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East Wall and Ski Patrol

Sunday, March 31, 2013
These guys and gals put a lot of work into getting the East Wall open.  Many very early mornings, lots of hiking, ski cutting, pit digging, and lots of general schlepping.  They talked to every guest that skied the Wall Saturday.  They love doing it, but it is hard work.  They got a bit of good skiing in also.

Happy Easter!

Just Another Good Day

Saturday, March 30, 2013
It was just another good day at The Basin.  Plenty of smiles.  The North Side skiing is superb.  The East Wall opened.  The grooming is awesome.  The Beach is "ALIVE."  We are going to cap it off with a big wedding bash at Black Mountain Lodge tonight.  Congratulations Alex and Jenny.

East Wall Open Today

With grey skies, a couple of sun patches, and a few snow squalls, the East Wall opened for about an hour today.   Assuming the forecast holds true, it should be open again tomorrow for a bit in the afternoon.  While there are definitely some rocks out there, some excellent turns can be found.  I skied it four times.  The traverse might be the toughest part. Opening the Wall is a very dynamic situation.  The patrollers will continue to heavily monitor and manage the snow.  It may not be open all the time, but when it is, there will be some fun to be had.  We might get a decent storm Monday.  

Marbella Video Productions by Silverscreen Weddings

Gone are the days of your uncle or father in law gliding around your wedding clutching his latest home video camera and announcing he will be taking care of your filming for your wedding day!  

My wedding video was created by my uncle and my father in law to be and I remember laughing as we watched the end results particularly at the beginning when "Tell Laura I Love Her" had been edited into the video along with falling confetti and we could see my uncle´s hands merrily scattering the petals!   Nevertheless we enjoyed it and loved seeing all our guests partying.  There were many parts of the day I was not witness to, as it all goes by so quickly, so it was wonderful to see such a special day from a different perspective captured onto video, albeit a very early version! 

It was put together with a lot of care and love by my uncle and I think it is fabulous this special occasion and a special part of my life was captured on movie film as well as documented in photos.  

Now I am going way back to the late eighties when there was no savvy, cinematic stylish documentaries of your wedding day available and video had only recently been invented.

But how times have changed and the videos we watch now of our wonderful couples on their magical and special days reduce me to tears every time.  These bespoke videos beautifully capture such precious moments, are amazingly edited and are like watching a romantic love film. 

I so wish I had something like this albeit I would probably be cringing at my large eighties hair do and shoulder pads but would love it all the same!  It is all a part of history and captures such magical and memorable moments.

Douglas Farrelly of Silverscreen Weddings, is an accomplished and highly professional Irish Wedding videographer and has earned the reputation as one of Ireland´s leading International Wedding Videographers having recently been nominated as one of Ireland´s top four Videographers and one of Ireland´s top 100 wedding suppliers.

Douglas has been filming and creating beautiful and contemporary wedding videos for fifteen years in Ireland and Spain and is renowned for his Irish charm, unobtrusive nature and discreet filming style with no staged shots and captures your wedding day in a relaxed reportage style.  

Using the latest high definition cameras for filming and wireless microphones for optimum sound and quality, Douglas understands the importance of providing a discreet and professional service during his filming of your wedding day.   

Douglas is a highly qualified film maker and has a professional background in broadcast editing and ensures every wedding video Silverscreen Weddings creates is personally edited by him.

We are thrilled to share a competition with you from Silverscreen Weddings who will be giving one lucky couple a 500 euro gift voucher.   To enter this fabulous competition, simply email with the couples full names, the wedding date, name and address of ceremony and reception venue, a contact phone number, your wedding planners details if you have hired a planner and how you heard about Silverscreen Weddings.

The winners will be announced on the 16th April 2013.  If you know someone who is getting married you can enter on their behalf.

If you are hosting your wedding here in Spainand would like to hire a professional wedding videographer to create a fabulous, cinematic, reportage style wedding film of your special day do pop over to Silverscreen Weddings or email them to find out more information about their Marbella Video Production Services.

If you would like to see a snippet of Silverscreen Weddings work do click here to watch a beautiful wedding last year at the stunning Marbella Club of Karen and Taghi, such a charming and delightful couple who had been together for 25 years and finally decided it was time to say the big I Do!

