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Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro Restaurant Review: The fact that the Aspen Highlands ski patrol shares space with this graciously warm on-mountain ski hut-cum-bistro doesn’t deter the fans that congregate here for some of the best alpine cuisine in Colorado, served at 10,740-feet. Chef Andreas Fischbacher’s menu, a collaboration of classic European wonderments spun with local flavor, changes as quickly as Colorado’s weather. But you can always count on wild game---elk, venison, poussin, or pheasant---and strudels. On Tuesday evenings during ski season, when the restaurant is open to the public, guests arrive via snowcat to an awaiting candlelit dining room complete with frosty window panes and a wood-burning fireplace. The multi-course feast begins with warm drinks to chase off the chill and passed appetizers, followed by an intimate sit-down meal that lasts nearly four hours. In between courses, behold views of Maroon Bells and 14,000-foot-high peaks from the wooden deck. If you're a skier, make sure to take a break from the slopes to indulge in the $21 daily lunches that might include wood-fired venison or stuffed pheasant.