Colorado: The blooms are bursting just in time for Arapahoe Basin’s July 20 alpenglow dinner and wildflower hike

Colorado menu featured at A-Basin’s latest summer event

Alpenglow lights up Arapahoe Basin in mid-May. Photo by Bob Berwyn.
Chiming bells growing near the Continental Divide. Photo courtesy Arapahoe Basin.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Colorado’s growing season for wildflowers and produce may be short compared to other parts of the country, but it’s always sweet. Arapahoe Basin will highlight both this Friday (July 20) with the alpenglow dinner and wildflower hike at the Black Mountain Lodge.

Chef Chris Rybak is planning an all-Colorado menu for this event in the popular series, and there are still a few spots left. You can sign up online at A-Basin’s website.

Eating locally produced food is a great way to support Colorado ranchers and farmers, especially in a tough dry year like this, and it’s also makes sense environmentally by reducing the carbon footprint of the food you consume (think about trucking food all the way from California).

Chairlift rides up the mountain are between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. and the dinner starts with light hors d’eouvres and live entertainment. Chef Rybak will begin serving the Colorado-themed meal at 6 p.m. and you can work off some of the calories with a twilight hike back down the mountain to the base area starting at about 8 p.m.

And while the wildflower season started a bit slow this year, some of the best displays are expected at the higher elevations, where the spring snowpack protected tender plants from the dry and windy spring conditions that prevailed across most lower elevations.

The recent rains haven’t hurt, either, according to A-Basin GM Alan Henceroth, who has been posting monsoon updates on his blog. Henceroth wrote July 10 that the grass, brush and flowers have responded to the rain events with explosive growth.

” The place looks incredible. The recent change and growth in the vegetation is striking.  With the Argentine North Fork Trail in such good shape and the flowers popping out, I think the Wildflower Dinner and Hike july 20 will be quite spectacular,” he said.

Wildflowers growing near A-Basin

The high country of the North Fork, around A-Basin, features some of Summit County’s best displays of wildflowers — and not to mention edible mushrooms.

Monsoon raindrops brighten a wildflower growing along the North Fork, near A-Basin.
Wild edible Leccinum and chanterelles, harvested along the North Fork of the Snake River, just downstream of A-Basin.
Chef Rybak’s July 20 alpenglow dinner at A-Basin will spotlight Colorado cuisine like these tomatoes grown in a community garden in Frisco.
Sedum growing at Pass Lake, between A-Basin and Loveland Pass.
Yellow paintbrush growing at Loveland Pass.




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