But wait! There are restaurants in actual ski lodges in Colorado!

Echo Mountain, the ski area closest to Denver, just kicked off its third full season of operation on Friday, and while the mountain is relatively no-frills, it does have a restaurant: the Echo Cafe, located in Echo's Garage. Fresh soups, sandwiches and pizzas have been added to the menu at this indoor/outdoor dining space -- and all meals come complete with a spectacular view of the Continental Divide.

For a more upscale dining experience, there's The Lodge at Sunspot, the Winter Park restaurant that gets a shout-out in this month's Hemispheres magazine -- and whose dining room decor bears a marked resemblance to that retail resort, Park Meadows (the two facilities had the same designers). Although the dining room won't open until December 19, the cafeteria -- known as the Provisioner -- is now serving.

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