I personally loved the fact all their tables were named after flowers with the top table called Lily, the name of their beautiful daughter, and that they did manage to get home the beautiful vintage white mirror table seating plan which is now hanging on their bedroom wall :)!

Great Coverage

Friday, March 29, 2013
Take a good look at these photos.  There aren't too many dark spots on the snow.  With the February and March storms, the snow coverage on our trails is excellent.  It makes my day to see those big white spaces.  Kudos to the ski patrollers and snow cat drivers for all their hard work snow fencing, snow farming, dozing, grooming, and managing the snow.  All the "other guys" are going to be shutting down soon.  That means it is A-Basin Time.

Bridal Ball ~ Atlanta, GA

Don't miss the spring Bridal Ball in Atlanta, GA, a luxury bridal and honeymoon expo coming up on Sunday, May 19th at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead! The Grand Hyatt Hotel is a magnificent hotel located in Atlanta's most prestigious neighborhood; truly an oasis right in the heart of the city.

The spring Bridal Ball will feature inspiration showrooms with a spring wedding theme, Atlanta's most sought after vendors, 5 free honeymoon giveaways, and over $10,000 in raffle prizes. A runway fashion show will feature gorgeous gowns, custom tuxedos and live performances. In addition, you'll want to make sure you arrive early for this fabulous event! The first 100 brides receive a deluxe welcome bag sponsored by Bloomingdale's and the first 100 grooms receive a welcome bag sponsored by the Art of Shaving. To purchase tickets online, click here.

Spring Bridal Ball
Sunday, May 19th, 2013

Grand Hyatt
3300 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

Fashion Show: 1pm / Raffle to follow (HUGE Raffle!)
Tickets: $15 at the door, $12 online

Image courtesy of the Bridal Ball.

Thursday Update

Thursday, March 28, 2013
A few good updates for the day.  The Ski Patrol did some big routes off the ridge line into Willie's Wide, Snorklenose, and North Pole.  The Snorkle Door is the gap where skiers can slide from Upper Willie's into the top of Snorklenose.  It has one of the coolest views in the ski area.

Each of these routes gets us a little closer to opening the East Wall.

The cat drivers dozed the road on Pali - Wog.  That makes for a much nicer ski out of Pali when you are tired.

I am hearing that Hot Wheels is coming together nicely.  I may have to take a spin in there Friday.

Chance of snow every day for the next week.

Happy Easter from Reviva Weddings

We never really sign off here at Reviva Weddings but this does not stop us planning a lovely weekend here in Marbella as family and friends arrive despite predicted thunderstorms and rain, deep joy!    

Wishing all our friends and clients a fabulous Easter weekend and we hope you get to eat lots of chocolate :)

The NotWedding ~ Charleston, SC

The NotWedding is coming up soon on June 13th, 2013 in Charleston, SC and we can't wait! In case you haven't heard, The NotWedding is a bridal show alternative in the form of a big, fake wedding. "Wedding guests" are brides-to-be who enjoy an emotional ceremony, a tasty dinner and a dance-party reception while truly experiencing vendors in action.

The party is getting started already in Charleston, including some of the city's most talented vendors. The event will be held at the exquisite Historic Rice Mill, an ultra-chic venue with a cool, sophisticated urban vibe. For more information and to buy tickets to this brilliant event, visit

If you're a vendor and you'd like to apply, visit In addition, The NotWedding is searching for five brand ambassadors in each city where the event is held to help spread the word! If you're interested in becoming a brand ambassador for The NotWedding, visit for more information.

The NotWedding
Charleston, SC
June 13th, 2013
Historic Rice Mill
17 Lockwood Dr.
Charleston, SC 29401
Ceremony at 7pm

Image courtesy of The NotWedding.

Vinewood Plantation Spring Open House

It's officially spring, which means it's time for fresh air, gorgeous flowers and wedding planning! What better way to enjoy all three than at Vinewood Plantation's Spring 2013 Open House on Sunday, April 14th.

Vinewood Weddings and Events invites all brides, guests and industry professionals to attend. You'll find tons of inspiration and all of Vinewood's preferred vendors will be on hand for you to meet and greet, including caterers, bakers, florists and designers.

