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post #61 of 79
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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post
 

 I thought the choice and quality were very good  at JH top of gondola.   

When we were in JH we came down and ate lunch at the Fireside Bar in the Snake River Lodge every day. The peace and quiet (and better food) were worth the extra cost, which wasn't much more anyway. We're too old to ski bell to bell so a little extra time for lunch is no problem. The top of the Gondola zoo is too much chaos for me. Which applies to a lot of other places as well--Whistler for example. And that brings up a pet peeve (I have dozens). Why do ski area cafeterias, and just about every other restaurant and other public facility in North America, insist on playing loud, tired music--usually "Classic Rock"--that nobody listens to but has to shout over to be heard? Used to be elevator music was only in elevators, where at least it relieved the uncomfortable (for some) silence. I love music--to listen to, not to try and talk over. People--stand up for peace and quiet before people forget entirely what it is. We now return you to your regularly scheduled rant.

post #62 of 79
I'm kind of a brown-bag guy, but two on-hill restaurants (not cafeterias) that I think are great are the Bavarian at Taos (goulash, schnitzel and beer!) and Guiseppe's at Telluride. Great meals at those two. Tim's Stray Dog at the base at Taos is worth mentioning as well.

Cafeterias tend to suck IMO.
post #63 of 79
During the mother's day skiing at ABasin they had a live band playing in the mid-mountain lodge! Pretty good instrumentals and a bad singer. Of course everyone was trying to talk over it, and as the noise level went up they played louder.

It's a rare musician that has the discipline to play background music.
post #64 of 79
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With BurgerKing moving to Canada maybe they will be putting poutine on their menu.

 

Burger King has been operating in Canada for decades. They are just moving their head office from the USA to Canada for tax reasons by buying Tim Horton's donut chain. But don't worry as you are not loosing an American company to Canada as Burger King has South American ownership.

post #65 of 79
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Originally Posted by Bob Lee View Post

I'm kind of a brown-bag guy, but two on-hill restaurants (not cafeterias) that I think are great are the Bavarian at Taos (goulash, schnitzel and beer!) and Guiseppe's at Telluride. Great meals at those two. Tim's Stray Dog at the base at Taos is worth mentioning as well.

Cafeterias tend to suck IMO.

Because of the lines and inflated prices, sit-down restaurants are often competitive for price and speed.
post #66 of 79

Re the several  comments on bad food at Powder Mountain, while I would have agreed before last year, I ate there last season and noticed that someone was making some serious attempts to improve the food. Not Deer Valley, but decent simple food. As opposed to the greasy junk they had previously. One standout for me for both setting and food is Collins Grill at Alta. Big windows looking out at mountain and a very civilized setting. At Snowbasin, I actually prefer Needles lodge more than John Paul for food. Both good though. High West Distillery at bottom of town runs at PCMR has some good food as well. Definitely agree with Oldgoat on loud music. Don't want to yell to talk. 

post #67 of 79
Best = almost anywhere at Cervinia. Even basic sausage and fries at the top hut is pretty good with the best view in the world.

Runner up - Poutine from the Spuds Eh van at Fernie ( no idea if it's still there)
post #68 of 79
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Originally Posted by fatbob View Post

Runner up - Poutine from the Spuds Eh van at Fernie ( no idea if it's still there)

 

 

Eh, là, les patates là.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJgQCbRsq-I

post #69 of 79

I don't go to ski areas to eat, but when I'm skiing I will stop for lunch, and lunch consists of a quick simple refueling.  I save the leisurely oppulent dining experience for the evening. So, I've eaten in nearly a hundred ski area cafeterias, most are OK if a bit overpriced.  Few are  memorable as either particularly good or bad.

 

Tremblant has good cafeteria food by ski-area standards, although compared to what's served in the real restaurants in the area it's C-grade.

Snowbasin is nice.

Other than that, I'm drawing a blank for memorably good ski area cafeteria food.

 

In the bad category, Heavenly sticks out as having the worst chilli I've ever encountered.  Really?  How do you fuck up chilli?  And then charge so much for it?

 

Blue Mt is another.  How can a place so close to Philly mangle a philly cheese steak so badly?  The mind reels.

