The competition has heated up in recent years, but Alpenglow Stube remains among the finest mountaintop restaurants in Colorado. The exposed wood beams, a stone fireplace, and floral upholstery make it elegant and cozy. At night the gondola ride to get here alone is worth the cost of the meal. Dinner is à la carte or a seven-course extravaganza, starting perhaps with the signature ragoût of blue crab, and followed by delights such as pepper-dusted wild boar tenderloin.
In winter, lunch is two or four courses and equally delectable, with excellent pasta specials. Sunday brunch features seafood and dessert bars. Remove your ski boots and put on the plush slippers reserved for diners.