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Crappy ski restaurants!!!

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Hi all,

my first post here, British guy living in Geneva, Switzerland.

Have been here for two seasons and have come to notice the generally expensive and poor quality food in most ski restos.

Anybody else feel like they are getting ripped off????

restoski.com
post #2 of 25
Your website doesn't work.
post #3 of 25
Ripping people off with overpriced, mediocre to poor food is a long, hallowed tradition in ski resorts.  Enjoy. 
post #4 of 25
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Ripping people off with overpriced, mediocre to poor food is a long, hallowed tradition in ski resorts.


Not everywhere. But it helps if the ski "resort" is, for example, a farming community in the summer. I can think of a few where the food isn't overpriced and the quality is very good. (I posted a review of such a place in the Trip Reports secion a couple of weeks ago)
post #5 of 25
Thread Starter 
It seems to be working fine to me, it's www.restoski.com

Anyway that's why I set the site up because we are supposed to accept rubbish food at expensive prices.  I've made it a bit more democratic too, I review the restos and other people do to, then it's all plotted on a piste map.

Hopefully, the restos will take notice if people stop going to the crappy places!
post #6 of 25
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Ripping people off with overpriced, mediocre to poor food is a long, hallowed tradition in ski resorts.  Enjoy. 
 Amen...
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 Amen...

 




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Ripping people off with overpriced, mediocre to poor food is a long, hallowed tradition in ski resorts.  Enjoy. 


Totally! I'd be totally surprised to find anything in the US that was any good. The Chili can sometimes be okay some places.. but that's like a trucker saying a truck stop is good. ...it just ain't true.

Which is why I'll pack a sandwich in the gear bag for lunch or go off mountain for dinner.
post #8 of 25
Go to Stein Erickson's lodge at Deer Valley and you'll be totally surprised (but take out a bank loan before you go). The food at the regular Deer Valley lodges is great and merely expensive (vs treat of a lifetime and super expensive @ Steins)
post #9 of 25
You have been skiing for two seasons are now just now figuring that out???

I never placed any real priority on lodge food as I don't spend a whole lot of time in the lodge and usually bring my own lunch, drinks, and snacks. 

I always bring a tuna sandwhich or PB&J, a bag of crackers and some cheese slices and perhaps some cookies or other high-carb snack. Also, I bring my own water and keep a case of 32 bottles of Evian in the trunk. I also bring my own soft drinks. You can find these items cheap at places like WalMart. You will save yourself a lot of money by bringing your own food. It also likely will taste better and won't be old and stale.  
post #10 of 25

Props to 4 on the mountain relatively reasonable eats

1- black comb- Pho Bowls killer, about $10
2- Steamboat - T-head lodge - Pho bowls and chili stuffed potatoes, both under $10
3- Jackson- casper lodge, Burritos- chopotle chicken -  under $10

4-Grand Targhee- base lodge- burritos- 7 dollars for the best overall value lunch.  AND they rock.

Bring your own- Peanut butter, banana and honey on a wrap-  Here's what happens to them on impact.....

post #11 of 25
The food at the Peak 9 restaurant at Breckenridge is quite good, especially the soups.  Explanation: it is NOT owned and operated by Vail Resorts. 
post #12 of 25
Or you could ski Alta/Snowbird and stay at the Peruvian or Rustler. Fantastic meals and no need to set foot in a day lodge!
post #13 of 25
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Totally! I'd be totally surprised to find anything in the US that was any good. The Chili can sometimes be okay some places.. but that's like a trucker saying a truck stop is good. ...it just ain't true.

Which is why I'll pack a sandwich in the gear bag for lunch or go off mountain for dinner.
Then surprise yourself and eat the best food of any area at Snowbasin (and it's excellent even without other ski area comparisons)  - or the close second at DV.
post #14 of 25
Yes, both places are great, but also expensive. I know, I know: You get what you pay for. Still, how about decent food at a decent price! 

