Cloud Nine Gets a Makeover
When renovating the interior of Cloud Nine at Aspen Highlands, Champagne-proof paint came up in discussion. That's because the raucous mid-mountain restaurant is known for its wild, dance-on-tables dining experience, and as it underwent a remodel, officials wanted to make sure it could stand many more years of partying. All told, the $1 million-plus remodel, completed by Aspen-based design firm Rowland + Broughton, brought the aging, high-alpine establishment up to date, and capitalizes on its biggest asset: the views.
The European-style restaurant has limited seating for about 130 people, and only offers two times for parties to sit down at 12 and 2 p.m. (It can also be booked for evening, snowcat dinners.) With the renovation, the main room will remain a social place while a second room with huge windows and views of Pyramid Peak and the Maroon Bells offers a little bit more seclusion. In recent years, Cloud Nine has become a requisite stop on visitors' party-ski circuit, and often people purchase bottles of $130 Veuve Clicquot -- to spray in the air. But, serious eaters shouldn't pass the establishment by, as it's become well known for treats like raclette, fondue, smoked trout and roasted chicken. The food is good, and now the interior design ups its style, although nothing compares to the breathtaking views found outside.