Get ’em while they’re hot
Well it won’t be long now. In just a few weeks our ski season will be closing down. It is a sad but inevitable passing, but one we all knew would eventually come along.So it’s time to do all of those things that you have been meaning to do but have yet to find the time to complete. You know, you were going to hike the Bowl this year and ride the new Deep Temerity lift. You were going to get into the Crazy T’rain Park at Buttermilk. You were going to go to Up 4 Pizza for some killer cookies.What? Cookies?Those who have had them know exactly of what I speak. Most afternoons Lund and the crew at Up 4 Pizza, the small but stylish little food cabin atop the Big Burn, bake up some of the most delicious, decadent and substantial dark and white chocolate-chip cookies to be found anywhere on the planet, never mind in the Roaring Fork Valley.If you happen to be riding the Burn lift when the wind is just right, that would be blowing from east to west as it does on occasion this time of year, you are liable get a nose full of one of the great come-hither aromas known to mankind. That of soon to be done chocolate-chip cookies in the oven.The secret of the Up 4 Pizza cookies is in how they bake them. The crew cooks ’em hot and quick. The outside of the oversized cookies take on a slightly brown – some call it burned – hue while the interior of the cookies are slightly undercooked. The net effect is a crispy-on-the-outside-but-soft-on-the-inside cookie that is peppered with piping hot chocolate chips. These cookies are huge, and if you get them fresh, while they’re hot, you’ll need a plate and fork to keep them from crumbling all over your Helly Hansen’s.And we’re talking such a deal. Where else can you get this kind of pleasure for just a buck seventy-five a throw? That’s right, the best chocolate-chip cookie known to man, fresh from the oven at 11,800 feet, for just $1.75.Though the Big Burn lift is now open until 4 p.m. each afternoon, they start to wind down at Up 4 Pizza around 3. So get there early. And if you haven’t thought about it, it is time to get that list of things you wanted to do this year back out.Bon appétit.
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