When you're out taking turns on the slopes of Colorado Ski Country, if you don't work up a healthy appetite you're probably doing something wrong. Whether it's to fuel up for a few more hours on the mountain or a well earned aprs-ski meal, Colorado Ski Country USA member ski resorts have an array of new dining options for the 2015-16 season. Here are some highlights.
Guests to Aspen Highlands will enjoy a remodel of the mid-mountain Cloud Nine restaurant. The legendary bistro will maintain its unique historic essence while opening up the space in order to improve restaurant flow and service. Improvements will include two functional dining rooms, now adjacent to each other, new restrooms and upgraded features such as a cozy fireplace. The $1.1 million restoration will also include kitchen enhancements. The bistros infamous character will remain the same and will continue to offer a selection of fine wine, champagne and refreshing cocktails, as well as the delicious fare its known forfondue and raclette. For more information, visit www.aspensnowmass.com.
Cooper (Ski Cooper)
This season, Cooper is expanding Katie O'Rourke's, an Irish-themed pub which features a full wait-served menu and plenty of microbrews, including Cooper's own 'Kerrigan's Irish Stout.' A new door will lead from the current bar area outside onto the deck where clear wind screening panels will be installed to ensure a calm atmosphere, and propane umbrella heaters will keep guests warm and cozy under Colorados bluebird skies. This expansion will nearly double the current size of the pub, adding about 450 square feet of seating area with great views of the slopes. For more information, visit www.skicooper.com.
Copper will have several new food and beverage options for the 2015-16 season. A full-service Starbucks Coffee is set to open on the 1st floor of the Mountain Plaza building. This locations proximity to the American Eagle lift and convenience of Center Village will make it a perfect pit stop to and from the hill. Mahi Fish Tacos, located in Center Village adjacent to the Covered Bridge, will specialize in many different kinds of fish, but also features salads and quesadillas. Belgian Bean is relocating on-hill to the location formerly known as Flyers Soup Shack. Located just below the top of the American Flyer lift in-between the trails American Flyer and the Moz, the new Belgian Bean will offer grab and go service with Belgian waffles and a variety of coffee beverages. For more information, visit www.coppercolorado.com.
New for 2015-16, Crested Butte is building a culinary outlet at the Ten Peaks area. Surrounded by 360 degree mountainous views will sit a bar covered by a 34 foot retractable umbrella and walled by glass; Ten Peaks will be the new hot spot to eat and drink at the resort. The new restaurant and bar will have a 2,400 square foot deck and a 700 square foot bar area, there will be plenty of space to enjoy the sunshine and views with great food and drinks.
In addition, the WoodStone Grille will have a new look and new menu. Guests can enjoy an alpine menu featuring custom stone oven pizza, pasta, signature grill items and Colorado draft beers. Open daily for breakfast, aprs, and dinner in the Grand Lodge. Crested Butte is teaming up with local partner Montanya Distillers to bring some beach lifestyle to the deck at the Paradise Grill. New this season to the menu at Paradise will be Hurricanes and Huli Huli ribs. For more information, visit www.skicb.com.
Sunlight is remodeling its restaurant interiors and upgrading the kitchen with new appliances. Guests will enjoy customized, made-to-order cuisine and be able to order food from the bar area. Also, Sunlights retail shop is expanding to allow easier access to and movement though the facility.For more information, visit www.sunlightmtn.com.
Steamboat is doing extensive improvements to several of its on-mountain food and beverage facilities. Gondola Joes, Steamboats most popular grab and go destination for breakfast and lunch in the base area, will be expanded to offer more space for eating in, as well as more behind-the-counter space to offer newly created menu options. In addition, the award-winning Four Points Lodge will receive upgrades to the back of the house providing more space for Steamboats chefs to create unique, flavorful and healthy menu items, and provide faster service for customers during lunchtime hours. The Rendezvous Lodge on the Sundown side of the mountain will receive a facelift with a new exterior design and interior upgrades.For more information, visit www.steamboat.com.