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Whenever I go to the lodge,

 

I always bring my own food! The cost of the lodge food is horrible, as I am sure you most know! It doesn't even look that great to be honest. I will admit I will get a hot chocolate or a grilled cheese at the end of the day, but it was like 100$ for water please! Well, maybe not that much, but they know you are trapped! You can't go home to get food if you left your cooler at home! 

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Depends upon where you ski. Maybe it's because I live in the Tri-state area, but lunch at most resorts doesn't typically cost more than I would normally pay to eat lunch.  I will say that eating at the bar rather than the cafeteria at some places provides better food as well as a better value. Weird but true. Specifically Blue Mt in Pa or Plattekill in the Catskills. At both you can get a decent fresh burger or sandwich for 9.95 vs the foil rapped, dried out thing in the cafeteria for 7.95. Then there's also the availability of an IPA on tap.

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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.

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I'll also attest that the prime rib at Snowbasin was quite good, worth the money and a meal that could have been shared by 3 people. There is a lot of bad lodge food, but there are several places that prove it can be done well.
post #5 of 9
The cheese curds at Welch Village are a bit pricey. Don't think they offer prime rib.
post #6 of 9
Guy in our group Tuesday made a salad at Keystone that cost him $25. Just basic salad ingredients too. Granted, it did weigh 2.9 pounds.
post #7 of 9
Pitcher of micro is 18.00 and the beer is made 15mi away. Lame.
post #8 of 9

The beef brisket at Raven Hut at Mt. Baker is really, really tasty.  Comes with slaw, and not the mayo infused stuff either..  Not super cheap, but super good. $11.00

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Originally Posted by Vcize View Post
 

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. 

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