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post #31 of 61
Wachusett chili....at the coffee bar

post #32 of 61
At the Tahoe area resorts I always go to the outside Bar B Q if they have one, fresh, hot off the grill. Costs are a bit higher than at home but so are the drinks. Hey who ever said skiing was CHEAP.:
post #33 of 61

BUYING lunch on the mountain???

wow, had no idea so many people actually ate on the mountain. Ever since i was a kid it has always been bring your own, the resort gets theirs with their ticket.

That said, hate stopping for lunch, no matter what resort, so when we do, rules of lunch are:
1. after 1pm, always

2. no such thing as a "saved" seat unless the person is actually visible (in line and can be identified)

3. My favorite until spring skiing is instant cream of wheat, really great, filling but doen'st slow you down, fits flat in my pocket, and yes, use the resorts "free" hot water, but agree that carrying my own thermos does save time, just bulky. Sometimes slide in fresh baked (ours) cookies so we can feel smug looking at the people who paid $2.85 for a sad little stale cookie.

4. If eating power bars (great snacks on lift, this is usually lunch in spring), place in bra or somewhere else close to body so they are nice and soft

5. lunch is done in 1/2 hour, max.

Just can't stand to pay for resort food, or eat a big meal in the middle of the day. Rule 6,related to the lunch topic in that there are consequences for not taking a long lunch break, would be, make sure wherever you are staying has a nice hot tub...
post #34 of 61
Originally Posted by crank
I was looking for powder during a melt down in interior BC last season and the best part was a wonderful restaurant on top of Kicking Horse with gread food and incredible views. Normally I never wuld have spent the time, but conditions sucked so bad we had a great relaxed lunch with a few local brews to sooth our sorrows.
You should also check out the Sushi Hut at the bottom of the upper bowls--good fish!!! And my recollection is that the cafeteria at the bottom had really good food at great value.

I'll also put in a plug for the cafeteria at Whitewater--just the sort of thing you would expect in the counter culture capital of Canada. Awesome samosas!!!

And I guess I'd better give honourable mention to the Guinness Beef Stew at the Sunshine Inn, since I was treated to a free bowl earlier today. Just a touch more expensive than the daylodge cafeteria, but really, really tasty.
post #35 of 61
Not exactly lunch, but Keystone Ranch wins hands down. (What's this 7-course lunch someone mentioned?!?)

I had a great lunch a few years ago on a mountain.. I think it was Snowmass around the Big Burn area?
post #36 of 61
If money is not an issue...Montagne in the Little Nell at Aspen; lunch here can be epic!

However, I'll take my home cooked smoked wild duck breast thinly sliced with Zaterain's horseradish on fresh bread w/ a cold Red Stripe can't be beat!
post #37 of 61
Across the board of all ski areas I have visited.. I've found that CHILI is ussually the cheapest on the menu (sometimes hotdogs). But chili has the extra advantage of warming your ski pants (or one piece) in the late afternoon.

So Chili gets my best over all bargain vote.

On a side note, I've heard many legend of succulent steaks being grilled up on self service bbq's at resorts - but I have never seen any such facilites to date.
post #38 of 61
Originally Posted by SkierXMan
In line with the other thread about high lift ticket rates I was wondering what your experiences were with resort foods/restraunts. Who has the best and worse?. Do you usually bring your own sandwhich or buy the food on the hill?
I used to bring my own food. Now when I ski with my kid (that is, most of the time) a lunch break is mandatory, he needs it to make it to the end of the day.
Fortunately Val 'd'Isère where I usualy ski has some expensive but good moutain restaurants (Not Tignes, the other resort of the domain).
fair prices, seated service, friendly staff and good view : La tanière. I'm a regular here. At half run on La Face (bellevarde side)
Expensive but reaally good : la fruitiere. On Solaise
Good Savoie food at Le Triffolet, near the OK piste (the DH race run).
And exception in Tignes : At the top tram station on the glacier : a huge restaurant (self serve or full service), honest food and breath taking view.
post #39 of 61
somehow Snowbird has gathered this reputation of being glitzy, but they don't even have good food. they could do so much better. best choice for lunch for me is cafeteria downstairs at base. mid-mtn - crowded and yucky. I'll pile on for Snowbasin!
post #40 of 61
When the line for the single at MRG gets too long on weekends there's always the Single Chair Ale which works for me!
post #41 of 61
Speaking as a vegetarian, Deer Valley seems to offer the most choices and definitely the best food for the money. We are addicted to getting to the base lodge early and having French Toast and Belgium Waffles before heading out (gotta get those carbs in). I know most people consider it expensive, but I have paid similar prices for food that was barely edible.

