Magazine article Sunset

The Best Meals at High Altitude

Magazine article Sunset

The Best Meals at High Altitude

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The Chalet, at mid-mountain, has been transformed into a Swiss-style beer garden. Ski to the door for a pint, or come back via snow-cat for a country meal. New this season: Private Snow-cat Dinners ($220; 15 people min.). And on peak weekends: Snowshoe Dinners ($69) under the stars for 50 strangers--who no doubt leave as friends. squaw


If snowshoeing up to12,000 feet under the light of a full moon for a Bavarian feast sounds appealing, reserve now. A-Basin's monthly Moonlight Dinners are insanely popular. Not down for the 45-minute climb? Hop the chairlift and be greeted by live music, a family-style spread, and picture-window views of the Continental Divide. $85;


ASPEN The Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro atop the Aspen Highlands was a ski patrol station until the late 1990s. Now it's one of the Rockies' best ski-in restaurants, its menu packed with local game, fish, and produce. The signature raclette (gooey, fire-melted cheese served with potatoes and cured meats) will make you want to linger well after the frost has disappeared from your nose. Or until the ski patrol sends you back down the mountain. …

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