 

Mt Trashmore had such nasty looking and smelling cafeteria food that I never could bring myself to try it, but with Vail's purchase they've revamped the food concession.

 

As an aside, the oft-touted chicken chilli at Deer Valley tasted identical to the chicken chilli served at Mt Holly. Both were good, but nothing particularly amazing.

post #70 of 79

I'm all for expensive, leisurely long lunches especially on powder days.....    it gets people off the snow.  Thumbs Up

 

OK, here's a secret....  At steamboat on busy days, go to Rendezvous Lodge and eat at Ragnars restaurant. Its a little bit more than the cafeteria; but not much more.  The food is actually very good and they do have Veggie options although I don't know exactly what. Normally, you don't have to wait but of course, all bets are off for Christmas.  They do accept reservations though.  

post #71 of 79

Ahh I had forgotten about Tremblant.  Yes they do have a really good cafeteria at the top.  We were there for a week with lunch vouchers that came with our condo rental.  We kept loading our trays with more and more food to see how much they would include without charging extra.  We gave up because we were taking more than we could eat, even with stashing cookies, etc for snacks later.  And yes the restaurants at the base village were really good as well.

 

Maybe that is why I was so disappointed with the food at Mont Ste. Anne which has one of the worst ski area cafeterias I have encountered.  (although they get points for their trailside sugar shack)

 

Le Massif , by the way, also has excellent food and is the only place where I have seen brown baggers making fondue at the table.

post #72 of 79
My usual modus operandi is mushed homemade PBJ sandwiches, preferably consumed outdoors at an airy trailside locale, but infrequently I'll partake in ski resort restaurant food. The cafeteria at Le Massif, Quebec is quite good and offers (at least it did five years ago) seafood or other hot entrees prepared with flavor and care atypical for a ski area. Agree with others about John Paul Lodge at Snowbasin, real good food at very scenic mid-mtn location. Hazie's lunchtime salad bar at Steamboat is good and a relative bargain compared to similarly priced cafeteria burgers, but the wall to wall window views of the Yampa Valley from Hazie's 9000' perch in the upper Gondola building are SUPER GOOD.
post #73 of 79

Fingers Cafe at Bridger Bowl

 

 

post #74 of 79

+1 for the Bavarian at Taos. 

 

Had some good meals at Deer Valley and Tremblant as well.

 

Soups at Hunter Mountain have always been good.

post #75 of 79

I'm not going to call it "Best," But I've always liked the Chili at Monarch.

 

At Wolf Creek, the burgers are well above average and exceptionally cheap for a ski area burger- $6 gets you a half-pounder, and $9 makes that two patties.

 

Favorite place to eat there (aside from the brown bag lodge) is Raven's Nest up on top of Raven Lift. They serve great pizza (1 slice is a pretty decent lunch) and local beer. You can get a big slize of pizza, a beer, and still get enough out of your $10 bill to tip the bartender.

post #76 of 79

I've had exactly one day at Wolf Creek, but I remember the burger being excellent.

post #77 of 79
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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post
 

I've had exactly one day at Wolf Creek, but I remember the burger being excellent.

 

I don't know what it's called, but the best ski resort burger I had came from a Yurt at The Canyons. I don't think there was much else on the menu. They cooked the burger outside on a grill, then had the register, drinks and fixings inside. It was busy so there was nowhere to sit or put your gear. Maybe it was skiing in miserable weather all morning, but that was a great tasting burger.

post #78 of 79

I'm fond of the Eurosnack Belgian waffles at Squaw and other places. Reasonable approximation of a real Liege style Belgian waffle, although they could use some powdered sugar.

post #79 of 79
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Originally Posted by garylk View Post
 

+1 for the Bavarian at Taos. 

 

Soups at Hunter Mountain have always been good.

 

The Bavarian is amazing.  I like to split the spaetzle and a pretzel with a friend or two.  Throw in some 36oz beers and I'm a very happy camper. 

 

I remember a guy who had a baked potato stand at Hunter Mountain when it was owned by the Slutzky's.  That was probably close to 20 years ago so I doubt he is still there. 

 

 

On the original topic of cafeteria food...

 

Worst:  Taos

Best:  Arapahoe Basin (Black Mountain Lodge)

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