The other place that REALLY stands out in my mind is a little Swiss "shack" in Tuftern near the Sunnegga area in Zermatt, Switzerland. It was an incredibly rustic and TOTALLY authentic on-mountain eating experience. No actual menu, only huge pots of homemade soup, bread, hunks of cheese and sausage for those who partake. An absolutely incredible apple dessert of some sort was served and of course, you choice of a few very nice regional beers and wines. This is a must if you make it to this area. Completely out in the middle of nowhere on a mountain. I don't remember how much this place cost, but it really doesn't matter, you must eat here!

Places I have found to be sub-par in the food area are Park City Mtn. (do yourself a favor and ski into town for lunch). Vail was certainly no stand out either.
post #42 of 61
Flualp in Zermatt.

Great food with decent service, great views, a great band.

Davos the classy restaurant at the top of the Parsenn with linen tablecloths.

The revolving restaurant at the top of Murren is pretty good for views of the Eiger on a clear day.

Austria and Italy can be stodgy but OK. The big stations de ski in France are usually overpriced, but if you go elsewhere it can be good. The French are often serious lunchers too. I once stayed in a PTT lodge where they had wine on draught and magnificent cheeses. All the French came back for lunch but the rest of us stayed up the mountain. We did not know any better.
post #43 of 61
Best resort food belongsto Deer Valley period.

The chili and burgers were superb and although expensive, well worth it, at least for a couple of the days
post #44 of 61
Originally Posted by Thatsagirl
Altitude 840m at the top of Sutton in Quebec (a cafeteria with the best pulled-pork sandwich I've had at a resort).
Ever have one of old Hans' apple pies back in the day?


That was worth shepherding newbies down scary-blue Youppe-Youppe for. Even they thought so.

Starting to notice that Canadian resorts seem to do on-mountain food well?
There is this tiny eatery at MSA in the second row of buildings that does quick fish omelettes with Grande Isle cheese slices on the side and huge bowls of cafe au lait . . .
post #45 of 61
Food is my favorite part of the day....

Aside from the skiing of course
I usually make sandwhiches with deli turkey, swiss cheese and some Carribean hot sauce (These sandwhiches are the best thing ever, maybe it's just me and I love spicy food but these things are godly). Sometimes I get some crap at a gas station on my way to the mountains. Stevens Pass (Only place I can ski regularly) has really good food for about $7-$10. I usually eat my friends curly fries mmmmmm. When I can get up to Whistlet (Usually 1 week a year) I go to the Chic Pea and get the wonderful pizza they have.
Speaking of food I should go make my lunch now or decide how I'm gonna eat tomorow.

Lunch is always crowded at Stevens Lodge so I saty out and eat some kind of bar and wait till everyone leaves. My friends are jokers, they are constantly taking breaks for some reason or another, I just leave them in the dust anyway
post #46 of 61
Originally Posted by SnowBlower
Lunch is always crowded at Stevens Lodge so I saty out and eat some kind of bar and wait till everyone leaves. My friends are jokers, they are constantly taking breaks for some reason or another, I just leave them in the dust anyway
At Stevens, I always ski through lunch to avoid the crowds at the lodge. Then, I eat at the Sultan Bakery on the way home. It's a nice place with tasty homemade food.

They also serve wicked desserts and doughnuts!
post #47 of 61
How many places do you ski that have a "no bagged lunches" rule in the lodge? And are such rules ever enforced?

At Crystal Mountain, you, in theory, can't eat a bagged lunch anywhere except in the [what is basically] basement of the base lodge. I really think if you spend $50+ for a lift ticket, you should damn well be able to sit anywhere you want, for as long as you want, and do [mostly] anything you want.

It also makes me wonder where they draw the line. Can I eat trail mix out of my pocket in the lodge? If I buy a $3.00 soda, can I eat a snickers? If I buy a bowl of chilly, can pull out some fresh bread?

I've seen people in blatent violation of the rule at Crystal, and so far I haven't seen them cart anyone away in handcuffs.
post #48 of 61
Originally Posted by ChrisInSeattle
And are such rules ever enforced?
I've seen people in blatent violation of the rule at Crystal, and so far I haven't seen them cart anyone away in handcuffs.
Hehe. Come on down here and watch the family cluster 'round the rice cooker. Won't see much snow though.
post #49 of 61
my experience:

if it calls itself a "resort" the food generally will be lousy and overpriced.

if it furthers the affectation with "luxury" then you KNOW the food will be doubly overpriced, but might be a bit less pedestrian, i.e. might toss in some greens other than iceberg, might actually use cheese instead of Pasteurized Process American Cheese-style Food.

if the place is unpretentious the food and its cost usually are too. my two local hills are this way.

if the place lets you eat your sack lunch in the same room with those who are being fed by the grill/cafeteria/whatever, you're probably going to get a decent meal for your $$.

