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Pine Creek Cookhouse Restaurant Review: Pine Creek Cookhouse is a rustic log cabin set high atop the Ashcroft Valley, a half-hour from town. And the only way to get there is by snowshoe, cross-country ski or sled, enchantingly drawn by two huge draft horses. One of our greatest pleasures is to work up an appetite skiing, then bask in the sunshine on the deck overlooking the pristine wilderness with a hot spiced wine or Bloody Mary before exploring the eclectic seasonal menus. The kitchen’s purview encompasses ocean and mountain, running the gamut from healthful to hearty. À la carte lunch options may include Indian-spiced grilled quail over greens in Champagne vinaigrette, roasted acorn squash stuffed with wild rice and vegetables and elk bratwursts on pretzel rolls; prix-fixe dinners could begin with house-smoked trout on crispbread and move on to buffalo loin in thyme jus and apple crisp à la mode. As for the diverse wine list, it’s reasonably priced by Aspen standards. Note that it's vital to call for reservations, and you can make your transportation arrangements at the same time.