Originally Posted by Vcize
I'm sure some resorts are better/worse than others, but at most there's a deal to be had if you can find it.
At Snowbasin the $3 tacos at the base of Strawberry are huge, delicious, and come with rice/beans. For $6 (two tacos) you can get a huge meal and most would be fine with just one for $3 at the size they come in. The chili is also a pretty good deal, at $7/bowl it comes with a huge slice of cornbread that will leave you very full.
Snowbasin has the best food of any resort I've ever been to. While not a "cheap" lunch, the carving station was also a solid deal the last time I ate there - huge plate of freshly carved lamb (or turkey, or roast beef) with sides for around $15. I couldn't even finish it, which is a rarity. That was a couple years ago, so not sure the current price.
That said, lunch is the biggest waste of time in skiing. You paid for the day of skiing, not to pack in a lodge filled with sweaty strangers saving seats for longer than it'll take you to eat your lunch and leave. The fact that people make a run at the lodge, at the exact same time as everyone else, to buy crappy, overpriced food while wasting time that they paid to ski is mind boggling. Eating your own food in the lodge at the same time as everyone else is only marginally more savvy. Bring a pocket sandwich to eat on the lift - or better yet, a nice scenic spot off in the woods - or eat a big breakfast and apres ski meal/dinner; then you don't have to deal with lunch crowds, pay stupid prices or miss an hour of skiing.