Alta has the best food of any quasi-resort place I've skied.
post #50 of 61
Originally Posted by Powdr
Deer Valley: Expert Food, Intermediate Skiing.
Best advice I ever received on a chair was from a senior my first chair up at DV: "Do youself a favor and skip your sack lunch and eat at the lodge. The food is excellent!" Stir-fried duck fettucini. Mmmmmm... A mention for hot dogs(hot dogs?) at that little stand in Sun Valley, just across the Warm Springs lodge. Only meals worth mentioning, most of the time sticker shock ruins the meal! My usual regimen: Early big breakfast at town/lodge; coupla energy bars/energy drink for a quick lunch; scan the local papers for deals on happy hour or dinner for the evening.
post #51 of 61
I am REALLY economical. . . I often don't eat lunch on the hill at all. Hate feeling overly full in ski clothes.

That said, when I do want to eat at my home mountain (Vail), I usually bring my own cookie or Go Lean bar and only buy the chicken posole (Mexican chicken stew) at Two Elk. It's actually VERY delicious and not that expensive in the grand scheme of things. Plus, there's a topping bar for the soups and chiles, so I usually load up a little side plate with free tortilla chips to drop in the stew.

If it's cold, then a hot chocolate, too. If it's REALLY cold, then a hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps! (And I always tip the really nice Aussie bartender who's been tending bar at Two Elk at Vail for several years. He's in my *budget* for the day.)

post #52 of 61
I'll usually do a combo of last night's doggie bag (if staying near the mountain) on some days, and eating in the villiage on others. At least for $8-10 I can get a great burger and fries somewhere in the base, versus $15 on the mountain for a hockey puck and lukewarm fries. Some days I'll just pack a granola bar and eat on the lift
post #53 of 61
Originally Posted by rquick
Every ski resort has expensive food. The only place where I feel I get value commensurate to what I spend is Deer Valley. The biggest rip-off for food seemed to be Vail.
I agree 100% -- I had one of the best lunches of my life at DV for less than the cost of a burger at Vail...
post #54 of 61
Originally Posted by RISkier
Our 1 day at DV we had lunch at the Silver Lake Lodge (at least I think that was the name). It was terrific. I really like Stowe but I've found the food at the cafeterias to be pretty unapetizing -- to put it mildy. And VERY expensive for both quality and quantity.
At Stowe It seems a good breakfast is mandatory! Then lunch consists of powerbars/granola bars. If you can maintain your power this way, do it. Cause dinner will def. be the best meal of your day! Stowe has a ton of good resturants ...maybe not on the hill though.
post #55 of 61

Deer Valley # 1

Some days I eat Cliff Bars on the fly and ski like I'm still 17.

And on other days:
Stein Erikson Lodge
Glitretind Restaurant

Spinach and Pear Salad and Steins Wild Game Chili.

post #56 of 61
I agree. When at Deer Valley I will eat their fine fare-it's part of the whole expierence but when at Snowbasin I pack my lunch most of the time. I make a killer tuna salad sandwich.
post #57 of 61
Best on-mountain food: nearly anywhere in Europe. They know how to do it right, and relatively inexpensive (it generally costs about the same or a little less than meal on-mountain in the States - but the quality (and quantity) is MUCH, MUCH better). From what I could tell, the restaraunts on slope there aren't run by the resorts, but by individual restaurant owners - the results are much better than the overpriced cafeteria fare we see way, way too often over here.

Until I can get an incredibly good mound of potatoes, beef, bacon & onion too big for me to finish and half a liter of high quality beer brought to me by a waiter for under $15 over here, the Euros are going to continue to dominate in the on-slope food & beverage department.

post #58 of 61
Originally Posted by crank
I was looking for powder during a melt down in interior BC last season and the best part was a wonderful restaurant on top of Kicking Horse with gread food and incredible views. Normally I never wuld have spent the time, but conditions sucked so bad we had a great relaxed lunch with a few local brews to sooth our sorrows.

Also at funky little Whitehorse - great food in the lodge.

Come to think of it, Tremblant here in the east had good on mountain food to. Is it a Canadian thing?
lodge on top of Kicking Horse gets my vote, and it was pretty quick for waitress service...
My other top choice is in Nendez, Switzerland. It's one valley over from Verbier, and they greet you with an aperatif before you even sit down....
post #59 of 61
I've had good food at most mountains. I'm not a picky eater. However, the WORST food I have ever eaten out of any kind of food service place in my entire life (this includes moldy cheese sandwiches in a school lunch once) was three days ago at Mt. Bachelor at the Pine Marten Lodge.

The sandwich was bad, but the soup was inedible. My partner and I could not stomach even one spoonful. We both spit it out. I can't describe how really awful that stuff was.

The surly service was as bad as the food. We didn't eat lunch the next day.

The water was fine.
post #60 of 61
We found a really good skier's lunch on offer in the Summit House at Keystone: a gyros (shaved, grilled meat in hot bread) and Greek salad platter for $8.99. Tasty and great fuel for the rest of the day.
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