By Amiee White Beazley
If you ask any Aspen skier or snowboarder about Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro high atop Aspen Highlands, located just beneath the Cloud Nine chairlift, responses are often “great food,” “charming,” or “Andreas!” Cloud Nine has it all: indulgent European-inspired cuisine, out-of-this-world alpine atmosphere and one of the most beloved chefs in Aspen.
Chef Andreas Fischbacher has been the executive chef and general manager at Cloud Nine since it opened in 2002, and has turned the former ski patrol shack at 10,740 feet into one of the most memorable and appetizing dining experiences in all of Aspen.
A sit-down restaurant with ski-only access, Fischbacher’s native Austrian dining experience at Cloud Nine includes a glass of gluhwein upon arrival and hours of dining on fondue (served in an enamel-covered cast iron tub), raclette (cooked on the griddle) and other Euro-inspired entrees such as the decadent venison ragout or local Milagro beef pie. Afterwards, take your drinks to the deck and spend a sunny afternoon greeting friends or dancing atop the picnic tables long after the lifts close.
Complete with linens and fine wine and beer list, Cloud Nine offers 65 seats, with room for 110 when the deck, facing the Maroon Bells and Buttermilk Mountain is in play. And while it is known for its legendary lunches, Cloud Nine also offers periodic winter dinners on Thursday evenings with access to the restaurant via SnoCat. But even before the snow flies, people are making plans on their first trip to Cloud Nine. So it is suggested that reservations – for lunch or dinner – be made promptly.
For reservations at Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro, call (970) 544-3063/lunch, (970) 923-8715/dinner or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amiee White Beazley is the editor of edibleASPEN, founding contributor of Aspen Peak magazine and food columnist for the Aspen Daily News. Her food and travel writing has been featured in Yankee Magazine, Coastal Living, 5280, Aspen Magazine and The Providence Journal among others. A mother of two, her first children’s book, Snowmastodon! Snow Day Adventure was published by People’s Press in 2011. www.awbeazley.com