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Then surprise yourself and eat the best food of any area at Snowbasin (and it's excellent even without other ski area comparisons)  - or the close second at DV.



 
post #15 of 25
Lemongrass at Copper Mountain has Thai Curry (chicken or shrimp) for $10 that's very good. 
post #16 of 25
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3- Jackson- casper lodge, Burritos- chopotle chicken -  under $10

4-Grand Targhee- base lodge- burritos- 7 dollars for the best overall value lunch.  AND they rock.
 




Agreed fully, and they are big enough to split if you dont like having such a gigantic lunch...
post #17 of 25
I never met a green chili cheeseburger I did'nt like.
post #18 of 25
The food at Snowbasin was definitely the best on mountain food I have had and very reasonably priced, especially for mountain resort food.
post #19 of 25
 My son would be disappointed if I didn't throw his favorite Vail meal into the equation. He loves the tortellini at Two Elk Lodge.
post #20 of 25
 The food at the Whitewater daylodge is great!
post #21 of 25
 Spruce Camp - stowe.

best ski cafe in north american skidom ..... before you say otherwise come here and try it out.

I have been to everywhere in utah which snowbasin would be the second best IMO.
post #22 of 25
 I'd agree the food at Spruce camp is pretty high quality. And, if you know what to get like the salad plates, you don't have to spend too much. But in general, I consider the prices ridiculous. My wife and I split a sandwich, split a bowl of soup, and each had diet sodas; as I recall the bill was around $29. 
post #23 of 25
Not great but decent. Two Elk at Vail this year has the $9.95 lunch special which is a bowl of soup, half a sandwich, and a fountain drink. You can sub a bag of chips for the  soup, but probably the soup is the best part. $10.75 with tax at check out. Upon further evaluation, perhaps the wrap at Two Elk might be the better deal. Large enough to split for two its only $11.50.

I appluad Vail for at least trying to make an effort to offer a lunch option that is a little bit more affordable. I'm at the point now that a good bowl of soup and some crackers satisfies me along with splitting a candy bar that I'm now wise enough to buy on the way to Vail.

If I eat alot at lunch when I come back out to ski, I'm sluggish. It's nevr going to be great and cheap, plus you can't spend too much on lunch or you won't have enough money for the parking garage!
post #24 of 25
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 I'd agree the food at Spruce camp is pretty high quality. And, if you know what to get like the salad plates, you don't have to spend too much. But in general, I consider the prices ridiculous. My wife and I split a sandwich, split a bowl of soup, and each had diet sodas; as I recall the bill was around $29. 

its the best! ;)

also my bias could be at my price its pretty smoking deal! Snowbasin and Deer Valley are more money with out being better.

plus skip the diet sodas, unnatrual sweetner lead to weight GAIN anyways! drink water.

as for worst places in stowe Cactus Cafe 20 bucks for plate of mexican I am sure was out of the microwave!

in this town not at the resort other good places

Stowe Dogs - cheapest place in town, best described as gourmet junk food. Sweet potato fries and a maple and bacon dog are less than 5 bucks.

Gracies - great new england clam chowder and various other american fare awesome not a value but your paying for good stuff.

Fritas - when you want mexican in stowe and have some change to spend go here. Handmade in front of you guacomole, great margiritas try the one with Jalaopeono juice in it. 10 -20 bucks a plate but worht it IMO!
post #25 of 25
General Rule of Thumb (in Europe at least):

If it's owned by the lift company, it is probably overpriced and poor quality.

If it is independant, it is probably reasonably priced and high quality.

I hear people complain about a €20 plate of pasta and a €7 beer, and I can only roll my eyes.

Case in point. You're website lists three restaurants at Chamonix-Argentiere. However, you can plainly see on the piste map that there is a fourth restaurant (where black 1 and 12 meet) that you have not rated. That just happens to be by far the best place on the hill to eat. The best places (at least that I've tried) in La Clusaz are also completely missing from your website.
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