Top of the Mountains

When it comes to the mountains, Denver, you've got one of two scenarios: You either have your go-to hotspots and no one can tell you any different, or (admit it) you don't head to the hills often enough to plug into the scene. Allow us to help. We dispatched our experts: lifetime skiers, elite athletes, dining critics, travel writers, and-our secret weapon-mountain locals, all to bring you the best of the high country. We've got you covered with cozy hotels, slick bars, stellar instructors, and hot happenings. Plus: Our guide to mountain events, cracking mountain fashion codes, and the ultimate list of high-altitude bargains.

November 2005

Top Hotel
Sonnenalp Resort of Vail, Vail Down comforters, heated marble floors, double-wide, deep soaking tubs, and a fireplace in every suite are just the beginning. At the Sonnenalp, you can also grab a guide for a customized alpine, cross-country, or moonlight snowshoe tour, then snack on European pastries, indulge in fondue, or sample the best mudslides in Vail Valley at one of the resort's two restaurants. And don't miss the spa's Finnish saunas and Turkish steam rooms. Ski slopes? What ski slopes? 20 Vail Road, Vail, 1-866-284-4411, www.sonnenalp.com.