Mountain - Top Dining in Colorado
Wintertime in Colorado is magical. There are snow-drenched valleys, charming ski towns and cozy mountain resorts. You can continue this experience by ending the evening with dinner at one of these Alpine restaurants that can be reached by sleigh or gondola.
Hop onto a Keystone gondola and glide high above the snow-dusted trees and powdery runs all the way to the top of North Peak. There you will find a secluded AAA four-diamond restaurant. The open dining room feels casual and formal at the same time. It is outfitted with white tablecloths, softly glowing lights and large log beams with antler chandeliers. There is an extravagant prix fixe menu that showcases contemporary Bavarian cuisine.
Steamboat has a great winter escape with a little "dashing in the snow". Bundle up for this trip to a casual restaurant, which includes a nighttime gondola trip, followed with a snow cat drawn sleigh ride beneath the starry skies. The restaurant has assembled a core, which sets the scene for a homey Scandinavian food, such as succulent beef filet or flaky puff pastry smothered with seafood and brandy cream sauce.
If you wanted table with a view, try the sweeping vistas of steep, jagged mountains covered in snow. This is the scene that comes at this mountaintop restaurant, accessible only by gondola above Telluride. There are wilderness inspired dishes such as elk short loin and wild salmon and they are satisfying after any long day of skiing or snowboarding.
This is an exclusively private facility in Vales Game Creek Bowl and it's reserved for members only except at night when the restaurant opens to the public. One must take a gondola and a snow cat to reach this internationally influenced dining destination, which is nestled among the towering evergreens.
Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro
This is a cozy cabin tucked away in Aspen snowy mountains. Cloud nine resembles the charm of a Swiss chalet only instead of the Alps you'll get the picturesque views of Colorado's famous Maroon Bells. You will need to take the snow cat and then eat warm fondue, flaky strudel or thick European stew.
This is more of a mountain chateau and is an expansive Avon restaurant, which includes icicle-adorned eaves, blazing fireplaces and rustic log furniture. You need to take a snow cat drawn sleigh ride and spend the evening savoring the French influenced dishes that are made from tender meats, fresh seafood and gourmet vegetables.