Spend an Afternoon Dining at Cloud Nine
Just off the Cloud Nine lift on Aspen Highlands, you'll find a Swiss-looking log cabin with a large patio and pristine views of the Maroon Creek Valley. When you walk in, the pungent smell of cheese may overwhelm you, but don't be deterred. The delicious fondue is worth it. The best time to go is after a full day of skiing; make a late-lunch reservation because that's when all the action starts. As it gets later, the crowd starts getting a little rowdy and dance parties have been know to break out, with people taking to the tabletops. Ski patrollers sometimes has to shut it down during their last sweep of the mountain, but don't fret: If you don't feel comfortable skiing down, they'll graciously give you a ride.
By Holly Upper, AFAR Local Expert
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Cloud Nine, Colorado 81611, USA