Under new ownership since our visit, but with few changes, the Old Pines in Spean Bridge has nine comfortable rooms ($151 per person, per night, including breakfast; 011-44-1397-712-234; oldpines.co.uk).The Corriegour Lodge Hotel is another family-run property, with views of Loch Lochy ($165 per person, per night, including breakfast and dinner; 011-44-1397-712-685; corriegour-lodge-hotel.com).
The Loch View Conservatory Restaurant in the Corriegour Lodge turns out perfectly prepared Highland lamb shank, Aberdeen Angus beef and authentic Scottish pudding. The Crannog Seafood Restaurant, on the pier in Fort William, serves local specialties such as Loch Nevis mussels, Mallaig halibut and Loch Awe Rainbow Trout (011-44-1397-705-589).
After the lifts close, enjoy sunset and a wee dram at the Snowgoose Restaurant at the top of Aanoch Mor's gondola, then hitch a ride down to the parking lot (011-44-1397-705-825). The Nevisport Bar is the skiers' hangout in Fort William, with on-tap ales brewed in the Highlands and Scottish Islands (011-44-1309-704-921).
Taste the "dew of Ben Nevis" on the guided tour at the Ben Nevis Whiskey Distillery, just outside Fort Willian at the foot of the Ben. The $3.50 entrance fee buys you a $5 discount on selected bottles of whiskey (011-44-1397-702-476; bennevisdistillery.com)
The closest airport, in Inverness, is a 90-minute drive from Aanoch Mor and Fort William. A train runs regularly from the airport to downtown Fort William. More U.S. airlines serve the Glasgow airport, a two-and-a-half-hour drive. If you're driving, you'll find the slopes just north of Fort William off the A82 highway.