The Cliff House Restaurant’s perch on the shoulder of Mount Mansfield, and its floor- to-ceiling windows provide panoramic views of the Green Mountains. On select Saturday evenings, the restaurant hosts reservations-only “Summit Series” dinners. The fixed-price, six-course, candle-lit meals begin with a gondola ride beneath starry winter skies. Hot apple cider, warm fleece blankets, and camp lanterns create a cozy, intimate setting.
Telluride visitors can pick from the best of both worlds. Stay in town and enjoy living in a National Historic District with colorful Victorian homes and clapboard storefronts. Or stay a short gondola ride away in Mountain Village and get a taste of luxury hotels and condos, stylish boutiques and spas, and five-star dining.
To some skiers, it's the mountain. For others, it's a bigger picture: scenery, nightlife, shopping and dining. Whiteface has it all: the mountain (3,216 vertical feet), a village (Lake Placid, an oasis of civilization amid the wilds of the Adirondacks) and on top of it all, a rich Olympic heritage.
Summer fun in Steamboat is measured in vertical feet hiked, miles of trails biked and whitewater paddled. The big question here is not what to do, but how to do it all. If you're an adrenaline junkie, that is.
During the summer, Mammoth is to mountain biking what Mt. Everest is to climbing: There is no equal. The Mammoth Mountain Bike Park provides more than 70 miles of singletrack through the spectacular Eastern Sierra Mountains.