Black Mountain Lodge: Arapahoe Basin Weddings

Updated March 18, 2021

alpenglow Arapahoe Basin sunset at Arapahoe Basin wedding by Vail wedding photographer

Where is Black Mountain Lodge Located?

If you love the idea of getting married at a ski resort in the Colorado mountains, you should definitely check out Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin.

Black Mountain Lodge is located at the top of Arapahoe Basin Ski Area at 28194 US Hwy 6, Keystone, CO 80435

Vendors and special guests can access it from a dirt mountain road in the summer, but wedding guests will be treated to a beautiful chair lift ride up the mountain.

From their site:

Tie the knot at 11,500 feet! Our beautiful deck overlooks the Continental Divide and large spreads of wildflowers. It is an incredible setting for your Colorado wedding.

Black Mountain Lodge accommodates up to 200 guests for your special day. Vaulted ceilings, timber and stone design elements and towering windows adorn the interior of this romantic mid-mountain venue. Our lodge provides convenient spaces for your ceremony and reception, eliminating the stress of switching venues during your day. Transform our open room to your specifications—leave space for dancing or create a special space to cut the cake. Cocktail hour can be held outside on the front patio next to your ceremony space.

What is the overall feel of Black Mountain Lodge?

I love the open air, mountain feel of this venue. When you choose to get married at Black Mountain Lodge, you get most of the ski area buildings to use as well. So your photos will have nods to ski culture sprinkled throughout. And it’s insanely hard to beat the views at the top of the mountain where the ceremony takes place.

bride and groom outdoor ceremony at Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin wedding by Black Mountain Lodge wedding photographer

Pro Tips for Getting Married at Black Mountain Lodge

If you’re getting married here in the summer, be prepared for rain showers and rain delays.  Just stay flexible and relaxed and don’t worry about it. The events team will get you and your guests up the mountain as quickly as weather allows. They’ll even provide ponchos for your guests as necessary.

There are endless locations to take photos on the property. At the bottom of the mountain, where the main restaurant and ski school are located, there are beautiful groves of evergreen trees. And at the top of the mountain, you’re right in the basin of the mountains which features spectacular views.

Leave time for sunset photos. The alpenglow on the peaks is INSANE and with the peaks so close, if you time it just right, you’ll have gorgeous pink colors on the mountains in your sunset photos.

Don’t expect too much from the getting ready spaces. As gorgeous as this venue is, the getting ready spaces are in the ski school building and the restaurant. They’re sufficient, but they’re not the most beautiful of backdrops.

Remember you’re at altitude. Altitude affects everyone differently. If you’re planning a wedding in the Colorado mountains, make sure to check out my guide for getting married at altitude.

bride and groom outdoors at top of Arapahoe Basin at sunset alpenglow at Arapahoe Basin wedding by Vail wedding photographer

I travel all over the state of Colorado and across the US to capture connected wedding stories for devoted and courageous couples. I’d love to be your Black Mountain Lodge Arapahoe Basin wedding wedding photographer!

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