The Best On-Mountain Dining: Alpenglow Stube at Keystone

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Written by Cassidy Barnes posted on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

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When it comes to luxury dining, any of the top Rocky Mountain resorts will do, but if you’re looking for the best of the best head to Alpenglow Stube in Keystone, Colorado.

The Alpenglow Stube at 11,444 feet. (Keystone Ski Resort)

This gourmet restaurant was named after the optical phenomenon “alpenglow” where a horizontal red glowing band can be seen on the opposite horizon after the sun sets, easiest observed in the mountains. “Stube” is German for “a cozy, comfortable place.”

This unique restaurant was rated the highest AAA Four-Diamond™ dining experience in North America, as it is located at 11,444 feet above sea level. Since they opened in 1991 they have been achieving their goal of providing a dining experience “above it all.”

Even the locals agree, awarding Alpenglow Stube the #1 spot in the Taste of Keystone for almost a decade running.

To reach the restaurant, diners must take two enclosed gondolas to the top of North Peak at Keystone Ski Resort. The Alpenglow Stube is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The delicious creations of award-winning chefs reward your journey. The style is contemporary American with Bavarian accents.

Breakfast and lunch are more laid back (and more affordable) than dinner. Lunch may include various cheeses, homemade soups, fresh baked breads or even seared lamb chops. Definitely not your usual lunch cafeteria off the ski lift!

The Executive Chef, David Scott, Chef de Cuisine Daniel LaChance and team of aspiring chefs really out-do themselves for dinner. The night transforms itself into a total experience. After taking the gondolas at sunset (warming blankets are available), slip your feet into some cozy sheepskin slippers and choose between a six or seven-course dinner. (A la carte items not available).

After the signature Amuse-Bouche, the chef’s nightly selection of caviar, be delighted over and over again by the chefs’ magnificent creations. Just imagine crunching on pecan brittle encrusted with chèvre or savoring melted leeks and sauteed shiitake mushrooms in a blue crab ragout and you’ll be sold. Roasted rabbit loin with mustard greens, grilled breast of squab in a German ale cream sauce, and cherry bourbon bison short rib are other excellent entrees that have made previous menus.

End the multiple courses and the night with a unique dessert. Colorado quinoa strudel with carmelized quince and Anjou pear puree, blood orange flourless chocolate torte, strawberry bavarois with a champagne glaze or their pumpkin-spiced crème brulee are all heavenly.

The perfect wine to accompany your delicious dinner can surely be found on their extensive wine list. At Alpenglow Stube you’ll have over 600 bottles to choose from, earning them the coveted “Best Of Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator. If it’s too overwhelming ask the informed and friendly servers.

It is recommended that you make reservations. Call 800-354-4386 for more information.

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