during the Jenny Packham trunk show at Tre Bella Bridal in Durham, NC, March 8th-10th, 2012. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit the Tre Bella Bridal website or call 919.323.7167

Tre Bella Bridal
Jenny Packham Trunk Show
March 8th-10th, 2012
610 W. Main Street, Suite 111
Durham, NC

One of our featured Destination Weddings

Saturday, February 25, 2012

We are delighted that one of our weddings we planned and decorated for Kelly and Wil last year has been featured in the latest Canadian WeddingBells special edition magazine.

Kelly and Wil were an amazing couple from Canada and needed help to plan their intimate destination wedding from across the Atlantic. So we organised and planned their wedding with them via email and had everything arranged ready for their arrival shortly before their wedding day at the fabulous Suite Del Mar at Puente Romano Hotel.

It was a stunningly beautiful day here in Marbella last September and we were delighted to be hosting, organising and decorating their very special day and we are thrilled their beautiful wedding has been featured in the delightful WeddingBells special edition magazine. 

Our thanks to Joee Wong, their wonderful photographer, that formed part of their entourage for capturing our work and sharing this truly special day.

Spanish Wedding Flowers

This week whilst browsing Pinterest I noticed one of our brides, Sue who got married here last year, pinning lots of South African wedding ideas. 

My stalking hat was put on and I as I repinned her pins I was intrigued as to what Sue was creating these lovely ideas for.  I am too nosey to stalk so sent Sue a message and it transpires Sue is helping a friend design her South African wedding for next year and the ideas they have are lovely including the clever use of animal prints for the cakes and detailing :)

The flowers for this inspiration are proteas, a tropical flower native of South Africa. This flower is named after the Greek God Proteus, who could change his form at will due to the fact there are such a wide variety of proteas.  This flower is also sometimes called a sugarbush which I thought was rather a pretty name!

I was intrigued that the colours this tropical flower naturally creates, a colour scheme with the pale silvers, gorgeous greens and the tones of orange are gorgeous. 

Using these flowers here are perfect for Spain as they of course can withstand the Mediterranean heat so perhaps not your vintage rose or peony but worth considering this style of flower if you are planning a wedding here in the hot summer.

Thank you Sue for your lovely inspirations this week and I am looking forward to the hen night themes :)!

Zuma Bowl Today

Friday, February 24, 2012
Look to see Montezuma Bowl open about noon today. Great night for the cats and a very nice wind. There might even be a few surprises the next day or two. This one has been a long time coming. Thanks for the wait.

Ride it. Ski it. Love it.

Couples wanted for a Stylised Engagement Session in Madrid

The Jason Groupp from NYC are heading over to Madrid at the beginning of March and are looking for newly engaged couples for a stylised photo shoot.

A signature of their studio is I Heart New York and they have some stunning stylised takes for an engagement session, take a look here to find out more, a touch of NYC Madrid Style!

So if you are heading to Madrid on the 1st and 2nd March and would love an engagement photo session with this fabulous team do contact them or perhaps this could be a good excuse to plan a pre wedding romantic getaway!

Due to the fact this is rather short notice they are also considering anyone with a special occasion, perhaps an anniversary or a celebration.

We are also hugely excited too as NYC comes again later this year in the form of another amazing photographer, to visit Reviva and photograph some of our weddings to take back across the Atlantic!

9" New

Thursday, February 23, 2012
OK, 9" new. Big wind. It is blowing up Lenawee Face this morning. Good for Montezuma Bowl. You know sometimes Mother Nature is like a benevolent grandmother and sometimes she is a raging &^%$#. Last night she was raging. The tunnel and Loveland Pass are closed this morning. It is supposed to snow and blow all day. It is going to take a while to put all the pieces together. Right now we are at the plowing the lot and trying to get BMX and Pali Lift open phase. We all hope to have good news for you.

Not Quite Enough

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The skiing on the front side was outstanding today. The 5" on the back helped, but wasn't quite enough. We had a few hours of strong South winds that didn't help the weak spots in Zuma. The forecast still looks good. Thanks for your patience. I am sorry this is taking longer than you want.

A Decent Storm?

This is good. 5" overnight. 7" in 3 days. The cats were all over the Zuma blue terrain last night. There will be a cat working back there all day. Ski Patrol will be all over the place. More snow forecast tonight. The wind reports are good. GEEZ, this is getting really close. Tim and I are heading back there today. The forecast looks good tonight. I think decision time is upon us.

tuesday shoesday

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
...and {pounce}

shoes via pinterest

White Sample Sale

Monday, February 20, 2012
Don't miss the store-wide sample sale at White March 1st through March 6th, 2012. Every sample is on sale, including White's exclusive line. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit the White website or call 843.471.2975.

White Store-Wide Sample Sale
March 1st-6th, 2012
259 Seven Farms Drive
Daniel Island, SC 29492

A Gorgeous Spanish Style Wedding

Sunday, February 19, 2012

I know I have posted about these wedding details before from Lisa Vorce, but I am so in love with the styling and the colours of this wedding I thought it would be lovely to share these gorgeous images with you again as for me personally they sum up such a beautifully styled Spanish theme.

I love the use of the typical dark spanish woods, the lace details, even right down to the Spanish raffia mats on the tables.  Everything about this wedding makes me want to sigh heavily, I think the fact it is the whites and pinks also helps, as this for me sums up Andalucian white washed villages covered in pink bouganvilla.

There are so many details too from the iron centrepieces, again typically spanish, to the vintage style matchboxes filled with sweets, the lace hankerchiefs and of course tequila (that I cannot drink to save my life!) and last but not least this lovely festooned burro.

We have yet to be asked to find one for a wedding but I am sure after this post we will be!  But as always nothing is impossible!

A Hint of Spring

Saturday, February 18, 2012
I always think of President's Day weekend as the first hint of spring. Not really spring, but just nice winter days. Today was a stellar example of that.