December 29, 2016
0130 Daybreak Ridge | 970.748.6200
If the walls in Anderson's Cabin could talk, everyone inside would hear whispers of an area steeped in history. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch hosts some of the most intimate and exclusive experiences in this historic venue — a cozy retreat in the woods that was originally the home of John Anderson, one of the seven bachelors that first settled in the area.
The special space shows how The Ritz Carlton does rustic, as guests are able to reserve Anderson's for private après ski afternoons and dinners featuring the classic mountain cuisine of raclette or fondue. The cabin holds up to 14 guests in the winter, and is located up the road from the resort and just across from the ski slopes.
The après-ski experience available from 3:30 to 5 p.m. invites guests off the mountain to sip a cocktail by the outdoor fire or inside by delicious fixings of Colorado cheese and charcuterie with assorted breads and crackers, and a gourmet chili bar.
Winter evenings welcome a long and beautiful glow on the cabin as groups arrive for dinner and walk toward its softly lit windows. Sit around the large wood table between a roasting wood stove, candlelight and original relics that seem to recall the old days of the area.
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Fondue and raclette here mean an endless amount of bread and cheese, presented alongside a winter greens salad including dried cranberry, candied pecans, blue cheese and toasted honey vinaigrette. Dip Colorado meat sausages and red-skin potatoes into a crock of hot fondue, or for the raclette grill your own elk loin, bison tenderloin, salmon filet and more with sauces like chimichurri, huckleberry chutney and herb aioli to accompany.
Each experience includes an open bar, and for the finale, hot drinks can complement each taste from the spread of miniature desserts that sweeten the evening even more. Just save a little room for the outdoor fire pit party.
"Most families end the evenings bundling up and roasting marshmallows by the fire, under the chairlift and under the stars,” says Amy Moser, director of sales and marketing, "so it's pretty magical."
Après Experience is $95 per guest (exclusive of tax, gratuity and a taxable service charge) and is available to reserve from 3:30-5 p.m. daily. A $1,000 minimum food spend is required. The Fondue Dinner Experience starts at $150 per guest (exclusive of tax, gratuity and a taxable service charge) and is available to reserve from 7-10 p.m. daily. A $1,500 minimum food spend is required. The Raclette Dinner experience starts at $195 per guest (exclusive of tax, gratuity and a taxable service charge) and is available to reserve from 7-10 p.m. daily. A $1,950 minimum food spend is required. •
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Bottomless raclette, salad and wine, followed by gourmet dessert
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