There is no cost to attend for Vinewood brides and three of their guests. Additional guests will be $10 each. For other brides, the fee to attend is just $20 each and $10 each for all other guests. RSVP online at Paperless Post and let the inspiration begin!

Vinewood Plantation Spring Open House
Sunday, April 14th
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Vinewood Plantation
1324 Roscoe Road
Newnan, GA

Images courtesy of Jeremy Harwell Photography.

East Wall

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The big question is not "Will the East Wall open?"   The big question is "When will the East Wall open?"  We have had about 10 feet of snow the last two months.  Right now there is enough snow to open The East Wall.  Yes, there are still some rocks out there.  The forecast for the next week and more is very unsettled and will likely bring more snow.

The Ski Patrol has spent a great deal of time out there.  The East Wall avalauncher has been shot extensively.  There have been multiple routes done in North Pole, The Tree Chutes, and along The Traverse.  Numerous slides have covered rocks down low.    Our situation now is continued and aggressive snow management.  While I cannot say when it will open, I can say it will open.  The Patrollers will continue to do what they do.  The time is coming.  Be patient.  I see a really good spring on The Wall.

About 6"

It was officially 3" at 5 AM. We have had about 3" more since then.  There are snowflakes in the forecast everyday for the next week.  This is what you have been waiting for.  It is beautiful out there.

Carolina Herrera Trunk Show at Joan Pillow

Don't miss the opportunity to see the gorgeous new collection by Carolina Herrera at a trunk show this weekend March 28th - 30th at Joan Pillow Bridal Salon in Atlanta! Space is limited, so be sure to contact Joan Pillow today to schedule an appointment.

Carolina Herrera
March 28th-30th
By Appointment
Joan Pillow Bridal Salon
99 West Paces Ferry Rd.
Atlanta, Ga

Image courtesy of Joan Pillow Bridal Salon

Zuma Cornice - Jump

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
I had another just incredible afternoon skiing at The Basin.  I toured around a fair bit and took 3 "Last Runs" on The Spine, my all time favorite run anywhere.  The wind has been kind there.  The other really spectacular spot I visited was out Zuma Cornice to Jump.  Skiing on top of the ridge, the 360 degree views are really cool.  There are extraordinary vistas of Independence and Santa Fe Mountains.  I dropped into Jump which is probably the steepest line in Montezuma Bowl.  The upper portion was wind buffed smooth and the lower portion wasn't quite packed, but it wasn't quite chowder either.  Good skiing.

Jump is named after Larry Jump, a 10th Mountain Division soldier and the first President and founder of A-Basin.

tuesday shoesday

The problem with Tuesday Shoesdays...

is about 50% of the time, I buy them.
vegan shoes

The Good Wind

Sunday, March 24, 2013
Today it was all about the good wind, The Face, and The Spine.  Smooth.

Terrain Park Expansion

With all the new snow, Terrain Park Manager Matt Hauke and his crew have been able to expand the Treeline Terrain Park.  In particular, they added several new features including the Rainbow Rail and Up Down Box.  Great for spring riding.  If spring ever comes. I am hoping for another month or two of winter.

Skiing Through The Storm

Saturday, March 23, 2013
Today was a bit challenging, a bit breezy, and a bit cold.  But, the skiing was really good.  I was able to tour Standard, International, West Wall, West Zuma Bowl, and a few other spots.  Warm clothes were handy.  The snow surface was outstanding.  Had a great visit at lunch time with a die hard A-Basin fan from Florida.  One of the best parts of my job is getting to meet so many good people from around the country and the world that enjoy and appreciate The Basin.

Chef Rybak and crew are gearing up for tonight's, "Dinner in Scandinavia."  I am looking forward to tonight's reindeer, cod, and other delicacies. After this meal, I ought to sneak in a extra skin or two this week.

Closed for Holy Week

Seraphic Singles will be closed from midnight (GMT) until Easter, and I will not be reading any emails over Holy Week. 

However, Easter is a holiday season, and as we all know, the holiday season can be the toughest time to be Single. So feel free to come back and read up on old posts as much as you like. I'll leave the comments on tonight because there's a reader who could use your support and fellowship right now. (See yesterday's combox.) 

Here is an old Good Friday piece about being Single.  A to jest tutaj po polsku.

Have a good Holy Week, and I'll be seeing you Easter Monday.