Modern meets vintage at the A-Frame Club, a group of cabins clustered at the base of snow-blanketed or sun-drenched (depending on the season) Winter Park — one of Colorado’s oldest ski destinations. Just an hour’s drive from Denver, the A-Frame oozes opulent seclusion without sacrificing community.
When you first glimpse the striking roofs as pointed as the letter they’re named after, you’ll know you’ve arrived. Step inside and you’ll be greeted by large windows in a spacious living area and a functional kitchenette. Head upstairs to revel in the deep porcelain soaking tub and king-size bed dressed in lavish high-thread-count linens. Invite someone special and hit the slopes before returning for a nightcap at The Saloon, the club’s connected restaurant, or spend a night curled up by that oh-so-cozy wood-burning fireplace. Bring your furry friends and soak up all the sun on your private patio or leash ’em up for a jaunt through the trees.
What makes it special?
We gotta give it to the 1970s-chic decor of these funky chalets. From the geometric lighting fixtures and dual-textured couches to the groovy orange accents and birchwood-paneled walls, these rooms will convince you the calendar has flipped way back. Page through a retro LIFE magazine and don your puffy polyester snowsuit to fit right in.
The most “Colorado” thing about this place
In this ski-lover’s haven, you’ll have access to the slopes via a free 30-minute shuttle ride to the resort base. Don’t forget to charge your phone; snapping pics of this historical ski-path-carved mountain is a must.
Bon appétit! The Saloon, the club’s on-site restaurant, is the ultimate après joint serving French-inspired cuisine (think pommes frites — make sure to try these hand-cut fries drizzled in truffle sauce) and cocktails like a Black Manhattan (whiskey and orange bitters sure to thaw any chill).
Most unexpected amenity
Want to dry your snow-soaked boots after venturing down the mountain? The A-Frame has boot-heaters in every cabin. Hang those suckers up to get all toasty before hitting the powder the next day.
Our favorite traveler review
“I loved the fireplace, the Sonos speaker, the Samsung Frame TV and, of course, the striking Swedish IKEA village that landed in Grand County, Colorado. The restaurant is amazing and having that next door adds to the experience! Now I want to come back!” – Slav G., Google
Things to see & do nearby
For a morning pick-me-up before clipping on your board, satisfy your sweet tooth at Goody’s Mountain Creperie with a caramel-drizzled crêpe dusted with sugar and cinnamon. After shredding on the mountain or gliding on a tube, visit the Sundance Chili Hut for steaming, cheese-topped chili in a bread bowl.
When summer arrives, whiz down the curving alpine slide or take a scenic gondola ride. You can bring the dog to hike the winding 5-mile round-trip Fraser River Trail or the climbing Second Creek Trail to witness the blue vastness of the Continental Divide. A mountain drive through Winter Park’s deep valleys and thick groves of evergreen trees will delight any sight-seeker from the comfort of their own car; and those wanting to experience the arts and culture of Winter Park events can attend a lively concert, paint a masterpiece while sipping wine, run a 5k and more.
Photos courtesy of A-Frame Club/Kylie Fitts & Stephan Werk