Re: The Alpen vs. Fireside
Never heard of the Alpen but have stayed at the Fireside inn a few times. it's a bed and breakfast place with some nice private rooms with en-suite bathrooms, a large dorm and 2 4 bed dorms - which share the 3 bathrooms in the building. The 4 bed dorms have 2 x bunk beds in, lockers for luggage for each bed and not much other room but are perfectly adequate. There's a small shared dining area with a microwave, and they provide a nice breakfast if you want. There's a lovely lounge area with tv and games. It's right in the historic area of town and is a lovely old building. It also has a hot tub indoors. It's only 2 blocks from Main Street at the North end of town - about 15 mins walk from the furthest bar that you'd probably go to, 2 mins to the nearest. The free bus stops right outside it which goes inot the town centre and the 2 mountain bases. nikki and Andy who run the place are extremely nice and helpful. It's also a good place to meet people as there are always people there to ski or go out with. The people who stay there are a good mix of ages and types and usually all friendly so you'll find someone there who wants to do the same things as you. I've made some very good friends there from all over the world. I'd recommend it. hope this reaches you in time.
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